The 11+ varies greatly depending on where you live. This page gives an introduction to how it works in different parts of the country — it's a great starting point for your research. For more info on the 11+ and our products click here.

Different schools, different tests

In some regions of the UK every child will sit the same test  — organised by the Local Authority. Your child might be entered for this test automatically, but its good to check. In other regions, you’ll need to apply to each school individually, and your child will sit a separate test specific to each school you’ve applied to.

You’ll need to check with each school you’re going to apply to for up-to-date information on admissions. Make sure you check the application deadlines carefully for each form you need to fill in.

Research each school you apply to

Here's a list of things you'll need to know about the schools you apply to:

  1. How to enter for the test — whether you have to send off any paperwork to enter your child into the test (and when the deadline for this is), or whether they’ll be entered automatically.
     

  2. What's in the test — what subjects will be tested (Verbal Reasoning, Maths etc.), what format the test will take (multiple choice or standard answer) and how long the test will last.
     

  3. Where and when the test will be
     

  4. Any other admissions criteria — e.g. the distance you live from the school, siblings at the school etc.
     

  5. Whether past papers or mock tests are available — some schools publish past test papers or organise mock tests. They’ll often charge a fee for these.

Some tests are organised by Local Authorities

In the following areas, the Local Authority organises the 11+ test for most or all of the grammar schools in the region. You can get information about the content and date of the test, deadlines and other admission criteria from the Local Authority’s website, or by contacting them directly.

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Local Authority How to enter Test Date Content of Test Test Provider
Bexley You'll need to apply September Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Maths CEM (University of Durham)
Buckinghamshire Children are entered for the test unless you opt out September Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Reasoning, English and Maths GL Assessment (Secondary Transfer Test)
Essex (Redbridge) You'll need to apply September Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Maths CEM (University of Durham)
Gloucestershire You'll need to apply to the school where you want to sit the test September Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Maths CEM (University of Durham)
Kent You'll need to apply September Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Reasoning, Maths, English and Writing GL Assessment / NFER
Medway You'll need to apply September Extended Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Maths

Ext Writing — Unknown

VR & Maths — CEM (University of Durham)

Warwickshire You'll need to apply September Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Maths CEM (University of Durham)
Wirral You'll need to apply September Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Maths CEM (University of Durham)
Liverpool You'll need to apply September Non-Verbal Reasoning, Maths and English Unknown — this is not made public
Yorkshire (Calderdale) You'll need to apply September Verbal Reasoning, Maths and English

Verbal Reasoning — GL Assessment or University of Edinburgh 

Maths — the school

Yorkshire (North Yorkshire) Children in Skipton and Ripon will be entered automatically September Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning GL Assessment / NFER

 

If you live outside these areas, but want your child to take the 11+, contact the Local Authority to enter the test.

Some tests are organised by a consortium of schools

In these areas, there is a consortium of schools which administers one common admission test:

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Area Test date Content of test Test Provider
Berkshire September Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Maths CEM (University of Durham)
Birmingham September Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Maths CEM (University of Durham)
Essex September Maths and English Tests written by the consortium
Hertfordshire (South-West) September Maths and Verbal Reasoning

Maths — GL Assessment / NFER

Verbal Reasoning — CEM (University of Durham)

Lincolnshire September Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning GL Assessment / NFER
Northern Ireland (Post Primary Transfer Consortium) September Maths and English GL Assessment / NFER
Northern Ireland (Association for Quality Education) November/ December Maths and English CEA (Common Entrance Assessment)
Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton September Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Maths CEM (University of Durham)
Sutton Stage 1: September,
Stage 2: September / October
Maths and English Unknown — this information is not made public

 

There may also be other schools which administer their own 11+ test (see below).

All of these tests will need to be applied for — if you live in one of these areas, contact each school you’re applying to to find out how the consortium works. You’ll usually just have to send one application form to the consortium and then apply separately to any other schools in your area which aren’t part of the consortium.

Some tests are organised by individual schools

All of the following areas have at least one grammar school that has its own admissions criteria and its own test:

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Berkshire (Reading) Dorset Lincolnshire
Bromley Essex Yorkshire
Cranbrook (in Kent) Hertfordshire Sutton
Cumbria Kingston-upon-Thames Trafford
Devon Lancashire Wiltshire

 

Schools in these areas usually have their own Supplementary Form that you have to fill in to apply for their 11+ test. You’ll need to contact each school separately to find out how to get a form and when the deadlines for applications are.

Independent schools may also have entrance tests

Many independent (fee-paying) schools also have their own entrance tests for entry into Year 7. Some of these tests are a similar format to the 11+ tests. If you’re applying to an independent school, contact them to find out more about their admissions criteria.

 

For more info see preparing for the 11+

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