Essex 11 Plus Forum

This section has been written to help all families who are looking at the 11 Plus in Essex.

Parents often have questions about a range of 11 Plus exam areas such as preparation, what the test contains or what arrangements are in their area.

In this section we have answered the core questions most parents have about Essex. It applies to the following schools. Use the menu on the left to go into the area that most interests you, or click on the links below.

For a list of grammar schools in Essex with links to schools’ admissions pages and our own exam preparation pages go to Grammar Schools in Essex.

Finding a tuition centre in Essex

Finding a tutor in Essex

How to prepare at home for the Essex 11 Plus test

How to prepare for the 11 Plus in Essex

Southend High School for Boys vs Westcliff High School for Boys

What is the pass mark in Essex?

What is the 11 Plus exam format in Essex?

What questions are asked in Essex?

Will we get a place in Essex?

Essex 11 Plus exam forum grammar schools.

Chelmsford County High School for Girls       Southend High School for Boys

Colchester County High School for Girls         Southend High School for Girls

Colchester Royal Grammar School                  St Thomas More High School

King Edward VI Grammar School                     St Bernard’s Girls High School

King John School                                                 Westcliff High School for Boys

Shoeburyness High School                               Westcliff High School for Girls

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    Which 11 Plus Exam Preparation Options Are Right For You ?

    11 Plus Private Tutors

    • Personalised Work
    • 1-1
    • High feedback levels


    • VERY Expensive
    • Lots of work at home
    • Lots of travel

    11 Plus Tuition Centres

    • Structured work
    • Third party involvement
    • Some feedback


    • Some children don't progress
    • Lots of work at home
    • Lots of travel

    11 Plus Guided Courses

    • Structured work provided
    • No wasted time
    • Help and advice on hand


    • High parental commitment
    • Cost higher than DIY

    11 Plus DIY- Books

    • Parents in full control
    • Work can be totally tailored
    • Lowest cost


    • Difficult to plan well
    • Difficult to deliver well
    • Maximum parental effort