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Eleven Plus Subjects

The Eleven Plus exam for state grammar schools will, depending on the area you live in, consist of papers in any of up to four different disciplines: Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, English and Maths.

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In this area of the site you will find descriptions and examples of the type of content that your child may face in the tests and you can also explore the useful resources we have gathered together to help you support and prepare your child for each or all of these subjects.

Please note that the information in this area is generic and should be used as a “rough guide” to the subject areas only. To find out exactly what is required for the tests in your area, please look at our 11 Plus Schools section where there is a guide to every 11+ region and the type of 11 Plus tests used there.

If you do not find the information you are looking for here you can ask questions on our 11+ Forum.

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Verbal Reasoning

Verbal reasoning (VR) is almost universally used as one of the test papers in the 11+. It is believed to be an effective way of testing a child’s potential, not just learned ability.

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Non-Verbal Reasoning

Non-verbal reasoning (NVR) questions are designed to test a child’s ability to work out problems regardless of their knowledge of English. The questions require students to work out similarities in sequences of shapes or codes involving abstract figures.

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11+ maths tests cover the topics that are taught during Key Stage 2.

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The main players in test-writing for the 11+ regions around the country.