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11+ Mock Exams: Give your child the advantage!

This is the last chance to sit an 11+ mock exam here at the Learning Hub before the real exams for entrance to Grammar and Independent schools for year 5 students begin this upcoming year.

Our papers consist of CEM/GL Assessment to fully prepare students for the actual exams ahead of time as well as allowing them to gain the valuable experience of exam conditions. Students increase their confidence through practice in real exam conditions supervised by qualified invigilators during our exams. This is an opportunity for students to overcome any last minute difficulties and become familiar with the exam procedure.

11+ Results showing the places and scholarships awarded to our students

At The Learning Hub, We prepare children for Grammar and Independent school tests and focus on Numeracy (maths), Literacy (English), Maths, Verbal Reasoning, and Non-Verbal Reasoning. After exams the papers are returned with the scores standardised so that parents and children are able to discuss any issues or gain valuable feedback with our mock exam papers in a meeting with the Headteacher. Our service has a two week turnaround time.

The exams for various schools have changed with competition tremendously high. Statistics show that children who have had practice sitting Mock exams are more:

  • Relaxed
  • Confident
  • Assertive
  • & Average 15% more in the actual paper.

Feedback from both children and parents shows that mock papers help them to overcome their fears of the real 11 plus exams.

Our Final 11+ Mock Exam is on the 5th August 2018 to reserve a place call us on 0208 908 0123.

Detailed focus on preparation during our Summer Workshops

To compliment the above, we are also running Four weeks of Summer workshops. These are intensive courses that provide students with a relaxed, fun setting to receive extra help before the real exams for the 11 plus take place. Our combination of mock exams and summer workshops has helped produce some spectacular results as seen above in our graph of the past eight years.

For more information on our Summer Workshops call us on 0208 908 0123 or send us an email via our booking form below:

Summer Camp Booking Form
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Theresa May and the Revival of the Grammar School: What does it mean for your child?

Recently May’s government announced plans to give £50m to existing grammar schools to increase the number of places for students applying for those in demand places. But what does this mean for a parent planning and preparing their child for the 11 plus entrance exams?

The schools will continue to be as selective as before with a boost in resources if their bids for funding are accepted this September. In fact children will still need to meet the schools standard entry requirements with some schools offering the extra places to children who live out of the area. At a time when such selection criteria is vital the government explains this plan is to increase access for disadvantaged pupils and for these schools to work with local schools to improve outcomes for all pupils and give more families access to a good school place.

Studies show that children with an advantage such as extra tuition often out perform those who sit the exams without the preparation. This can give a child the edge over those others in the competition for the few places each school allocates.

My child is really bright; surely we don’t need to bother with tuition.

Tuition is not simply about learning, it is about overcoming challenges with the support of qualified teachers. It allows students to develop the confidence to realise when they don’t understand a question and learn tools to overcome this issue. Equally the subjective nature of English means often there is no wrong answer; it is more a question of making a good argument. A lesson a week for 12 weeks can help students go up a grade – if they are paying attention. In some ways tutoring is really well supervised revision with a confidence boost. No matter how bright all students can use help finessing their skill set.

How Tuition helps:

  1. Customised lessons tailored to students
  2. One to One teaching gives more time and attention
  3. A choice of tutors
  4. Increased confidence
  5. Help with homework and test practice
  6. More interesting materials and forms of study
  7. Flexible and convenient
  8. Saves time and effort

Compared to large classrooms, with numerous distractions a tuition session is more relaxed, allowing students to take in information, overcome their weaknesses and gain the edge over other students. No matter how bright a child is, the more opportunity for practice and the exposure to a variety of skills will help them to stand out from the crowd and excel.

If you would be interested in joining us during our Summer Camp 2018 please fill in the form below or contact us on: 020 8908 0123.

Summer Camp Booking Form
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Grammar School Places – time to start registering your interest!

For all those parents aiming to get their child into the best possible school we have a handy guide featuring all of the local grammar schools that will be of interest.

One way to support and prepare your child is to enrol them onto our Mock exam preparation course. We have only 3 exam dates left this year so book before they are gone. The first session is an exam to test your child’s knowledge. This is followed by another session which goes through the paper giving children detailed feedback on their errors and tips on how to answer the questions, as well as what to include to get the higher marks.

                                                  Mock Exam Booking Form and Dates

Just click on the school you are interested in below to get more information about 11+ exam dates, admissions procedures and school brochures. All of this information is vital to help ensure that your child gets a place at the school of their choice!

Queen Elizabeth’s Boys School

The Henrietta Barnet School

St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School

Upton Court Grammar School

Langley Grammar School

Aylesbury Grammar School (Boys)

Aylesbury Grammar School (Girls)

Beaconsfield Grammar School

Tiffin School

Watford Grammar School for Boys

Watford Grammar School for Girls

The Latymer School

Mill Hill County High School

Chesham Grammar School

Sutton Grammar School

Tiffin Girls School

Herschel Grammar School

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

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11+ Mock Exams June 2018 Session

11 plus mock exam was successful this weekend. Children were extremely excited and little nervous. The fear of exams is fading away slowly and gradually with each Mock exam.  Children are getting better and more confident but still many small mistakes which can easily take away their only chance to get through.

The Learning Hub 11plus mock exams offer children a unique experience of a simulated Grammar school 11plus exam conditions and excellent for a child’s preparation. Our experience has shown that children become very uncomfortable with the prospect of sitting an exam, especially when in a room filled with strangers. This frequently result in some distress or worry on the child and many good and able children then freeze up whilst doing their 11plus exams, causing them to fail when success was theirs for the taking. By sitting a number of our high quality 11plus mock exams, children are able to become familiar of the exam-type setting, this in turn reduces their worry and stress; allowing them to engage fully.

Two sessions have finished and three more to go (June, July and August) before the actual exam in September.

As we approach the final months of the preparation for the Grammar school exams, The Learning Hub is running its hugely successful 11+ Mock Exams in Maths, English & Verbal Reasoning. Each paper is designed to stretch the child utilising our unique 11plus IQ material to maximise this experience.

The exams for various schools have now changed and the competition increased tremendously. Statistics shows that children who have had experience of taking part in good Mock exams are more:

  • Relaxed
  • Confident
  • Assertive
  • & Average 15% more in the actual paper.

Spoke to few children and parents to get some feedback. It helps them to overcome the fear of 11 plus exam by doing these exams.

Next Mock Exam is on 3rd June 2018 to reserve you place call us now on 0208 908 0123

There is still time for three more sessions to get you ready for your big day.



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11plus Exams – Can CEM really make them tutor-proof?

Many schools in the home counties are now dumping the 11plus Exams centred around the GL Assessment papers (formally known as Nfer Nelson) and Bond papers for the ‘new’ CEM type papers which are meant to be tutor-proof. The question now being raised is , ‘Why were so many children and parents alike in tears?’ and ‘Why has the demand for these ‘over-night’ CEM tutors increased dramatically where parents are now paying extortionate fees for their time?’.

The myth of CEM being tutor-proof will remain as such, as The Guardian points out that children from state school seemed to have fared even worse than before. All tests require tuition and when a child is taught the subject matter in an enjoyable environment that child will thrive.

At The Learning Hub, we provide a comprehensive syllabus to suit all type of children and schools. The material contains all aspects of Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning & Non Verbal Reasoning, with the latter being reduce in favour of more English. This redesigning of our courses allows us to bring in more CEM type questions and tests. With it, more regular assessment of the child to ensure their understanding and ability to answer questions in quick bursts is fast and accurate.

Whilst parents are paying extortionate fees for these over-night CEM tutors, the children at The Learning Hub under the guidance of Mr Rakesh Joshi, a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (M.NLP) and a very successful teacher having personally taught over 820 children to a successful conclusion into the grammar school of their choice. He now works systematically with children at our Hub, guiding them and encouraging them to their to end goal of success.

To find out more then The Learning Hub either by telephone on 020 8908 0123 or by email on, 16 September 2014

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11plus Grammar School Mock Exams – June 2013

The Learning Hub June Mock Exams went very well with the children feeling more positive after the important review. Many children realised the benefit of doing them and appreciated the scale of the task they face.

The exams were based on the CEM style papers as now given by most grammar schools and comprised of three intensive papers – Maths, English and Verbal Reasoning. Each paper was 1 hour long and the intensity helped the children prepare for the actual day.

It was great to hear children telling their parents that they wished to come back for the July Mock Exams as they were learning much from the experience and from the review.

At The Learning Hub, we encourage children to experience our unique and highly respected Mock Exams as they cover all of the core topics. We also have to remembering that in some areas only one in ten grammar school applications are successful and therefore thousands children, securing a sought-after grammar school place rests on passing.

With our simulated Grammar School exams the children experience conditions required to help them in their preparation like; becoming very uncomfortable with the prospect of sitting an examination in a room filled with strangers. At The Learning Hub we have organised five Mock Exams – March 2014, June 2014, July 204, August 2014 and September 2014. All the papers are one hour long and comprise of Maths, English & Verbal Reasoning. We do this as we strongly feel that by sitting a number of Mock Exams, children are able to become familiar with the examination setting reducing any worry and distress. This then allows them to perform at their best September.

With The Learning Hub, your child will be tested against other children and a report provided showing your child’s score, percentage, standardised score and placement out of the Mock Exam group. This will allow you to judge accurately how well their preparation is coming on and what is required to be done. It has been proven that Mock Exams can provide an extremely accurate indication of the final exam positioning and multiple Mock Exams over time will allow a parent to track their child’s progress. This is a fantastic form of practice and excellent value.

For further details, or to book your child for our next Mock Exam,kindly contact us 0208 908 0123

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11+ Mock Exams for Grammar and Independent Schools (London & Home Counties)

This is a reminder that The Learning Hub is now taking bookings for its renowned 11plus Mock Exams and places are filling up very fast. Our experience of previous years have shown that many parents in the past have felt that their child had missed out on these crucial exams as places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

As Grammar and Independent Schools places have become very limited due to the large demand these exams generate the 11plus Mock Exams are now a crucial part of the 11plus preparation and designed to broaden the experience for the child as it is targeted towards them having a more structured and logically approach.

Remember that in some areas there are 12 students competing for every place and as demand for grammar school places soars this situation will only get worse.

By sitting our 11plus Mock Exam in April and June, you will be able to understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses and where to best focus their revision in the coming months. Our statistics prove that students who sit 11plus Mock Exams will ‘on average’ see their Exam scores increase by 15 – 20% at their next exam sitting. This can be the difference between you succeeding at your first choice school and not scoring enough marks to gain a grammar school place.

The 11plus exams are designed to be realistic and will last for approximately 3.5 hours in total with breaks and the subjects covered will be:

Verbal Reasoning

These Mock exams are also an important feedback indicator to parents on what is required for their child to be successful in the final ones. With FULL review of the papers given to the students the following week and papers given to students to take home.

For further information and dates or in order to book either send a reply to this email or contact us 020 8908 0123.

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11+ Mock Exams Results – Grammar & Independent Schools – Henrietta Barnet, QE Boys & Bucks

August 12 – 11+ Mock Test Results

 The August 2012 mock tests went down well with the children enjoying and appreciating the whole experience. Confidence is now rocketing sky high with the children seeing the fruits of their hard work and the benefits in their improvements.

Our congratulation goes to all the students who took part for their enthusiasm and dedication. It was great to see them all mentally focussed and working hard during the exams.

Overall, we found all the children had improved since the July Mock Test by many Reasoning Quotient points but a special mention goes to the following students whose improvement was on average greater than 22 Reasoning Quotient Points:

Amrita Arneja, Aza Ismail, Abhay Bhakta, Dhruti Vijay, Farhia Rashid, Het Patel, Jennifer Jaison, Mitul Shah, Mishaliy Radhakrishnan, Nidhi Ladhani, Riya Kulkarni, Saad Khurshid, Shria Morjania, Yagnesh Patel and Yogesh Patel.

The top 5 individuals:

1st Position – Farhia Rashid                                 Average Score: 389

2nd Position – Lauren Mshiu                               Average Score: 382

3rd Position – Saad Khurshid                              Average Score: 373

4rd Position – Payal Shah                                      Average Score: 369

5th Position – Humzah Hameed                          Average Score: 368

 Can these students please report to Mr Joshi office to collect their special prize!

The target for the children should be to gain 390 out of the possible 420 points in order to be certain in securing a place in a grammar school. The good news is that the marks are moving clearly upwards and many children have found the Summer Workshops beneficial. In the follow-up review, the children did realise their marks should have been higher were it not for all the silly mistakes and unanimously requested another Mock Exam in September. Probably due to the fact the experience is found to be highly beneficial in boosting their confidence and in reducing their exam nerves.

In response to this, we have therefore created a Special 11+ Mock Exams for Monday 3rd September 2012 in time to ensure they get some good solid experience prior to the actual 11+ Exams in September. The Mock Exams will be held at The Learning Hub at 5:00pm and parents are encouraged to register their child as soon as possible.

For further details please telephone 020 8908 0123.

IMPORTANT: We request that you kindly do not make copies of the Mock Test papers and pass them to other people as they will be used again in next year’s mock tests. Having these papers in circulation will ruin the opportunity for next year’s students to sit a paper they have never seen before in Exam Condition. Due to this risk, we are always tempted to withhold these papers, but we genuinely feel that things like returning them to parents help make The Learning Hub a centre of Excellence. The returning of the papers also allows parents to go through with their child and discover areas that require the most practice.

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11plus Mock Exams – London & Home Counties

The Learning Hub is running its next and hugely successful Mock Exam on the following days:

11plus Mock                    11plus Mock

  Exam Date                     Review Date

17th June 2012                                   25th June 2012

9th July 2012                                       16th July 2012

  11th August 2011                            18st August 2012

What do the 11plus Mock Exams comprise of?

The Learning Hub has a solid history of running successful mock exams and in order to benefit as many children as possible, we run the following exams on the day:

  • 11plus Maths
  • 11plus Verbal Reasoning
  • 11plus English

Each paper is designed to stretch the child utilising our unique 11plus IQ material set in a paper to maximise this experience.

Why The Learning Hub 11plus Mock Exams?

  • Our Mock Exams are conducted under exam conditions comparable to the actual exams.
  • Mock Exams are well prepared and correctly organised.
  • Full review of the papers carried out to ensure that the child learns from their mistake.
  • Overview of Good Exam techniques and practice.
  • Papers given back containing child’s detailed scores and correct answers.
  • Open to all students in the area.
  • Recommended by many tutors and tuition centres.
  • Our exams are of the highest quality and used by many private tutors and independent preparatory schools.
  • Attendance at a mock examination builds student confidence
  • Reviewed carried out by uniquely qualified MNLP Head Teacher (Master Practitioner in Neuro-linguistic Programming)
  • All Staff are CRB checked and qualified.
  • 100% Satisfaction feedback from our customers in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2011.

Benefits of a mock exam

In many areas only one in ten grammar school applications are successful and therefore for thousands of children, securing a sought-after grammar school place rests on that all-important entrance exam.

The Learning Hub 11plus mock Exams offers children a unique experience of simulated Grammar School 11plus exam conditions in the child’s preparation. Our experience has shown that children become very uncomfortable with the prospect of sitting an exam especially when in a room filled with strangers. This frequently result in some distress or worry on the child and many good and able children then freeze up whilst doing their 11plus exams causing them to fail when success was theirs for the taking. By sitting a number of our high quality 11plus mock exams, children are able to become familiar the examination setting, reduced worry and stress.

The learning Hub 11plus mock exams will also enable you as a parent to accurately judge how well your child’s preparation is going compared with other children intending to sit the 11plus exams.  It has been proven that mock exams can provide an extremely accurate indication of the final exam positioning and multiple mock exams over time will allow a parent to track their child’s progress and fine tune the learning to enable success.

As part of our service, The Learning hub will provide parents of the results comprising of your child’s standardised score, percentage and placement out of the 11plus Mock Exam group for every test.

It has been established that sitting a number of mocks can improve a child’s performance in the Grammar School Entrance Examinations. They’re a fantastic form of practice plus the practice provided is excellent value.

For more details and to book your child for this unique and important experience then contact us on 020 8908 0123 or via our email on

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