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Lincolnshire 11 plus guide

By Atom | Jun 20, 2023, 4:14 PM

Lincolnshire grammar schools 11 plus

Looking for information about the 11 plus for entry to Lincolnshire Grammar Schools in 2024? We’ve collated all the information you'll need about the application process, what to expect and how to help your child prepare for the exam.

Lincolnshire 11 plus: key info

  • Registration opens: January 2023

  • Registration closes: 31st March 2023

  • Exam date: 16th and 23rd September 2023

  • Exam board type: GL Assessment

  • Results: 13th October 2023

  • Local authority application form deadline: 31st October 2023

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

  • Admissions information: Apply via Lincolnshire County Council from May 2023

  • Appeals: heard by an independent panel

Dates can vary, so always check with your target schools!

What is the Lincolnshire 11 plus test?

The 11 plus is an entrance exam used by UK grammar schools as part of their admissions process. It's used to estimate academic potential and decide whether a grammar school environment will suit a child.

Children can only take the test once per academic year, in September while they are in Year 6. If your child meets the qualifying score you can include grammar schools on your local authority common application form (CAF).

The Lincolnshire 11 plus exam is used by 15 out of the 16 grammar schools in the county. The local schools form the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools. Children applying for any of the grammar schools in the consortium only need to sit one test. If you are considering Caistor Grammar School for your child, they will need to take a separate test.

Some of the grammar schools in Lincolnshire are selective academies that are responsible for their own admissions, whereas others follow the local authority admissions process. We advise confirming with your target schools their admissions process before you complete the Common Application Form (CAF) choice by 31st October 2023.

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What is on the Lincolnshire 11 plus?

The test is in a multiple-choice format and consists of two papers, each lasting about 50 minutes. Children mark their answers in a separate answer booklet which is marked electronically. There are a few minutes allocated at the start of each paper for children to listen to instructions and complete some unmarked practice questions.

The two papers included on the Lincolnshire 11 plus are:

  • Verbal reasoning

  • Non-verbal reasoning

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What is the pass mark for Lincolnshire 11 plus?

The qualifying level is a total standardised score of at least 220 on both papers. This is the minimum score at which Lincolnshire grammar schools will consider your child for a place. Full marks for the papers would be 282, meaning an average score of 78% is needed between both papers to achieve this standard.

A standardised score of 220 represents the ability of the 25% highest-scoring pupils in the selective areas of Lincolnshire. Children's 11 plus scores are standardised to even out any age disadvantage for children born later in the year.

Achieving the qualifying level doesn't guarantee a place at the school of your choice, as schools could still be oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target school, looking at their oversubscription criterion and their catchment area.

How can I help my child prepare for the Lincolnshire 11 plus?

Here are our top tips on how to help your child prepare for the 2023 exam:

Cover all the content

The 11 plus assesses a large breadth and depth of learning objectives. Starting at least one year before the test, and using a little-and-often approach, will give your child time to securely build the skills and knowledge they need.

Atom Nucleus is an 11 plus online course which tailors your child's personalised learning journey to cover all elements of the Lincolnshire 11 plus. This will help you to avoid the common mistake of over-focusing on the topics your child enjoys, or conversely, the topics they find the most difficult.

No surprises

Make sure your child is familiar with all styles of questions they will experience in the test. This reduces the potential for stress on the day and will give them confidence to answer the questions to the best of their ability. Access to unlimited Lincolnshire 11 plus test papers will allow your child to build exam technique and feel fully prepared on the day.

Engage with their progress

Setting regular goals and celebrating achievements will help keep motivation high. Atom offers data-driven insights into your child’s progress towards mastering the Lincolnshire 11 plus content, making it easy to see where they need to focus next.

Personalised 11 plus prep for your child

Wondering how to make sure your child covers the depth and breadth of the entire 11 plus curriculum, stays on track with their progress, and gets help when they're stuck? Online learning is a particularly efficient, cost-effective (and fun) way to do this!

Atom Nucleus is the award-winning online 11 plus practice platform that gives your child everything they need to prepare for grammar school exams.

Children work independently through over 90,000 interactive practice questions in English, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Teacher-created helpsheets and videos help them discover new concepts and consolidate their learning.

Atom's algorithm keeps children on their ideal learning path, tailored to their unique learning style and pace to keep them challenged and motivated.

Lincolnshire 11 plus practice papers

Atom Nucleus gives children access to unlimited online practice papers tailored to the Lincolnshire 11 plus test. Our online tests are designed to mirror the format and style of real 11 plus questions, so your child will go into the exam knowing exactly what to expect.

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