11+ in the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools
To be eligible for a place in Year 7 at one of Lincolnshire's grammar schools, children must demonstrate that they have reached the required standard for entry as determined by 11 plus testing. The tests are normally taken early in the last year of primary school (Year 6).
Parents who would like their children to take the 11 Plus will need to register for testing in Year 5.
Because the tests are taken in September, most parents will be able to find out whether their children are eligible for a grammar school place before having to complete the Local Authority application forms.
Candidates are asked to take a Verbal Reasoning Test and a Non-Verbal Reasoning Test, either in their own Primary Schools or in the Grammar School where they have registered, according to the area. Candidates record their answers on an Optical Mark Reading (OMR) sheet, being required to shade the correct choice on the OMR sheet.
Practice papers, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning, will be made available to Lincolnshire feeder primary schools.
The practice tests are to ensure that candidates are familiar with the style of questions. Each real Test also has a short practice element; the Verbal Reasoning Test is preceded by a ten minute Preliminary Practice Test, and the Non-Verbal Reasoning Test is divided into sections each provided with a few practice questions. The answers to these practice questions are neither marked nor taken into consideration.
When the tests have been completed the OMR sheets are sent away for marking. Marks are standardised, making adjustments for age difference, to produce a qualification standard identifying suitability for Grammar School education in Lincolnshire. These results are returned to the grammar schools for distribution to parents, the primary schools that the candidates currently attend, and Lincolnshire County Council.
The qualification is a total standardised score of at least 220 on the two tests, and represents the ability of the most able 25% of pupils in the age group in primary schools in the selective areas of Lincolnshire. Please note that attainment of the minimum qualification standard does not of itself guarantee admission to any individual school.