11 Plus - More Info
11 Plus Test Structure
Every grammar school or independent school will follow a different pattern of the exam. Some of the schools have a common exam. 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 stage of 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 will be the same e.g. two verbal reasoning tests.
Verbal Reasoning test
Non-verbal reasoning tests
Verbal Reasoning eleven plus tests
This involves the child thinking about words and text and solving problems, sequences etc. It requires the pupil to have a good grasp of English grammar and a wide vocabulary. Also it tests your ability to think logically about words.
Non-verbal Reasoning eleven plus tests
Many grammar schools also use non-verbal reasoning tests. This involves the 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
Some schools use only these tests and not Non verbal and verbal reasoning. Most of these schools have two stage process of admission and test an ability of a student in Numeracy and Literacy. Some schools also tests creative writing skills of a student.
Selection of Grammar School
Grammar schools are state secondary schools, which select their pupils by means of an examination taken by children at age 11, known as the "11 Plus". Pupils who pass the exam gets admitted to the local grammar school, while pupils who do not go to the local "secondary modern school". Most parts of the UK do not have an explicitly selective education system of this sort. More common is the "comprehensive" system, in which pupils of all abilities and aptitudes are taught together. There are around 164 grammar schools in England and a further 69 in Northern Ireland. There are no state grammars in Wales or Scotland and although some retain the name 'grammar school', they are non-selective and have no special status. The majority of grammar schools teach pupils aged between 11 and 18, having integrated "sixth forms" that teach A Levels and equivalent post-16 courses. "Sixth forms" of this sort are far more unusual in comprehensive schools.