What are the 11+ Examinations?


The 11+ examinations are examinations that your child may take in year 6 for entry into an independent secondary school or selective grammar school.

Grammar schools do not release past papers and you can find out more information about them here.

Many of the Independent Secondary Schools release 11+ past papers or specimen papers, which we have included many links for below. You can find out more specific information about the 11+ examinations for independent secondary schools here.

Past Papers Marking Service

At Bright Light Education, we have worked hard to create detailed and accurate answer schemes for many of the independent secondary schools’ English and maths papers, and consequently we are able to offer a marking service for 11+ papers. With English papers, as well as marking the paper in detail, we give personal feedback for how the child can improve their comprehension and creative writing skills. With maths papers, we are able to show methods for incorrect answers, as well as suggesting topics for further revision.

Marking English Paper (comprehension and creative writing): £30

Marking Maths Paper: £20

If you would like your paper marked, please contact us to arrange it. Please note that your paper will be marked by a qualified teacher who is highly experienced at marking Entrance Examination papers. We will not use the schools’ marking schemes (as these are usually not made available) but we will mark them using our own answer schemes, which we hope are closely aligned with the school answers. This is particularly the case for English papers, where some answers can be slightly subjective.

Find out more about our MARKING SERVICE

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Many schools publish their past papers which are freely available to download. We have provided links to many of these papers below. Occasionally, schools update their websites and so please contact us if the link no longer works, or you cannot find what you are looking for.

11+ Mathematics

11+ English