Taking the 2024 11+? What’s my child’s expected 11 plus pass mark?

Welcome to our 11+ pass mark 2024 guide for all11 plus exams.

So, what’s 2024’s 11+ pass mark?

Firstly you need to know the 11 plus pass mark each year is at least 80%.

Secondly, any parents of grammar school applicants should note that the 11+ pass mark depends on what Local Educational Authority (LEA) you take the test in.


Which 11+ mark should my child aim for?

  • We recommend aiming for 60-70%+ in your practice 11+ tests to ensure that your child is on track for a ‘safe 11 plus pass.
  • Parents must check with each prospective grammar school that you are applying to.
  • Then, reach out to make personal contact to double check key 11+ admissions info, such as that regional grammar school’s specific 11+ registration date and their 11+ exam dates.
  • For each individual grammar school, the 11+ pass marks can fluctuate annually.


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Rob has worked for all three of the main school entrance test publishers: GL Assessment grammar school entry exams; ISEB independent school entry papers and CEM Select private school entrance papers.


What 11+ score will get my child into our local Grammar School?

A score of 80-85% in mock exam papers is a good starting point that should set your child up for success when applying to competitive grammar schools (provided they continue to study and improve!).

For the schools that publish the standardised test score requirement, children normally need to score more than 110 in all their papers. Other schools do not have fixed standardised thresholds, instead ranking the students by their test scores and accepting as many of the top students for which they have places.

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How many marks do you need to pass 11+?

Well, the 11 plus pass mark differ for each 11+ region. Hence, each 11 plus grammar school region has its own pass marks for entry in 2024.
This is particularly true in fully selective regions where there are many grammar schools, (i.e. Lincolnshire, Buckinghamshire, Kent). Where the pass mark is lower than in areas with fewer grammar schools (Greater London).

Rob WilliamsAsk expert 11 plus test developer your questions by emailing passedpapers@gmail.com

An Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Rob Williams is a Chartered Psychologist with over 25 years of experience working and designing tests.
Rob has worked for the school entrance test publishers ISEB, Hodder and GL Assessment.

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When to start 11 plus tuition?

Most parents start 11+ tuition from Year 4 or Year 5. Initially, a specialist 11+ tutor will assess the child’s current levels before then going on to ensure a rich and rigorous foundation across all core skills. Then go on to prepare pupils for the actual 11+ exam demands. As well as building confidence and exam technique.



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Why is it so difficult to achieve a good 11+ score?

So yes every year, in every 11 plus region, the 11 plus exam is very difficult. Even though most 11 plus content will have been covered by the national curriculum taught in all state schools.  Most 11 plus applicants are now highly coached. At least a year, if not two years, prior to their 11 plus exam.

Still, the intent of the 11 plus in setting such a high pass benchmark each year is to only select the academically gifted. For whom achieving a high 11 plus score is, of course, quite manageable.

  • In addition, different schools within the same LEA may have different minimum pass marks.
  • Also, 11 plus pass marks are standardised using a complex statistical process.
  • Put simply, this means a child’s score is adjusted to reflect their age and the difficulty of the paper. Standardisation ensures fairness because older children would otherwise have an advantage.
  • Some grammar schools select candidates by ranked order. Places are given to the children who performed best on the test.
  • Other schools have a minimum pass mark and use other criteria, such as distance, faith, siblings, to select candidates. In conclusion, it is impossible to say exactly what percentage you need to pass the 11-plus.
  • However, as an approximate figure, a child will need to score about 80—85% to pass. Obviously, in more competitive areas this figure may be higher.


What can previous years’ 11-plus pass marks tell us?

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School20420432192
King Edward VI Aston School20520530120
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys21521524120
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls20920930150
King Edward VI Five Ways School20020036180
King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls20520932160

Can you pass the 11 Plus without tuition?

  • Yes, you can pass the 11 Plus without tuition.
  • However, given the prevalence of tutoring for the 11 Plus, many parents view it as disadvantageous if their child does not work with a tutor to improve their learning.
  • Most parents choose either online or in-person tutoring to help their child prepare for the 11 Plus exams, especially if they’re considering highly competitive schools.


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