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The Common Entrance Examination (Eleven Plus/11+), formerly renowned as the Transfer Test from 1944 – 1976 when associated with the Tripartite System in Schools is the key aptitude measure which determines admission into selective schools in your 11 plus location around the UK.

The eleven plus academic exam has evolved over time. In the past, there were three papers which consisted of Mental Arithmetic, writing an essay and general problem solving and the application of logic. Nowadays, children have to solve problems in most, if not all, of mathematics, English, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning for academic selection. Not only is it another form of an IQ test, it also measures aptitude and curriculum skills that have been learnt in primary education.

Results are visually displayed using a mathematical curve called the normal distribution which takes the form of a bell shape. It is a reliable measure when allocating different scores. From this, a standard score is generated demonstrating how a child has performed relative to the mean score which is an average of the entire cohort or population.

Each school uses it own 11 plus common entrance examination test. The majority either follow the GL Assessment (University of Edinburgh) or CEM (University of Durham) whilst also writing their own respective papers. Please select your area below to find out more about your respective school’s eleven plus entrance exam and how can help you. NOTE: Schools and regions do change exam boards and allocations, so it is essential that you check with each grammar school that you apply to as to what exam board it uses and their allocation numbers for the year of entry.