Secondary school selection (The eleven plusexam)
The Eleven plus test is a test given to pupils in their last year of primary school (year 6 in England and year 7 in Northern Ireland) and is used as a means to determine whether that pupil is suited to the academic rigours of a grammar school education. In other words will he/she be offered a place in the grammar school of their parent's choice?
Since the early 1970s many areas of the United Kingdom have not used the Eleven plus exam and have favoured a comprehensive education system that is non-selective. However, there are still a considerable number of Local Authorities, Foundation Schools, independent schools and private schools that still admit pupils based on selection by the test known as the Elevenplus exam.
What Sort of Eleven Plus Test Will My Child Have to Take?
The requirements will vary from Local Authority to Local Authority and from grammar school to grammar school. The eleven plus exam papers will be based on some or all of the following types of questions and it may involve sitting two or even three eleven plus examinations. Sometimes the tests will be of a different kind, e.g. a non-verbal reasoning and a verbal reasoning test and in other cases the tests may be the same e.g. two verbal reasoning tests.
Verbal Reasoning eleven plus tests
This involves children thinking about words and text and solving problems, sequences etc. It requires the child to have a good grasp of English grammar and a wide vocabulary. Most schools and Local Authorities administer at least one verbal reasoning test.
Non-verbal Reasoning eleven plus tests
Many Local Authorities and independent schools also use non-verbal reasoning tests. This involves a child thinking about pictures and diagrams, and solving problems based on these items, it also makes demands on the child's mathematical capabilities. However, it makes less demand on the understanding of written language.
Mathematics and English eleven plus tests
These are used by some Local Authorities and schools, but not to the same extent as verbal reasoning tests and non-verbal reasoning tests. However, where they are used you can expect the standards d levels of work to be quite high.
Eleven plus exam administration
The Local Authorities or the schools themselves usually carry out all eleven plus exam administration. Many schools are now forming consortiums that deal with all administration. Contact the school directly or the Local Authority for exact details as these can vary from area to area and school to school.