Brighton College 11 plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details



This claim by the headmaster of Brighton College, Richard Cairns is admirable and ambitious:


‘Every child at Brighton College is valued for his or her own sake, encouraged to develop his or her talents to the full in a community where there are no stereotypes and where every achievement, however small, is noticed.’


It is a forward-thinking school, where academic achievement, independent thinking and curiosity is fostered and encouraged. In the College, for example, a ‘trouser uniform’ and a ‘skirt uniform’ are available to all pupils regardless of sex, but they must stick to a consistent choice.


Brighton College 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information


Entry Level Eleven Plus (11+) exam

School Name Brighton College

Description Co-ed School. Day and weekly boarding available from age 13.

Age range 11-18 (College)

Size 1,000 approx

Fees £5,420 per term

Address Brighton College, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 0AL


Telephone +44 (0) 1273 704200

Admissions +44 (0) 1273 704201 or


Brighton College 11 Plus (11+) Admissions


Open Days


On making an enquiry, the school will take your details and invite you to an open morning and taster day. Taster days are fun, informal days for families interested in joining Brighton College. They offer a chance for children to get to know staff and other pupils.


You must book an open morning and can do so by completing an online form available on the school’s website.


Alternatively, you might like to arrange an individual visit to tour the College (with a College prefect) and meet the Headmaster of the Lower School. Families are advised to book a tour well in advance.




Once you have visited you can then register. Once your child is registered, this means you have officially expressed an interest in joining the College, and will then be invited to attend the Assessment Day.


Brighton College 11 Plus (11+) Exam Practice Papers


All pupils sit papers in:


  • Maths (multiple-choice)
  • English comprehension (multiple-choice)
  • English comprehension (with written answers and a creative writing piece)
  • Non-Verbal and Verbal Reasoning


All children are automatically assessed for an Academic Scholarship through the papers they sit on the Assessment Day. There is an opportunity to apply for an All-Rounder Scholarship, through assessment in art, dance, drama, music, sport, or a combination of these elements. The College also offers a Chess Scholarship to pupils who are able to show exceptional potential.




There is a short interview involved.


Brighton College 11 Plus (11+) Exam Practice Papers


We strongly recommend the following resources to help prepare your child for the Brighton College 11+ exam:


English: multiple-choice comprehension 


11+ English Pack 1 


11+ English Pack 2 


11+ English Pack 3 


11+ English Pack 4 


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Inference Skills




11+ English Masterclass


English: standard format comprehension


11+ English Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ Inference Skills


11+ Complete Comprehension Guide


11+ Reading Workbook


English: creative writing


11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2


Mathematics: multiple-choice format


Full Practice Tests


11+ Mathematics Pack 1


11+ Mathematics Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4


Skill Specific Practice


11+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




11+ Estimation & Place Value


11+ Factors & Multiples


11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages


11+ Measurements


11+ Operations


11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume


11+ Position & Direction


11+ Probability


11+ Problem Solving – Pack 1


11+ Problem Solving – Pack 2


11+ Properties of Shapes


11+ Ratio & Proportion


11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry


11+ Sequences


11+ Special Numbers


11+ Statistics




11+ Mathematics Masterclass


Non-Verbal Reasoning + Verbal Reasoning


Non-Verbal Reasoning: Practice tests


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 3


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 4


Verbal Reasoning: Practice tests 


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 4


Verbal Reasoning: Skill specific practice


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Anagrams


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Codes


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Compound Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Embedded Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Form a Word


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Insert a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Codes


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Move a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Shuffled Sentences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Synonyms


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Completion


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Match


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Opposites


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Pairs


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Puzzles


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Relationships




11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



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Brighton College 11 Plus (11+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Bursaries may be available to pupils from low-income families and modest deferment may be available for families suffering short term financial problems. They are available for pupils in Years 7 to 13 and are awarded for one academic year only. Parents must reapply each year. Please note that receipt of bursary support for one year does not guarantee support in subsequent years.


For further information, visit the school’s website.


Other Entry Points: 3+, 7+, 8+, 10+, 13+ and 16+



Why do some of the recommendations above show me grammar school papers?


The main difference between independent and grammar school papers is the question format. Independent schools usually assess with standard format questions, which means students need to write out full answers. Grammar schools usually use multiple-choice format questions.


Whilst Brighton College is an independent school, they actually use the grammar school (multiple-choice) format for some of their exams, which is why they are included in the recommendations above.



Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Brighton College 11+ past papers. The information provided about Brighton College was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.

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