11+ exam is highly regionalised: the subjects covered
and how your child will be tested
will depend on where you live.
we look at the Kent and Gloucestershire 11+ exam
processes, you can see just how much
the exam can vary from one Local Authority to another:
Kent has the largest number of
grammar schools of any LA in England with 35 fully
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. The test
comprises of 3 separate assessments and the exam board
is GL Assessment:
First test: 1-hour multiple choice paper split
into two sections, maths and English.
Each section has a 5-minute practice exercise.
Second test: 1 hour paper split into two
sections, verbal reasoning and non-verbal
Third test: 40-minute writing test, including
10 minutes of planning time. Only
marked when looking at borderline candidates or
contrast, in Gloucestershire there are only 7 grammar
schools remaining and the exam
follows a different format and is administered by the
CEM (Durham University) exam board:
Two 50-minute multiple choice tests, testing
Verbal ability (verbal reasoning and
comprehension), Numerical reasoning (the CEM
term for Maths) and Non-verbal
these examples show, there can be significant
differences between the exams depending
on where your child is taking the 11+. This makes it
extremely important to check with your
LA and local grammar schools so that you know exactly
what subjects and skills your child
will be tested on as part of their 11+ exam.
Checklist – to find out how the
11+ exam is structured in your area, check the following
details with your chosen school:
When the 11+ test is?
- Which subjects are tested?
- What format the exams
- Who provides the exam?