The 11+ London Consortium Explained
What is the 11+ London Consortium?
Previously known as the North London Girls’ Schools’ Consortium, this is a group of independent London girls’ schools that came together to essentially reduce the pressure on girls at the 11+ entrance examination stage. Rather than sitting multiple exams, there is only one exam whether you are applying to one or more of the schools. The Consortium was split into two groups, but are now combined into one:
What does the 11+ London Consortium assessment involve?
The main aim of the assessment is to test “problem-solving, critical thinking, perseverance, creativity, originality, curiosity and collaboration” (http://london11plus.co.uk/). The 11+ London Consortium have issued familiarisation materials which have sample questions for each area of the assessment and show children how to use the answer booklet. This can be found here. The assessment will last 70 minutes, with a 30 minute break in the middle. The assessment will include:
- A cognitive ability test which includes:
- Verbal ability questions (verbal reasoning and comprehension) in multiple choice format
- Numerical ability questions (maths) in both non-multiple choice and multiple choice format
- Non-verbal ability questions (non-verbal reasoning) in multiple choice format
- A reference form
- An interview with questions chosen by each individual school
Where does your child take the assessment?
Parents will be able to choose first, second and third place choices for which exam centre their child sits the assessment, but it makes no difference where the exam is taken.
What can children do to prepare for the assessment and how can Bright Light Education help?
The 11+ London Consortium suggests that primary and prep schools already prepare children enough for these assessments and parents should “encourage their child to explore the world around them and to engage with them in questioning the ideas and artefacts they see…encourage a love of reading, visit art galleries, museums and exhibitions with their child, do puzzles and crosswords, follow news together, travel, have adventures, make inventions out of junk – all things which will foster curiosity and independent thought” (http://london11plus.co.uk/).
Although we would highly recommend all of the suggestions made by The 11+ London Consortium, looking at the familiarisation booklet, we can see it is incredibly similar to CEM assessments. CEM are the provider of 11+ exams for several grammar schools across the country and children prepare for these exams with a good success rate. Below we advise some different ideas on how to prepare for each section of the assessment and how Bright Light Education can help.
Preparation for the verbal ability questions
- Vocabulary plays an important role in these types of question so the best preparation you can do is to increase and broaden your child’s vocabulary. Have a look at our blog post on this here.
- We run day workshops from time to time which go through verbal reasoning questions to give children the confidence in answering all the different types of questions. For more information on current courses please click here.
Preparation for the numerical ability questions
- These are essentially maths questions! To help with these types of question, it is important that children have the core basic skills including knowing their times tables well. They should be confident with the Key Stage 2 syllabus.
- At Bright Light Education, we have worked hard to create detailed and accurate answer schemes for many of the schools’ maths papers, and consequently we are able to offer a marking service for past papers. Please click hereto learn more.
- We run day workshops from time to time which run through all the topics that students are expected to know when sitting the 11+ examination. Each topic will be introduced and the various aspects of the topic will be outlined. We will also give children tips and tricks for each topic. For more information on current courses please clickhere.
Preparation for the non-verbal ability questions
- Non-verbal reasoning can be practised and the more familiar children are with the different strategies used in non-verbal reasoning, the easier it becomes. There are lots of non-verbal reasoning books you can buy which cover the different concepts, including identifying the odd shape out, rotating shapes, mirror images of shapes, working out the next shape in a sequence etc.
- We run day workshops from time to time which go through non-verbal reasoning questions to give children the confidence in answering all the different types of questions. For more information on current courses please click here.
Preparation for the interview process
- We expect the interview process to be a mixture of individual interview questions as well as a creative collaboration task which assesses problem-solving, teamwork, creativity and imagination. We run day workshops on creative skills and interview preparation. For more information on this, please click here.
For full comprehensive information, please visit The London 11+ Consortium.