The 11 plus exams are designed to select pupils based on ability for a grammar school place. The exams take place in year 6. Preparation for the exams requires a lot of commitment and deciding whether or not to enter your child can be difficult.


Talk to teachers about your child’s ability and make yourself familiar with the exams’ content, which have a strong focus on verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Verbal reasoning covers analysis of words, problem-solving and sequence identification and requires a sound knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar. Non-verbal reasoning is about looking at pictures, shapes and diagrams to solve problems to test maths skills and understanding of written language.

Looking at some sample papers and questions with your child can help you decide. As a starting point, try doing a search for verbal reasoning on the EdPlace website.