Facts

CSSE 11+ : The Beginning of the End


  • Track exactly how many weeks and days you have remaining so you can plan your revision schedule
  • Registration:             Tuesday 18th May, 2021

  • Test Date:                 Saturday 18th Sept, 2021

  • Results:                     Friday 15th Oct, 2021

CSSE 11+ : Information


  • There are ten grammar schools in the Consortium of Selective Schools of Essex (CSSE)
  • The schools have one common selection test which is administered by the CSSE
  • Exams take place in September and exam results are sent out in October
  • The exam consists of one Maths Paper (60 mins) and one English Paper (60 mins + 10 mins reading time)
  • The English paper includes comprehension, applied reasoning and two coninuous writing questions
  • There are a limited number of 'out of catchment area' spaces, meaning required scores are higher


The Essex (CSSE) 11+ papers are deceptively challenging. On the face of it, they can appear easier than the CEM and GL 11+ questions, however, don’t be fooled!


Maths questions are a mixture of short and long style, multi-part questions. The English comprehension questions are a mixture of free text and multiple choice.

Across the 10 CSSE schools, there are 1,323 places available for 2022 entry.

Consortium School Name

Available Places

Colchester County High School for Girls.

192

Colchester Royal Grammar School

128

King Edward VI Grammar School

150

Shoeburyness High School

31

Southend High School for Boys

180

Southend High School for Girls

180

St. Bernard’s High School (Girls)

63

St. Thomas More High School (Boys)

30

Westcliff High School for Boys

185

Westcliff High School for Girls

184

CSSE 11+ : Age Standardisation


Each year a statistical test is used to determine if age standardisation is required for the CSSE exam.

In recent years, no such adjustment has been applied. However, in light of the ruling of the Office of the Schools adjudicator, a modified approach to calculating age-adjustment was adopted from October 2018.


In plain English, this means that scores are adjusted according to the childs date of birth. The younger the child, the higher their mark is adjusted. 


Using the 2018 standarisation formula provided by the CSSE, we've calculated what the standardised score would be for a child that scored 40/60 in both Maths and English, but at different ages.

As you can see from the table below, being the youngest in the year can add up to 10 marks to your standardised score.

Date of Birth

Standardised Score

Score

Adjustment

1st Sept

334.15

0.00

1st Oct

335.02

+0.88

1st Nov

335.93

+1.78

1st Dec

336.80

+2.66

1st Jan

337.71

+3.56

1st Feb

338.61

+4.47

1st Mar

339.43

+5.29

1st Apr

340.34

+6.19

1st May

341.21

+7.07

1st June

342.12

+7.97

1st July

343.00

+8.85

1st Aug

343.90

+9.76