What’s most grammar schools’ 11 plus pass mark for 2023 entry?

Welcome to School Entrance Tests’s 11 plus guide to the percentage pass mark for 2023’s 11 plus exams.

So, what’s 2023’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+ CEM GL pass mark 2022 depends on what Local Educational Authority (LEA) you take the test in.


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Why does the 11 plus pass mark differ for each 11+ region?

This is because 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).

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When to start 11 plus 2023 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.

What is the 11 plus ethos for 2023?

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.

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  • 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 score will my child need to get into a local Grammar School?

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.


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!).


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What do previous years’ 11-plus pass mark data 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.


Percentage Pass mark for 11 Plus. Woman at computer with hands in the air.

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