Astute has a high success rate and provides a free 11+ assessment which enables us to give each parent feedback on your child’s strengths as well as an accurate prediction on whether they would be able to pass the entrance exam. The small classes we maintain enable us to provide such essential and personalised support to our students.

We are geared to provide exclusive CEM as well as GL Assessment preparation material for our students.

These exams are designed to test your child in areas such as vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, maths and numerical reasoning and non-verbal reasoning as well as spatial reasoning. In addition to this, these tests also require logical thinking skills, good memory and excellent time management.           

In addition to 11+, we are also able to provide students with required coaching and support for 12+ and 13 exams.

Astute also conduct Mock Exams as necessary, to ensure our students have an idea of what the actual exam would be like.


English ability is designed to test a pupil’s Vocabulary and Comprehension skills.

  1. SPAG
  2. Vocabulary
  3. Comprehension Skills


Maths / Numeracy

Mathematical ability is designed to test a pupil’s mental arithmetic aptitude, pattern recognition and solving multi-step word problems.

  • Number and the Number System
  • Calculations
  • Solving Problems
  • Handling Data
  • Measure, Shape and Space


Verbal Reasoning (VR)

Verbal Reasoning basically involves solving problems by testing pupils’ skills with the alphabet by forming words using other words or utilising logical and mathematical ability to identify and decode patterns. These typically include:

  • Antonyms – adjectives, adverb, nouns, verbs
  • Code or decode a word by moving backwards/forwards through the alphabet
  • Code/decode/encode a word from a code word
  • Encode a word by moving backwards/forwards through the alphabet
  • Find the missing letter/letters
  • Formulae
  • Hidden anagrams, words
  • Letter or number sequences
  • Logic statements
  • Match the code words
  • Missing chain word/words
  • Moving a letter between words
  • Related words – antonyms, locations, numbers, relations, synonyms
  • Synonyms - adjectives, nouns, verbs
  • Two words join to make a new word
  • Who likes what?
  • Words with more than one meaning
  • Complete word pairs
  • Rearrange to make new words

Non Verbal Reasoning (NVR)

NVR testing is designed to test a pupil’s ability to analyse and solve problems using visual reasoning regardless of their knowledge of or relying upon English. The question use abstract figures which require the pupil to find out similarities in sequences of shapes or codes and requires the following skills:

  • Ability to recognise how objects relate to each other
  • Utilisation of logical deductive ability
  • Comprehend mathematical concepts of symmetry, rotation, increase or decrease in size

NVR generally requires a good spatial reasoning and the techniques can be learnt by being highly methodical and solving the problem in a logical manner.

NVR involves drawing conclusions based on a set of rules that include actions like defining the differences and similarities between two images, such as the outline profile, the fill and the direction of the image. The image may undergo rotation, be reversed, have different layers, change in size (get bigger or smaller). This primarily involves isolating each component of the sequence or pattern in turn in order to rule out the options one-by-one and predicting the next shape in the sequence or finding the shape that does not fit in a sequence of shapes.



Your child will be given course work at the end of each session. This work is expected to be completed before the following session. Remember that success will require your child to spend some time at home and we recommend you to supervise your child’s work at home. Following these guidelines and the coursework closely will ensure your child does not miss out any handy tips that may be provided throughout. This working ethic will also stand your child in good stead at grammar school where homework plays a big role.