Can You Pass An Exam For 10-Year-Olds In The 1950s?

In England, the Eleven-Plus exam is used to determine whether a child would go to a grammar school or the academically inferior secondary-modern. The ’11’ refers to the school entry age, so most pupils are 10 years old when they sit the exams. Introduced in 1944, the examination was once used throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but was largely phased out in the mid-seventies. It is now used in few schools in England.

Also called the 11+ or 11 Plus, the test quizzed students on English, Arithmetic, Comprehension and General Knowledge. In addition to these, students were also tested on their creative writing skills by writing essays on given subjects.

With your current education level, can you ace a test meant for primary schoolers back in the 1950s? Find out if you can qualify for secondary-modern or grammar school in this test!

The questions in this quiz have been extracted from the book, The Eleven-Plus Book: Genuine Exam Questions From Yesteryear.


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