11+ Preparation (Year 3/4 Foundation)

Competition for places at grammar and independent schools is intense. The number of applicants is rising each year, making entry into these schools increasingly more difficult. At New Hope Education Centre, the 11+ programme begins in Year 4 (two years before the exam date) in order for your child to have the appropriate time for preparation.

Currently, the Consortium of Grammar Schools in Shropshire, Walsall & Wolverhampton and the Consortium of Grammar Schools in Birmingham have favoured using the CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) 11+ exam papers. At New Hope Education Centre, we carry out extensive research to help develop our 11+ programme around the CEM format to ensure that our students are preparing for their exams in the most effective way. CEM covers verbal, non-verbal and numerical reasoning.

The 11+ Preparation class is only suitable for academically achieved students that are already getting high levels in their schoolwork.


The 11+ exam is a selective entry examination for entrance into some grammar and secondary schools.

At New Hope Education Centre, we develop our pupil’s subject knowledge to the required levels, as well as their exam techniques and time management skills. The following is a list of subjects that are covered in each of the 11+ Preparation programmes.


11+ English exam papers usually consist of a timed comprehension test with several questions based on the passage. Some of the questions may also be based on punctuation, parts of speech and English grammar. The CEM 11+ English exam papers are multiple choice. Independent Grammar School exams may use a different format and usually include a creative writing task.


11+ Maths exam papers are designed to test the child’s depth of knowledge on many topics which include; the four rules (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion, shape, area, graphs, data analysis, money, measurement, algebra, number, place value, statistics, numerical reasoning, geometry and time.

Non-verbal Reasoning

11+ Non-verbal Reasoning exam papers consist of logic type questions based on shape, patterns, numbers, symmetry, 3D (including spatial) and sequences.

Verbal Reasoning

There are around fifty possible types of questions used in 11+ Verbal Reasoning exams. These include letter and number sequences, analogies, letter and number codes, odd one out, middle/size order, word endings/beginnings, cloze exercises, identifying antonyms, identifying synonyms and anagrams.

11+ Preparation (Year 5 Higher)

Prior to joining the programme in Year 5, pupils are required to complete an assessment. Minimum scores in all subject areas that are tested are a pre-requisite to joining the programme at this stage.

In the Year 5 Higher class, our pupils will be working at an advanced level in fundamental the subjects which include; reading, comprehension, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary development, spoken language, arithmetic and numerical reasoning. The level of work at this stage of the programme is significantly higher in comparison to schoolwork in all subjects.


Once all the topics have be completed, the pupils will begin to develop their examination technique by working through a series of CEM style 11+ assessment papers to ensure that pupils are thoroughly prepared for the exam.

11+ Mock Exams

For Year 5 students, New Hope Education Centre offer a series of 11+ mock exams; throughout the year. Our mock exam papers are completely designed around the CEM standard to ensure that every child receives the highest level of preparation. The mock exams provide an opportunity for the children to practise timed 11+ questions experience under exam conditions. The results of the mock exams will provide parents with an indication of the current levels their child or children are achieving.

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