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Henrietta Barnett School

There are two stages to the entrance exam. The first stage is made up of multiple-choice papers covering Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning, and is based on the GL exam framework. Stage two is open answer, covers Maths and English, and is prepared by the school.

Stage 1 – GL Multiple Choice: Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning

GL (Granada Learning, previously NFER) is one of the two leading 11+ exam bodies in the UK, alongside CEM.

GL papers are built from a question bank of c15,000 entrance questions and follow a pattern of repeating question styles. For these reasons it is generally agreed that GL entrance exams are easier to revise for than their less predictable CEM cousins.

Each subject is usually covered in a dedicated paper lasting between 45 and 50 minutes, questions are multiple choice and answers are recorded on a separate, computer-marked answer sheet, answers recorded on the paper itself are not valid.

Stage 2 – Open Answer: Maths and English

The second stage paper is written by the school. It is generally an open answer exam covering Maths and English. Past papers are not provided, but the papers generally cover the KS2 curriculum.

Let’s look at what we know

  • 1st stage papers are multiple choice, GL format, covering English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • GL papers are built from a shared question bank following repeated question styles

  • With practise, it is possible to familiarise with the types of questions in a GL exam

  • Most questions are multiple choice with the answers recorded on a separate answer sheet

  • 2nd stage papers are open answer, prepared by the school and cover English and Maths

Choosing the right practice papers

Stage One

Children should practise timed, multiple choice questions with separate answers sheets, covering English Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

  • Multiple Choice - English & Grammar

  • Multiple Choice – Maths & Numeracy

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

Stage Two

Children should practise open answer papers with time-weighted questions, across both English and Maths.

  • Open Answers – English & Grammar

  • Open Answers – Maths & Numeracy

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Henrietta Barnett School