Definition of eleven-plus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˌlɛvnˈplʌs/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


chiefly historical
(In the UK) an examination taken at the age of 11-12 to determine the type of secondary school a child should enter.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
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