What subjects are in the 11+ exam?

The core subject areas of the 11+ exam are:

There is some variation between the two main publishers (GL and CEM) and some variance from area to area, depending on the school. The CEM 11+ Exam is thought to be more difficult.

You can read our 11 plus revision guide here.

Find out which type of test your area uses, or if it is an independent school, get as many details as you can, especially regarding which publisher they use (if any) and if any past or sample tests are available. Once you have this information, we can help you find materials and guidance to give the most assistance possible to your child.

We recommend those taking the CEM 11+ to buy our practice paper pdfs here.

Don’t Stray Too Far From KS2 Materials

It may seem like a good idea to push your child beyond what is needed for the 11+ exam. The thinking is that more is better, and that if they know more advanced content, they will score better on the 11+.

This has been shown not to be the case.

The most effective manner of study is to focus on what will be covered by the 11+, and focus on accuracy first, building speed up as the child becomes more comfortable and proficient with the content. To do otherwise is to build a broader knowledge for your child, but neglecting the depth needed to score well on the 11+.

What subjects are in the 11+ exam?

The core subject areas of the 11+ exam are:

There is some variation between the two main publishers (GL and CEM) and some variance from area to area, depending on the school. The CEM 11+ Exam is thought to be more difficult.

Find out which type of test your area uses, or if it is an independent school, get as many details as you can, especially regarding which publisher they use (if any) and if any past or sample tests are available. Once you have this information, we can help you find materials and guidance to give the most assistance possible to your child.

Don’t Stray Too Far From KS2 Materials

It may seem like a good idea to push your child beyond what is needed for the 11+ exam. The thinking is that more is better, and that if they know more advanced content, they will score better on the 11+.

This has been shown not to be the case.

The most effective manner of study is to focus on what will be covered by the 11+, and focus on accuracy first, building speed up as the child becomes more comfortable and proficient with the content. To do otherwise is to build a broader knowledge for your child, but neglecting the depth needed to score well on the 11+.

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