The exam was first introduced in 1944, when under the Butler Education Act the schooling system in the United Kingdom was rearranged. All children aged between 5 and 15 were entitled to free education, attending Primary School up to the age of 11 and then on to secondary school. There were three types of secondary school: Grammar, Secondary Modern and Technical. 

Places in these schools were allocated dependent upon how well children did in the 11+ exam. Children who successfully passed the exam would gain a place in a Grammar School, whereas those who were unsuccessful went on to either a Secondary Modern School or a Technical Schools. 

While the aims of the examination system was to provide education for all, many politicians felt that it was unfair on the less academically minded children and so in 1976 the Labor Government gave Local Education Authorities the option to discontinue Grammar Schools in favour of a Comprehensive School which treated all children equally- without the use of an 11+ exam. 

The change in schools varied from LEA to LEA, with some Grammar Schools opting to turn into Comprehensive Schools, some becoming Private Grammar Schools and some remaining Grammar Schools. 

Bringing us to what we have today…

Many Grammar and Independent Private Schools choose to examine prospective pupils in their final year of Primary School with an 11+ exam in order to determine if they should be given an place in the school. Children are usually tested on Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. 

The exam was first introduced in 1944, when under the Butler Education Act the schooling system in the United Kingdom was rearranged. All children aged between 5 and 15 were entitled to free education, attending Primary School up to the age of 11 and then on to secondary school. There were three types of secondary school: Grammar, Secondary Modern and Technical. 

Places in these schools were allocated dependent upon how well children did in the 11+ exam. Children who successfully passed the exam would gain a place in a Grammar School, whereas those who were unsuccessful went on to either a Secondary Modern School or a Technical Schools. 

While the aims of the examination system was to provide education for all, many politicians felt that it was unfair on the less academically minded children and so in 1976 the Labor Government gave Local Education Authorities the option to discontinue Grammar Schools in favour of a Comprehensive School which treated all children equally- without the use of an 11+ exam. 

The change in schools varied from LEA to LEA, with some Grammar Schools opting to turn into Comprehensive Schools, some becoming Private Grammar Schools and some remaining Grammar Schools. 

Bringing us to what we have today…

Many Grammar and Independent Private Schools choose to examine prospective pupils in their final year of Primary School with an 11+ exam in order to determine if they should be given an place in the school. Children are usually tested on Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.