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Our mock exams are written in-house by Examberry Papers, a dedicated team with extensive expertise and experience writing 11+ test papers for use at home and by other educational institutions, including top London independent schools.

This depends on the exam type. Multiple-choice format exams are marked via machine, while standard format exams (meaning hand-written answers) are hand-marked with care by an experienced marking team of Oxbridge graduates.

All mock results are delivered within 5 working days after the day the exam was held (for example, if your child sits an exam on Saturday or Sunday, you will receive their results by the following Friday) via your personal online account on our mocks website, which is automatically created when you book one of our mock exams.

Along with your child’s overall percentage score you will receive the following, accessible via your personal online account created automatically when you book one of our mock exams:

  • Individual percentage breakdowns of each paper your child sat (e.g. English and Maths)
  • Analysis of your child’s results with recommendations for next steps
  • A ‘Categories Overview’ document for each paper that breaks down the topics covered and the relative difficulty level of each individual question, allowing you to hone in on areas of improvement specific to your child
  • Individual video explanations for each question in the papers your child sat (regardless of whether your child got them right or wrong)
  • A carefully hand-marked PDF of your child’s exam script with detailed, personalised feedback (for standard format/stage 2 handwritten exams only).
  • A Creative Writing feedback document (for standard format/stage 2 handwritten exams only).
  • You will also be provided with an overall ranking for the exam and individual rankings by subject, allowing you to measure your child’s results against the rest of their cohort.

Some schools’ entrance exams occur in two stages, stage 1 and stage 2. Stage 1 exams are multiple-choice format and are marked by machine, using the same OCR software employed by 11+ examination boards. It is important for students to familiarise themselves with how to fill out a Multiple-Choice Question sheet (MCQ sheet).

Stage 2 exams serve as the second round of entrance examinations. They are in standard format, requiring written answers, and are hand-marked with care by our experienced marking team of Oxbridge graduates.

For our Sutton and Tiffin mocks, we have replicated this two-stage system to give your child the opportunity to practise both exam types, allowing them to be as prepared as possible when it comes to the real 11+ examination process.

Multiple-choice exams require students to select the correct answer from a list of options. Students mark their answers on a Multiple-Choice Question sheet (MCQ sheet), which is then marked by machine, using the same OCR software employed by 11+ examination boards. This type of exam is commonly used as the first stage of a school’s entrance exams. It is important for students to familiarise themselves with how to fill out an MCQ sheet.

Standard format exams, on the other hand, require written answers and are hand-marked with care by our experienced marking team of Oxbridge graduates. This type of exam is commonly used as the second stage of a school’s entrance exams.

These papers will be pitched at the expected difficulty level of the real exam, but contain a few extra-tricky questions designed to really challenge your child. Our two-level system allows your child to gradually improve exam technique and steadily grow their confidence.

We repeat our sessions in order to give your child as much preparation as possible, no matter how far we are through the mocks season. This means if you missed some of the mocks earlier in the year, you will still have the opportunity to book them, should you want to get in some extra practice before the real thing!

We recommend registering your child for a minimum of 2 exams to allow for sufficient practice and familiarisation with an exam setting.

We provide a number of discounts on our mock exams. Please see the booking page for more information on our tiered discount system.

Whilst children do get time reminders, usually at halfway and with 10 minutes to go, it depends on the individual mock examiner. This is also true for the actual 11+ exams. Therefore, it is important for children to manage their own time and not rely on time reminders. Time management is an important skill for 11+ entry exam success. There are several clocks posted visibly around each exam room so children can check their own timings. Also, on a large whiteboard at the front of the room, the children are told precisely when the paper starts and when the paper finishes so that they can plan their time accordingly.

Examberry mocks have been operating for over 10 years, and we have an enviable track record of children sitting our independent mock exams and obtaining places at leading independent schools, such as St Paul’s, Westminster and Latymer.

At Examberry, we are keenly aware of the pressures involved in the 11+, and have designed our mocks with a number of features to help children tackle these adversities. We are aware that our mocks may be your child’s first time sitting an exam, and so strive to make it as realistic as possible. We therefore run all our mocks under strict exam conditions to replicate what your child will face on the day of the real entrance exams. We find that children really benefit from this when they come to the actual thing, as they have much more confidence and feel more comfortable with their surroundings.

We also provide mocks of two different difficulty levels: one replicates a standard 11+ exam, and the other designed to stretch your child with a number of extra-tricky questions. Children have previously benefited from this level system as it gives each child room to improve at their own pace, and provides them with the best possible chance of outperforming other candidates in the real exam. For a more detailed explanation of our difficulty levels, please refer to the booking page.

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