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  • Since launching the page on May 5th 2011 we have used facebook as a tool to promote our blogs & create a number of discussions around the eleven plus exam. The growth of the page has been largely organic and our hearts have been warmed by many of the kind words that our fans have blessed us with.

    To celebrate this milestone we have created a timeline:

    May 5th: Our fan page was born


     May 9th: We reached 25 fans & received our vanity url

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    June 13th: Our 11+ revision mascot is unveiled for the first time

    11+ worm unveiled 

    July 18th: Photos from the 52 mile bike ride in aid of Farleigh Hospice were published

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    July 26th: The worm is named "Zoltan" after a facebook poll

    zoltan named

    August 1st: We reached 50 fans!!

    August 11th: We share 5 amazing things to do this summer holiday

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    September 15th: We reach 100 fans!!

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  •  11+ exam results

    You may remember a blog that I wrote a month or so ago, Can a 26 Year Old Pass The 11+ Exam? I certainly do. Having passed with flying colours, I now saw myself as the "don" of the grammar school entry test. Filled with this euphoric feeling, I'm sure you can understand my confidence when I stumbled across an article on the BBC news website asking - "Could you pass the 11-plus?"

    The article was similar to the 11+ sample exam I took. With 10 minutes to answer 15 questions, I started the timer. A combination of verbal & non verbal reasoning questions with a little maths thrown in for good measure.

    On completing the test, I checked my score. 10/15. That's 67%! I immediately began to doubt my 11+ credentials & thought it might be time to invest in some revision resources from the 11+ Swot shop.

    Perhaps the BBC's version of the test picked some of the harder questions, or maybe I was simply having an off day? Have you tried the tests? I'd love to hear your feedback.
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  • luke-mobile-app-developer 

    If you're following us on facebook or twitter you will already have seen our 11+ Swot mascot (the worm) come to life thanks to our friends at JellyHead3D.We thought we'd take this opportunity to introduce you to the man behind the 52 mile charity bike ride & the worm costume;

    Name: Luke Whittington


    Occupation: Mobile Developer

    Education: First Class Honours - University of Essex

    Hobbies: Badminton, Photography & Socialising

    Why Farleigh Hospice?: I've had various family members require the need to visit a hospice, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that the work which takes place in a hospice is absolutely amazing. Without the love and care provided, I know that the situations my family members were in would have been a lot worse. Farleigh Hospice is funded by donations in the local community, so if we can help this service continue, then it's the least we can do!

    Why Did You Volunteer To Be The Worm?: How many people can say they have cycled 52 miles dressed as a giant green worm? Besides bragging rights, it's for a great cause and it's usually something outrageous like this that'll get people to donate money to charity (which is a different story altogether). The more money we raise for Farleigh the better.

    Did you know: I passed my 11+ exam and was offered grammar school entry some 10 years ago.

    You can donate to this fantastic cause by visiting our JustGiving page.

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