The test for 2020 entry will be held on Saturday 7 September 2019.

Your child will sit two tests of approximately 50 minutes each, with a short break between the two papers.

Question booklets will be divided into smaller, individually timed sections that test:

  • Verbal ability (including reading + comprehension / literacy skills)
  • Non verbal ability and
  • Mathematics

Children will record their answers on a separate sheet.  The scores for each section will be standardised to take account of differences in age and then added together for the total rounded score.

There are no written sections in this test, all questions are multiple choice.  The test provider is CEM.

Practice papers

A range of publications designed to assist preparation for school admission tests are available from leading bookshops.  

None of the schools keep past papers and these are not available from other sources.

Intensive coaching or tuition is not in the long term best interests of your child.  The Grammar Schools in Birmingham is in no way connected to, nor does it endorse or recommend, the services of any organisation or agency purporting to offer tuition and/or revision courses for children to assist in preparing them for school entrance tests.

Many children are anxious about sitting tests.  You can help by not putting pressure on your child.

You can download a familiarisation guide (PDF) here.