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11 Plus Exam preparation

How To Prepare For 11 Plus Exams

There are four ways you can prepare for the 11 Plus exam. Find out which suits you best.

11 Plus reading

Read To Succeed

Reading is an essential part of any preparation . Reading helps children develop much greater vocabulary breadth which can be the difference between success and failure. Our free reading guide , paired reading advice, free classic book reading lists and free reading lists for reluctant readers help children to succeed.

11 Plus test papers

Free 11 Plus Exam Papers

Free 11 plus exam papers. Free test papers and resources covering Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Also free CEM and GL preparation resources and free resources and 11 plus papers for school written and 11+ scholarship exams.

Independent & Private Schools

Find the right Independent School using our free guides, be successful in the entry exam by using our free preparation advice.

11 Plus forum

11 Plus Forum

Our 11+ exam forum has been designed to help parents find answers as quickly as possible. The eleven plus forum holds answers to all the most commonly asked questions for each school or area and we even offer the opportunity to ask questions of us directly if you cannot find the answer in the forum. It’s free to use.

11 Plus Tutors & Tuition Centres

Discover if using an 11 plus tutor or tuition centre is right for you. Use our free private tutors and tuition centre guides to find the best one.

11 Plus Exam test areas

Grammar School Test Areas

Our grammar school guides help you choose the right school, understand the entry requirements and prepare properly for the 11 plus exam your child will face.

11 Plus Exam Subjects and topics

11 Plus Test Subjects

11 Plus exams test Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Maths and English skills. Find out what’s involved with each exam topic.

Non-Verbal Reasoning

Non- Verbal Reasoning isn’t taught in state schools.  Our free preparation guides and free advice on which books to use have been very popular and successful.

Verbal Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning within 11 plus exams can differ by area. Our free preparation guides and advice will help you through the process.

11 Plus Maths

Whichever 11 plus maths exam you face , our free guides will help you understand what’s needed and how to prepare properly.

11 Plus English

Our free guides will help you understand what’s involved. Free preparation guides and a recommended list of English 11 plus exam resources .

11 Plus Exam Vocabulary

11 Plus Exam Vocabulary

The key to success in verbal reasoning and English 11 Plus exams is developing a wide vocabulary. The most successful children at 11 Plus will have a vocabulary that is around 1,000 words larger than the average children. Find out how to help your child.

11 Plus Exam Creative Writing

11 Plus Exam Creative Writing

Creative writing isn’t included in every test, but, where it occurs it’s often a struggle for parents to know how to help their children. We’ve written a section on creative writing to help and indicated some great resources you could use. Find out more via our 11 Plus Creative Writing section.

11 Plus Exam Subjects and topics

Free 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning exam papers

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Free 11 Plus Non-Verbal Reasoning Exam Papers

Free 11 Plus Non-Verbal Reasoning Exam Papers

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What is the 11 Plus Exam ?

The 11 Plus Exam is taken towards the end of Primary School and is a competitive selective exam used to allocate spaces to a Grammar School. The 11 Plus Exam is taken in September and the test itself varies by area and school. The test can include a selection of four subjects- Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

When is the 11 Plus Exam ?

For Grammar Schools the 11 Plus exams are mostly in early/mid-September (when children have just started year six) but this can vary by individual school or area. For Independent Schools, which also have an intake at this age, the exam is normally in mid-late January although some test in February.

What is an 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Test ?

There are several types of 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning test. Schools normally use either GL Verbal Reasoning tests or CEM Verbal Reasoning Tests. The GL Verbal Reasoning tests are based on their 21 question types which include roughly ten question types where a wider vocabulary is essential and the remainder are logic based. CEM Verbal Reasoning is different and includes a mix of mainly vocabulary and comprehension focussed questions.

What is an 11 Plus Non-Verbal Reasoning Test ?

Non-Verbal Reasoning for 11 Plus exams is the same as any other Non-Verbal reasoning test but it is age appropriate. Non-Verbal Reasoning tests aim to identify potential regardless of educational background. 11 Plus Non-Verbal Reasoning tests are graphic puzzles , children are given an example and then asked to answer several questions. Preparation is useful but of limited benefit when compared to other subjects like Verbal Reasoning, Maths and English.

What is a Grammar School ?

There are 164 Grammar Schools left. They aim to take the top performing students in their area, selected by an 11 Plus exam. Historically there were two types of secondary school. Grammar Schools (which took the top 25% of pupils) and secondary modern schools which took the remainder. Some areas retain this system while others have switched to the comprehensive system.Some areas like Kent and Bucks retain a full Grammar School System, others have none or only a partial Grammar School system.

What is an Independent School ?

Independent Schools are either secondary schools or primary schools which charge fees. Some are very selective , others are not. Many provide a wider set of study options particularly in areas like languages than state run schools and class sizes tend to be smaller. Fees range from around £12,000 a year for a junior day school to over £35,000 for a senior boarding school. Many offer generous scholarships and bursaries to help disadvantaged but talented children.

The eleven plus exam and entry process is difficult for parents and children. Our aim is to help you through the eleven plus maze and find a solution that’s right for you. Whether you are trying to find the right school or are finding out about sitting a CEM test, a GL test , a school written exam or a mixture, we are here to help and guide you. Our 11 plus preparation advice has been particularly useful for parents in the past, enabling them to choose the right school, plan a schedule of activity and buy the right books and eleven plus exam papers for their children. Our eleven plus forum has also helped thousands of parents find the right answer to the questions they have.