Free 11 Plus English Exam Papers
Doing practice papers form an essential part of any preparation activity. We have put together a selection of Free 11 Plus English exam papers which you can download and use. The English Exam papers are real tests used in 11 Plus selections for a variety of Independent Schools. If you are trying for an Independent School anywhere in the country then doing a variety of these tests will be perfect for you.
If you are going to sit a Grammar School test then we’d still recommend using these tests although you need not do the creative writing parts of the tests unless your target school has a written test ( very rare). You will find the comprehension tests are ideally suited for 11 Plus preparation because they are timed and tend to use difficult comprehension texts. Equally because the tests are set by a variety of different author’s children will be preparing flexibly which will help them a great deal.
Question format of the Free 11 Plus English exam papers
These papers are all standard format not multiple choice. Children develop well when they do standard format papers because they need to develop their own opinions rather than choose options. Children who have trained using standard format typically do better at multiple choice than those who have exclusively used multiple choice. Particularly they tend to perform better on those multiple choice questions where there are four options which are all correct but children need to find the best match.
What score should children be looking for in these free 11 Plus English exam papers?
Children generally should be looking to score over 75% when doing these papers at the end of year 5, they will then improve further over the summer. Some children who haven’t been exposed to classic texts might find them particularly difficult. Children trying for more competitive grammar school entries or for scholarships or bursaries should aim for over 85%.
Wider preparation beyond just using exam papers
While we have an extensive list of free 11 plus papers you can download at the bottom of this page, it is important to remember that wider preparation is essential.
To review the books that we suggest you use during your preparation, then try some of these links:
- 11+ English Resources and Preparation
- 11+ Maths Resources and Preparation
- 11+ Verbal Reasoning Resources and Preparation
- 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Resources and Preparation
- CEM 11+ Verbal Reasoning Resources and Preparation
- CEM 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Resources and Preparation
- CEM 11+ Numerical Reasoning Resources and Preparation
Independent School 11 Plus English papers
These papers have been sourced from high performing independent schools and as such children can expect to find them challenging. As a mix of tests they will expose children to the range of skills they will need to tackle classic comprehension texts and core English skills tests. Children will also get a good idea of the breadth of vocabulary they will need. As such these papers will also be useful for children sitting grammar school entry tests- particularly because they contain complicated comprehension texts and advanced vocabulary.
11 Plus English Exam Papers
The following papers are more focussed on the 11 Plus test for grammar school entry- although equally they will still be useful for Independent School entry preparation. The tests are particularly useful for children sitting GL written tests but will also be useful where children face school written tests ( Essex) or where they face CEM exams. The comprehension tests in these papers are not markedly different from the comprehension tests children will face in CEM tests and the vocabulary will be useful to cover.
School Written English Papers for Grammar School Entry
These papers may be similar to the papers produced by providers such as CEM and GL, but are produced by the school and released either as sample papers or past papers. Clicking the link will download the file for you to then use.