Dorset 11 Plus Exam Format

Background to the 11 Plus Exam in Dorset

There are four Grammar Schools in Dorset that children will need to take an 11 Plus Exam to get into.

Bournemouth School for Girls

Bournemouth School

Parkstone Grammar School

Poole Grammar School


Dorset 11 Plus Exam Format Details

Bournemouth School for Girls and Bournemouth School have the same exam. The Exam is written by GL and involves three papers. For detail on each topic and what is covered click on each subject.

  • Maths
  • English
  • Verbal Reasoning

Parkstone Grammar School and Poole Grammar School have the same exam.  The exam is written by GL.  There will be papers covering the following topics:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Verbal Reasoning


Preparation for the 11 Plus Exam in Dorset

Firstly it is important to understand what preparation options you have and what might be the most suitable route to go down. Go forward to our 11 Plus preparation options page to understand what the options are and to start thinking about which one might be best for you.

If your child is in year three or four currently then you might also find it useful to understand what advice we offer parents who want to start helping their children at this stage.

If your child is in the latter stages of year four or in year five then we offer different advice designed to help families who are closer to the exam date.

If your child is part way through year five or quite close to the exam then we have tried to show how you can use the time you might have available most effectively.