11 Plus

11+ info

What is 11+ testing?


The 11+ is a test that all children in the UK, US, and other countries take when they are in their final year of primary education. Its name is derived from the age range for secondary entry (11 to 12 years).

It is commonly referred to as the “Transfer Test” and is used to determine which students, starting in Year 7, are academically qualified to enrol in a grammar school or selective school.

The history of 11+ testing:


In 1944, during the Tripartite System, the 11Plus examination was first offered. It was used to decide which educational path (at the time, a grammar school, secondary modern school, or technical school) a student would take after completing their primary education. The 11+ sparked strong competition for grammar schools, which provided students with the best academic education, and as a result, students were perceived to either “pass” or “fail” the 11+. When a student “failed” their 11+, it would frequently follow them for a very long period.

The emphasis on skills in the original 11 Plus tests was different from the emphasis on financial resources because different schools could give instruction for various skill sets.

Today, the 11+ is used to assess students’ academic proficiency in a variety of areas in order to determine whether they are qualified to enrol in a grammar school. Different regions test a variety of these topics. However, not all areas test all four potential topics; some only test three of them.

11+ structure


The majority of kids who take the test do so in their last year of primary school. Only students planning to seek a place at a grammar school take the voluntary test.

The test’s format differs depending on the county and the testing board. Math and English are typically tested on different papers when being assessed. Some exams are computerised, while others are longhand or use OMR multiple choice grids for marking.

What subjects are tested on the 11+ exam?


The four subjects that make up the 11+ are verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, mathematics, and English. All require multiple-choice answers, with the exception of English, which is a written assignment.

Verbal reasoning: These inquiries ask you to solve issues and adhere to logical progressions involving words and text. Your child’s English grammar and vocabulary are tested in verbal reasoning.

Nonverbal reasoning: Your child will have to resolve issues involving diagrams and images during the non-verbal reasoning test. There is also a mathematical component.

Math: Your child will be evaluated on mental math, mathematical concepts and skills, and multi-step puzzles.

English: Your child will need to plan, organize, and create a piece of work for the English paper, which will test their creative writing abilities.