The 11 Plus is an exam that children take in their last year of primary school in England and Northern Ireland. The results of the exam are used to select students into different grammar schools across the United Kingdom. The first Eleven Plus exam took place in 1944 and had the idea to serve as an intelligence test for children, but unlike the standard IQ test it also checks taught curriculum skills.
The name of the exam comes from the age the children usually are when they take the exam (11-12).
Depending on the location and which school they’re attending, the exam may differ, however it usually includes one or more of the following subjects:
Even though the questions might vary depending on the school, they will all be fairly similar as all of them aim to test the same skills.
In order to successfully prepare your child, we advise you to give them enough time to practice. Start preparing at least a few months earlier with regular exercises. This will give you plenty of time to identify their strengths and weaknesses and prepare them mentally so they aren’t as nervous. The exam will consist of both multiple choice questions as well as open ended ones, so it is important to prepare for both.
The passing grade varies depending on the region and the school you want to apply for. Furthermore it may vary from year to year. This is because there are a certain number of grammar schools with limited spots in them, so the number of accepted students must be in line with the available places.
Some schools might not even have a passing grade, but will instead use a “cut off” system, which means they will accept the students with the highest scores until they fill in their spots.