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What is 11+?
The 11+ is a test (Common Entrance Exam) taken by pupils in the autumn or spring term of Year 6 pupils. It’s a way of selecting who’s academically suited to attend a grammar school or selective schools for Year 7 onwards, and is sometimes also known as the ‘Transfer Test’.
What type of questions are there on an 11+ paper?
The11+ papers are closely linked to the national curriculum. The questions are usually set at the old level 4 to 5 standard; the level typically achieved by an average to above average child in Key Stage 2 SATs (In September 2014 national curriculum levels in English schools were replaced by a new grading system), although there are extension questions to stretch the most able pupils.’
The tests are taken over two days:
Day one: pupils sit English comprehension (45 minutes) and maths (one hour)
Day two: pupils take English creative writing (45 minutes) and science (one hour)
Facts about the 11+ exam:
- The 11+ exam isn't covered in the national curriculum
- There are no 11+ coaching at schools
- The pass mark changes every year
- SEN children can be entitled to additional help
- Although the dictating factor is the exam, but passing the 11+ exam does not guarantee grammar school place
- If your child didn’t qualify for a grammar school under the 11+, and you truly believe they’re suited to that kind of school, there could be an option to take the 12+ (also known as the ‘Late Transfer Test’).
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