The 11-Plus exam has many names – 11 Plus, 11+, Eleven +, Eleven+ and even Eleven Plus. Whichever you choose, it is the first important exam in a child’s educational life.
But don’t fret! Practice can be rewarding and effective. The quizzes in our 11-Plus section are written by experienced teachers, with the specific aim of preparing children for the exam and their ongoing education at grammar school.
To all sitters of the 11+ exam: don’t worry, you’ve got this! We know your results will determine which secondary school you will attend and what potential implications that brings - that’s why we’re here to offer consistent and quality support.
Feeling courageous, parents? The Guardian’s 11 Plus Grammar School Entrance Exam gives a good indication of the complexity of the 11-Plus. Do your best!*
*It’s better not to tell your children you’re taking the test until after you’ve done it. You know, just in case you fail miserably.
Years ago, almost all children in England, Wales and Northern Ireland sat the 11-Plus test - some mums and dads will probably remember doing it! Many education authorities have now decided against using it. So, how do you know if it applies to you? As a general guide, the 11-Plus is still used in Buckinghamshire, Essex, Kent, Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire, but it’s best to check with your primary school to see if the examination will still take place. You might also want to read our extensive Knowledge Bank article which goes into detail on which counties and boroughs use the 11+.
Our quizzes cover the required learning for all local authorities but you’ll have to check which subjects need to be covered. Children will not necessarily be required to sit papers in all 5 of the categories (woohoo!) so it’s best to ask the primary school to find out which categories pupils need to revise for. For 11-Plus, the maths and English categories are essential for a solid foundation. The verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning quizzes, however, are not always required.
The 11-Plus quizzes are slightly more challenging than the KS2 quizzes, although both are aimed at children aged 7 to 11. It’s best for pupils to work their way through the KS2 quizzes first (consider it a warm up!) before moving onto our slightly harder 11+ quizzes.
"Learning through quizzes is such a fun way to learn, especially when it is done in such a way that the child doesn't realise that they are learning!" - Siân, Parent Reviewer
As mentioned above, to prepare your child for the exam it’s prudent to start them going on a selection of KS2 questions. As well as Education Quizzes, there are plenty to choose from at BBC Bitesize.
These two subjects are the tricky ones. It’s worthwhile spending some time as a parent getting to grips with them yourself before helping your child. Non-verbal reasoning questions can be puzzling, but once you’ve got the basics of how they work, you should have no problems. As well as our quizzes, we also have Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning exam questions, answers and explanations. These are written by an eleven-plus expert who knows the sticking points children are likely to come across. They are an absolute must when it comes to practice, preparation and a thorough understanding of the subjects.
Oh, and we know revision can take a lot of brainpower. That’s why we have a Cup of Tea section with interesting quizzes on nature, people, gardening and books. You know, for a bit of light relief.
If you want a more in-depth look at the 11 Plus Test, take a look at the Wikipedia Page. There are links on the page listing the grammar schools in England and Northern Ireland.
For a full list of grammar school test areas, visit 11plus Guide. It also lists the grammar schools by county, including Yorkshire grammar schools, Kent grammar schools, Lincolnshire grammar schools and London grammar schools.
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