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About the 11+

Private tuition for the 11 Plus exam offers so many benefits. It provides personalised instruction, focused practice and expert guidance. With dedicated support from a tutor, students can address specific weaknesses, build confidence, and develop effective exam strategies. This tailored approach enhances their preparation, maximising their potential for success in the exam.

About the 11 Plus Exam

The 11 Plus Exam is is used in various parts of the UK as a tool to determine pupil placements at a range of selective or grammar schools.  Because of the different systems operating in various local authorities,  the 11 Plus is not universally taken by all pupils and the way the tests are administered varies greatly.  The  tests themselves generally have some similar components: maths and reading comprehension for example, and may include a written component, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. 

GL Assessment develops and administers 11 Plus exams in many grammar school areas.

CEM and FSCE tests were introduced in response to a belief that existing 11 Plus exams had become too easy to prepare for.  FSCE don't create practice materials and change the format of examinations to reduce what is known as ‘teaching to the test’.

Recently, there has been a shift back to GL in many areas as CEM moved to an online only assessment known as CEM Select.

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Find out more about the subjects


The 11 Plus Maths exam in the UK assesses the mathematical abilities of Year 6 students for secondary school entry. It includes topics such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and problem-solving. The test evaluates students' understanding of mathematical concepts, numerical reasoning, and their ability to apply these skills in various contexts, aiding in school placement decisions.


The 11 Plus English exam in the UK assesses the language skills of Year 6 students for secondary school entry. It includes comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and writing tasks. The test evaluates reading understanding, language usage, and the ability to articulate ideas clearly, helping determine suitable school placements.

Verbal Reasoning 

Verbal reasoning involves understanding and analysing written information to solve problems and draw logical conclusions. It includes interpreting texts, identifying relationships between concepts, and evaluating arguments. This skill is essential for effective communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving, relying heavily on language proficiency and comprehension.

Non Verbal Reasoning

Non-verbal reasoning involves understanding and solving problems using visual information. It includes identifying patterns, recognizing shapes, and analyzing sequences. This skill is essential for spatial tasks like interpreting diagrams and assembling objects. Non-verbal reasoning tests assess abstract thinking, problem-solving, and visual processing without relying on language skills.

Wherever in the UK - or beyond - you find yourself, my online 11+ tutoring provision can help.  There are many places offering selective and grammar school education, as the  map shows,  and far more pupils applying than there are places available so it makes sense to give your child every advantage you can. Wherever you are in the UK, get in touch and see how my online tutoring can help. 

Of course, if you are looking for online support for the 11+ exam, I can help, wherever you live.

International Students

I am always delighted to support overseas students with aspects of the British curriculum, so click here to find out more.

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