North London Independent Girls' Schools' Consortium 11 plus exam
The London 11+ Consortium (formerly known as North London Girls' Schools Consortium) have made changes to their entrance exam, this follows similar exam changes from boys' schools such as Eton. You can read more about this here.
The London 11+ Consortium is one of several setups across the UK. The intention of these consortiums with regards to entrance exams is to try and reduce the number of exams that children must sit.
Pupils in London may through the period of their Year 6 sit in the order of between 8 and 12 entrance exams for different schools, particularly if they live in London. All these exams would be slightly different but would test the same subjects and topics. In this scenario, what consortiums such as the London 11+ Consortium are trying to do is cut down how many exams pupils are taking, by sharing the results of one test between all the schools.
This means that rather than sitting exams every Saturday for between 8 and 10 weeks, pupils will only take one or two exams depending on which schools they have applied to. The exams for Groups A and B are generally sat a week apart.
Recognising the strong correlation between cognitive ability scores and academic attainment, The London 11+ consortium have removed the requirement for candidates to sit lengthy examinations in English and mathematics, instead they now focus on three complimentary assessment approaches:
A bespoke cognitive ability test of 70 minutes, incorporating mathematics, verbal and non-verbal reasoning questions. The questions will mainly be multiple choice;
A common reference form;
An imaginative interview experience.
The London 11+ Consortium compromises the schools:
There are also a few schools for girls in North London which are not part of the consortium: