Recently, the government has made new plans to renovate the 11+ exam. The format will change so that it will become harder for parents to pay for repetitive tutoring, which teaches the children what to do in the exam, and does not decide whether a grammar school is the best environment for the child to learn in. Not only this, but also a wider range of a child's skills will be tested, making the exam fairer for different types of learners.

Although the old 11+ was not an easy exam, it did result in parents forcing children through hours of obsessive tutoring, which meant that children did not learn how to learn or realise their capabilities, rather they learn how to answer a certain type of question, so that they can pass the paper and get to the school of their parents’ choice. Therefore, they do not gain the necessary skills needed to be able to learn effectively.

The plan is that from this year onwards, the 11+ will consist of two papers, both on the same day, just after the summer holidays in September. The papers will no longer be just verbal reasoning, and will also include non-verbal reasoning and numerical skills. It will consist of up to ten varied multiple choice questions. To avoid the possibility of tutoring, the type of questions will be changed slightly each year. The questions are believed to have been designed to highlight the areas in the school curriculum which will not be as varied. The pass mark for the paper will remain at 121, however instead of using only the higher score, the two scores will be averaged and the mean will be taken as the true value.

This shake-up has caused concern for some parents, as they are confused by the sudden change made by the headteachers. Parents are wondering why the changes are happening so very fast, and are annoyed at the fact that they have only be notified half-way through the school year. However, most parents are pleased that these changes are taking place, as the test will become fairer and be testing a child’s skills and abilities, rather than their parents' wealth.

However, tutors have become outraged at the decision, as for many it means losing their jobs as coaches, although some believe it is still possible to tutor for the new exam. As the exam style develops, old past papers are likely to become available to pupils taking the exam in the future.

Overall, the 11+ will become a fairer exam, because the pupils do no vigorous tutoring beforehand. This means that the pupil will be able to go to the secondary school suited to their abilities. The changes may be severe, but they are necessary.