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Brighton College 11 Plus (11+) Exam 2024, Year 7 Entry – Key Details


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Brighton College is an independent co-ed boarding and day school in Brighton. Founded in 1845, it has international campuses in Abu Dhabi, Bangkok and Dubai and is the first public school in the country to sign a deal with the Chinese government to encourage the teaching of Mandarin and Chinese language and culture. [1]


Being a forward looking school with a cosmopolitan ethos, Brighton offers a broad academic programme that features many disciplines, including IT, science, mathematics and DT. Both form and specialist teachers are fully invested in enabling pupils’ intellectual growth, thus it comes as no surprise that they jointly designed Story of Our Land, a course which integrates history, philosophy, geography and religion into one comprehensive introduction to Britain’s history. [2]


According to the ISI, pupils in the Senior Department feature an excellent understanding of the world beyond school and boast sophisticated social skills which help them navigate it. In order to preserve this successful outcome, Brighton offers 100+ co-curricular activities, helping children discover pursuits and interests they feel passionate about. Whether they choose coding, fencing, philosophy, yoga, chess or MUN, pupils make the most of their time at school and have plenty of fun with peers, learning about the benefits of collaborative effort and teamwork early on. [3]


Brighton places care for the individual at the heart of its priorities. Thus, the pastoral system is well developed and well integrated, ensuring that respect, inclusivity and acceptance are central to all activities on campus. Benefitting from contagious positivity and high standards of conduct which pervade the school’s community, children mature into articulate and resourceful young adults who proactively approach complex life situations. 


Brighton College 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information 2024


Address: Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 0AL

County: East Sussex

Admissions info: or 01273 704 200

School type: Independent co-ed day and boarding school 

Open day: In the Spring and Autumn terms

11+ Exam date: December 2024

11+ Exam type / Board: School’s own

Pass mark: Aim for 80%+ in our practice tests. See below for more details.


Open Events for Brighton College 11 Plus (11+) Entry


Taster days are a fun, informal way for children interested in joining Brighton College to become familiar with staff and other pupils. These are held in May, September and November.


Prospective families are also encouraged to book an Open Morning and visit the school to learn more about its offering and admissions process. 


Alternatively, you might like to arrange an individual visit to tour the College and meet the Headmaster. You can view the school’s exact location on the map below:



Brighton College 11 Plus (11+) Admissions


The registration deadline is in November of the year preceding entry. Forms are available from the admissions team and they should be submitted with a registration fee of £160.


11+ assessments are held in the following December. Please note that your child will also be asked to attend Interview and Activities Day in January.


Offers are posted later the same month, to be accepted with a payment of a £2,000 deposit (for UK pupils).


Brighton College 11 Plus (11+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Academic Scholarships are offered to top-performing candidates in the entrance examinations. Additionally, Brighton offers Junior Scholarships to academically able candidates who also have an aptitude for music, sports, art, dance or drama. Chess and Choral Scholarships are available, as well. 


Means-tested bursaries are awarded to pupils from low-income families who apply for day places. As bursaries are reviewed annually, their value could increase/decrease following changes in your financial circumstances. 


Bursary applications should be made 13 to 9 months prior to the September entry. Results will be made known the first week of February. More details are available in the Bursary Policy


Brighton College 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format


The 11+ exam at Brighton College consists of the following assessments:


  • Maths (multiple-choice)
  • English comprehension (multiple-choice)
  • English comprehension (standard format and a creative writing piece)
  • Non-Verbal and Verbal Reasoning


The English papers examine comprehension and writing skills, whilst the maths paper tests problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills. 


The Non-Verbal Reasoning paper is designed to measure the ability to understand, interpret and problem-solve, testing logic and intelligence rather than knowledge.


The Verbal Reasoning paper is primarily designed to test and assess your child’s logical thinking, use of English language and vocabulary. 


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for Brighton College 11+ entrance examinations.


How to Prepare for the Brighton College 11 Plus (11+) Exam


One of the best ways to prepare for a competitive entrance exam is to use our practice tests. Getting to know the types of questions and the format of the actual exam will help boost your child’s confidence.


Aside from becoming familiarised with the exam format, our practice tests will ensure that your child responds to the questions in an efficient and effective manner. 


They also provide an excellent opportunity for your child to practise working under time pressure. While doing the tests under timed conditions, children can get used to answering questions quickly, with a close attention to detail.


Our 11+ practice tests are thoroughly researched and up to date. They are designed to reflect the demands of a competitive entrance exam and are successfully used by hundreds of thousands of students every year.


Brighton College 11 Plus (11+) Exam Pass Marks and Target Scores


Pupils who are able to score 80%+ consistently in our 11+ practice tests should be on track to pass the Brighton College 11+ test.


Whilst there are no guarantees, this has historically been a fairly strong indicator that your child should do well in the Brighton 11+ exam.


Don’t worry if your child is not scoring well in our practice papers from the outset. With targeted practice and focus, it’s possible to make big improvements in a short amount of time!


Brighton College 11 Plus (11+) Exam Practice Papers


Recommendations for each section of the Brighton College 11 Plus exam can be found below:


English: multiple-choice comprehension


To prepare for the Brighton College 11+ English paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help improve your child’s comprehension skills through multiple-choice questions:


11+ English Pack 1 


11+ English Pack 2 


11+ English Pack 3 


11+ English Pack 4 


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Inference Skills Pack 1


11+ Inference Skills Pack 2


English: standard format comprehension


We would highly recommend using the following practice papers to help improve your child’s comprehension skills ahead of the Brighton College 11+ English paper in the standard format:


11+ English Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Poetry Comprehension


11+ Complete Comprehension Guide


11+ Reading Workbook


English: creative writing


The following packs will significantly improve your child’s writing skills ahead of the Brighton College 11+ English paper:


11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Rewrite & Improve


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2


✅ You can now purchase a bundle of all of our recommended resources for the English section of the Brighton College 11+ Exam at a large discount. Click the button below to learn more:


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Mathematics: multiple-choice format


To prepare for the multiple-choice questions in the Brighton College 11+ maths paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice resources:


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+ Money


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+ Speed, Distance & Time


11+ Statistics




11+ Mathematics Masterclass


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Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning


The following Verbal (VR) and Non-Verbal Reasoning (NVR) packs will help your child successfully prepare for the Brighton College 11+ entrance examinations:


VR Practice Tests 


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 4


VR Skill Specific Practice


11+ Anagrams


11+ Analogies


11+ Codes


11+ Compound Words


11+ Embedded Words


11+ Form a Word


11+ Insert a Letter


11+ Letter Analogies


11+ Letter Calculations


11+ Letter Codes


11+ Letter Sequences


11+ Move a Letter


11+ Number Analogies


11+ Number Calculations


11+ Number Sequences


11+ Related Words


11+ Rhyming Synonyms


11+ Shuffled Sentences


11+ Synonyms


11+ Word Completion


11+ Word Match


11+ Word Opposites


11+ Word Pairs


11+ Word Puzzles


11+ Word Relationships


VR Masterclasses


11+ Verbal Reasoning Masterclass


NVR 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


Skill Specific Practice


11+ Analogies


11+ Classes Like


11+ Classes Unlike


11+ Extended Series


11+ Figure Classification


11+ Figure Matrices


11+ Horizontal Codes


11+ Series


11+ Triangle Matrices


11+ Triangle Series


11+ Star Matrices


11+ Vertical Codes


NVR Masterclasses


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Masterclass


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11+ Brighton Reasoning Bundle - Save 30%



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This interview guide covers all the key concepts your child needs to be aware of for the 11+ Interview:


11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



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.


Other entry points for Brighton College:


Click here to learn about Year 1 entry via the 5 Plus (5+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 3 entry via the 7 Plus (7+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 4 entry via the 8 Plus (8+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 6 entry via the 10 Plus (10+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 9 entry via the 13 Plus (13+) Exam

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