Could you pass the 11-plus..?

THIS is the last year of the 11-plus here, and the BBC magazine has a test for those who want to re-live the agony. How’d do you?

  • dunreavynomore

    12 out of 15!!
    thought I’d get them all but there you go, brain cell decay for which I blame cigarettes and whisky….

  • Ex Pat Pat

    Got 14 – couldn’t do the last one at all. Completely threw me – blame the alcohol as well.

  • Mark McGregor

    15.

    Though it timed me out after about 20s for some reason.

  • thickoffromthesticks

    I got 14 – got the last one wrong as well.

  • Driftwood

    13.
    Can I go to Methody?

  • Rory Carr

    Modesty forbids me…

    Can I get a grant for the uniform? What about dinner money? Are cheapo trainers a no-no? Do I have to vote Tory when I grow up? Can me mate, Dobbo, come with me even though he only got, well, not very much really. But he is sharp. He is really, really sharp. You’d better believe it, mate.

  • dewi

    13 – absolutely no idea on those word code things – I’ll have to ask me niece…..

  • OK, I passed in 1954 and again in 2008.

    My favourite “intelligence” question is from the “complete the sequence” element:

    V1, E7, G5, E8, G6, __

    The answer is, of course, E2. Now, I bet that sorted the (loyalist) men from the (nationalist) boys.

    It reminds me of being lectured by an “equality” officer of the US air force. She (yep: politically correct) told us of the recruitment question:

    What colour is a banana: green, yellow, red or black?

    This was later disqualified because:

    those who harvested bananas (the workers) only saw unripe, green bananas;
    the middle-class knew the market-ready yellow banana, and thereby passed the test;
    the kid from the slums mainly saw the over-ripe black version.

    Was the question deliberately biased?

    And, in case you’ve missed the point, pretty well any other “verbal reasoning” test is unlikely to be wholly culturally-neutral.

    Meanwhile, we continue to waste the talent locked up in all those “11+” failures.

  • OK, I passed in 1954 and again in 2008.

    My favourite “intelligence” question is from the “complete the sequence” element:

    V1, E7, G5, E8, G6, __

    The answer is, of course, E2. Now, I bet that sorted the (loyalist) men from the (nationalist) boys.

    It reminds me of being lectured by an “equality” officer of the US air force. She (yep: politically correct) told us of the recruitment question:

    What colour is a banana: green, yellow, red or black?

    This was later disqualified because:

    those who harvested bananas (the workers) only saw unripe, green bananas;
    the middle-class knew the market-ready yellow banana, and thereby passed the test;
    the kid from the slums mainly saw the over-ripe black version.

    Was the question deliberately biased?

    And, in case you’ve missed the point, pretty well any other “verbal reasoning” test is unlikely to be wholly culturally-neutral.

    Meanwhile, we continue to waste the talent locked up in all those “11+” failures.

  • Obviously, I’ve just failed the IT element.

  • USA

    Finished with only 25 seconds to spare and a score of 12/15.
    Does that make me a dumb yank?

  • niall

    No, that doesn’t make you a dumb yank.

    15/15, reminds me of a simple pleasure, when these tests were the focus of the school year and my luck was to enjoy them. Life has never been so simple since and unfortunately for those stumped by the trickier bits life has probably never been as frustrating.

  • cynic

    Damn. I got 14.

    A result of Protestant work ethic and complacency!