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Mock Tests in Beaconsfield

Preparing for the 11 Plus in Bucks and Berks

Each year, BSE provides Mock 11 Plus Test Sessions in Beaconsfield. In each Session there are two Mock Tests, and there are six Mock Tests in all: A - F. The Sessions take place at The Fitzwilliams Centre in Beaconsfield, near Junction 2 of the M40.

The Mock Tests have been carefully developed by BSE to reflect the level of the 11 Plus. Each year, our Mock 11 Plus Test Sessions in Beaconsfield enable children to experience being tested in a formal examination setting. They gain confidence by learning more about what to expect in the 11 Plus. They gain insight into the need to answer questions quickly but accurately. They also get invaluable practice of recording answers onto a separate Answer Sheet and following recorded instructions.

"I’d like to update that my son who attended mock exams at your centre was successfully offered a place at the Royal Grammar School. He found the experience of sitting mock exams a benefit." - Parent feedback, March 2018

The Test Session Venue

Main Hall, The Fitzwilliams Centre, Windsor End, Beaconsfield, HP9 2JW

  • Hall setting
  • Convenient Saturday morning schedule
  • Unrestricted free parking near The Fitzwilliams Centre

Many features of the real 11 Plus tests are reflected in our Mock 11 Plus Test Sessions. These include:

  • two full tests of approximately 45 minutes each
  • approximately 85 questions in each Mock Test
  • recorded test instructions
  • test invigilation
  • individually timed sections
  • Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Maths sections
  • separate Question Booklets and Answer Sheets

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Mock Test Dates

  • Saturday, 12 May (Mock Tests C and D)
  • Saturday, 16 June (Mock Tests E and F)
  • Saturday, 11 August (Mock Tests A and B)
  • Saturday, 18 August (Mock Tests C and D)
  • Saturday, 01 September (Mock Tests E and F)

Parent Comments

  • "It was very well run and organised which is no mean feat with so many children and parents to coordinate so very well done to your team."
  • "Our son found it a very useful experience."
  • "Extremely helpful."
  • "I have been recommending your mock tests to a few friends. I really think my child benefited from taking your mock tests."
  • "Very useful feedback. This mirrors how she has done in tests at home in terms of areas to focus on before the big day."
  • "Many thanks for the mock test report, it has been very useful."
  • "Our daughter found the mock very helpful."
  • "The mock on Saturday was very useful and has helped her understand the need for speed."
  • "She has the tendency to ‘buckle’ under pressure so last Saturday was a good test to gain more confidence."
  • "We want him to attend the next test because it was very useful for him."
  • "I am very impressed with the Mock Test Session, hence why I’ve booked her in again hoping she will improve her concentration and overall result."
  • "It was very useful to do a mock. He had no experience of NVR as that is not included for schools we were previously looking at."
  • "Thank you for the prompt and detailed explanation which is much appreciated!"

Sample VR questions                                   Sample NVR questions                                   Sample Maths questions


BSE's Mock 11 Plus Tests are designed for children in Year 5. The Mock Tests provide suitable practice for children preparing for admission to state grammar schools in Buckinghamshire and for admission to Slough Consortium schools in Berkshire. The Mock Tests are also suitable for those children taking a multiple-choice CEM or GL Assessment 11 Plus test in other towns and boroughs, such as Bexley grammar schools and Hertfordshire Consortium grammar schools.

  • Children from around Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire, London and the Greater London area attend our Mock Tests
  • Children do not need to be enrolled on our 11 Plus courses in order to take our Mock Tests

Mock CEM 11 Plus Exams BeaconsfieldWhy take a Mock Test?

  • Transferring answers quickly but accurately onto a separate Answer Sheet is an unfamiliar skill to many children and requires extensive practice. Our Mock 11 Plus Tests mirror the real 11 Plus in Bucks and Berks, with separate Question Booklets and Answer Sheets
  • At £70 per Test Session, BSE Mock 11 Plus Test Sessions represent excellent value
  • BSE is an experienced provider of Mock 11 Plus Tests
  • First class Mock Test Session venue, conveniently located just a few minutes off the M40 Junction 2
  • Quick results turnaround - by the Tuesday following the Mock Tests
  • Parents/tutors receive an itemised Test Report, including a breakdown of Verbal Reasoning sub-section marks
  • Each Mock 11 Plus Test Session includes two full 11 Plus Mock Tests
  • As is normally the case in the real 11 Plus exam, a short break is timetabled between the two Mock Tests

Many children have misgivings about what to expect in the a formal exam environment. Our Mock 11 Plus Test Sessions help dispel their concerns. In particular, the Mock Test Sessions give children the opportunity to sit two full tests. This provides invaluable experience of the timing and pace involved in 11 Plus tests.

We will send you your child's Mock Test results by email by the Tuesday after the Test Session date. The Mock Test results will help you and your child identify strengths and weaknesses in Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Maths. This will enable you to focus on any skills requiring more practice.

Each of the Mock Tests A - F is a combination of individually-timed Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Maths sections.

The Mock Tests have been carefully researched and developed by BSE. Mock Test Session results are also analysed carefully, to ensure that all six Mock Tests are of an appropriate and consistent  level.

Mock Test Session timetable

  • 10.30 - Attendance Register taken
  • 10.50 - First Mock Test begins
  • 11:35 - Break
  • 11.55 - Second Mock Test begins
  • 12.45 - End of Session

Session Fees

  • Mock 11 Plus Test Session - £70 per Test Session

What is Included?

The Test Session:

  • Two Mock 11 Plus Tests of approximately 45 minutes each, with recorded, timed test instructions.

The Test Session Feedback:

  • A Test Report Summary and Results Tables providing a description of the Mock Test content, both the sections and the question types. The target overall 'pass' mark for each Mock Test is indicated. The average marks achieved in the Session, the highest score and the lowest score - the range - are also indicated. There are two Results Tables. The first ranks scores in each of the Tests separately and the second ranks the combined Test scores.
  • An Individual Test Report indicating the marks achieved by your child, both as a total mark and itemised by test section. Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning scores are further itemised by sub-section (Reading Comprehension, Synonyms, Spelling, Matrices, Series etc).
  • The Test Report Summary and Results Tables and the Individual Test Report are forwarded to parents / tutors by email as a PDF file.

Please note:

  • Sample questions and answers are provided with the the Test Report Summary but Question Booklets and Answer Sheets are not made available to parents or tutors before, during or following Mock Test Sessions. The School retains all Question Booklets and Answer Sheets at the end of the Mock Test Session. This helps ensure that all candidates sitting our Mock Tests have an equal chance and that Test Reports accurately reflect the ability of the children sitting the Tests.
  • Marks in the Test Report and Test Report Summary are expressed as raw scores and also in percentage terms.
  • The Mock Test results are not a guarantee of your child's final marks in their real 11 Plus.
  • The Mock Test results do not take into account the month children are born and are not age adjusted. This is because complex algorithms, which the School cannot replicate, are involved in the age standardisation procedure.

Getting to Beaconsfield

The 11 Plus in Bucks and Berks

In 2018 the 11 Plus tests in Buckinghamshire will be provided by GL Assessment. The tests administered by Slough Consortium schools will be provided by CEM.

The format of the GL Assessment and CEM 11 Plus tests is very similar, with a combination of multiple-choice Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Maths sections. The structure of the CEM and GL Assessment tests is also similar. Two tests are taken on the same day with a short break between them. Instructions are provided by audio soundtrack and there are separate Question Booklets and Answer Sheets. As such, our Mock Test Sessions are useful practice for children preparing for GL Assessment and/or CEM 11 Plus tests.

The Slough Consortium 11 Plus test provider is the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring CEM at Durham University and the 11 Plus test encompasses Verbal Reasoning, Maths and Non-Verbal Reasoning questions. The academic standard of the test is generally aligned to the Year 5 National Curriculum. However, a wide knowledge of Standard English vocabulary is of great benefit in terms of the CEM 11 Plus. Writing skills are not tested.

The tests may include a combination of the following components:

  • Reading comprehension - skimming for gist, scanning for specific information, inferring (Verbal Reasoning)
  • Vocabulary - identifying synonyms and antonyms (Verbal Reasoning)
  • Maths - data handling: statistics
  • Grammar, syntax and vocabulary - sentence gap-fill (Verbal Reasoning)
  • Deciphering letter and number codes (Verbal Reasoning)
  • Vocabulary - Identifying words hidden between other words (Verbal Reasoning)
  • Vocabulary - Identifying word families (Verbal Reasoning)
  • Logical deduction - inferring from a set of given statements (Verbal Reasoning)
  • Maths - short maths: mental arithmetic
  • Grammar - identifying word classes (Verbal Reasoning)
  • Spelling - identifying spelling errors (Verbal Reasoning)
  • Maths - long maths: (multi-part / multi-step) word problems
  • Vocabulary - identifying spelling or punctuation errors (Verbal Reasoning)
  • Grammar, syntax and vocabulary - ordering jumbled up sentences with an extra word (Verbal Reasoning)
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning - approximately 35-45 questions altogether in the Bucks CEM / Slough Consortium CEM 11 Plus papers
  • Cloze procedure - completing missing letters or words in a passage (Verbal Reasoning)
The ability to infer, deduce or conclude from evidence and reasoning is one which pupils need to develop and practise. Children also need to develop examination skills and strategies, including:

  • handling difficult test questions
  • checking the meaning of test questions
  • answering test questions at a suitably quick pace
  • entering answers correctly on the separate Answer Sheet
  • dealing with unanswered questions when time is running out

Pupils take two 11 Plus tests of around 45 minutes on the same day near the beginning of Year 6. In the Bucks 11 Plus, the first paper tests verbal skills and the second paper tests maths and Non-Verbal Reasoning skills. In the Slough Consortium 11 Plus, each test includes a mixture of Verbal Reasoning, Maths and Non-Verbal Reasoning questions. In both the Bucks  11 Plus and the Slough Consortium 11 Plus, the scores achieved on the two papers are added together and then age standardised to produce the final score.

Some of the maths questions involve reading comprehension skills. In these word problems, the children are required to find answers to mathematical problems based on their understanding of a short text. This can be challenging for some children. It may not be clear to them what calculation(s) they need to make. They may also find the scenarios distracting, making it difficult for them to focus on the maths element. Practice under test conditions can be very helpful in this respect.

Non-Verbal Reasoning questions test the ability to logically sequence patterns and shapes. Suitable preparation for this question type involves extensive, regular practice. 

In the Bucks 11 Plus, the overall weighting is Verbal Reasoning 50%, Maths 25% and Non-Verbal Reasoning 25%. In the Slough Consortium 11 Plus, the weighting is similar: 50%, 30% and 20% respectively. It is important to score well in all three parts of the test.

Grammar Schools in Bucks and Slough

There are a 13 fully selective grammar schools in Buckinghamshire and 4 in the Slough Consortium of Grammar Schools:

  • Beaconsfield High School, Beaconsfield (girls) * 
  • John Hampden Grammar School, High Wycombe (boys)  *
  • The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe (boys)  *      a top 100 school in England for STEM A Level subjects (2017 rankings)
  • Aylesbury Grammar School, Aylesbury (boys)  *
  • Aylesbury High School, Aylesbury (girls)
  • Burnham Grammar School, Burnham (co-ed)
  • Chesham Grammar School, Chesham (co-ed)  *
  • Dr Challoner's Grammar School, Amersham (boys)  *      a top 100 school in England for STEM A Level subjects (2017 rankings)
  • Dr Challoner's High School, Little Chalfont (girls)  *
  • Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, Aylesbury (co-ed)
  • Sir William Borlase's Grammar School, Marlow (co-ed)  *
  • The Royal Latin Grammar School, Buckingham (co-ed)
  • Wycombe High School, High Wycombe (girls)
  • Langley Grammar School, Langley, Slough (co-ed)  *
  • Upton Court Grammar School, Upton, Slough (co-ed)  *
  • St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School, Slough (co-ed)
  • Herschel Grammar School, Slough (co-ed)

* A Good Schools Guide school (May 2017 )

All pupils in Buck's state primary schools take the GL Assessment 11 Plus test, unless they opt out. 'Partner school' pupils in the county also take the test, as do a large number of pupils attending schools outside the county. The Slough Consortium of Grammar Schools has an application process which parents need to complete if they want their child to sit the CEM 11 Plus.

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