2024 11 Plus Exam for Watford Grammar School for Girls

How does my daughter apply for a 2025 11+ academic place at Watford Grammar School for Girls?


Register for the SW Herts Academic Ability Test (Hertfordshire 11+ exam)

If your daughter was born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014, she will need to register to take the Academic Ability Test in September 2024 to be eligible to apply for an academic place for September 2025.

Online registration opened on Monday 8th April 2024 and closes on Friday 14th June 2024.

The 2024 SW Herts 11+ exam will take place on Saturday 7th September 2024 and the results will be announced at around noon on Wednesday 16th October.


Complete Your Daughter’s Common Application Form (CAF)

When you receive your daughter’s results on 16th October 2024, you will need to decide whether to apply for an academic place at Watford Grammar School for Girls. You can use the historical lowest scores below as a guide, however, as scores change each year, even if your daughter scores higher than the previous year’s lowest admitted scores, it does not automatically mean that they will be offered a place.

To apply for an 11+ place at Watford Grammar School for Girls, you will need to submit a Common Application Form to your local authority (the authority to whom you pay council tax), listing each school that you are applying for, including Watford Grammar School for Girls in order of preference. The number of schools you can list will vary by authority (for example, if you live in Hertfordshire, you can name up to 4 schools).

To apply for an 11+ place for September 2025, the CAF will be available online from your local authority in September 2024 and will need to be submitted by 31st October 2024.


In addition to completing a Common Application Form, you will need to submit a Supplementary Information Form to Watford Grammar School for Girls. If applying for a place for September 2025 admission, you will find the SIF from September 2024 on the admissions page of Watford Grammar School for Girls.

If you do not complete the SIF,  there may be a delay in processing the application; this is because Watford Grammar School for Girls will not know under which criteria you intend to apply and they will have no way of knowing if your child has taken the academic (or music) tests. Your application will therefore only be processed under their distance criterion.

Please ensure that you refer to the Watford Grammar School for Girls admissions pages for the latest information. It is important that you carefully read their admissions policy and FAQs before applying.

How many 11+ (academic) places are available at Watford Grammar School for Girls and what score is required in the Hertfordshire 11 Plus?

Watford Grammar School for Girls admits 210 students into Year 7 each year, of which 52 places (up to 25% of the total) are allocated based on academic ability, as measured by a student's score in the Hertfordshire 11 Plus (Academic Ability Test). To ensure that younger students are not disadvantaged (i.e. those born later in the school year), the scores are age-standardised. There is no pass mark for the Hertfordshire 11 Plus and instead, students are ranked in order based on their score.

You will not know until Allocation Day (1st March), whether your daughter has been successful in securing an academic space at Watford Grammar School for Girls, however, as a helpful guide for when you apply for a place, the school provides historical data on the minimum scores that students were admitted with in previous years; you can find the most recent scores below. Please bear in mind that even if your daughter scores higher than the previous year’s lowest admitted scores, it does not automatically mean that she will be offered a place at Watford Grammar School for Girls. Ensure that your daughter is fully prepared, with our meticulously planned Hertfordshire 11 Plus tuition courses.
2023 2022 2021
Lowest academic score allocated a place at Watford Grammar School for Girls in the Watford area 200 202 202
Lowest academic score allocated at Watford Grammar School for Girls in the 'rest of admission area' 209 212 209

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FAQs about the Hertfordshire 11 Plus

What does the Hertfordshire 11 Plus include?
  • The South West Herts Consortium Academic Ability Test (Hertfordshire 11+ exam), consists of two papers, taken on the same day, each approximately 50 minutes in duration and testing two areas – maths and verbal reasoning.
  • The first paper tests mathematical skills and is based on the Key Stage 2 curriculum.
  • The second paper tests verbal reasoning.
  • All questions on both papers are multiple choice and pupils indicate their answers on a separate answer sheet.
What does the Hertfordshire 11 Plus look like?

Generic GL familiarisation papers for maths and verbal reasoning can be found here. These do not reflect the exact specification of the South West Herts Schools Consortium exam but are useful tools to familiarise your child with the style of the test booklet and answer sheets. They do not reflect the timings, number and type of questions that will appear in the Hertfordshire 11+ (SW Herts Academic Ability Test).

Does my child have to sit the Hertfordshire 11+ (SW Herts Academic Ability Test) to apply to attend a South West Herts Consortium School?

Your child will only need to sit the Academic Ability Test if they are applying for an academic place. If you are applying under other criterion only (such as sibling or distance criterion), they do not have to sit the academic test.

What is tested in the South West Hertfordshire 11 Plus?


  • Basic skills (addition, multiplication, division and subtraction)
  • Mental maths development
  • Problem solving techniques
  • Extracting information from graphs and tables
  • Averages
  • Foundation algebra concepts
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Area and volume
  • 2d and 3d shapes

Verbal Reasoning

  • Verbal reasoning (the production of words, relationships between words, letters and numbers)

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