Firstly, we list 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Tests below.

Secondly, schools that use CEM Assessments use these tests. Verbal reasoning tests are also used in many other settings. For schools that use CEM assessments, you can have a look at our page CEM 11+ Grammars.

Lastly, Grammar schools in England and subsequently in British territories overseas have a long and colourful history as part of a highly rated education system.

11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Tests Part I

11+ Verbal Reasoning Test 1

Test 2
11+ Verbal Reasoning Test 3
Test 4
11+ Verbal Reasoning Test 5
Test Eight
11+ Verbal Reasoning Test Five
Verbal Reasoning Test Four
11+ Verbal Reasoning Test Nine
Verbal Reasoning Test Seven
11+ Verbal Reasoning Test Ten
Verbal Reasoning Test Three
11+ Verbal Reasoning Test Two

Grammar schools today

Grammar schools in England and subsequently in British territories overseas have a long and colourful history as part of a highly rated education system.

Originally, however, Grammar schools taught Latin and were attached to cathedrals and monasteries.

In more recent days, Grammar schools are seen as selective academically-oriented secondary schools in England and Wales. They now also teach a wide variety of subjects.

Firstly, only 164 of these Grammar schools however still remain in England today. There are however no remaining Grammar schools in North East England or Wales and 69 Grammar schools in Northern Ireland. Currently, Grammar schools are only found in 37 local English authorities, of which 7 are in the Greater London area.

Secondly, 11 Plus Entrance exams will differ according to which assessments the school uses – GL or CEM. These exam papers can include Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Maths, English and also a variety of other subjects depending on the school. Subsequently, CEM and GL are two different exam boards that are the exam boards in virtually all regions where the 11+ is still used. Although the CEM and GL exams cover roughly the same 11+ topics, there are differences in how they work.

11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Tests Part II

Verbal Reasoning Familiarisation – Parent’s Guide (Colfe’s School)

11+ Verbal Reasoning 1 Test Booklet (Colfe’s School)

Verbal Reasoning Answer Sheet (Colfe’s School)

11+ Verbal Reasoning (IPS 2002)

11+ Verbal Reasoning (The Perse Upper School Cambridge)


Brilliant Passing Verbal Reasoning Tests practice aptitude test book

Firstly, a great practical look at Verbal Reasoning is provided in my book Brilliant Passing Verbal Reasoning Tests, available on Amazon.

Secondly, Brilliant Passing Verbal Reasoning Tests has plenty of verbal reasoning test practice.

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School Research

In 2016 Skipper and Douglas published their research named: The impact of a selective entry examination on children’s feelings as they approach the transition to secondary school. They specifically looked at how different experiences of the selective entry examination influenced children’s feelings towards themselves, the school and intelligence. A group of 98 children around the age of 10, from 3 different selective school areas were assessed at two different time points. The first point of assessment was when they decided whether to take the exam. Time point 2 was after they received their results.

At both assessment points, measures of theories of intelligence, locus of control, self-esteem and feelings about the school system were used.

  • At time point 1, those who decided to take the exam showed more positive outcomes than those who didn’t. However, they were more likely to hold a fixed view of intelligence, which has been associated with long-term negative outcomes.
  • At time point 2, those who passed the exam showed more positive outcomes. However, again they held a more potentially maladaptive fixed view of intelligence.
  • Those who failed could not be distinguished in their views from those who did not take the exam.

It was however clear that failing or not having a chance to sit the exams lead to consistently negative outcomes.

Not all children get to sit the 11+. In some counties, teachers choose only those who they think will pass. Only 25-50% of those will pass the 11 +. With only 164 Grammar schools in England, this makes the population of Grammar schools extremely selective.