What is the 11+?

The 11+ exam is required for entry into the best UK private senior or prep schools (beginning year 7).   

When do students take the 11+?

The exam is taken by students in January of year 6 (aged 10/11).  

When should students start preparing for the 11+?

We recommend that students begin preparing for the 11+ at the beginning of year 5 (age 9/10).  

What does the exam consist of?

The exam normally consists of the following assessments:  

  • English assessment: this assessment tests the student’s ability to understand and analyse a complex text and their ability to write creatively and persuasively. 
  • Maths assessment: this assessment test the student’s ability to work with difficult math problems under time pressure.  
  • Verbal and non-verbal reasoning: these assessments are designed to test the student’s cognitive abilities. They involve number and language problems. 
  • Interview: some schools will also require an interview as part of the 11+ admissions process. Students will be expected to answer questions regarding their academic and extra-curricular life.  

How can we help?

Our 11+ tutors are there to guide students through every step of the admissions process. We offer specialist tuition in each of the different assessments outlined above. Our English tutors will teach students how to write a top-mark comprehension answer or how to really shine in the creative writing exam. Our Maths tutors will not only teacher students how to tackle the 11+ paper but also how to apply existing knowledge to unknown complex problems.  

Our tutors will also teach students what is expected of them in the verbal and non-verbal reasoning, providing them with a large amount of authentic materials and past exams. If an interview is required our tutors will give the student top tips and make sure they feel relaxed and confident when it comes to the real thing.

Students will emerge from our 11+ tuition programme with a greater self-confidence and an ability to tackle a large variety of intellectual and academic challenges. Our aim is to make sure students secure a place at the school they want.