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About our 11 Plus (11+) Exam Papers
What is the 11+ Exam?
The 11+ (or 11 Plus) Exam is a test used by schools in the UK to assess candidates for Secondary School entry into Year 7. Students are either 10 or 11 years old when they take the exam.
How can I practise and prepare for the 11 Plus?
To practise and prepare for the 11 Plus, you need to make a plan. This will save you a lot of time and stress in as you go through the process. You need to work out:
1) which topics will be covered in your child's 11+ Exam
2) what your child's weaknesses are
3) how to address these weaknesses
Our 11+ Exam Papers are specifically designed to help you with all of these points. We believe preparing smartly and efficiently is the key to not only succeeding in this journey but doing so with the minimum amount of stress for your child as possible.
How many different types of 11 Plus (11+) Exam are there?
There are many different types of 11+ Exam. Some schools use exam boards like CEM or GL Assessment to create their 11+ Exam. Other schools create their own exam or band together in a Consortium to use a shared 11 Plus test.
Some examples include the SET in Sutton, the Kent Test, the Secondary Transfer Test in Buckinghamshire and the CSSE Test in Essex.
That's why it's important to make sure you are using the correct practice material to ensure your child is covering the correct topics and not wasting time revising things that will not come up in their 11+ Exam.
You can use our 11+ School Search feature here to work out exactly which 11 Plus Practice Papers to use for a specific school. Alternatively, you can contact us here and will be happy to advise further.
How many 11+ papers are there?
There are a great number of different 11+ papers available depending on the school you are applying for. Each school or region may decide to test unique subjects in specific formats. That's why it's important to understand exactly what format the 11+ Exam will take at the schools you are interested in.
To do this, you can use our School Search function here. Simply type in the name of the school you are targeting and you can immediately learn all the key details about the exam format used and how to prepare for it.
Is the 11+ Exam difficult?
Yes, the 11+ Exam can be difficult. Competition for places is every increasing and outpaces the number of places available. There is no doubt that a bit of preparation can go a long way when it comes to the 11 Plus Exam. However, there is no need to go overboard. The key is to focus on the right topics and prepare efficiently by identifying your child's weaknesses rather than cast a wide net and try to cover every possible topic.
Using relevant 11+ Practice Papers for the schools you are interested in is key. They act as a diagnostic, helping you to quickly identify which areas your child needs to focus on. It's better to spend time improving weaker areas rather than further strengthening your child's understanding of topics they already know well.
What is a good score for the 11 Plus?
The honest answer to this question is that it depends! Some 11+ Exams are more competitive than others so a good score can vary by region and school. For example, scoring 75%+ might be a good score in the Kent 11+ Test but scoring 75+ in the 11+ Sutton Selective Eligibility Test (SET) might not be enough.
Based on years of experience and a tried and trusted track record, we can provide you with a target score to aim for in our 11+ Exam Papers depending on the school you are aiming for. Just contact us here and let us know.
What is the difference between CEM and GL?
CEM and GL are similar in some ways and different in others. It's important to be aware of the specifics of each exam board so your child is familiar with what to expect on exam day. The Centre of Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) is part of Cambridge Assessment. GL Assessment, formerly known as Granada Learning, is often just referred to as GL.
The key differences are:
CEM 11+ Exams focus more heavily on vocabulary and are more time pressured. The exam will almost always cover Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning.
GL Assessment exams could include any of the following depending on the school or region: Mathematics, English, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Spatial Reasoning.
In recent years, GL tests have trended towards the CEM style with a focus on shorter subject sections mixed together rather than separate papers for each subject. This can vary from school to school though.
If you're not sure whether the school you are interested in uses GL, CEM or neither of these exam boards, then just type the school name into the School Search box at the top of this page.
What is in the 11 Plus Maths syllabus?
The syllabus for the 11 Plus Maths exam can vary depending on the specific school or region you are targeting. Whilst there are some common features, there are also significant differences.
That's why we recommend first learning exactly what type of test your child will be taking so you can prepare specifically for it. This is the most efficient way to prepare for the 11 Plus maths exam.
Just pop the name of the school you are interested in into the 11+ School Search box at the top of this page and you will be able to read a detailed overview of the specific school's examination requirements.
How hard is the 11 Plus Exam?
The 11 Plus Exam can be quite hard as the level of competition and difficulty increases. In the most competitive regions and schools, there can be 15+ candidates vying for each spot.
However, that is not always the case. At certain grammar and independent schools, the competition ratios are lower and the 11+ Exam is not as hard.
That's why it's important to prepare for the 11 Plus Exam with resources that match the level and pass marks of the school you are targeting.
We provide 11+ Practice Papers to match the exams at specific schools, alongside target scores to aim for.
Therefore, you can be confident that you are using your valuable 11+ preparation time in the most efficient way possible.
To learn more, scroll up to the top of this page and type the name of the school you want your child to go to in the School Search box.
When does the 11+ Exam take place?
The date of the 11+ Exam varies depending on the type of school you apply to.
For grammar schools, the 11 Plus exam usually takes place in September or October of Year 6.
For independent schools, the Eleven Plus exam is usually taken between October and January of Year 6, with each school setting their own exam date.
If you would like to know the exact date of your child's 11+ exam, feel free to email us, letting us know which school/s you are targeting. We will get back to you right away with the exam dates and advice on how to prepare specifically for the school/s you are interested in.
How many papers are in the 11 Plus?
The number of papers in the 11 Plus Exam varies depending on the school you are applying to.
Some schools have just one paper whilst others could have multiple, sometimes split over two stages of examination.
11+ Papers can focus on just one subject or they could contain multiple shorter sections across various subjects.
It's important to understand exactly what the exam format and number of papers will be in your child's 11+ Exam. You can use the School Search tool at the top of this page to get all the key details about the 11 Plus Exam format at the school of your choice.
Which subjects are covered in the 11 Plus Exam?
The core subjects in the 11+ Exam are Mathematics, English, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Spatial Reasoning.
However, not all schools test all of these subjects. Furthermore, there can be variations within subjects. For example, a Verbal Reasoning section in a CEM 11+ Exam will be quite different to the Verbal Reasoning section in a GL Assessment 11 Plus Exam.
The key is to make sure your child is fully prepared for the specific expectations of the school or region you are targeting for Year 7 Entry. You don't want to waste valuable preparation and revision time focusing on subjects and question types that are not going to come up in your child's exam.
Once you use a tool like 11+ School Search at the top of this page, you will have a solid idea of what you need to cover for your child's exam. You can then focus on exactly the right topics, making sure you are being as efficient as possible.
How do I know which 11+ Practice Papers to use?
It can be confusing working out exactly which resources are most relevant for your child. We recommend first making a list of the schools you are targeting for 11+ entrance.
Then work out which exam format each of these schools uses. You can use the School Search feature at the top of this page to help you do this. There may be some overlaps between different schools.
Once you have a list of subjects and exam boards used at each school, you can select the most relevant resources from the wide range that we have available.
If you would like further advice and recommendations, feel free to contact us here. We are always happy to help!
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