Looking for information about the 11 plus for entry to a grammar school in the London Borough of Bexley? We've collated all the information you'll need about the application process for entry in September 2024, including what to expect and how to help your child prepare for the exam.
In April 2023, Bexley Council announced they're changing their 11 plus provider from CEM to GL Assessment. CEM is no longer offering paper-based exams. Learn more about what to expect from the new GL Bexley Selection Test below.
Register via: Bexley Council
Registration opens: 15th May 2023
Registration closes: 30th June 2023
Exam date: between 9th–14th September 2023 (exact date TBC)
Exam board type: GL Assessment
Results: mid-October 2023
Local authority application form deadline: 31st October 2023
National school offer day: 1st March 2024
Appeals: contact the schools directly
Dates can vary, so always check with your target schools!
Taken in September of Year 6, the Bexley Selection Test is an academic exam (known commonly as the 11 plus) which assesses children’s potential and suitability for grammar schools. If your child scores highly on the Bexley Selection Test, you can include grammar schools in Bexley on your common application form (CAF).
Most primary schools in Bexley hold the Bexley Selection Test on their own premises. However, some may use a testing centre, which your child may be invited to if their primary school is outside the Bexley local authority.
There are four grammar schools in Bexley. All four schools use the Bexley Selection Test (11 plus) to determine which children to give places to in Year 7.
Beths Grammar School (boys only)
Bexley Grammar School (boys and girls)
Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School (boys and girls)
Townley Grammar School (girls only)
The Bexley Selection Test now consists of two test papers provided by GL. Each paper lasts about 60 minutes. A few minutes are allocated at the start of each paper for children to listen to instructions and complete some unmarked practice questions.
Both papers are divided into smaller, individually-timed sections that assess:
The test is entirely multiple-choice format, with no writing sections. Children record their answers in a separate answer booklet which is marked electronically.
The maths and English questions assess your child's understanding of Key Stage 2 national curriculum content, including Year 6 objectives. It tests their ability to reason and apply knowledge accurately.
The reasoning questions assess your child’s logic and problem-solving ability. Verbal and non-verbal reasoning are not typically taught at school. They are intended to measure how well children can spot patterns with, connect and manipulate written and visual information.
There is no specified pass mark for the Bexley Selection Test. The 180 pupils with the highest scores automatically make up the highest priority group for places at their preferred school. The remaining children who took the test will then go through each school's admissions process if there are still places available.
Your child's raw scores for each section are converted to an age-standardised score. This is to make allowances for their age (in years and months) at the time the test is taken to ensure that children born towards the end of the school year aren't disadvantaged.
The secondary selection process is very competitive – around 30% of children who take the Bexley Selection Test achieve a mark high enough to be able to apply to a grammar school.
Here are our top tips on how to help your child prepare for the 2023 exam:
Make sure your child is familiar with all styles of questions they will experience in the test. This reduces the potential for panic on the day and will give them the confidence to answer questions to the best of their ability. Access to unlimited practice materials that mirror the format and style of the Bexley Selection Test will ensure your child is fully prepared.
The 11 plus assesses a large breadth and depth of learning objectives. Starting at least one year before the test will allow your child time to securely build the skills and knowledge they need. When preparing it can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing on the content your child prefers. Atom Nucleus tailors your child's personalised learning journey, creating their bespoke programme to cover all elements of the Bexley Selection Test in a fun and engaging way.
Setting regular goals and celebrating achievements will help your child progress efficiently. Atom offers data-driven insights into your child’s progress towards mastering the Bexley Selection Test content, making it easy to see where they need to focus next.
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Atom Nucleus gives children access to unlimited online practice papers tailored to the Bexley Selection Test. Our online tests are designed to mirror the format and style of real 11 plus questions, so your child will go into the exam knowing exactly what to expect.
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