Registering for 11 Plus and Entrance exams

As a parent or carer of a child wanting to sit an 11+ / Entrance exam, it is important that you understand the application process and registration opening and closing dates. In this blog, we will provide you with information that should be suitable for all parents / carers across the UK. Explore Learning do not register your child for the exam.

The first step in the application process is to decide which schools you would like to register for, and what their application process is. In some areas schools work individually to one another and you will need to apply to each school separately. For these schools, it is likely that your child will sit an exam for each individual school.

If you are applying to a school/s that is part of a consortium, it is likely to be a slightly different process. A consortium is a group of schools which work together to administer one common entrance exam. In this instance, you are likely to register just once with the consortium. Within this application you will select the schools that you would like to apply to.

It is important that you check with the school / consortium directly to find out their specific application process. Information can usually be found on school websites, often found in the ‘admissions’ section of the website. If you are finding it difficult to locate the correct information, it is best to call the school directly.

When does registration open?

Registration for the 11+ / Entrance exam usually opens around May or June, depending on the area. It is important to keep an eye on the registration dates and make sure you register your child on time. Late applications may not be accepted, so it is best to be prepared and submit your application as early as possible.

What does a typical 11+ / Entrance exam application process include?

This process will vary between regions and for specific information you should refer to the school / consortium website. Typically, the process will involve several steps, which may include:

  1. Completing an application form – this will require you to provide basic information about your child, such as name, date of birth, current school, etc. You may also be asked to provide contact details for yourself and any other adults who are involved in the application process.

  2. Pay a registration fee – there may be a fee associated with registering your child for the exam.

  3. Select the schools you want to apply to – particularly applicable in a consortium application, you will need to indicate which schools you want your child’s exam results to be sent to. Make sure you double check the names and addresses of the schools to avoid errors.

  4. Choose a test venue – you may need to choose a venue where your child will take the exam. The venue may be at the school itself or a separate location. In some areas you will not get a choice of test venue, this may be automatically allocated based on your postcode. Make sure you check the date and time of the exam carefully, as well as any instructions of what to bring on the day.

  5. Providing additional documentation – depending on the school or region, you may be asked to include documentation such as proof of address, proof of eligibility for free school meals, or evidence of any special educational needs or disabilities.

  6. A photograph of your child – this may be used to verify your child’s identity at the test venue. Having a suitable, recent photograph available on your device ready to upload, may save some time in the application process.

By following these steps and providing all the necessary information, you can help ensure that your child’s application for the 11+ / Entrance exam is successful. If you have any problems or questions, your Explore Learning management team will be happy to support where they can.

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