The eleven-plus (11-plus) exam is a pathway, sit by some students who wish to join Grammar schools for secondary education. Grammar schools are one of the different types of schools in English speaking countries. This exam is taken during the last year of primary school which is managed in some parts of England.

The structure

The structure of the 11-plus covers four areas of core subjects:

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning
  • Maths
  • English

Verbal reasoning questions are designed to test the students’ problem solving skills built on words and text.

Non-verbal reasoning papers are intended to solve problems with diagrams and pictures.

Maths is focused on mental arithmetic, maths concepts, skills and resolving problems in different stages.

English is tested on students’ creative writing skills which is assessed on plan, structure and write a piece of work.

The objective of the eleven-plus is to overall evaluate the human intelligence.