Essex 11 Plus

Visuteach provides online CSSE English and CSSE maths membership packages that help prepare for Essex CSSE 11 plus exams and for the English/verbal reasoning part of CEM 11 plus exams. Each Essex CSSE English and Essex CSSE maths membership package costs either £20 or £25 for one year. Details of the contents of the membership packages, example images, questions, answers, explanations, downloadable pdf files and online demo computer software are shown further down this web page.

The majority of grammar schools in Essex are part of the Consortium for Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE). The 11 plus exam in these schools consists of a CSSE English paper (which is made up of a comprehension test, an applied reasoning test and a continuous writing test) and a CSSE maths paper.

Chelmsford County High School for Girls is not part of the CSSE, and its 11 plus exams are CEM 11+ exams. CEM is the Centre for Monitoring and Evaluation at Durham University.

Essex CSSE 11+ Demos

Essex Maths Demo:

Print out the blank answer sheet and write your answers on it. When you have completed the test, check your answers against the completed answer sheet. For explanations of the answers, click on the Answers & Explanations link.

Blank Answer Sheet

Demo Test

Completed Answer Sheet

Answers & Explanations

Essex English Demo:

Our comprehension demo is an untimed test (whereas our purchased tests are timed tests).

You should print out the comprehension passage (or you can read it online within the test software itself), and you should write your answers to the comprehension and applied reasoning tests on a piece of paper. When you have completed the test, check your answers against the completed answer sheet.

Passage

Comprehension Test

Applied Reasoning Test

Answer Sheet

You can download and print out a pdf file of the questions in Visuteach’s Essex CSSE 11 plus maths software demos by clicking on the link below:

Visuteach Essex CSSE 11 Plus Maths Sample Questions

The questions, answers and explanations are shown in the tabs below.

There is an error in each of the following calculations. The error can be corrected by changing one digit to the number 9.

(a) 63 – 25 = 44
Which digit needs to be replaced with 9?

(b) 46 + 59 + 73 = 184
Which digit needs to be replaced with 9?

(c) 567 + (4 x 38) = 723
Which digit needs to be replaced with 9?

Answer:

(a) 3

We want the result of the subtraction to be 44.
But 63 – 25 = 38, not 44

38 is 6 less than 44, so we need to add another 6 to the left hand side of the equation. We have to replace one digit with a 9 so this means that we need to replace a 3 in the units column with a 9 i.e. we need to replace 63 with 69.

Doing this we get 69 – 25 and this is equal to 44

Alternatively, just use trial and error to replace digits until you get the required result on the right hand side of the equation

(b) 3

We want the result of the left hand side of the equation to be 184.
But 46 + 59 + 73 = 178, not 184.

178 is 6 less than 184, so we need to add another 6 to the left hand side of the equation. We have to replace one digit with a 9 so this means that we need to replace a 3 in the units column with a 9 i.e. we need to replace 73 with 79.

Doing this we get 46 + 59 + 79 and this is equal to 184

(c) 8

We want the result of the left hand side of the equation to be 723.
But 567 + (4 x 38) = 567 + 152 = 719, not 723

719 is 4 less than 723, so we need to add another 4 to the left hand side of the equation. So instead of adding 38 fours to 567, we want to add 39 fours i.e. we need to replace the digit 8 with the digit 9.

Doing this we get 567 + (4 x 39) and this is equal to 723

The diagrams below show the nets of different unfolded dice. On each part of the question, indicate how many dots would appear on the face opposite the 2 (i.e. opposite the 2 dots).

(a)
Essex CSSE 11 plus maths question 2a

(b)
Essex CSSE 11 plus maths question 2b

(c)
Essex CSSE 11 plus maths question 2c

(a) Answer: 6

(b) Answer: 3

(c) Answer: 4

A class of thirty pupils were asked which sports teams they played in. The results are shown in the Venn diagram.

Essex CSSE 11 plus maths question 3a

(a) How many pupils played football?

(b) How many pupils played neither sport?

(c) How many pupils played just one sport?

(d) A class of 40 pupils were asked the same questions.
12 played neither sport, 18 played football and 14 played cricket.
Complete the Venn diagram below to show this information.

Essex CSSE 11 plus maths question 3b

Answer:

(a) 15

11 + 4 = 15

(b) 7

30 – 11 – 4 – 8 = 7

(c) 19

11 + 8 = 19

(d)

Essex CSSE 11 plus maths question 3a answer

We know that only 28 pupils played football or cricket since 12 played neither and there are 40 altogether. We are told that 18 played football and 14 played cricket.

18 + 14 = 32
and this is 4 greater than 28. This means that 4 pupils played both football and cricket.

18 played football and 4 of these played both football and cricket, so the number that played only football is 18 – 4 = 14.

14 played cricket and 4 of these played both cricket and football, so the number that played only cricket is 14 – 4 = 10.

Assign 1 mark for each of the values pointed to by the arrows shown below.

Essex CSSE 11 plus maths question 3b answer

The bar chart shows the number of fish caught by Neil on fishing trips over the last 4 years.

Essex CSSE 11 plus maths question 4

(a) On how many trips did Neil catch 4 fish?

(b) On how many trips did he catch more than 2 fish?

(c) How many trips did he go on over the past 4 years?

(d) What was the average (mean) number of trips per year?

Answer:

(a) 5

(b) 15

He caught more than 2 fish on trips where he caught 3, 4 ,5 and 6 fish i.e. on 4+5+4+2 = 15 trips

(c) 32

Over the past 4 years, he went on a total of 8+6+3+4+5+4+2 = 32 trips

(d) 8

The average (mean) number of trips per year over the 4 year period is

total number of trips over 4 years / 4 =

(8 + 6 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 4 + 2) / 4 = 32 / 4 = 8

So the average (mean) number of trips per year is 8

Note that there is no need to work out the total number of trips over 4 years, since we already worked it out for part (c) of this question, and so we could have just said that the average number of trips is

total number of trips over 4 years / 4 = 32 / 4 = 8

In this question, letters of the alphabet are assigned number values:
A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, D = 4, E = 5, …

The product value of a word is created by multiplying the value of the letters e.g. the product value of ACE = 1 x 3 x 5 = 15

(a) What is the product value of the word PER?

(b) List the following words in order of their product value, starting with the lowest:

TAX    TOIL    HOLD    ISLE

(c) Which three letter English word can be added to the word below so that the sum of their product values is equal to 413?

BAN + ……..

Answer:

Write out the letters of the alphabet and assign numbers to the letters.

alphabet code

(a) 1440

The product value of PER is 16 x 5 x 18

One way of working this out quickly is to say that the product value of PER is 18 lots of 16 x 5 and that 18 lots of 16 x 5 is 20 lots of 16 x 5 minus 2 lots of 16 x 5.

20 lots of 16 x 5 is 20 x 16 x 5 = 20 x 5 x 16 = 100 x 16 = 1600
and
2 lots of 16 x 5 is 2 x 16 x 5 = 2 x 5 x 16 = 10 x 16 = 160

so 18 lots of 16 x 5 is 1600 – 160 = 1440

(b) TAX, HOLD, ISLE, TOIL

TAX = 20 x 1 x 24 = 20 x 24
TOIL = 20 x 15 x 9 x 12 = 108 x 15 x 20
HOLD = 8 x 15 x 12 x 4 = 60 x 8 x 12
ISLE = 9 x 19 x 12 x 5 = 60 x 9 x 19

There is no need to calculate all of these products.

We can see that the product value of TOIL is bigger than the product value of ISLE and that the product value of ISLE is bigger than the product value of HOLD and the product value of HOLD is bigger than the product value of TAX

So in order from lowest to highest, the words are TAX, HOLD, ISLE, TOIL

(c) KEG

The product value of the word BAN is 2 x 1 x 14 = 28

So we need to find a three letter English word whose product value is 413 – 28 i.e. whose product value is 385.

To do this we need to find 3 factors of 385 which when multiplied together produce a value of 385 and we need to see if the letter values for these three factors make an English three letter word.

In this type of question, it is highly likely that the 3 factors will be primes because that will cut down the time needed to work out the solution. However, that is not necessarily the case, and if the product is not a product of just 3 primes, then you will need to consider other non-prime factors such as the number 1, which represents the letter A, and which is a factor of every number. However, in general, try using the method of prime factorisation first before you consider other possibilities.

To find the factors, we can start by using the method of prime factorisation.

Doing this, we have that 385 = 5 x 77 = 5 x 7 x 11

The letter values for these factors are E G and K and they form the word KEG which has a product value of 11 x 5 x 7 = 385

You can download and print out a pdf file of a sample of one of Visuteach’s Essex CSSE English comprehension tests by clicking on the link below:

Visuteach Essex CSSE English Comprehension Test

Alternatively, you can read the comprehension passage below. The comprehension passage below can be displayed in full screen mode by clicking on the Full Screen icon (which has has four small white diagonal arrows) on the toolbar at the bottom of the passage. To exit from full screen mode, you can click on the Full Screen icon or press the Esc key on your keyboard.

For mobile users, you can use pinch and zoom to enlarge the text.

The answers to the sample test are shown in the tabs below.

(a) In lines 25-26, find a metaphor. Write out the metaphor. (1 mark)

(b) Explain the meaning of this metaphor. (1 mark)

a) Mr Codlin’s heart was touched (1 mark)

b) Mr Codlin felt good, Mr Codlin got a warm feeling (or similar) (1 mark)

Who is Tom? (Line 16) (1 mark)

(Choose one of A, B, C, D and E)

A. A servant
B. One of the boys
C. A beggar
D. Mr Codlin
E. The landlord’s nephew

D (1 mark)
In lines 19-24, which four words suggest “heat”? (4 marks)

(Choose four of A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H)

A. Roaring
B. Ruddy
C. Blazing
D. Steam
E. Savoury
F. Simmering
G. Mist
H. Flames

C, D, F, H (4 marks)
What increased as Mr Codlin approached the inn? (2 marks)

(Choose two of A, B, C, D, E and F)

A. His anxiety
B. His anger
C. His irritability
D. His impatience
E. The speed he was moving at
F. The heat of the sun

A, E (2 marks)
Why did the landlord feel that his “toils on earth were over”? (Lines 36-37) (1 mark)

He thought he was in heaven because the food was so good. (1 mark)

Select from the passage one word that corresponds to the word or phrase on the left below. Guidance is given in the right hand column below on the lines within which the word may be found. (12 marks)

Word from passage ……………. Look in lines
A. noticed ……………………………… 3-5
B. loaded ………………………………. 3-5
C. travelling …………………………… 4-6
D. satisfaction …………………………. 8-10
E. fall ……………………………….. 10-12
F. looking …………………………….. 14-16
G. pretending ………………………….. 26-28
H. aroma ………………………………. 34-36
I. drink ………………………………. 49-51
J. streams …………………………….. 49-51
K. protected …………………………… 54-56
L. increasing ………………………….. 62-64

SPELLINGS MUST BE CORRECT

A) observed (1 mark)
B) laden (1 mark)
C) itinerant (1 mark)
D) gratification (1 mark)
E) descend (1 mark)
F) glancing (1 mark)
G) feigning (1 mark)
H) fragrance (1 mark)
I) beverage (1 mark)
J) torrents (1 mark)
K) sheltered (1 mark)
L) enhancing (1 mark)

In one sentence, explain why Codlin did not want even a biscuit to be brought to him before the meal was ready (lines 42-43). (2 marks)
He wanted to enjoy the meal to its fullest extent.
(1 mark for the answer and 1 mark for the complete sentence)

You can download and print out a pdf file of a sample of one of Visuteach’s Essex CSSE Applied Reasoning tests by clicking on the link below:

Visuteach Essex CSSE Applied Reasoning Sample Test

Alternatively, you can open the Applied Reasoning test below. The Applied Reasoning test below can be displayed in full screen mode by clicking on the Full Screen icon (which has has four small white diagonal arrows) on the toolbar at the bottom of the passage. To exit from full screen mode, you can click on the Full Screen icon or press the Esc key on your keyboard.

For mobile users, you can use pinch and zoom to enlarge the text.

The answers to the sample test are shown in the tabs below.

Complete the words using the same letter in each gap.

For example:
ho( _ )d          ( _ )ever    should be completed    ho(l)d       (l)ever
ba( _ )( _ )le   cra( _ )e    should be completed    ba(t)(t)le   cra(t)e

del( _ )e          ( _ )ain

v

Complete the words using the same letter in each gap.

For example:
ho( _ )d          ( _ )ever    should be completed    ho(l)d       (l)ever
ba( _ )( _ )le   cra( _ )e    should be completed    ba(t)(t)le   cra(t)e

i( _ )fa( _ )t          o( _ )io( _ )s

n

Complete the words using the same letter in each gap.

For example:
leve( _ )orry        should be completed    leve(l)orry
beake( _ )oute    should be completed    beake(r)oute

los( _ )izzle

s

Complete the words using the same letter in each gap.

For example:
leve( _ )orry        should be completed    leve(l)orry
beake( _ )oute    should be completed    beake(r)oute

alle( _ )arn

y

Shorter words can be made by rearranging the letters of the word

plead

For example: the word lead can be made with four of the letters.

Find five other four letter words that can be made from ‘plead’.

plea, leap, pale, dale, deal

Essex 11 plus English papers are quite difficult. The comprehension passages and the vocabulary are difficult. In the past, comprehension passages have been taken from authors such as Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy and Graham Greene. Our Essex CSSE English tests contain comprehension passages by Samuel Smiles, George Eliot, Jerome K. Jerome, Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack London, Thomas Hardy, Emily Brontë and Charlotte Brontë among others.

Visuteach Products for CEM 11 Plus Exams

For Chelmsford County High School for Girls, which uses CEM 11 plus exams, we have a CEM English/Verbal Reasoning membership package with online software CEM tests, and we have 20 English comprehension papers for extra comprehension practice.

Demo of Online CEM English/VR Membership Package

Demo 1:
This demo contains some synonym, antonym, cloze (missing words and missing letters) and jumbled sentence questions.

Demo 1

Demo 2:
This demo contains cloze tests with missing letters in words.

Demo 2

Demo 3:
This demo is a timed comprehension test (with answers at the end of the test).
Print out the passage and then run the demo test.

Passage

Demo 3

Demo of English Comprehension Papers

Download and print out the answer sheet and the comprehension passage for the question paper by clicking on the links below. Then look at the question paper and fill the answer sheet in. Finally, check your answers against the correct answers shown below.

Blank Answer Sheet

Comprehension Passage

Question Paper

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Correct Answers

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