CSSE 11+ TEST

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

The CSSE Essex 11+ Test is designed for children who are looking to apply for a place at one of the ten Grammar schools that are part of the consortium of selective schools in Essex.

The English test is designed to test the skills pupils will have been learning at school in key stage two and consists of three sections: comprehension, applied reasoning and continuous writing.

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 CSSE 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.

Essex Consortium
  1. Colchester County High School for Girls.
  2. Colchester Royal Grammar School.
  3. King Edward VI Grammar School.
  4. Shoeburyness High School.
  5. Southend High School for Boys.
  6. Southend High School for Girls.
  7. Bernard’s High School for Girls.
  8. Thomas More High School for Boys.
  9. Westcliff High School for Boys.
  10. Westcliff High School for Girls.

USING OUR HOW2BECOME CSSE ESSEX TEST ENGLISH GUIDE

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

The test itself consists of a Maths paper and an English paper.

The English paper, as mentioned, is made up of the following three disciplines:

CSSE Essex 11+ Test English Guide

Our revision guide contains three example practice papers based on the types of questions children will be asked in the real exam, as well as hints and tips on how best to prepare for it.

It 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 the essential skills and techniques that will be measured during the 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;
  • Example questions to explain the formats;
  • Practice questions for your child to work through;
QUESTION 1

COMPREHENSION:

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

QUESTION 1

What literary technique is made use of numerous times in paragraph 1?

QUESTION 2

Find three examples of this technique in paragraph 1, and write them below.

QUESTION 3

Why has the author used this technique in the text and what effect does it have upon the feel of the piece?

QUESTION 2

APPLIED REASONING:

Give one letter which completes the end of the first word, and begins the start of the second word. You must use the same letter for both words.

QUESTION 4

QUESTION 5

QUESTION 3

CONTINUOUS WRITING:

QUESTION 6

Give instructions on how best to clean your room in around six to seven sentences. Make sure your instructions are clear and include as much detail as possible.

ANSWERS

QUESTION 1

Alliteration

QUESTION 2

  • Beautiful backstreets bustle”;
  • “Alleyway aroma”;
  • “Flows and fills”;
  • “Scamper, satisfied”.

QUESTION 3

  • It draws the reader’s attention to the description of the city and helps the text to flow.
  • It makes the piece easier to read for this reason and grabs attention from the start.
  • It enhances the description of the opening scene, creates a rhythm and helps to set the mood.

QUESTION 4

Time

Ease

Sure

Earl

QUESTION 5

Card

Dove

Lard

Door

QUESTION 6

For this question it makes sense to think more about the structure before you begin your answer. If you plan this at the beginning, even if it’s just quickly in your head, it will ensure that your piece of writing flows well. This is very important when composing your piece, as you don’t want it to appear disjointed and confusing.

Think, how would you clean your room? Maybe you’d throw everything onto the bed and do it from there, or maybe you’d start by organising things into categories, and then spend time on each section one after the other.

Go into detail with your answer. Try not to say something you think would be too predictable. If you can think of an interesting or new kind of way to tidy, go ahead. The examiner wouldn’t want to read hundreds of papers all giving the same type of description. If you can, try and think of at least one small thing to make your piece original.

LEARN TO PASS THE CSSE ESSEX TEST – ENGLISH ASSESSMENT

Ensure your child has the best revision tools to ACE the CSSE Essex 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 for a strong English understanding.

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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