What are the drawbacks of the 11 Plus exams?

published on 19 November 2022
Attending 11 plus exams can have some drawbacks. 
Attending 11 plus exams can have some drawbacks. 

 11+ can give your child a chance to attend a high-quality Grammar school

Though 11+ can give your child a chance at an academically oriented Grammar school, there are some drawbacks for you to be aware of before deciding to put your child through the 11+ journey.

The high pressure and stress associated with exams can make some students feel overwhelmed and anxious. This can impact their performance on the day and result in them not getting the score they were hoping for.

There is also pressure placed on families to ensure their child is prepared for the exams. This can lead to additional stress and anxiety within the home.

Taking the exams can also be a drawback, as it can be expensive to pay for the exam fees and any additional tutoring that may be required.

Another drawback is that the exams can be unfair to some students who may not have the opportunity to attend a prep school or have access to the same resources as other students. This can lead to a feeling of being at a disadvantage from the start.

Finally, the 11+ exams can be very time-consuming, both in the lead-up to the exams and in the actual exams themselves. This can be a significant downside for students with other commitments such as school, extracurricular activities and family life.

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