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11+ Exam Information

Updated: Apr 29, 2019

The 11+ is a selective entrance examination for secondary schools to identify the most academically-able children.

The exam takes place towards the end of Year 5 or beginning of Year 6 of primary school.

There are two main exam boards for 11+ exam:


  • CEM (Durham University)

  • GL Assessment


Depending on the location of the grammar school exam boards vary:


GL Assessment: Dorset, Kent, Lancashire & Cumbria, Lincolnshire, Medway, Northern Ireland, Wiltshire


CEM Berkshire, Bexley, Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, Devon, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wirral, Wolverhampton


GL and CEM Devon, Essex, Hertfordshire, Trafford, Yorkshire


In both GL and CEM exams, there is a strong emphasis on core skills in English and Maths; including spelling, punctuation, grammar, comprehension and vocabulary; including arithmetic skill, problem-solving and manipulation of data. Non-verbal reasoning assess spatial awareness, pattern-spotting and logical skills.


11+ is not a compulsory test. It completely depends on you to decide if you want your child to apply to a grammar school.


Eleven-plus vary around the country but will use some or all of the following components:


Verbal Reasoning (VR)

Non-Verbal Reasoning (NVR)

Mathematics (MA)

English (EN)



For registration process in Medway area please click here.


The best time to start preparing your child for the 11+ depends entirely on their current attainment levels and experience. Your son or daughter may only need a few weeks or months of preparation as the 11+ exam approaches, with a focus on practising exam papers, developing the exam technique and confidence.


Some parents will choose to prepare their child using resources available, such as the series of Bond 11+ books or GL and CEM past papers; other parents will choose to send their child to 11+ group tuition with classes outside of school hours; other parents may choose to enlist the services of a professional tutor or teacher, who specialises in preparing children for the 11+ exam.


At HSC Tutoring Medway we provide specialist 11+ Examination tutors who have considerable experience in preparing children for the exam.


Most parents request 11+ tuition from Year 4 or 5. Initially, our 11+ tutors will provide an assessment of the child’s current levels before then going on to ensure a rich and rigorous foundation across all core skills before then preparing children towards the demands of the exam itself.


TIMELINE


September 2018: Ideally, you will have decided which grammar schools you are considering. It is a good idea to visit each school with your child, to get a better feel and to see if it the right environment for them.


April 2019: Most grammar schools in Medway will open their registration in April or May and set a deadline around June or July for parents to register their child for the 11+ exam. There is some variability so please check these dates with your schools.


September 2019: For most grammar schools the 11+ exam will take place during the first two weeks in September 2019. There is some variability so please check the date with your schools.


October 2019: Most grammar schools will post 11+ results in mid-October 2019.


March 2020: School allocations are confirmed on 01 March 2019.

September 2020: Year 7 students start studying at grammar schools.


For more information you can refer to https://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/


Good luck to all of you.


Afsana Hamzayeva


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