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Last Updated: Tuesday March 17 2009 10:30 GMT

I did the last 11-plus

Press Packer Niamh

Press Packer Niamh has just taken her 11-plus. It's going to be stopped in Northern Ireland but politicians haven't decided what to replace it with yet.

Here's her report about studying for the exam and what the changes may mean for her younger brother, Euan.


"The 11-plus is an exam you do when you are 10 to 11 years old. It decides what school you will go to after primary.

The terrible thing about the 11-plus is that you get very nervous about it because the rest of your life might depend on this one exam.

I did the 11-plus this year and I got an A but other people were not so lucky and did not get to the schools they wanted to go to.

Revision

You have to start practising for the 11-plus a whole year before it and you have to study at weekends and holidays!

Politicians have stopped 11-plus as it is but they're not sure what's going to happen instead. My year should have been the last to do it but they have not decided what to do yet.

What will my brother do?

Niamh's brother Euan
Niamh's brother Euan

The year below me have had to start studying anyway and I am worried because my younger brother Euan is meant to be doing it in 2010 and most people don't think they will have it sorted out then either.

Euan says he would rather know now what was happening because you could be working on subjects that you don't really have to do.

The children in the year below me must be confused and annoyed about what is going to happen. They might think it is pointless doing all the revising when they might not end up doing the exam.

It is also confusing for them because some schools have said that they are going to set up their own tests and this may mean that they will have to do a couple of tests.

Pressure

I think the 11-plus is a bad system because it could affect the rest of your life. But it is going to take a long time to find something better to replace it.

I think that you should be able to choose whether you want to do it at 11 and if you don't or fail it then you can do it again when you are 14."

Niamh, 11, County Antrim.


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