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Smash the 11+ exam this year!

Worried about the 11 plus exam? No fear – read my top tips and you will sail through the exam.

The 11 + exam is a test to get into a Grammar School. The topics you are tested on are Maths, English, Non Verbal Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning. This blog looks at the different websites and materials you can use to help you prepare and gain top results.


These are all the topic of Maths:

  • The 4 basic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (Work hard on your Ninja maths to help)
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Money
  • Metric system
  • Time
  • Prime numbers
  • Prime factors
  • Highest common factor and lowest common multiple
  • Perimeter and Area (Squares, Rectangles, Compound Shapes)
  • Averages
  • Distance, Speed and Time
  • Column graphs
  • Pie charts
  • Algebra
  • Angle calculations
  • Co-ordinates
  • Reflection and Rotation
  • Percentages
  • Simple ratio
  • Volume of cube and cuboids
  • Bearings
  • Simple probability
  • Nets of shapes
  • Sequences and number patterns
  • Marking and interpreting scales
  • Following rules and instructions in more unusual problem solving and investigative activities


These are all the topics in English:

  • Comprehension
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Sentence structure
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary

Non Verbal Reasoning

These are all the topics in NVR:

  • Process graphic or pictorial information
  • Apply logical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Use spatial awareness – how objects relate to each other in space
  • Find and follow patterns and rules
  • Apply maths skills – rotation, reflection and symmetry
  • Work systematically

Verbal Reasoning

These are all the topics of verbal reasoning:

  • Logical Sequence of Words
  • Syllogism
  • Cause and Effect
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Analogy
  • Character Puzzles
  • Classification
  • Arithmetic Reasoning

Useful Websites

Eleven Plus Exams

GL Assessment

Rob Williams Assessment

Eleven Plus Mock

11+ tips

11 Plus tips:

  • Have some breaks in between tests even if it is for 5 or 10 minutes. YOU DO NOT WANT TO OVERLOAD YOUR CHILD!
  • Once you have covered all the topics, start doing tests in exam conditions.
  • Do not panic and keep on telling them to do their best. Go through tests calmly and do not put pressure on them.
  • Do not force them to study all the time as they will lose focus.
  • Make sure both parent and child get a good sleep so they can keep calm on the day before the test.
  • Do not do test on the day before the real test. It is better to do a bit of revision as you need to be relaxed.
  • Bear in mind that a child’s attention span is from 30- 50 minutes.
  • Testing in different places around the house or e.g. library , will mean testing in a different place will be made easier.
  • Bond, CGP, Kent mock tests and GL Assessment are some helpful 11plus resources.

I would like to wish you luck if you are doing the test.

BEST OF LUCK!!! Sukhpreet


Blog Club is held on a Monday evening and is a group of about 20 pupils from Riverview Junior School who choose their own content and with the help of the teachers, create blog posts for you to read.

One thought on “Smash the 11+ exam this year!

  1. Baljeet Dogra says:

    Thanks for writing an informative article on 11+ exam.
    I found that under the “Useful Websites” section the link to Rob Williams Assessment is broken and the link to Eleven Plus Exams point to a page with only 4 samples papers.
    It would be a great addition to the article if you can provide links to more free exam papers and more practice papers for the parents.
    I know about this useful resource with more than a hundred free practice papers for parents to download.
    Please add this link under the Useful Websites section so that other parents can benefit from 100+ free practice papers.

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