Nature of the 11 Plus in Buckinghamshire

These schools use the GL 11 Plus exam format. This test consists of two papers each will be 45 minutes long.

Within those two papers pupils will find a mix of individually timed topics.

These will mainly cover verbal skills, non-verbal skills and numerical skills. The first paper will mainly focus on verbal skills, including verbal reasoning questions, some comprehension questions and perhaps some further literacy questions. While the second paper will focus on numerical and non-verbal skills. This will include maths questions and non-verbal reasoning questions.

While GL will not issue sample papers to show the exact mix of questions in order to deter tutoring for the test, all pupils who are going to sit the test will continue to have to familiarise themselves with the test format (how the instructions work, how they should mark their answers etc.).


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