11 Plus Subjects

Tuition Academy provides 11 Plus tuition in Medway and Maidstone covering the entire spectrum of English, Maths, Verbal, Non-Verbal, and Spatial Reasoning required for both the Kent and the Medway 11 Plus Tests. Our experienced specialist teachers use a structured and engaging approach to ensure your child is ready for the test and well equipped for grammar or independent school success.

The 11 Plus exam for a grammar or an independent school can come in a variety of core subject areas. We will tailor your child’s 11 Plus preparation to your chosen school, providing additional study guides at no cost.

English

 

Comprehension – students are asked questions on a text of around 500-750 words, varying between a classical text (such as Charles Dickens) or a more factual text (such as a newspaper report).

Vocabulary – students may be asked what various words in a text mean, given a synonyms/antonyms task, or a cloze exercise (missing words from a text) to do.

Spelling/Punctuation/Grammar – questions on these topics may include correcting mistakes in a passage. Spelling areas include homophones (words that sound the same, but are spelt differently and have different meanings, this overlaps with the vocabulary area), words with double letters, and commonly misspelt words.

Literary Devices – your child may be asked to identify literary devices, such as similes, personification, or onomatopoeia.

Literacy Reasoning – used in tests without a dedicated Verbal Reasoning section. Questions can cover rhyming words, anagrams, crosswords, odd words out, or putting jumbled words, sentences, and paragraphs in the correct order.

Creative Writing – often 11 Plus questions for grammar schools will be in multiple choice format as it’s easier to mark. Some areas that include Creative Writing will only grade it for students who are close in marks and are competing for a final place. In independent school tests, Creative Writing is nearly always included and in such cases marked.

Top tip: reading a variety of books every day is the best way to ensure your child develops a broad vocabulary, which is vital for passing the 11 Plus and cannot be made up for solely with exam practice.

Maths

The key concepts of the 11 Plus Maths tests are: Number; Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages; Handling Data; and Shape and Space Measurement.

Top tip: it’s important to remember that that all the Maths tests stay within the Key Stage 2 syllabus, except a few scholarship questions in the independent school tests. To give your child the best chance at 11 Plus Maths success, it’s best to stay within the Key Stage 2 syllabus and cover it in depth.

Verbal Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning tests a combination of vocabulary knowledge, spelling, logical reasoning, and code deciphering.

Top tip: vocabulary and spelling development are central to preparing for the Verbal Reasoning test. Doing Sudoku puzzles and word searches also helps.

Non-Verbal and Spatial Reasoning

Non-Verbal/Spatial Reasoning tests students’ logic and observation skills by giving them shapes and patterns asking them to find the odd one out, two shapes which are most similar, or a missing shape in a series.

Non-Verbal/Spatial Reasoning is seen as a test of ‘pure intelligence’, asking students to solve visual problems without the need to draw on prerequisite information.

Students need no particular English or Maths knowledge to answer these questions, although it’s useful to be aware of such concepts as symmetry, rotation, and reflection.

Top tip: doing jigsaw puzzles helps improve your child’s shape and spatial awareness. Doing example questions helps improve speed, accuracy, and an understanding of what’s required.

For more on when to start and how we help your child get in the best shape for the 11 Plus test and grammar school, visit our 11 Plus Preparation page.

The Kent 11 Plus Test

The Kent Test is divided into 2 sections and an additional writing exercise.

English and Maths paper – 1 hour in multiple choice format. Each section will take 25 minutes with 5 minutes for preparation.

The English section consists of a comprehension exercise and some additional questions designed to test literacy skills.

Reasoning paper – about 1 hour in multiple choice format, including practice questions and drill. This contains verbal as well as non-verbal and spatial reasoning sections.

Writing exercise – 40 minutes, including 10 minutes to plan the piece. The exercise isn’t marked, but taken into consideration in borderline cases.

We provide 11 Plus tuition in Maidstone and Medway tailored to preparing students for the Kent 11 Plus Test.

The Medway 11 Plus Test

English – 50 minutes. This involves creative writing of one of the following: story, diary entry, play script, newspaper report, leaflet, or a formal letter.

Maths – 50 minutes in multiple choice format. Topics include fractions, decimals, percentages, area and perimeter, ratios, algebra, shapes and space, and problem solving.

Verbal reasoning – 50 minutes in multiple choice format.

Multiple choice tests are computer-marked and creative writing is hand-marked. The scores are standardised according to age, so the younger students are not at a disadvantage.

We provide 11 Plus tuition in Medway tailored to preparing students for the Medway 11 Plus Test.

Contact us

Maidstone

01622 685 600

2 Kings Row,
Armstrong Road,
Maidstone,
Kent, ME15 6AQ

Medway

01634 714 449

B7 Centre Court
Sir Thomas Longley Road
Medway City Estate
Kent, ME2 4BQ

FAQs

Supplementary education at Tuition Academy Maidstone and Medway gives students a strong academic foundation and vital skills to succeed at school and beyond.

How does supplementary education at Tuition Academy Maidstone and Medway differ from classroom study?

At Tuition Academy, we are passionate about teaching students and giving them comprehensive subject knowledge, as opposed to coaching them how to pass exams. We provide a structured, personal, and differentiated learning environment, enabling students to study at their best individual pace and ability. Our teachers engage with our students within a small group, ensuring our students’ learning objectives and needs are met.

Will my child receive support during the examination period?

Of course. We provide full support and advice for all our students before, during and after their exams. Students are welcome to come to the sessions with any questions they may have about participating in exams. Our dedicated staff are on hand to help students achieve their true potential and boost confidence levels.

Are all your staff experienced teachers?

Yes. All our staff are expert specialist teachers and skilled teaching assistants who are passionate about their subjects.

Do you provide all learning resources?

All learning resources are included in the tuition.

Is a one-on-one tuition option available?

Although we don’t provide regular one-to-one tuition, we ensure all students have the support they need. If your child is struggling with a subject area and needs some extra help, our experienced teaching assistants with advanced subject knowledge are happy to provide one-to-one assistance.

How will my child’s progress be monitored?

Our teaching staff use their experience in identifying an individual’s abilities and personally monitor your child’s progress. Our teachers will highlight specific areas which may need more attention whether this may be a subject, topic or learning technique. As a parent/guardian, you are welcome to ask our team questions regarding your child’s progress at any time.

When should I start preparing for 11 Plus?

We highly recommend starting 11 Plus preparation one year in advance. We provide specific 11 Plus preparation including exam technique guidance, confidence building, and mock tests, ensuring students feel ready for the test they take in Year 6 before progression into Secondary or Upper School the following September.

If your child needs to raise their subject knowledge levels before starting 11 Plus preparation, we recommend joining our classes in Year 4.

Are 11 Plus mock exams available?

Yes. We have a range of dates available for students to participate in mock exams, allowing up to 6 students to participate per session. Courses work on a ‘first come – first served’ basis and must be booked in advance. Mock Exams will be taken under strict exam conditions and each paper will last 50 minutes. Each paper will be marked and returned enabling students to use for revision. Prices and exam duration vary depending on the course choice.

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