Essex CSSE 11+ Entrance Exams
About Paper 2
The Essex CSSE is the entrance exam for all 11+ selective places covering 9 key schools in Essex. The exam consists of 2 papers, one measuring Maths and one measuring English, each paper has an equal weighting of 50% in the final score.
Unusually for 11+ entrance exams, the CSSE papers are almost entirely open answer, as opposed to multiple choice. The vast majority of 11+ exams in the UK are multiple choice, so it's really important to focus your revision time and mock experience on open answer, time-weighted questions.
Schools using the CSSE entrance exam include:
Colchester County High School for Girls
Colchester Royal Grammar School
King Edward VI Grammar School
Shoeburyness High School
Southend High School for Boys
Southend High School for Girls
St. Bernard’s High School for Girls
St. Thomas More High School for Boys
Westcliff High School for Boys
Westcliff High School for Girls
Paper 1 - English Continuous Writing & English
There are two separate papers in the CSSE for English, one that assesses continuous writing and one that measures technical proficiency. The continuous writing papers usually request one or two long pieces of creative or structured writing. The technical papers measure the expected KS2 English language questions, including vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and literary devices.
As these papers are both open answer rather than multiple choice, it is important to practise timed open answer mock papers in preparation, rather than traditional multiple choice 11+ format papers.
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Essex CSSE Paper 1 Mock Papers
Click below to download timed, open answer mock papers suitable for Essex CSSE home mock practice.
English & Grammar: Open Answer English & Grammar mock papers with comprehension, continuous writing and technical language questions.
Essex CSSE Paper 2 Mock Papers
Click below to download open answer Maths & Numeracy mock papers suitable for Essex CSSE entrance exams.
Maths & Numeracy: Timed, open answer papers that look and feel like the real thing.
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Maths Bitesize: Short, timed papers that focus exclusively on selected mathematical topics
Paper 2 - Maths & Numeracy
The second paper of the CSSE entrance exams measure Mathematics (there are no Reasoning papers in these exams). As with the first paper, these are open answer rather than multiple choice question structures, which is unusual for 11+ entrance exams.
Make sure that your home mocks consist of open answer papers and that you are practising timed tests and getting used to watching the clock.