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The 11 plus is a set of entrance exams taken by children at the age of 11 (or the beginning of Year 6) when applying to selective Grammar or Independent Schools. The exams are designed to test a child's academic ability and often include sections in Maths, English, Verbal skills, Non-Verbal Reasoning (NVR) and on occasion, creative writing.
It is a very competitive entrance process, and in the majority of areas that use selective education, on average, only 1 in 10 children manage to gain a space. As such, many parents opt to tutor their children (whether independently or privately). If your child is going to be sitting an 11 plus exam, the next few months of preparation are crucial. To help you along this journey, these advice pages will offer lots of useful advice about the entire process, including applying to schools and pupil premium. The KSOL tutors are also available to contact during office hours if you ever need any advice or wish to know more about different topics in Maths, English, Verbal skills and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
First of all, you need to think about whether your child would suit going to Grammar School:
Do they enjoy academic study? Are they enthusiastic about learning and improving?
Are they in top sets at school? Are they independent? Studious? Willing to take on challenges?
The Grammar School environment is very fast paced and focuses on academic aspiration. Many also encourage children to take on extra-curricular activities - for example, a school may have their own specialism with a wide range of sporting, musical, language or arts activities on offer. If this sounds like something your child would enjoy, then you may want to consider entering them for the 11 plus.
However, you also need to think about whether they would be capable of going through the 11 plus process and sitting the entrance exam. The 11 plus is notoriously competitive and can be incredibly stressful. The exam is designed to measure your child's potential at a level which is usually one (or more) academic years above their own, so in many cases children need to put in a lot of hard work and revision to help them prepare.
If you are unsure about whether your child could succeed in the 11 plus, it's a good idea to get an assessment from an independent source. For example, at KSOL we offer 11 plus mock exams throughout the year and 11 plus online tests which can be used to gauge a child's ability and any particular strengths and weaknesses in their knowledge.
Our Masterclass program is the perfect balance between daily online tests and centre based tuition.