11+ exams

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The 11+ exam, also written as 11-plus or eleven-plus, is not as common as it once was. First introduced in 1944 under the Tripartite System, the exams would be taken by every child at the end of primary school to determine whether they would go on to attend a grammar school, a secondary modern school, or a technical school.

Today, there are fewer than 250 selective state-funded schools (still commonly known as grammar schools) in the UK. These schools use the 11+ exam as a means of their selection processes, so if you are hoping to send your child to one of these schools, it is essential that they are confident and well-prepared. Using educational resources such as maths teaching videos can help you accomplish this.

What does the 11+ exam consist of?

Not every county or local education authority (LEA) has grammar schools, and the details of the 11+ and similar exams can vary between those that do. Groups of schools will often set common tests, but there is no single standard exam or criteria implemented across the country.

In general, however, they will consist of some or all of the following elements:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning

How can you help your child prepare?

If you are hoping to get your child into a grammar school, they will have to pass the selection exam or 11+ exam.

As previously mentioned, the exact format can vary, so it’s important to do your homework and find out as much as you can about the content of the test for your area. Your child’s primary school may be able to help, but you can also contact your LEA and the secondary school you are applying to.

You should also ensure that your child prepares thoroughly. This can involve resources such as past papers, while custom learning support packages can help your child get a thorough grasp of the maths skills required for the exam.

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