11 Plus

11 Plus

The 11Plus Programme (Year 4-Year 6) @ Aim High Tuition


There are  3 core strands to the Aim High11Plus Programme.

1) At the heart of the new CEM 11+ exams is the requirement for students to have read widely and developed a rich, wide-ranging vocabulary.

In our lessons, appropriate vocabulary is introduced, consolidated, reviewed, extended and tested through activities involving synonyms, antonyms, anagrams, homonyms, homophones, homographs, compound words, jumbled sentences, comprehension exercises, cloze exercises, crosswords, essential spelling, literary perplexors, flashcards, paired reading and  work on syntax & grammar.


2) The development of a fluency with number that supports mathematical skills beyond National Curriculum requirements. A particular focus is on enhancing mental arithmetic skills to facilitate speed and accuracy in tackling problem- solving questions involving multi-step operations. Our expectations are that, through regular practice, students will aim to be up to a year in advance of their peers in the use of the four rules with number, decimals, fractions and percentages.


3) Practice in Non-Verbal reasoning (NVR) aims to develop  a set of skills that help students to analyse visual information such as sequences, numbers, shapes, codes, diagrams and patterns. NVR requires students to analyse these elements and solve complex visual problems involving reflections, rotations, enlargements, translations, 3D shapes, nets, symmetry and  the application of logical deduction skills.



Parents – How can you help?

  • Help your child to get into the habit of reading – at least 30 minutes EVERY day..
  • Make sure you child attempts all the work set by their tutor, and spends time reviewing and correcting mistakes..
  • Make a good quality dictionary and thesaurus available for your child
  • Support your child to build up a Personal Vocabulary Workbook in which interesting new words are listed and defined as he/she comes across them.
  • Spend regular time with your child in reading together (paired reading
  • Take a genuine interest in their studies – be attentive, encouraging, patient – and quick to praise
  • Print out their workbooks for them, and help them organise completed workbooks in a lever-arch folder or equivalent.

    11 Plus Recommended Reading List

    Maintaining an unrelenting focus on reading is one of the most effective ways for your child to prepare for the 11 Plus English exam. is to focus on reading. Regular reading will improve your child’s vocabulary, which is helpful for both the verbal reasoning test and also in preparation for the comprehension texts in the English paper.


    Regular reading can also help your child identify and understand the various language devices that are tested in the 11 Plus English paper, such as parts of speech (e.g. nouns, pronouns, adjectives etc.) and figures of speech like similes, metaphors, hyperbole, onomatopoeia etc.


    Please encourage your child to read a broad range of texts, including classic fiction, modern fiction, poems, nonb-fiction  and newspaper articles. The more widely read your child is, the better they’ll become at identifying different writing styles and recognising the different language devices at play.

    Try and make reading part of normal life by including it in your child’s daily routine e.g. reading before going to bed. Listening to your child read and discussing the content with them will also encourage them to read more as you are showing that you consider reading an important skill.