The content and structure of the 11+ exam varies between different areas of the country, but it will generally focus on a combination of the following four subjects:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning

Although the content of the English and Maths tests tend to follow the National Curriculum, verbal and non-verbal reasoning are not subjects that are taught as part of the curriculum in state primary schools.

All need multiple choice answers, except English, which is a written piece of work.

  • Verbal reasoning: These questions are about solving problems and following sequences to do with words and text. Verbal reasoning tests your child’s English grammar and vocabulary.
  • Non-verbal reasoning: During the non-verbal reasoning paper, your child will need to solve problems to do with diagrams and pictures. There’s also an element of maths.
  • Maths: Your child will be tested on mental maths, maths concepts and skills and problems that have to be solved in multiple stages.
  • English: The English paper puts your child’s creative writing skills to the test, as they have to plan, structure and write a piece of work.