Eltham College 11 Plus (11+) Exam Entrance Assessment Information

NOTE: Due to Covid, the 11+ Admissions Process for 2021 entry to Eltham College has changed. The 11+ exam consists of an Online Reasoning Test (similar to CEM Select) and a written English paper. The recommendations for Maths are no longer relevant.




Eltham College is situated on a 65-acre estate in Mottingham, south east London, where it has been based since the early 20th century. Founded in 1842, Eltham College has recently celebrated its 175th anniversary. The college has acknowledged this milestone by putting in place plans for some significant changes in the near future.


At present, Eltham College is an independent day school for boys aged 7 to 18 years, with girls only being accepted into the sixth form (from age 16). However, from September 2020, the college will start to accept girls into Years 3 and 7, with a view to becoming fully co-educational over the following four years.


In addition to its plans to become fully co-educational, the college is also investing heavily in facilities. Planned new additions include the Turberville Building, which will house new teaching spaces for mathematics and modern languages and a sixth form centre, a medical pavilion and extensive new sports facilities.


11 Plus Exam Information for Eltham College


Address: Eltham College, Grove Park Road, Mottingham, London, SE9 4QF

County: Greater London
Admissions info
: registrar@eltham-college.org.uk or 020 8857 1455

School Type: Boys’ independent day school (fully co-educational from 2020)

Number of Students: 900 (approx.)

Open Day Date: September

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: School’s own + Online Reasoning Test


Eltham College 11 Plus Admissions


Eltham College holds several open days and visitor mornings throughout the year. Dates are published on the website when available. Individual tours can also be arranged via the Registrar: registrar@eltham-college.org.uk or 020 8857 1455.


The college holds an assessment day in early January of the year of entry. During the assessment day, all candidates will sit entrance papers in English and maths and take a computer-adaptive assessment in verbal and non-verbal reasoning. They will also be interviewed.


A written reference will be requested from each applicant’s current school ahead of the assessment day.


A significant number of registered candidates are also invited to attend an afternoon of lessons on a separate date (late December / early January), which allows both parties to assess how well-suited the candidate will be to the college’s particular style of education.


Offers if places are mailed out to parents in early February and acceptance is required by the beginning of March.


A copy of the full Eltham College Admissions Policy can be downloaded from the website.


For further information about admissions and the assessment process, please contact the college directly: registrar@eltham-college.org.uk or 020 8857 1455.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Eltham College


For your child to be assessed for a Year 7 place at Eltham College, you must complete the online registration form. The online registration process includes payment of a £100 non-refundable application fee.


Registration can be completed at any time, but the deadline is in mid-November of the year prior to entry (when your child is in Year 6).


To complete your application, you will need to email the Registrar copies of your child’s birth certificate, passport and their last two school reports.


All registered applicants will be sent details of the college’s assessment day in due course.


Scholarships and means-tested bursaries are available. All candidates taking the entrance exam are automatically considered for an academic scholarship.


Eltham College 11 Plus Exam Format


All 11+ applicants to Eltham College will sit entrance papers in English and maths.


The English paper is 45 minutes long and includes comprehension and analysis questions based on a passage of text, as well as a creative writing task.


The maths paper is 45 minutes long and comprises a multiple-choice section, plus some longer problem solving questions that require a full written response.


Candidates also take a computer-adaptive assessment in verbal and non-verbal reasoning.


How to Prepare for the Eltham College 11 Plus Exam


One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students to familiarise themselves with the format and question types they will encounter in the actual test in an efficient and effective manner. They also provide an excellent opportunity for students to practise working under time pressure.


Our practice papers, which are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation for the Eltham College entrance exam. They cover all the key skills and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam and to help build confidence.


Our 11+ practice papers are thoroughly researched and up to date. Every year, they are used successfully by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of such an exam.


English: standard format comprehension + writing


To prepare for the Eltham College English paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:




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




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2


Mathematics: multiple-choice format


To prepare for the multiple-choice section of the 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+ 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


Mathematics: standard format


To prepare for the standard format section of the maths paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice resources:


11+ Mathematics Pack 1


11+ Mathematics Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4


11+ Problem Solving


11+ Mental Arithmetic




11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



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Online Reasoning Test


To prepare for the computer adaptive verbal and non-verbal reasoning test, we would highly recommend using the following full practice and skill practice online tests:


Full Practice Tests


CEM Select Practice Test 1


CEM Select Practice Test 2


CEM Select Practice Test 3


CEM Select Practice Test 4


CEM Select Practice Test 5


Skill Practice


CEM Select – Missing Words



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Eltham College 11+ past papers. The information provided about Eltham 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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