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What does my child need to know for the 11+?

Updated: Feb 18, 2023

When your child sits the 11+ they will be asked questions on a variety of topics: English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Spatial Reasoning. Below is outline of the content of those sections. For more information please contact us at


· Comprehension – pupils will need to read a passage of text and answer questions on what they have read.

· Spelling – pupils will need to be able to recognise incorrectly spelt words.

· Punctuation – pupils will need to be able to identify incorrect punctuation within a sentence.

· Technical English – pupils will need to know a range of technical English, for example; nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.

Verbal Reasoning

There are a whole range of potential questions pupils may be asked regarding verbal reasoning. Examples include; selecting two words that are most common in meaning from a list, continuing a letter series, and identifying the odd words out from a selection of words.


Pupils will need to know an array of mathematical concepts, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentages, algebra and geometry.

Non-verbal Reasoning

There are a number of potential questions pupils may be asked regarding non-verbal reasoning. Examples include; selecting a shape which is most similar to other shapes, being able to continue a series of shapes with the most appropriate shape, and identifying an object which is the least like a selection of others.

Spatial Reasoning

There are various questions pupils may be asked regarding spatial reasoning. Examples include; completing a block combination by selecting which blocks will make the ‘test shape’, imagining what a shape would look like unfolded, and deciding what a shape would look like if it were rotated.

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