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Understanding the Eleven Plus for Independent and Private schools

Is your child thinking of applying to join an independent school? If so, there’s a good chance they’ll need to take the Independent School 11+ exam. This is an ultra tough assessment, and will require sustained practice in order to pass.

Before we give you some sample independent 11+ test questions and answers, let’s take a look at what this exam is all about, and what it involves.

What is the Independent 11+?

Just like the regular 11+, the Kent Test, and other such variations, the Independent 11+ is a way for independent schools to assess and evaluate the quality of students applying to them. The Independent 11+ uses a similar testing format and similar types of questions to the aforementioned exams, with some slight differences.

What exams are included in the Private Eleven Plus?

The Independent 11+ uses four separate tests:

Verbal Reasoning. This exam is an assessment of your child’s ability to understand and solve word-based reasoning problems, such as identifying relationships between words, letter patterns, synonyms, antonyms and more.

English. This is a comprehension-based exercise, which not only assesses your child’s ability to decipher information from written text, but also their ability to write creatively.

Non-Verbal Reasoning. Non-Verbal Reasoning tests your child’s ability to understand the relationship between shapes, lines and patterns, and will include questions based on elements such as symmetry, rotation and mirror images.

Maths. The maths element of the Independent 11+ tests your child’s understanding of a wide variety of mathematical elements, from basic addition and subtraction to percentages, fractions, decimals and graphs.

How can I prepare my child for an Independent School 11 Plus exam?

The Independent School 11+ is deliberately difficult to revise for – the majority of schools do not teach many of the elements included in this exam, and that’s particularly the case for non-verbal reasoning. With this in mind, it’s a really good idea to start preparing as soon as possible. Our fantastic practice papers and dedicated online course will provide your child with ALL the revision they need. With modules covering every single topic, detailed explanations and more, this truly is the best possible way to practise for the Independent School 11+.

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Written by experts within the field, our English practice papers resource is jam-packed with essential advice, tips, and tricks on how your child can ace their exam. They are the most comprehensive independent school 11+ English practice papers on the market today – so download your copy, and starting preparing to pass!

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Non-Verbal Reasoning is one of the hardest elements of the 11+ exam. In our guides, we’ll teach what your child’s school won’t – how to ace non-verbal reasoning style questions with ease. The more preparation your child gets for non-verbal reasoning, the better. So, download a copy of our guides, and learn all about how to handle these types of questions.

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Our guides on Verbal Reasoning have been written in conjunction with trained experts – and are the most comprehensive, detailed and verbal reasoning products on the market. Absolutely filled to the brim with practice questions, tips and advice, these downloadable resources aren’t something your child can afford to miss out on. So, download your copies, and start learning how to pass 11+ Verbal Reasoning!

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11+ English - Sample Question

France’s rapid capitulation during World War Two has been a source of much mockery for the past century. Intellectual criticism has been largely focused around the building of the Maginot Line – a line of fortifications built to shield French soil from a potential German invasion. The Maginot Line cost millions of pounds, and – according to some – completely failed in its purpose. But is this really true?

The Maginot Line, in the main, did exactly what it was supposed to – it forced Hitler to take another route entirely. When German forces eventually crossed into France, via neutral

Belgium, the bulk of British and French forces were waiting for them, having anticipated such an attack. Unfortunately, what they had not anticipated was the small, rather dispensary unit they were faced with. While British and French forces were preoccupied in a far corner of Belgium, the bulk of Hitler’s army crossed through the Ardennes Forest, a wooded area that had been deemed by the French as ‘impossible to traverse’. While Hitler’s generals shared this sentiment, Hitler himself, a notorious military gambler, was not so easily swayed.

Ultimately, it took just three days for German troops to advance through the Ardennes, arriving on undermanned French soil, right behind the bulk of the Maginot Line, whose static defences were quickly overwhelmed.

While historical hindsight might look unfavourably upon France, the reality is that their fall was more of a product of an extraordinary German military gamble than French incompetence.

Based on the passage, which of the following do you think most corresponds with the author’s viewpoint?

A. The author believes that France’s fall was a result of them spending millions of pounds on static defences.

B. The author believes that France’s fall was a result of their failure to embrace the requirements of modern warfare.

C. The author believes that France’s fall was a result of Hitler gambling, successfully, on traversing the Ardennes Forest.

D. The author believes that France’s fall was a result of Hitler exploiting the neutrality of Belgium to his own advantage.

11+ Maths - Sample Question

Inside the brackets there is a number that has been formed through a function to the two numbers outside the brackets. The function stays the same for the two outside numbers.

What is the missing number?

10(2)5 48(16)3 75(15)?

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning - Sample Question
Non-Verbal Reasoning – Incomplete Sequence - Q4

Which answer option completes the sequence?

11+ Verbal Reasoning - Sample Question

Find the word that completes the third set of words in the same way that the first two pairs are related:

glider (lie) grain (ran) orange (?)

11+ English - Answer

Answer = C

Explanation = The author believes that France’s fall was a result of Hitler gambling, successfully, on traversing the Ardennes Forest.

The author states, ‘…the reality is that their fall was more of a product of an extraordinary German military gamble than French incompetence.’

11+ Maths - Answer

Answer = 5

Explanation = The left-hand number is divided by the right-hand number to give the number in the bracket.

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning - Answer

Answer = C

Explanation = The dots move down one line as the sequence progresses. Once it reaches the bottom line, it makes its way back to the top line. The dots do not have to appear in the exact same place, so long as it is on the correct line.

11+ Verbal Reasoning - Answer

Answer = rag
Explanation = Take the second letter, the third letter, and the fifth letters to create the word.

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