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Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Entrance exams are built under the GL framework, covering English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and 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 majority multiple choice but there are usually at least some open answer questions and it is important to prepare for both. Multiple choice answers are recorded on a separate, computer-marked answer sheet, answers recorded on the paper itself are not valid.

Let’s look at what we know

  • 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

  • There are usually some open answer questions which should be prepared for

Choosing the right practice papers

Basic preparation:

  • Multiple Choice - English & Grammar

  • Multiple Choice – Maths & Numeracy

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

Advanced preparation:

  • Open Answers – English & Grammar

  • Open Answers – Maths & Numeracy

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Wirral Grammar School for Girls

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