11 Plus


We're here to help you and your child navigate the admissions process from start to finish.

What is the 11 plus?

Used by independent and grammar schools to determine entry to Year 7, the 11 plus is an exam sat by pupils in Year 6. The exam typically consists of four papers; English, Maths, and Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning, however this can vary slightly at each school.

Each paper of the exam presents its unique challenges. Understanding your child’s strengths and addressing any gaps in their knowledge at the start of 11 plus prep is key. You may also need to consider if embarking upon the 11 plus is the right thing to do for your child.

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In addition to sitting the entrance exam, many schools also require children to attend an interview. As schools are now placing more importance on how well children communicate, the interview stage of 11+ entrance has become even more crucial. Your child will need to demonstrate intelligent reasoning and show evidence of an inquiring mind.

Get started with your 11 plus journey

Whatever stage you are at in your preparation, we can help. At Mentor, we have a wealth of knowledge in how best to prepare your child for their 11 plus exam. Our approach inspires confidence and encourages children to discover a natural love of learning. The Mentor team of specialist tutors have experience with gaining entrance into some of London’s most competitive independent schools.

We recommend starting with an Academic Assessment that covers the same areas as the 11 plus exam. Afterwards, you receive a detailed report providing insights on your child’s current and potential levels of attainment. We also arrange a follow-up call with an experienced teacher to discuss the results.

From there, we will create a plan to build on your child’s strengths and address any gaps. We then work closely with you to understand your child’s needs so we can find the best tutor to suit you.

We have a track record of success. Every child in our latest 11 plus cohort gained an offer to their first or second choice school. We have a full time 11 plus co-ordinator who will get to know your child and your aspirations and will co-ordinate their journey. We are independently rated as the Number One tutoring agency in London by School Report Magazine and feature in the Good Schools Guide of top tutoring agencies.

11 Plus Tutors

Our specialist team of 11+ tutors have insight into the admissions process at various independent schools. Many are senior teachers and heads of department from some of London’s leading schools. They have personal experience of the demands of the latest exams, which now emphasise lateral thinking and problem-solving skills.

The engaging tuition sessions instil a sense of self-confidence in your child. We equip them with the knowledge and level of focus they need to prepare them for their entrance exam and interview.

All our tutors come with invaluable experience, are reference checked and have up-to-date DBS certificates. Also, wherever possible we will match you with a tutor who has taught at the school that your child is applying to.

Practice Papers

Get ahead of the game with our bespoke range of 11 plus exam practice papers. Created in line with the requirements of independent schools, they are written by experienced educational authors. Developed with feedback from schools, teachers and children, our test papers cover three levels – Starter, Intermediate and Difficult.

Our practice papers are available to download in pdf format from our website.

Courses & Mock Exams

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We also run intensive courses and 11 plus mock exam sessions to help your child shine on exam day. Designed to encourage your child to develop a healthy work ethic, we boost their ability to solve problems confidently and quickly. Our courses help your child to gain a solid understanding of the more challenging aspects of the syllabus and exam technique.

Developed by leading academics and delivered by experienced independent school teachers, all of our courses can also take place online. See more information on our upcoming 11 plus course dates.

Interview Workshops

We have also developed a one-day course on interview practice. This can help boost your child’s confidence and improve their communication, lateral thinking and visual analysis skills. Find out more about interview practice.


Get in Touch

Contact us for expert advice about 11+ tuition, Academic Assessments and the next steps for your child.


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