In brief, what is the 11-plus?

The 11-plus (11+) is a test by some pupils in England and Northern Ireland in Year 6 (their last year of Primary School) to decide which state school they should attend. The name of the test comes from the idea that it allows entrance to schools from the age of 11 (Year 7). The 11+ is also commonly known by the names of ‘entrance exam’ and ‘transfer test’. The 4 subjects that are tested in the 11+ are English, Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning (VR) and Non-Verbal Reasoning (NVR).

The 11+ has since been adopted in Barbados 11 plus and Singapore as the GEP and GAT test.