The 11 Plus Specialists

11+ Summer Revision Tips

No, we aren’t giving you 11 or more revision tips. We’re talking about the 11+ exam, and how best you can help your child to prepare for the 11+. 

What is revision?

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What is the Week 32 Review? Getting an update of your child’s progress.

Over the course of the next week, we will be releasing your child’s Smart 11+ Tuition Review. This is an important moment for us as centre managers, for our tutors, for your child, and for you as parents to reflect on this term’s progress.

So, you are all probably at home wondering what all t


Mock 11+ exams – Helping you to Prepare.

This time of year a lot of parents ask us if we would recommend an 11+ mock exam. Now, this may be a matter of opinion. Some believe that mock exams give you the experience of the real thing and help you feel better prepared. Others believe that the impact of co-vid 19 makes a mock exam too much pre


How many 11+ tuition sessions a week is a good amount?

At this time of year, those with children in Year 5 are steadily building to the 11+ exam in September. This tends to trigger the question of how many 11+ tuition sessions a week is a good amount? Should we stick with one so as to not overwhelm or, should we move to two for further support?



11+ Exam Registration OPEN - What do we do now?

The 11+ exam registration will shortly be OPENING for Birmingham, Warwickshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton’s Grammar Schools.

If your child will be in Year 6 this September 22, and you are looking for them to go to a Grammar School in Year 7 (starting September 2023) then NOW is the time


Register your child for the 11+ Exam - everything YOU need to know.

Around this time a lot of parents start to think about registration for the 11+ grammar school exam. Although a little early, being aware of the next steps in the process and when to register your child for the 11+ exam is crucial.

After all, we want to give your child the opportunity to show of


What is a 'good' score for the 11+ exam?

It is an age-old question. What is a good score on the 11+ exam? How can we measure a good score? And my personal favourite: what they are achieving now is that a good score? These are to a degree, unanswerable questions. The 11+ exam is standardised, which means that whatever score your child gets,


'To do the 11+ or not to do the 11+, that is the question.' That's right, it's Shakespeare Week!

Here at Smart 11+ Tuition we love to celebrate those cultural events that remind us of our literary history. National Shakespeare Week is just one of these occasions.

This event was created by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for people of all ages. It is an annual event that gives everyone the


Do past papers help? How to get 11+ past papers and answers to your questions.

A lot of parents believe that past papers are the key to successful results in the 11+ exam.

To an extent they are right.

Answering past papers helps your child to establish the things they are really good at and focus on the things they need to practice. It can be a fantastic revision tool o


Building up to that September 11+ Exam? Here's everything you need to know to get prepared.

It feels like time is flying. Creeping around that corner is the 11+ exam in September 2022. Here at Smart 11+ Tuition, the closer we get to the 11+ exam the more excited our staff become! We love this time of year as it gives your child the opportunity to well and truly show off.

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What is it really like to go to Grammar School or Independent School?

This is one of the most unspoken questions on everyone’s lips when they start to consider grammar school or independent school for their child. At the end of the day, it is really important that our children and parents know what they are fighting for.

So let’s dive right in.

What is Grammar


Creative Writing Competition Winner! Read the Winning Story Here:

It’s the moment you have all been waiting for. Our award-winning judge Andrew Norriss has chosen the Smart 11+ Creative Writing Competition Winner for 2022!

The creative writing winner is finally here! We are delighted to announce that Amber Smith has won the first Smart 11+ Creative Writing Com


Grammar School Offer Day Guide 2022

The butterflies are growing and my palms are sweaty. It’s that time of year again. The 2022 Grammar School offer day is fastly approaching. For all of you who took the 11+ exam back in September 2021, on Tuesday 1st March 2022 you will find out if you have been accepted into any of


Back to Basics: How to approach comprehension questions!

Comprehension questions can feel like the bain of your existence as a child. They are long, uncompromising, and testing in nature. A comprehension question takes more time than any other question as you have to read the text, understand the passage, read the questions and then find the answer in the


Award-winning author Andrew Norriss - The author marking your creative writing stories!

Our creative writing competition is here! We are absolutely delighted to announce that we are running a competition across the next couple of weeks and the award-winning author Andrew Norriss will be marking your incredible pieces!

Here at Smart 11+ Tuition, it is so important to us that childre


Birmingham AND Warwickshire Consortiums SWITCH - What is the difference between the GL and CEM 11+ entrance exam?


Most likely you will have all heard the news that the Birm


Smart 11+ Tuition Review - How is your child getting on?

Over the course of the next week, we will be releasing your child’s Smart 11+ Tuition Review. This is an important moment for us as centre managers, for our tutors, for your child, and for you as parents to reflect on this term’s progress.

So, you are all probably at home wondering what all this


Why have an initial assessment? Help us to help you!

One of the first things we ask all of you is to bring your child in for an initial assessment. As soon as many people hear ‘assessment’ their ears prickle with sweat.

But, this is no normal test.

We don’t use the results to tell us how well you revised or how good you are at tests. We use the


Secrets Revealed: How to answer a creative writing question.

Approaching creative writing questions can feel like trying to shoot an arrow at a target, with your eyes closed, with a wonky arrow, and facing the wrong way. It can be challenging. Not only are creative writing questions open and unspecific. They can feel like an enormous weight. Like Atlas, you


Happy New Year from everyone here at Tuition! Ready for new Smart 11+ events?

Welcome back, everyone! Dust off those January blues and say hello to a new year. We have been delighted to see you all come back to our tuition centres again over the last week, all bright-eyed and busy tailed! To start off the year we have fantastic Sma


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