11+ Entrance Exam online tutoring

We help children sail through the 11+ Entrance Exam.

You’ve found the dream secondary school for your son or daughter! You are thrilled to flip through the school brochure and see all your boxes ticked – but you then discover that in order to gain a place at the school, your child has to sit “the 11+”. But what is it exactly?

What is the 11+? 

The 11+ is a selective entrance exam used by grammar schools or certain selective private schools to identify academic ability and potential. It is usually taken towards the end of Year 5 or start of Year 6 and can either be sat on one day or less commonly, over several days.

What is covered in the 11+ exam?

There are two main exam boards (GL Assessment and CEM) and whilst the content of the exam can vary in layout and length, it generally focuses on the following four disciplines:

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Verbal Reasoning


Involving mental maths skills, a range of maths concepts and multi-stage problems.


Usually composed of both comprehension and creative writing tasks.

Verbal Reasoning

Solving problems and following sequences relating to words and text as well as testing grammar and vocabulary.

NON-Verbal Reasoning

Solving problems and following sequences related to diagrams and pictures as well as some maths skills.

Questions will be either multiple choice or written and the majority of exams are made up of more than one paper, each of which last between 45-60 minutes.

How competitive is the 11+?​

Some of the best schools can expect between 3 and 10 applicants for each place and failure to gain a place at first choice schools can be a disheartening experience.

We recommend applying to multiple schools to maximise your child’s chances of gaining a place (but not so many that the multiple exams become overwhelming!) and making sure you start preparing around one year in advance.

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How do I prepare my child for the 11+?

Preparing for the 11+ can be a daunting undertaking and not everybody manages to immediately set off on the right foot. Verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests are not taught in schools and so can often be a source of confusion and frustration, leaving parents and children alike, stressed as the exam date approaches. However we have some handy tips to make this process painless in our article ‘How to prepare for the 11+’.

However, if you would prefer to put your child’s future into the hands of professionals, our top 11+ tutors have years of experience in helping countless children get accepted by their dream schools and would be glad to support you on your journey and put your mind at ease.

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How can We Make Academics help?

Our top 11+ tutors have hundreds of hours worth of experience in delivering bespoke lessons using the best teaching tools for each individual student’s unique learning styles. Our multi-pronged approach targets both academic skills and exam technique, so that your child is well-placed to achieve their full potential on the day of the exam.

After methodically working through the core content and strengthening any identified areas of weakness, our tutors will then set timed practice papers to increase the student’s pace of work, as speed is necessary to get through as many questions as possible in the given time. This is all delivered through our online platform, allowing students to enjoy their tuition from the comfort of their own home.

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What we offer our 11+ Entrance Exam students:

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Whether you are considering the 11+ for in several years time or are looking for some last-minute extra support in the months leading up to the exam, our host of highly qualified tutors are hand-picked to ensure they meet our high standards and can help all our students flourish.

Are you ready for your child to sail through their 11+ entrance exam? Book a trial lesson with one of our tutors today.