11+ Eleven Plus

The Eleven Plus (11+) is a test taken by children at the start of Year 6 (primary school) and is used as a means to determine whether or not they are capable of a place at a grammar school. Competition for places is very high and the 11+ exam is challenging even for the brightest children.

We at Aston Tuition make every effort to prepare your child for the 11+ examination and enable him or her to perform as well as they possibly can. The 11+ exam contains questions across different areas such as Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Maths and English. We use material (books and exam papers) from a range of publishers to ensure that your child has the best chance of success.

We will discuss the format of the exam with you, as well as the application process and also answer any questions you might have about the examination. There is a lot of pressure on children to pass the 11+ exam and we understand that this can sometimes lead to them not being able to perform well in the exam. Consequently, we do our best to prepare each child so that he or she is mentally prepared to take the exam. Our tutors have studied at Grammar schools themselves which means that having been through the entire process themselves, they have a very good understanding of what is required to succeed. We will always provide detailed feedback regarding your child's performance, based on classwork, homework and mock exams.

Here is a list of Grammar schools in Birmingham:

Bishop Vesey's Grammar School (Boys)

King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School (Boys)

King Edward VI Aston School (Boys)

King Edward VI Camp Hill School (Boys)

King Edward VI Five Ways School (Mixed)

King Edward VI Camp Hill School (Girls)

King Edward VI Handsworth School (Girls)

Sutton Coldfield Grammar School (Girls)

In Birmingham, candidates will sit two papers, provided by GL assessment.

The two papers will be divided into smaller, individually timed sections that test:

  • English Comprehension
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Mathematics
  • Non-Verbal and Spatial reasoning

Both papers are approximately 60 minutes long each, including time for instructions and example questions.

There are no writing sections within the test. All questions are multiple-choice, and children record their answers on a separate answer sheet.

The scores for each section are standardised to take into account differences in age, meaning younger children are not disadvantaged compared to children in the same cohort who could be almost a year older.