BIRMINGHAM 11+ GRAMMAR SCHOOL ENTRY TEST

SAMPLE TEST QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR THE 11+ BIRMINGHAM GRAMMAR SCHOOL ENTRY TEST

The Birmingham 11+ Test is designed for children who are looking to apply for a place at one of the eight Grammar schools in the Birmingham area.

The test is designed to assess the skills pupils will have been learning at school in key stage two. The CEM (Durham University) test is utilised by the Grammar schools in Birmingham and consists of four sections: Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Ability and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

This revision guide serves as a way of familiarising students with the types of questions they will be asked in the exam and also contains a host of helpful advice for parents and children alike.

About The Birmingham 11+ Test

In their final year of primary school (Year 6), pupils may take an 11+ assessment in order to ascertain whether or not they are suited to a grammar school.

USING OUR HOW2BECOME BIRMINGHAM 11+ TEST GUIDE

Any pupil who wishes to apply for one of the following schools will be required to sit the Birmingham 11+ test.

There are 2 exams for the Birmingham 11+ Test.

Each one lasts approximately 45 to 50 minutes.

The papers themselves are divided down into smaller, timed sections which assess children’s skills in the following areas:

Birmingham 11+ Test Guide

Our revision guide contains two comprehension style exercises, five verbal reasoning style exercises, two numerical reasoning style exercises and nine non-verbal reasoning style exercises.

It also contains detailed explanations on all the types of questions in the book as well as advice on how best to go about answering them.

The guide will provide children with a solid understanding of what to expect from the exam. It will give a clear guide as to the kind of skills and questions they are confident with as well as an insight into the types of things that require a little bit more practice to perfect. The answers at the end of each section will give an indication as to how well your child is performing.

It will enable your child to practice all the essential skills and techniques that will be measured during their 11+ examinations.

WITHIN THIS GUIDE, YOU WILL FIND:

  • An Introduction to your guide;
  • Revision Tips for Parents;
  • Useful Hints and Tips for children;
  • Literary Terms and Techniques;
  • An Introduction to the structure of the test;
  • Guidance on how to use the answer sheets correctly;
  • Example questions to explain the formats;
  • Practice questions for your child to work through;
  • Answers and detailed explanations to them.
QUESTION 1

COMPREHENSION:

Have a look at the passage of text below and try answering the related questions:

QUESTION 1

Why does Jimmy think that they would perform badly if they were at the Olympics?

  1. The selections that have been made are unsuitable.
  2. They are too young to participate.
  3. They have not done enough training.
  4. Their abilities are too mixed.

QUESTION 2

What is meant by the word “preposterous”?

a) Funny

b) Outrageous

c) Infuriating

d) Respectable

QUESTION 2

VERBAL REASONING:

QUESTION 1

Pick the word from the list of options that is the opposite to, or nearly opposite to, the word in the question.

  1. Show
  2. Dark
  3. Nice
  4. Smooth

QUESTION 2

Rearrange the jumbled up words so that they make a coherent sentence. Once you have done so, find the one word which cannot fit into the sentence.

QUESTION 3

NUMERICAL REASONING:

QUESTION 1

Calculate the value of:

QUESTION 2

Fred is using a number machine to perform certain calculations.

His number machine looks like this:

What output will Fred find if the number 62 is the input?

QUESTION 4

NON-VERBAL REASONING:

QUESTION 1

Work out which image from the options given is a reflection of the image on the left along the vertical line.

QUESTION 2

Work out which image from the options given is the odd one out.

ANSWERS

COMPREHENSION:

QUESTION 1

A: A – The selections that have been made are unsuitable.

Explanation:

  • In paragraph 7 the mention of “preposterous selections” implies that the reason that Jimmy thinks that they would not perform well if they were entered into the Olympics is answer A.
  • Notice that correctly answering this then helps you with your answer to the following question.

QUESTION 2

A: B – Outrageous.

Explanation:

  • If you have understood the question above, the context will help you understand this question.
  • Jimmy says that they would perform badly at the Olympics because of “preposterous selections” which implies that the selections are not funny, respectable or infuriating. Therefore the selections are outrageous – answer B.

VERBAL REASONING:

QUESTION 1

A: B – Dark is the correct answer.

Explanation:

  • This is because B (dark) is the opposite of the word in the question (light).
  • As you can see, what these questions are asking you to do is to find the one word out of the set of words that are provided that is the opposite to the one given in the question.
  • Note that with antonyms, sometimes the word in the answer will not be the exact opposite of the one in the question, so just look for the one that is as close to being opposite as possible.

QUESTION 2

They stayed up and watched the sun rise.

A: to.

NUMERICAL REASONING:

QUESTION 1

A: 52

Explanation:

  • Remember the rules of BIDMAS here. (Brackets, Indices, Division, Multiplication, Adding, Subtracting).
  • With this in mind, complete the sums in the brackets first.
  • 5 x 5 is 25, so the sum becomes 9 + 25 + 18, which give you your answer of 52.

QUESTION 2

A: 319 (62 x 5 + 9 = 319)

Explanation:

  • These input and output machines are a way of asking you to perform certain calculations.
  • For this question, you can write the calculation out to make it easier for yourself.
  • The input that is given to you is 62, so this is the first number in your calculation. You then need to apply the calculations in the number machine to this number.
  • First of all you must multiply by 5 and then to this number you must add 9. Therefore the calculation can be written out as 62 x 5 + 9, which equals your answer, 319.

 

NON-VERBAL REASONING:

QUESTION 1

A: C

Explanation:

  • The correct answer here is C. This is because it is a reflection across the vertical line from the first pattern.
  • In this example, the other options to choose from are of the same shape but with different degrees of rotation and therefore cannot be a reflection of the question figure.

QUESTION 2

A: D

Explanation:

  • D Is the only shape with over half of it shaded.

LEARN TO PASS THE BIRMINHAM 11+ GRAMMAR SCHOOL ENTRY TEST

Ensure your child has the best revision tools to ACE the 11+ Birmingham Grammar School Entry Test. A revision guide that will provide your child will lots of practice questions, on a range of different types of questions.

Although we cannot guarantee the exact question styles in the exam, we can provide a general overview of the common types of questions that assess skills and knowledge required.

Laid out in an easy to read format, this guide mirrors exam style conditions which will boost your child’s confidence in tackling questions for their 11+ assessment.


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