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Entrance Examination

2025 Entry

Admission arrangements for boys who will be 11 years of age by 1st September 2025 (DOB between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014)

All information regarding admission to Year 7 for September 2025 will be available on the school website from 18th April 2024.

Applications for the Trafford Grammar Schools Consortium Entrance Exam for 2025 entry will be open on our school website from 12 noon Thursday 25th April 2024 and close 12 noon Friday 21st June 2024.

The Entrance Exam will take place on Monday 16th September 2024.

The Open Evening for Year 5 parents/carers and children will take place on Thursday 2nd May 2024 between 5pm – 7.00 pm. This is a drop in event and there is no need to book.

Should you have any queries please email agsbadmissions@hamblintrust.co.uk

Exam information

In 2022, the Trafford Grammar Schools Consortium announced a change of provider for candidates wishing to take the entrance examination in September 2023. The move to GL Assessments was necessitated by the withdrawal of CEM from the market and has been made by grammar schools across the country.

The entrance exam consists of two tests, each approximately one hour in length, containing questions that assess verbal, non-verbal and mathematics skills. For each element there will be a range of different types of questions. Questions that test verbal ability skills may include questions relating to word choice, knowledge of words and their meanings and how words relate to each other; students may also be asked questions that relate to verbal reasoning comprehension skills. Questions that test non-verbal ability skills may include questions relating to relationships between shapes and sequences of shapes, identification of common features from a set of figures and applying them to a new figure, codes and spatial awareness questions. Questions that test mathematics skills generally cover content taught in schools up to the start of Year 6. The areas assessed typically include aspects of number, measurement, geometry and statistics. Some questions may involve using current mathematical skills to solve mathematic problems.


Altrincham Grammar School for Boys is an 11-18 wholly-selective Academy Grammar School responsible for its own admissions.

The Trafford Grammar School Consortium, comprising Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Sale Grammar School, Stretford Grammar School and Urmston Grammar School, are pleased to confirm our partnership with GL Assessment. 

GL Assessment will be the test provider for Year 7 entry testing from 2023 for 2024 entry and beyond. 

As specified in our admission policies, the content of the examination will remain as it previously has been, comprising mathematics, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.  Questions will be restricted to these skills and will be tested in a variety of ways.

GL’s familiarisation material, available below. 

Please read the following important information regarding the Entrance Exam.

GL Familiarisation Materials

*NEW* Please see new additional familiarisation material from GL specific to the Trafford Consortium Entrance Exam

If you have any questions please email: agsbadmissions@hamblintrust.co.uk