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How to Help Your Child Getting Ready for 11+ Exam.

Updated: Jan 6



The ‘11+’ is a term used to delineate a variety of tests and determines whether a child is qualified for entry to grammar school. The exact contents and format of the exam can vary a lot from location to location, as can pass marks. Therefore, it is essential to look into the details of the test in your area and be ready for what will happen on the day of the test.


Undoubtedly, there are numerous benefits to passing the 11 Plus exam, certainly not having the chance to register to your child’s first choice grammar school; however, apart from simply knowing the curriculum, there’s more to passing the exam. And sometimes it’s a special effort that makes the real difference.


In this article, Cosmos Coaching describes some of the prime factors of the 11+ exam and is deliberated as a general guide for you to help your child feel confident and be ready for the real test.



In most scenarios, adolescent requires some preparation if they have to pass the 11 plus exam and most instances need a daily study schedule for months. Having a proper study plan in place well before the day of the exam will give your child a plethora of time to practice and know their strengths and weaknesses.


However, it is vital to understand that not to overload your child with too much study. It’s always best to space out learning into small parts, over a long period, so that your child doesn’t become overwhelmed. At 10 or 11 years old, an adolescent can concentrate for around half an hour before becoming weary. If individuals have a well-structured study plan in place, 30 minutes every other night can create wonders for your child and let them do well in the exam.

Regardless of which exam board organize your child’s test, they will still be tested on the same subjects, namely maths, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Your child’s study schedule must cover all possible topics. You should, therefore, aim to work on the topics with your child through writing exercises and reading.


In the non-verbal reasoning section, your child will be tested on different shapes and spatial awareness. Working on addition and subtraction using objects, studying mirror images, and numerical games are all good ways to help your child prepare for non-verbal reasoning questions.

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