And despite having fewer pupils, hundreds more children in Warwickshire sit the secondary exams than they do in Birmingham.

Last year a total of 2,056 students in Warwickshire sat the test—1,729 took it on the first day and 327 took the same paper on the two later dates.

In Birmingham, approximately 4,700 pupils sat the test and only 25 of these took it on the Sunday.

Mr Matalia wants to know why Warwickshire County Council don’t take the second test a day later like Birmingham.

“I’ve highlighted the fact for a whole year,” he said. “It’s comical. The problem has caused chaos for other areas.”

Competition for high-achieving grammar schools like King Edward VI and Stratford Girls’ Grammar is as intense as ever.

Desperate parents pay tutors to teach their children the best techniques and many get their kids to take more than one test.

Mr Matalia suspects more people are getting their children to sit the secondary tests in Warwickshire after taking first tests elsewhere.

He admits that last year his son sat three 11-plus exams, one in Walsall, one in Birmingham, and one in Warwickshire.

To give his son the best chance, he was prepared to move to wherever his son got in and was pleased when he got into KES.

With so much competition for places, he says holding the same test a week later is dangerous.

He says the question parents are asking themselves is—“If a private school costs £11,000 a year, should I go to the private school, or should I have the same standard of education at a grammar school?”

A spokesperson for Warwickshire County Council said that later test dates were only available if parents can provide evidence of special circumstances, for example religious grounds or medical proof that their child was unwell on the main test date.

The spokesperson defended the decision to let children sit the same test paper a week apart: “The same test paper is used to ensure that the performance of students can be consistently compared.

“The test consists of between 200 and 250 questions to be answered in a total of 90 minutes. The volume and nature of questions make it difficult to remember meaningful content and the papers are specifically designed to test a child’s innate intelligence and ability.”

Despite the council’s claim that test papers are difficult to remember, parents must believe performance in the 11-plus can be helped with teaching.

A private company called KSOL (Key Stages Online) offer 11-plus tutoring across the West Midlands.

For £135 a month, your child can get a two-hour session once a week.

Their Warwickshire sessions are held throughout the year on Wednesday and Friday at Hill Close Gardens in Warwick. They’re already fully booked for this year’s exam.

Each year Warwickshire’s 11-plus is set by the University of Durham’s Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM).

Dr Susan Stothard, head of assessment development at CEM confirmed that the test sat by pupils in Warwickshire is different to the tests in Birmingham, or Walsall.

“They are all different papers,” she said. “We have a complex test development centre whereby we develop new items each year.”

However, if parents think sample questions could give their child the edge, and are willing to put their kids through a year of tutoring, then they’re likely to believe sitting more than one 11-plus exam could be beneficial too.