What is the GL Assessment?

If you are in the midst of 11+ preparations for your child then you may find some abbreviations that you are not familiar with. One of the most common terms that may come up is GL, which is an abbreviation of Granada Learning. Granada Learning is one of the main providers of the 11+ examinations in England, meaning that it might be the provider for your child’s assessment.The provider of your child’s 11+ exam is going to be dependent on the region of the grammar school you are applying to. The regions that use GL as a provider are as follows:
  • Birmingham
  • Warwickshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Dorset
  • Kent
  • Lancashire & Cumbria
  • Lincolnshire
  • Northern Ireland
  • Plymouth
  • Trafford (some schools)
  • Wiltshire
  • Yorkshire (some schools)
What is the GL Assessment
If you are looking for more information on the testing methods used in your region, the best thing to do is contact the grammar school directly or check the information on the local education authority’s website.

What is the format of the GL Assessment?

In the past, GL examinations have been made up of two papers which are timed at 40-45 minutes each. Each paper then consists of several sections which are all timed individually including maths, english, verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and spatial awareness. However, each school can offer any combination of these topics and change the questions to fit with how they select students. The standard GL assessment has 21 Verbal Reasoning questions available and these can be in the exam in any combination. All 21 of these should be revised by the child before the test.The GL assessment comes in the format of multiple choice questions, all of which are in timed sections. Once the time has run out for one section, the participant cannot go back to it. Answers are recorded on a separate sheet to the questions.
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