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Key Updates to the CSSE 11+ Exam Format

Applied Reasoning will no longer feature in the English Paper


The Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE) has announced an important change in the structure of the 11+ English paper, which will be effective from September 2024. The Applied Reasoning component, a staple in previous examinations, will no longer feature.


Why the Change?

Although CSSE has not explicitly detailed their reasons for this curriculum adjustment, it is presumed that the aim is to place greater emphasis on fundamental linguistic and literary competencies. This enhancement will likely focus on comprehension, language mastery, creative writing, and critical literary analysis—key areas that are crucial for academic success in English.


Adjustments in Teaching and Exam Preparation

In response to these changes, we have updated our revision strategies and the format of our mock exams to better prepare students for this new focus. Our teaching materials are now tailored to develop a deeper understanding of language and text, encouraging more profound literary appreciation and analysis.


Overview of the Revised CSSE Exam Format

Starting in 2024, students preparing for the CSSE exams will face the following structured papers:

  • Paper 1: English (Comprehension & Continuous Writing)

    • Duration: 60 minutes, plus 10 minutes reading time.

  • Paper 2: Mathematics

    • Duration: 60 minutes


Schools Participating in the CSSE Examination

This single exam format is used for entry into several prestigious selective schools across Essex, including:

  • King Edward VI Grammar School (KEGS, Chelmsford)

  • Colchester County High School for Girls

  • Colchester Royal Grammar School

  • Southend High School for Girls

  • Southend High School for Boys

  • Westcliff High School for Girls

  • Westcliff High School for Boys

  • St. Bernard's High School for Girls

  • St. Thomas More High School

  • Shoeburyness High School


Important Dates for Registration and Examination

  • Registration Deadline: The final day to register for the examination is Friday, 28th June.

  • Examination Date: The CSSE exam for 2025 entry is scheduled for Saturday, 21st September 2024.

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