Trafford 11 Plus Grammar School Exam Preparation – Grammar Success

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What Grammar Success Has To Offer…

The Specific 11 Plus Grammar School Exam Preparation Support Service | Grammar Success | Our mock entrance exams are in an identical format to the various schools entrance exams and the format we write is no longer than 1 year old!

  • Fully Qualified Teachers
  • Grammar School Papers Suited To The Individual Grammar Schools –  includes English, Verbal, Non-Verbal & Maths questions (covering GL style and CEM style questions/papers)
  • Raw & Standardised Marking System
  • Individual Analysis of our students exams in which we identify any problem areas. We will provide you with a report on our findings, along with your child’s question and answer paper in order that errors can be discussed at home.

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For the past seven years we have worked with year 4 & 5 children completing mock exams in the Trafford region, we have successfully carried out practice exams in preparation for their real grammar school exams. We have helped gain successful entry for a large number of our students into their preferred Grammar School. The practice we deliver and the advise we give has proved very successful for most of our candidates. We will offer this service again and again over the Easter, Whitsun and Summer holiday breaks. Due to the different formats of mock exams we intend to do, at least two exams on days throughout all holidays these dates can be found here.

Our complete dates can be booked here

We always ensure that our students sit the mock exams in a formal setting and provide written feedback on their performance. We like to see how they coped generally with timing, thinking, memory recollection etc. Our students can also take their question papers home to work on any areas they are unsure of.

Grammar Success are happy to say we write our own papers using formats no longer than one year old

Trafford 11 Plus Grammar School Exam Preparation – Grammar Success

Why carry out a mock exam with Grammar Success?

We write all of our exams to the current standards set in current up to date formats. Our mock exam days are designed to give your child the opportunity to experience a mock exam day. We are currently using the identical Trafford grammar schools entrance11 plus mock exam tests trafford exam style questions, the format we use is no longer than a year old and all of our mock exams are held within a realistic exam day environment. We hold three different sets of exams which take place during the months of May, July and August/September. The exam papers include Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, English and Maths.

The children that are to sit the grammar school entrance examinations, they have generally not done any external exams similar to this format. Now with what we offer which is the opportunity to experience a mock exam will gives them an insight to gain this experience in an unfamiliar and potentially overwhelming environment but without the pressure of the actual exam. As with any new experience, confidence grows with familiarity and thus mock exam experience can only advantage a child when they face the actual exams in September and October.

During the mock exams, we will guide the children with regards to how to handle their exam will all the tips and tricks necessary to a successful pass . Throughout the morning, the director in charge of the exam will give the children tips which may help them deal with the actual exams in a more confident manner.

Trafford 11 Plus Grammar School Exam Preparation – Grammar Success

What happens on the mock exam day?

When you have booked a mock exam us you will and have been sent an email with all the information that you require. We hold our examsTrafford 11 Plus Grammar School Exam Preparation - Grammar Success in the morning as with time schedule for the real examinations. We provide our mock exam day as closely as possible to the the real environment schedule. Now because the actual entrance exams do tend be held at slightly different times from one school to another, it is therefor very difficult for us to reflect the format of every school.

The mock exam experience starts with registration of your child this starts at 09:30 earliest and 09:55 latest with the registrar who will give out a collection form. The provided form must be presented at the end of the exams when you come to collect the student, so we can ensure that the correct person is has come to collect student. Our staff will then show the student into the exam room once they have checked whether they need a visit to the lavatory.

When all the students are in the examination room, the exam may commence. Our team members at Grammar Success are presented to our students and provided with a brief talk about the real entrance exams to the various different Grammar Schools. It is only short presentation and thus allows your child to settle in and hopefully help them with the process altogether. A explanation will then given of how the mock exam will be carried out.

Trafford 11 Plus Grammar School Exam Preparation – Grammar Success

The students will be then required to check they have their stationary equipment and to also required to check they have the correct paper in front of them. If they bring their own pencil case, a requirement is that it must be transparent. They will then instructed to write their name on the front of the question paper where required. As the last part to this, the instructions on the front of the paper are read out and the children will then begin the test. Students will then be given the time when the test begins and then are given time warnings half way through the test and also when five minutes are left (this is slightly different with the Non-Verbal where there is half time warning and a minute warning, although this will probably not happen in the actual exam). Once the time is up, we end that test and collect the papers.  This procedure is repeated for all the papers.

There will be a short break during the mock exam, which normally occurs around half way through the exam. As with the actual Trafford grammar school exams, children may bring a bottle of water and a small snack preferably a healthy snack like fruit or somthing similar to eat. We ask parents to be present by the notified time to collect their children. After the three papers are finished, the registrar collects the collection slips to ensure that a responsible adult is present before releasing the children

Trafford 11 Plus Grammar School Exam Preparation – Grammar Success

What happens after examination is complete?

grammar school for boys girls mock 11 plus exam adviceIn most cases the papers will go through a computerised marking process, using software wrote in house by our developers. We will provide you with the results so you can take an effective proactive approach in dealing with the results. Dependant on how much work has been carried out already and the students natural capabilities we can then take steps to further improve these results. Angela is our dedicated expert and and will provide all of the skills, tip and tricks necessary for a successful entry into the preferred grammar school of your choice.


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1 comment on “Trafford 11 Plus Grammar School Exam Preparation – Grammar Success”

  1. James Allen

    Hello Afifa

    Our mock exams are not held at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls – only the official exam is authorised at these premises.

    We represent all Grammar Schools in the Trafford, Manchester and surrounding areas and hold different exams specific to the format of each school.

    We do a CEM,(audio instruction) exam which is identical in subject matter and format to the official Altrincham Girls Exam.

    All children who have followed our process over the past 7 years have gained entry into a school of their choice.

    I hope the following information will be helpful to you.

    Exam and Revision guidance

    We understand that this can be a very stressful time for both parents and children. We provide more than just Mock Exams.

    We like to offer all of our clients a Personal Service, which includes

    • Mock exams that mirror the official exams in subject matter, format, administration, and marking process
    . 11 plus one –one tuition
    11 plus Summer School
    • Exam familiarisation – one-one sessions on exam format and technique
    • Thorough marking process – your report will include both individual and group Raw and Standardised score
    • Specific in-depth analysis of your child’s exam to establish accurate areas of weakness
    • Holiday Revision Packages tailored to suit your childs needs
    • Useful advice and instruction throughout the summer leading up to the exams
    • Specialised 11+ Personally devised revision programme packages – to include tutoring and mock exams
    • 96% pass rate
    • Seven years of grammar success

    The CEM Exam

    Altrincham Girls Grammar School, Sale, Stretford and Urmston Grammar Schools (the Consortium)will do a CEM exam

    The CEM Exam we do is the same in format and subject area as the official CEM exam. It consists of two 50 minute papers with a 15 minute break in between . The subject areas are mixed in each paper .
    1. numerical reasoning is split into two sections – one in each paper
    amounting to 51-62 questions in total .
    2. Verbal reasoning is split in 5 sections consisting of 2 short comprehensions ,( shuffled sentences or multiple meanings of odd one out)antonyms, synonyms and cloze – amounting to 83-97 questions in total.
    3. Non.Vr – one or two sections – total 19-38 questions.

    So 8-10 sections in total split over the two papers

    There are time limits on each subsection which is managed by an audio recording advising the children when to start and stop .

    Each of the 3 areas is worth one third ( 141 standardised) of the total marks . Therefore the non vr questions are very important .

    The total mark achievable is 423. The pass mark for alty girls sale and Stretford is 334 ( around 79 percent) in catchment and 353 out of catchment . Urmston is 353.

    Altrincham Grammar School for Boys will set a GL Exam which is entirely different to the CEM .

    We also do this exam in the same format and subject material.

    The GL Exam consists of 3 papers.

    Non VR – 2 sections of 20 questions in 20 minutes then
    VR – 80-85 questions on 50 mins
    Maths – 50 questions in 50 minutes

    They also have to do a 20 minute creative writing bit at the end which is not marked unless the child fails to reach the required pass mark within 13 marks under .

    St Ambrose

    GL assessment English comprehension -45 minutes and
    Verbal Reasoning- 50 minutes
    Arithmetic – 30 minutes set by school


    GL assessment English – 45 minutes and Verbal Reasoning 50 minutes
    Maths 45 minutes – set by the school

    Both GL and CEM exams can be extremely difficult to complete during the time allocated if your child has not seen or practised an exam paper before. Knowledge of how to use the answer sheet in both exams is vital. The text is very small and the way the boxes are set out on the answer paper are very confusing. Especially with the CEM, the answer sheet is as complex as the subject matter
    School work or tutoring alone does not prepare children for an exam experience. We know that around half of the children who sit the entrance exams do not gain the required pass mark because of issues with nerves or timing – regardless of the tutoring they have received or their natural academic ability. The mere fact that a child has not familiarised themselves with the format of the exam paper will cost them around 50 per cent of their time in the exam, and will almost certainly lead to failure.

    Every child had different and varied revision requirements but the feedback we have received tells us that Mock Exams are vital in the revision process.
    Over the years we have managed to establish a method of assessment that will ensure the correct revision and practice is carried out by children in order to give them the best chance possible during the official exam.

    96 percent of children who work with us, and follow a personal devised study programme, have gained entry to the grammar school of their choice.
    This is our 6th year in doing these exams with children. Our aim is to provide you with the best advice and service possible to ensure you children gain entry to the school of their choice.
    This does not necessarily mean hours of revision or tutoring and constant mock exams. It is a simple formula designed to accurately establish, and work on, your child’s weaknesses in the specific subject areas, and addressing nerve and timing issues. A plan can be devised to suit each child’s needs. If your child has not seen CEM or GL practice exam question and answer sheets, we can arrange a familiarisation session (to cover all exam types) prior to the exam.

    We believe this year will be the toughest so far for the children. The formation of the consortium (i.e. AGGS, Sale, Stretford and Urmston) means that some children only have one chance and cannot afford to have a ‘bad day’
    After your child has taken a mock exam with us we will prepare a lengthy report. The report contains your Childs results, which include the raw and standardised score, the group average and any comments relating to your child’s performance during the exam.

    From the questions your child answered incorrectly we can deduce and provide accurate advice, including constructive comments on the specific areas we believe your child will benefit from by doing further revision

    Your report will provide you with a general idea of how your child will fair against other children who will be sitting the official exams. Grammar Success will hold 28 exams (please see our website for specific dates ) prior to the official exams in 2016.
    We also intend to hold some smaller group exams on Saturdays and Sundays when the children return to school, one week before each official exam.

    At the end of the summer, we expect over 1200 children to have completed mock exams with us.

    As we progress throughout the summer we will provide mock exam results (raw, average and standardised) taking account of the increasing number of students who sit the mock exams.
    This will provide an excellent indication of how your children will perform in the official exam.

    General itinerary for our mock exams

    Venue – Altrincham Town Hall
    Market Street
    WA14 1PG

    Drop off Time – 09.45 – 09.55am – Please bring your children to the reception area of the venue where you will be asked to sign them in and leave them with one of our invigilators.
    The children will then be shown to their designated room and desk and the exam will commence at 10am.
    **Please note that, whilst we understand there are inevitable delays with any event, we cannot accept any children who arrive later than 10.55. This is in keeping with the strict rules that will apply when they take the actual exams in September.

    The following guidelines are implemented to allow the children to experience an official exam environment.

    In accordance with official exam rules, parents are not encouraged to accompany their children beyond the reception entrance.

    Dress – Casual comfortable clothing (i.e. non school uniform) we understand that during most official grammar school exams, school uniform is compulsory.

    Stationery – Children should bring 2 pencils, 1 ruler,(not permitted for CEM) eraser and a pencil sharpener, all contained within a transparent pencil case clearly marked with their name. Please do not panic if you have forgotten something – we will supply items where necessary

    Refreshments – The children will have a 15 minute break during their exam (GL and CEM). We recommend they bring a drink – in a water bottle or disposable plastic bottle or carton. (clearly named) Energy snacks (such as fruit or energy bars) are also recommended. In our experience children will bring a named lunch bag or box with preferred contents within. The children cannot drink or eat during the exam.

    Collection Time – CEM -Parents should arrive at 12.30 pm to collect the children.
    GL – Parents should arrive at 12.45 pm to collect the children

    Rules During the Exam – (which will be explained clearly prior to the commencement of the paper)

    In keeping with the official exam rules, when all are settled within the classroom, we will advise them of the rules and provide reassurance.
    • Any queries regarding specific exam questions are not permitted.
    • Questions in relation to misunderstood verbal or written instructions can be explained by an invigilator.
    • If your children require a toilet or drink break during the exam, they should raise their hand and an invigilator will quietly escort them from the classroom to attend to their needs.
    • If you child feels ill or unable to continue with the exam, they are advised to raise their hand and will be taken from the classroom to resolve the issue. If the issue is simply that of a “nervous moment”, we will reassure them and ask them if they feel that they can return to the exam environment without discomfort. If not, we will then inform you.
    • Digital watches are not permitted. Analogue watches may be worn but not advised as children tend to spend more time than necessary checking the time. There will be clocks within the exam room, clearly visible to all children .

    We hope the above answers any questions you may have.

    Please contact us if there is anything you would like us to clarify, or if you would like to enquire further about our other services.

    Best regards

    Angela Saxton-Martin
    Director and Exam Organiser
    Grammar Success

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