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11+ Tuition

The 11+ Explained



The Slough Consortium consists of four schools: Langley Grammar School, Upton Court Grammar School, St. Bernards Catholic Grammar School and Herschel Grammar School. Students wishing to apply to any of the four schools must register with the consortium. The exam is set by CEM and more details on what is tested and the structure of the exam can be found below:

Verbal Reasoning

This accounts for 50% of the available marks. Typically, this section includes:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Jumbled Sentences
  • Cloze

Numerical Reasoning

This is essentially maths and accounts for 30% of the available marks. The questions are typically presented in two sections:

  • Short Maths (mental arithmetic and word problems)
  • Long Maths (multi-part questions)

Non-verbal Reasoning

This accounts for approximately 20% of the marks available. Questions can include 2D and 3D shapes. Some typical questions involve:

  • Finding the next shape in the series
  • Completing the grid
  • Rotating 2D or 3D shapes



The Buckinghamshire 11+ exams are currently provided by GL Assessment. This is a recent change as the tests were provided by CEM between 2013 and 2017.

The test comprises two multiple choice papers. The first of the papers will contain a mixture of verbal reasoning, comprehension and technical English (this mainly tests punctuation and spelling). The second paper will contain a mixture of maths, non-verbal and spatial reasoning. A little more detail on each of the 3 main subject areas is provided below:

Technical English and Verbal Reasoning

This involves comprehension, spelling and grammar questions. There are 21 common VR question types that are generally tested by GL. The vast majority of these question types can be solved using a logical technique. Some of the common question styles are listed below:

  • Synonyms
  • Coding
  • Alphabet reasoning
  • Homonyms


The maths usually comes in the form of short, word problems.

Non-verbal and Spatial Reasoning

This section requires the use of logical reasoning to solve questions involving pictures and shapes. Some of the common question styles include:

  • Odd one out
  • Completing the grid
  • Codes
  • Similarities
  • Series
  • Folding paper
  • Finding the hidden shape

Grammar Schools

Our course prepares children for any CEM or GL 11+ examinations including 11+ exams outside of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. The vast majority of children that attend our tuition centres apply to the sit the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire 11+ exams. There is a full list of Grammar Schools in each of these areas below.


The Berkshire grammar schools are split into two separate areas.

Slough Grammar SchoolsGender
Hershal Grammar SchoolMixed
Langley Grammar School Mixed
St. Bernard’s Grammar School Mixed
Upton Court Grammar School (formerly Slough Grammar School)Mixed
Reading Grammar SchoolsGender
Reading SchoolBoys
Kendrick School Girls


Aylesbury Grammar School Boys
Aylesbury High School Girls
Beaconsfield High School Girls
Burnham Grammar School Mixed
Chesham Grammar School Mixed
Dr. Challoner's Grammar School Boys
Dr. Challoner's High School Girls
John Hampden Grammar School Boys
Royal Grammar School Boys
The Royal Latin School Mixed
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School Mixed
Sir William Borlase School Mixed
Wycombe High School Girls

When to Start 11+ Tuition

There is no blanket answer to this question. Around 50% of children begin their 11+ tuition with us in Year 4. This is a good time to start tuition as it provides time to gently introduce the children to the demanding 11+ syllabus. It runs from November to July in Year 4 and introduces all of the topics the children will face in their 11+ exam. We cover the same topics as the Year 5 course but at a foundation level, this allows children to quickly pick up the more complex elements of each topic when they reach Year 5. The Year 4 course is also very beneficial for any reluctant readers as the weekly reading and comprehension tasks are both challenging and enjoyable.

50% of students start their 11+ tuition at the beginning of Year 5. This is a perfectly suitable time to start tuition for many children as all topics, methods and questions styles will be covered. Starting in Year 5 is advisable for students that are at the top of their class at school.

If you are unsure of when to commence tuition, call us to book a free assessment (07712609565) and we will give you an honest opinion. Please bear in mind that enrolment opens in April every year and over half of the available classes sell out on day one. To this end, it is a good idea to book your assessment 8 or 9 months ahead of your desired start date.

What it takes to pass the 11+

  • Expert Guidance

Understanding the exam techniques and how to approach the exam is crucial.  Detailed Methods need to be understood and the correct materials need to be sourced and completed under the guidance of someone who fully understands the content of the 11+ exams.

  • Dedication

Each child needs to be prepared to work very hard and complete the challenging homework schedule carefully each week.

  • Parental Support

Parents need to be prepared to support their child academically throughout the year. Parents will need to mark the homework each week and ideally support their children while completing or reviewing homework.

  • Aptitude

Your child must have the natural aptitude to perform at a high level. We provide a free, no obligation assessment to assess your child’s educational needs.