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Last Updated: Thursday September 03 2009 18:16 GMT

Big exam changes for NI pupils

Newsround's Leah

What's replaced 11+ exams?

Children in Northern Ireland are heading back to school, but there's been a big change in the exam system.

Year 6 pupils who are starting the new school year don't have to study for the 11 plus any more because the exams have been scrapped.

All pupils in Northern Ireland used to have to take the test, and the results decided which school they went to next.

But scrapping the exams may not have changed much, as other tests have been introduced to replace it.

Secondary schools still want to know which children should go to comprehensives and which should go to grammar schools.

So other exams are in place instead of the 11 plus, which children in primary school will still have to study for.