What is the 11+?
Most secondary schools in the UK are comprehensive — they’re non-selective and accept children of all abilities. But in some areas, selective state secondary schools (grammar schools) still exist. These schools select their pupils based on academic ability.
The 11+ is a test that grammar schools (and some independent schools) often use to help them select their pupils — it’s intended to be a good indicator of natural academic ability. In parts of the UK where the 11+ is set, it’s usually taken in the first term of Year 6 of primary school.