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11+ Mock Exams in Salisbury


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Mock Exams at the Hall

When do we get the results?

What's in the report?

Does it predict the future?

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What's in the Mock Exam?

Our standard exam is:

A Maths paper - 50 minutes

An English paper - 45 minutes

A Verbal Reasoning Paper 50 minutes

Non Verbal Reasoning in CEM-style short timed sections

We have years of data attached to these exams and know how to use the results to the children's best advantage.

Our CEM style mock

Some people like the additional option of a CEM style mock, which has two 50 minute papers split into short timed passages in maths, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning.

Dates for CEM-style mocks are now available to book.

You can read more about the differences here

Which exam do you need: CEM or standard?
The CEM exam is used by Bishop Wordsworth and it might be useful to replicate that style of exam. On the other hand our standard exam is more in line with GL papers (used by South Wilts) for the first three papers. The Non-Verbal is conducted in short timed passages just like the CEM paper so they still experience that style of exam. This then gives us double the data on what needs fixing and will better help us prepare for the real exam.

Bishop Wordsworth School started using CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, Durham University) in 2015. Their exam will be two papers containing a combination of Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

South Wilts Grammar School has been using GL Assessment for years (GL stands for Granada Learning, formerly National Foundation for Educational Research- NFER). Their exam will be 3 papers - Maths, English and Verbal Reasoning.

Both exams are multiple-choice and are usually held at the relevant Grammar School in mid to late September.

These Mock Exams have had the papers specially written for them, so the children cannot have done them before and thereby get a “false positive”. For this reason they are not released.

The papers are structured to give us as much information as possible. The girls’ real 11+ will follow closely the same format.

The Non-Verbal Reasoning paper in our standard exam is held under CEM conditions using short timed passages.

Of all the things I do, I think this is probably the most useful. Most children have never sat a formal public exam before. There are many rules of etiquette that you and I take for granted, that are completely unknown to the children. The aim of the mocks is ensure that they give of their best in the real 11+, that they aren't fazed by the occasion, or embarrass themselves though honest ignorance. They can iron out any problems in a safe environment and can go on to concentrate only on the academic content of the exam.

The evidence from the reports may well be useful in the event that we want to appeal for a child should they narrowly fail. Children who have prepared well generally don’t fail, but if they do it is by a very small margin. Whilst it is not the real 11+, the reports do independently show where you child is compared with other local children who are preparing for the 11+.


Mock Exams at the Hall

2022 11+ Mock Exams are now available to book online

The next available sessions are:

Saturday 11th June

Saturday 28th June

Saturday 25th June

Catch-up Mocks

If you missed out on sitting Mock A or Mock B, you can still do these at later Mock Exam sessions, to better make use of the Summer holidays.

For example, if you book two or even three of the Mock Exam C Saturday sessions, one or more of these could be used for your child to sit a previous set of papers they have missed.

If you feel this would be useful to you, either book the sessions for the dates you want to use, or phone me to discuss your needs (01722 327525).

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The arrive and pickup times vary depending on whether the exam is our standard or CEM style and are given on the booking page.

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Mock Exam A
15th January
Mock Exam A
22nd January
Mock Exam A
29th January

Mock Exam B
19th March
Mock Exam B
26th March
Mock Exam B
2nd April

Mock Exam C
11th June
Mock Exam C
18th June
Mock Exam C
25th June

Mock Exam D
20th August PM
Mock Exam D
3rd September AM

CEM-style Mock Exam
20th August AM
CEM-style Mock Exam
3rd September PM


Tickets - Spaces need to be booked in advance due to social distancing rules.
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We are using only PayPal this summer to try and make sure that no session is overfilled and to ensure that all the contact details are correct to comply with Covid Track and Trace.
You don’t need a PayPal account to pay; any card will do.
Your PayPal receipt is your ticket.

What to bring with you - click here


The room ready for the exam (before Covid-19)


The entrance to the Scout Hall seen from the other side of the road (St Marks Avenue).

When do we get the Results?

The papers are marked and checked immediately after the exam on the Saturday. Analysis for the full reports takes place over the weekend and the bound, printed reports are normally ready for collection or posting out by Tuesday afternoon.

What's in the Report?

Click on the link "Reports in Detail" for a closer look at the Reports.

Basic report £36 per exam with raw scores and class position. Presented in a bound A4 folder with bar charts showing the scores of all the children in each exam, but only your child is identifiable. There are also some general notes on the performance as a group. About 7 A4 pages of information.

Full report £46 per exam. In addition to the information given in the basic report there are:

  • Close observations are taken of each child.
  • A detailed report on each paper explaining any inevitable distractions and how the children responded
  • We will give you directions to YouTube videos explaining how to do every question type that your child got wrong. This is personalized for each child. This usually amounts to hours of free individually directed tuition.
  • Where relevant, we will include samples of your child’s workings or answers to illustrate where things need improving

Post There is a charge of £2.80 for post should you be unable to pick the report up in person.

Booking deadlines? If you want a particular weekend, it may be prudent to buy tickets sooner rather than later. The final deadline, if spaces are available, is the day before.  

Do the exams predict the future 11+ result?

Largely yes, there is a very close correlation between the real 11+ and the final Mock Exam result. Having said that, I’d be an idiot if I didn’t add the usual caveats: ill or tired children underperform, conversely sometimes luck just goes our way. The purpose of my Mocks is not to predict the future but to look boldly at the present and change the future to the one we want, by identifying weak areas and rectifying them.
It is quite common for children to achieve less than 25% in their first mock, who then go on to have successful careers in The Grammar Schools (they have learnt how to enjoy work and not be hostages to fortune) Generally the workers seem happier, the ones who rely on natural genius usually hit a glass ceiling sooner or later and have to invent a work ethic quickly before they sink.

What to expect from a Mock Exam




What is needed?

· Four layers of clothing

· Snacks, not too sticky or salty

· Drinks with non-drip top

· Stick a note onto their snacks telling them that you love them. It makes a huge difference!

· Clear pencil case or plastic bag

· Pencils: I like the Papermate see-through, non-stop pencils. The rubbers work well and there is no need for a sharpener. Also, they don’t roll off the table. For the real 11+ you may be asked not to use a mechanical pencil.

· Rubber

· Sharpener

· Hairbands etc. for boys and girls with long hair and floppy fringes.

· Warm socks, for the kickers, so they can take their shoes off and kick freely without disturbing anyone.

· Glasses if needed.

· Watches or timers (not with calculators), if they promise not to fiddle, distract or peep. Time warnings are given.

· Check their bags for calculators, iPads, Fitbits, dictionaries etc. In the past children have bought them not realizing: it will lead to trouble. Both exam boards are very twitchy about espionage: so no phones or cameras. Seriously, they will disqualify you.

· No scrap paper. It will be confiscated. Written workings should go on the question sheet.