Unfortunately the idea that any child can pass the 11+ exam without some form of coaching, either during their school time ie. the 5 sessions that Bucks allow, or privately, is delusionary. These tests are in my opinion all about technique. A very able child such as my own son, due to take in oct this year would stand no chance of passing without tuition of some sort teaching the techniques. Equally a less able child with lots of tuition may well get through. This really illustrates the dilemma and is in some way an indictment of the 11+ system, however thats another discussion. Unfortunately its what we've got here in Bucks, so as a parent we deal with it in the way we think best. Certainly choices are there, but I stand by my first point and would argue, No tuition=No Grammar, irrespective of ability.