Definition of eleven-plus in English:



  • (in the UK) an examination taken at the age of 11–12 to determine the type of secondary school a child should enter.

    • ‘The old eleven-plus put tremendous strain on middle-class families: success was thought essential, but failure meant a public school which most could not afford or, worse, the secondary modern.’
    • ‘And when I passed my eleven-plus I realised that history was also written by people who actually existed.’
    • ‘There may be more selection in schools now than when we first came to office, but never mind, we'll scrap the eleven-plus.’
    • ‘When I passed my eleven-plus, she dragged me up to school, no bus fares, we had to walk.’