Eleven Plus (11+)

Eleven Plus advice and support for parents

If you're hoping to sit your child for a school that selects students based on their performance in the 11+ test, you'll be looking for resources to support learning.

In this section of the site you'll find a beginner's guide to the 11+ test and loads of information about how to help your child prepare, as well as an area-by-area guide to the test format.

Our 11+ Learning Journey is a structured, year-long 11+ preparation plan that covers the English, maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning skills your child will need to have mastered before they sit the test. 

For an introduction to 11+ skills see our Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning learning pack.

Articles

Best 11+ learning tools
8 of the best 11+ learning tools
Workbooks, practice papers and a hefty dose of general parental anxiety are a classic combination when your child is preparing to take a selective exam like the 11+. These tools aim to make preparation more fun, more convenient or more efficient – well worth including in your revision plan in the run-up to September.
What is a cloze test?
What is a cloze test?
An important part of the new-format 11+ exam, and a valuable test of your child's ability in English, we explain what cloze procedures involve.
Preparing for the 11+
Top tips for surviving the 11+
Sally Ashworth and her husband have seen three children through the 11+ (with one more gearing up for the test later this year). From DIY tutoring to dealing with fraying tempers (adults' and children's), she shares her top tips for 11+ success.

Worksheets

Non-verbal reasoning worksheet: Counting sides, symbols and more
Non-verbal reasoning: Counting sides, symbols and more
Non-verbal reasoning is all about understanding sequences of shapes and patterns. You might be looking for similarities or differences between different figures. Alternatively, you might be given a series of figures and asked to complete the sequence with another figure. In this series of exercises, the first two shapes are related by a specific feature they have in common. Choose the one figure from the five choices that is most like the two figures on the left.
Verbal reasoning worksheet: Words with two meanings
Verbal reasoning: Words with two meanings
Choose one word from those printed below that would fit equally well with both sets of words in the brackets. They may have a similar meaning or be connected in some other way.
Non-verbal reasoning worksheet: Cryptography revision
Non-verbal reasoning: Cryptography revision
Are you ready to decode some codes? Work out the code for the fifth shape.
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11+ Learning Journey

The 11+ Learning Journey is a (subscriber-only) structured preparation plan, designed for you and your child to work through together over a year in order to prepare for the exam. It includes English, maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning worksheets, packed with step-by-step explanations, examples and practice questions.

In order to cover all the skills that your child will have to master by the time they sit the 11+ test either work through the worksheets in order or pick those worksheets that cover topics where you know your child needs some extra help.

You can also receive a weekly email, which includes recommended exercises in all four disciplines and tips and tricks from 11+ experts. To join this mailing list email

Look through the 192 11+ Learning Journey worksheets now.

The 11+ test area-by-area

The 11+ is administered differently in each area where it's used, and the test itself will be produced specifically for that area or group of schools. Our parents' guides give you a detailed overview of what you need to know about the test in the area where you live.

Verbal and non-verbal reasoning: an introduction

Verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests are used in secondary school selection, and in some schools they are also part of CATs at the beginning of Year 7.

Reasoning skills are a form of critical thinking; the tests are designed to assess a child's ability with words, numbers, shapes and space. While these skills can be developed and practised, they are non curriculum-based skills, so aren't always taught as part of KS2. The Verbal and non-verbal reasoning: an introduction pack has been written to provide a general overview of these skills, including practical examples of the common types of questions, hints and explanations to help you understand the solutions and play-based ways to help prepare your child at home (be warned, though, you will have to participate - and might even enjoy it!).

Written by headteacher, parent and verbal and non-verbal reasoning expert Stephen McConkey of Learning Together, this 45-page pack is a great way to start planning for your child's move to secondary school. In the pack you'll find:

  • Verbal and non-verbal reasoning: an introduction
  • 10 steps to effective 11+ preparation and practice
  • The no-textbooks way to prepare for the 11+
  • Verbal reasoning practice: 45 questions
  • Non-verbal reasoning practice: 46 questions
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