We are now in the world of the eleven plus with a nine year old girl. Her grandmother says that she is, `Nine going on twenty nine.” Her teacher said that the girl can do work at the eleven year old level. There is a general feeling at school and at home that the girl is bright and able.
She has done a battery of tests at school – and they show very good verbal reasoning ability. Is this enough evidence for the girl to pass the eleven plus? Sadly, no. Possibly yes! For any test we can only say that the girl showed excellent ability on that particular test, which does not mean that she will pass the eleven plus.
Her parents, however, need to be able to draw some conclusions. They know that there is sometimes a flurry of moving houses just before the eleven plus. They have heard that this could be caused by anxious parents wanting to make sure that they live in the right catchment area.
Her parents take a blank sheet of paper – and sit down with their heads in their hands.
Is my daughter bright enough to go to grammar school and, do well?
Can she function consistently at the level of girls we know are already in the local grammar school?
Could she miss a year and still go to grammar school?
Will she do well in a grammar school environment?
Will her mathematics be strong enough to be able to stand up to the rigors of grammar school pressure?
Will the eleven plus test that she takes actually measure her reasoning ability?
Can she translate her excellent reading skills into understanding the intent of the more complex verbal reasoning skills?
Just because our nine girl can think and behave like an eleven year old (hence the teacher’ remark) or will she actually struggle with the work of an eleven year old?
Could she miss a class at school because she is a bit bored with school?
Will the house prices change?
Is redundancy nigh?
How quickly can we exit the world of the eleven plus?
Who can answer my questions?