11 +

The 11+ is a selective entrance exam.

I have been asked to teach a child in preparation for the 11+ exam in September. As It is not something I teach regularly I thought it best to re familiarise myself with the requirements.

The content varies between different areas in the UK, but generally it is based on English, maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. Children will usually sit two or three exams lasting between 45-60 minutes.

Most grammar schools write and mark their own exams. Entrance exams can be based on the GL and the CEM 11+ exams.


  • Comprehension
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Writing skills


  • Times tables
  • Mental arithmetic
  • Shape and space
  • The 4 basic operations of number
  • Reading and interpreting data


  • Processing verbal information
  • Similarities and differences between words
  • Applying logical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Identifying patterns
  • Understanding the rules and meaning of language


  • Identifying odd-one-out shapes
  • Identifying the next shape in a sequence
  • Finding mirror images or reflections
  • Symmetry and rotations