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The Selective Eligibility Test (SET) will take place on Tuesday 13th September 2022.
The test will consist of two multiple-choice papers, testing Maths and English. Each paper will be about 45 minutes long.
Schools that use The Selective Eligibility Test (SET)
The Selective Eligibility Test (SET) is used by a number of schools in the Surrey area. Click on the links below to learn more about the application process at each school:
Students who pass the Selective Eligibility Test will be invited back for a second round test in October. This will assess Maths and English in a standard format, not multiple-choice.
We have produced a comprehensive set of resources to help you prepare for every element of the exam, including full-length practice tests and subject-specific, targeted exercises.
We have made our practice tests as accurate as possible, even replicating the style and format of the answer sheets so your child can get used to marking their answers exactly how they will need to do in the actual test.
Practice Papers for The Selective Eligibility Test (SET)
You can view a full list of recommendations for each stage and section of the SET Exam below. These resources have been tried and tested, having been successfully used by thousands of students to gain entry into the competitive grammar schools in Sutton.
Note: All the practice tests and workbooks listed below have been fully updated for this year’s exam including the recently introduced new format of the Stage 1 English test.
Stage 1 SET – Full Practice Tests
You can now purchase a bundle of all of our recommended Stage 1 full practice resources for the Sutton 11+ Exam (SET) at a large discount. Click the Learn More button below:
Targeted Practice for the Stage 1 SET English Test
Skill Specific Practice
You can now purchase a bundle of all of our Stage 1 recommended resources for the English section of the Sutton 11+ Exam (SET) at a large discount. Click the Learn More button below:
Targeted Practice for the Stage 1 SET Mathematics Test
Full Practice Tests
Skill specific practice
You can now purchase a bundle of all of our Stage 1 recommended resources for the Mathematics section of the Sutton 11+ Exam (SET) at a large discount. Click the Learn More button below:
For the schools that have a Stage 2, we highly recommend the following packs:
Mathematics (open answer)
Full Practice Tests
Skill specific practice
English (open answer)
11+ Complete Writing Guide (Covers all known writing categories that could come up in the Stage 2 test)
You can now purchase a bundle of all of our Stage 2 recommended resources for the Sutton 11+ Mathematics and English exams at a large discount. Click the Learn More button below:
Why do some of the recommendations above show me independent 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 the schools that use the SET are grammar schools, they actually use the independent school (standard) format for their Stage 2 exams, which is why they are included in the recommendations above.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Selective Eligibility Test
Due to great interest in the admissions process at grammar schools in Sutton, we’ve provided a selection of the most frequently asked questions about the Sutton 11+ entry procedure, aiming to help parents get to grips with all the important details.
What is the Selective Eligibility Test?
The Selective Eligibility Test (SET) is the first round test used for selective entrance to Grammar Schools in Sutton. The test consists of a Maths paper and an English paper, each around 45 minutes long. Both papers are in multiple-choice format.
How do I apply and register for the Sutton SET 11 plus exam?
To apply for the Sutton 11 plus exam, please contact the local council. You will need to select the specific schools you are focused on in order of priority.
Is Sutton GL or CEM?
The Sutton SET exam is neither GL or CEM. The schools in Sutton create their own exam rather than use an external examination board. The SET Maths exam shares some similarities in format to the GL Assessment exam style. However, overall it is more challenging. The new SET English exam is completely unique and shares no real similarities with any other 11 Plus Assessment.
How many grammar schools are there in Sutton?
There are five fully selective grammar schools in Sutton and one partially selective school: Greenshaw High School. The fully selective grammar schools are: Wilson’s School, Wallington County Grammar School, Wallington High School for Girls, Sutton Grammar School for Boys and Nonsuch High School for Girls.
What is the SET exam in the UK?
The SET exam in the UK is the first round test used by grammar schools in Sutton as part of their Year 7 entrance process. This is known as the 11 Plus exam and is designed to select the brightest candidates for the top secondary schools in the region.
What is the Maths syllabus and format for the 11+ Selective Eligibility Test (SET) Exam?
The Mathematics 11+ Exam in Sutton can cover the full scope of Year 6 work. The questions are in multiple-choice format with five answer options provided per question. Your child will need to select the one correct answer choice per question and mark their selection on the separate answer sheet.
We’ve divided the Sutton 11+ maths syllabus into specific topics and created resources to target each one. You can view the full list here. By covering these topics, you can be sure that your child is well prepared for the First Round SET Maths test in Sutton.
What is the English syllabus and format for the 11+ Selective Eligibility Test (SET) Exam?
The English test format has been recently updated. It now covers four sections:
Section A: Spelling
Section B: Comprehension based on Text A
Section C: Comprehension based on Text B
Section D: Comprehension based on comparison of Texts A and B
To prepare specifically for Section A, we recommend this pack.
All 20 of our 11+ Sutton SET Full Practice Tests (listed above) are fully updated for the new format so you can ensure your child is well prepared for the actual exam.
What are the new question types in the updated format of the Sutton 11 Plus SET English Exam?
A number of new question types have been introduced into the 11+ English exam at the Sutton grammar schools.
This includes questions that require your child to select an unspecified number of answer choices and questions that require approximation to derive the best possible answer.
The new question types include:
– Select the TWO most accurate answers.
– Select all that are correct.
– Pick the most accurate explanation.
– Select one answer.
Such questions can be quite tricky as they require a different strategy to a traditional 11+ English paper that requires just one answer per question.
Students need to be confident about their answer selections and pay extra attention to the instructions provided for each question.
Familiarity with the format will undoubtedly put your child in a stronger position on exam day.
In each practice test, we’ve also included a marking guide so you understand exactly how marks are attributed for each question and how the ‘negative marking’ element works.
We recommend going through this carefully with your child so they can develop an effective approach to deal with each of the different question types.
All of these new question types can be found in our fully updated 11+ Sutton SET Practice Tests.
How can I prepare for the 11+ Sutton Stage 2 Exam?
The Sutton Stage 2 exam consists of Maths and English tests in open answer format. This means your child needs to write our their answers ie the test is not multiple-choice. The maths exam is similar in format to an independent school exam. The English exam consists of a writing task. You can view a detailed breakdown of the Stage 2 exam here, including tips on how to prepare.
Is there comprehension in the 11+ Sutton Stage 2 English Exam?
No, there is no comprehension section in the Round 2, 11 Plus Exam at the Sutton grammar schools. The English tests consist of a Writing exercise. Click here to learn more.
Where can I find the best 11+ Sutton Mock Test?
Click here to book the best 11+ Sutton Mock Test, fully updated for this year’s exam format.
You can also run mock tests for your child at home using these practice tests that cover everything your child needs to know for this year’s exam.
Are there Sutton 11+ (11 Plus) Mock Exams available to book for my child?
You can book a Mock Exam for the Sutton 11+ Exam here. This covers everything your child needs to know for the exam using the exact format, timings and number of questions as the actual 11+ Selective Eligibility Test.
Are there past papers available for the Sutton SET 11+ (11 Plus) Exam?
There are no official past papers available for the Sutton SET 11+ Exam. However, you can use our tried and tested 11+ Sutton SET Practice Tests, which have helped a huge number of students to prepare successfully for the Selective Eligibility Test. You can read reviews from parents here.
What is the Sutton 11 Plus Exam Format?
The Sutton 11 Plus Exam format is as follows:
Stage 1: Multiple-choice tests in Maths and English.
Stage 2: Open answer tests in Maths and Writing.
Only those who are successful in the Stage 1 exam will be invited back to take Stage 2 assessment.
What is the pass mark for the Sutton SET 11 Plus Exam?
There is no official pass mark for the Sutton SET 11+ Exam. However, based on our years of experience, we recommend that students aim for 85%+ in our SET Practice Tests.
Students who consistently score above this level in both maths and English are very likely to be called back for the Stage 2 exam.
How do I complete registration for the Sutton SET 11+ (11 Plus) Exam?
To complete registration for the Sutton SET 11+ Exam, please contact your local council and fill out the relevant registration forms. You can find out the exact requirements for each school that you are interested in here.
Where can I find sample papers for free for the 11 Plus Selective Eligibility Test in Sutton?
There are no official sample papers available for the 11 Plus SET exam. However, there are a few sample questions available for the new English test here.
Full Practice Tests for the Selective Eligibility Test are available from Exam Papers Plus. You can view a full list above.
Where can I find SET Test Papers for the Sutton 11 Plus Exam?
A full range of SET Test Papers is available from Exam Papers Plus. Click here to view everything that is available so you can select what is most relevant for you.
How can I prepare my child for the 11+ SET Exam in Sutton?
We recommend by beginning with a few full practice tests, such as this one. These will act as diagnostics so you can quickly work out which areas your child needs to focus on. You can then select the relevant topic based material listed above to target weaker areas. Feel free to contact us here if you need advice on how to prepare or what to focus on for each section and stage of the exam.
What are the best SET Practice Tests for the 11 Plus Exam in Sutton?
Exam Papers Plus publish the most accurate practice tests available for the 11 Plus Exam in Sutton. You can view a full list of relevant resources above.
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