What is Eleven Plus?

The ‘Eleven’ or ‘11’ simply refers to the school entry age to year 7. It is a selective entrance examination sat in September by students in year 6, most of which are 10 years old.
11 Plus is not compulsory although it was until the early 1970’s. However, If you want your child to gain a place at a state funded grammar school or at selective independent schools, then he/she will need to take the 11 plus exam. The purpose is to identify the academic ability and potential of the child.

There are three 11+ exam types:

GL assessment:

GL Assessment is the leading form of 11+ assessments, developing the tests that a majority of 11+ students will take.

Subjects are:

English

Comprehension and writing (including spelling, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary) – Learners are tested in their ability to comprehend a piece of text (reading), on their spelling, and their ability to write cohesively (punctuation and grammar) Often, English tests will comprise of a long writing task and other reading and spelling exercises.

Applied reasoning (Literacy/Verbal)

This is believed to be a good way to test the learner’s potential ability rather than just what they can already do, VR focuses on problem-solving and the application of knowledge rather than just what they are classically taught in school, this is not included in National curriculum.

Maths

To expand on knowledge gained during KS2 study, this tests for a student’s understanding of numbers and solving mathematical problems.

Non – Verbal Reasoning

A test of diagrams. To examine how well a student, analyses and solve problems involving visual information.

Test format varies from region to region

CEM:

Subjects are:

Non – Verbal Reasoning

A test of diagrams. To examine how well a student analyse and solve problems involving visual information.

Applied reasoning (Literacy/Verbal)

This is believed to be a good way to test the learner’s potential ability. Verbal Reasoning focuses on problem-solving and the application of knowledge rather than just what they are classically taught in school, this is not included in the National curriculum.

Numerical Reasoning

There should be some familiarity with this as the test will cover content from the national curriculum in KS2, although some content is from KS3. It involves assessing the students’ understanding and ability to solve problems involving figures, charts and tables.

 

CSSE:

If you wish for your child to take the CSSE 11+ test, you need to complete not only the CAF but also a Supplementary Information form to register for the selective test. The form can be completed online on the CSSE website, can be obtained from the CSSE website or any school that offers selective places.

What subjects does it cover?

English – Comprehension

English – Comprehension, Writing (including spelling, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary) and Verbal Reasoning – Learners are tested in their ability to comprehend a piece of text (reading), on their spelling, and their ability to write cohesively (punctuation and grammar) Often, English tests will comprise of a long writing task and other reading and spelling exercises. Verbal reasoning (VR) is believed to be a good way to test the learner’s potential ability. Verbal Reasoning focuses on problem-solving and the application of knowledge rather than just what they are classically taught in school, this is not included in the National curriculum.

 

There will not be a verbal reasoning test on its own but rather an element of it incorporated into the English paper.

 

Maths

To expand on knowledge gained during KS2 study, this tests for a student’s understanding of numbers and solving mathematical problems.

The exam could be in a standard format, multiple choice or combination of both, depending on the region.

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HOW MUCH WORK WILL MY CHILD DO?

• Two sessions of 1 hour 10 minutes respectively each week, covering subjects listed above.

• Homework after each session, including past papers and revision packs.

• Mock Exams, to help the learner to understand and build confidence before the real exam day and to pick up areas to improve on.

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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY 11 PLUS TUITION WITH SHALOM EDUCATION TUITION?

• Individualised, targeted, and focused tutoring on the key subjects/topics required for 11 plus preparation.

• Continuous assessment to ensure the learner understood all concepts taught.

• Mock Exam.

• Access to our resources.

• Techniques on answering 11+ questions.

• Time management

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WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD CANNOT ATTEND THE EXAM ON THE SET DATE DUE TO ILLNESS?

Make sure that you know beforehand who you have to notify in the event that your child is unable to take the test due to illness, and take that information with you if the test venue is not local to your home. Every area has reserve dates or other arrangements for children who miss a test to take it on another date.
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HOW SHOULD I GET MY CHILD READY FOR EITHER GL, CEM OR CSSE?

• Your child need to understand all concepts taught at the National curriculum at year 5 and 6

• Be able to work under pressure

• Able to understand and answer various question types in different format

• Have strong reasoning, arithmetic and problem-solving skills

• Strong vocabulary, spelling, reading and comprehension skills

• Strong grammar and punctuation.

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