What materials should I use if preparing my child at home for the Kent 11 Plus exam?

Most people prepare at home either using bought in books or guided 11 Plus courses.

If you’d like to know specifically what materials to use for the Kent 11 Plus and how you could structure a home based preparation programme then we have developed a page which should help you.

Equally if you are unsure of what to use and what to do when and want more support then a guided 11 Plus course might be right for you. In which case go through to our page on Using a guided course to prepare for the 11 Plus and you can understand a little more about what is involved.

Some parents find it useful to use sample or example papers so we have gathered together the largest selection of Free 11 Plus Exam Papers on the internet – many of these complete with answers.

All the Free 11 Plus English Papers and Free 11 Plus Maths Papers will be useful for children whatever type of Maths or English 11 Plus exam they are sitting, as will our selection of Free 11 Plus Non-Verbal Reasoning Papers. We also have a range of Free 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Papers (both CEM and GL versions available dependent on your child’s exam).  

If you are also planning to look at independent schools then we have one of the biggest selections of 11 Plus Independent Schools Papers online. 

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    Which 11 Plus Exam Preparation Options Are Right For You ?

    11 Plus Private Tutors

    • Personalised Work
    • 1-1
    • High feedback levels


    • VERY Expensive
    • Lots of work at home
    • Lots of travel

    11 Plus Tuition Centres

    • Structured work
    • Third party involvement
    • Some feedback


    • Some children don't progress
    • Lots of work at home
    • Lots of travel

    11 Plus Guided Courses

    • Structured work provided
    • No wasted time
    • Help and advice on hand


    • High parental commitment
    • Cost higher than DIY

    11 Plus DIY- Books

    • Parents in full control
    • Work can be totally tailored
    • Lowest cost


    • Difficult to plan well
    • Difficult to deliver well
    • Maximum parental effort