What is 11+ ?

The 11+ is an examination used in areas that have retained state-funded grammar schools or for those seeking entrance to some selective private schools. It is taken towards the end of Year 5 or beginning of Year 6 of primary school and is used to identify the most academically-able children.

The content of the 11+ exam varies between different areas of the country but generally it will focus on a combination of the following four subjects:

-Verbal reasoning
-Non-verbal reasoning/spatial awareness

Although the English and maths tests tend to follow the National Curriculum, the verbal and non-verbal reasoning/spatial awareness tests are not school-based subjects and will not be taught as part of the curriculum in state schools. Therefore your child is likely to need additional support and exam preparation practice to familiarise themselves with verbal and non-verbal reasoning/spatial awareness exam question types.

Which subjects are covered?

• GL: English, maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning/spatial awareness (schools can choose any combination of these to best suit their selection policy)
• CEM: verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning (‘verbal reasoning’ encompasses many of the skills tested in the GL English exam, including comprehension. ‘Numerical reasoning’ involves the core maths skills needed for the GL exam.)

Mind Blowers
GL Assessment?

Previously known as NFER, GL Assessment develop and administer 11+ exams in the majority of grammar schools in the UK.


Developed by the Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring at Durham University, the CEM 11+ exam was created in response to fears from some grammar schools that the existing 11+ exam system had become too predictable.

How to prepare your child for the 11+

The 11+ exam is about testing your child’s natural aptitude and the importance of a well-rounded education cannot be stressed enough. Reading widely, building vocabulary and developing mathematical skills are all key ways of helping to prepare your child for the 11+.

Gloucestershire 11+ exam processes

Kent has the largest number of grammar schools of any LA in England with 35 fully-selective grammar schools and 4 partially-selective grammar schools. As a result, parents who want their child to apply for grammar school must register their child for the Kent Test.

Standard format?

Multiple-choice format?

Standard format – where children write their answers on the test paper

Multiple-choice format – where answers are marked in a separate answer booklet

11+ Woes: Student Obstacles Unveiled

• Verbal reasoning requires good vocabulary

• English comprehension and composition are demanding

• Balancing exam preparation with schoolwork is difficult

• Some students may struggle with exam techniques

• Non-verbal reasoning is spatial awareness-based

• Students find it challenging to cover all subjects

• Maths may involve complex problem-solving


11+ Mastery: Gloucestershire Tutors Winning Approach

• Attention to developing strong vocabulary and literacy skills

• Emphasis on building foundation in all subjects

• Help with balancing exam preparation and schoolwork

• Integration of exam techniques and strategies

• Engaging and interactive learning methods

• Regular assessments and progress tracking

• Practice and mastery of key skills

A Bit About 11+ Importance

• Prepares students for tough academic environments

• Opportunity for students to showcase their abilities and potential

• Helps develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills

• Way to promote diversity and social mobility in education

• Promotes healthy academic competition among students

• Leading to greater educational opportunities


Why Choose Us

There are several reasons why Gloucestershire Tutors is the perfect choice for anyone looking for online 11 plus tuition classes.

Firstly, our tutors are highly experienced and knowledgeable in the areas of English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, and Non-Verbal Reasoning/Spatial Awareness, which are the key subjects tested in the 11 plus exam papers. They have a deep understanding of the 11+ tuition exam format, question types, and marking schemes, and can provide expert guidance and support to help your child excel.

Secondly, we offer a range of resources and materials, including 11 plus practice papers and exam papers, to help your child prepare effectively for the exam. Our tutors of 11 plus class subjects will work with your child to identify areas of strength and weakness, and provide tailored support to help them improve.

Thirdly, our tuition for 11 plus exam is flexible and adaptable, so we can work around your schedule and your child's needs. We offer both online and in-person 11+ tutoring, and can provide one-to-one sessions depending on your preferences.

Overall, Gloucestershire Tutors, Cirencester Tutors, Cheltenham Tutors, or Stroud Tutors is an excellent choice for parents who are seeking quality tutoring services for their kids.


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