11 Plus English Exam – Year 5

List of schools/areas this advice applies to is at the bottom of the page.

Skills development and exam preparation – Year 5

Please download our FREE 11 Plus English preparation guide for year 5 which gives detailed explanations of how to structure a preparation programme at home.

We have reviewed all the materials we recommend as being suitable for this exam and compliment the advice in the free guide.

Step One (see guide) – Skills development and practice

English tests contain many different elements so we recommend a variety of materials to suit. Where books come without answers this is noted.

General English skills books

Bond – No Nonsense English 9 – 10 (answers included)

Bond – No Nonsense English 10 – 11 (answers included)


Schofield and Sims – English Skills 5   (answer book can be bought separately)

Schofield and Sims – English Skills 6   (answer book can be bought separately)

Additional English 

Use both books.

Schofield and Sims – Springboard 7

Schofield and Sims – Springboard 8 (excellent books but no answers available)

Grammar and Punctuation

Letts – Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (answers included)

Vocabulary and Spelling

Use both Schonell books plus the additional spelling list if required.

Schonell – Essential Spelling Book 2

Schonell – Essential Spelling Book 3

Kit’s Educational Publishing – Complete Graded Spelling Lists years one to six


Use both books

Schofield and Sims – Comprehension Book 3

Schofield and Sims – Comprehension Book 4

Schofield and Sims – Comprehension Teachers Guide

Step Two (see guide) – Exam technique development and practice

Use both or one depending on time you have available.

CGP – Practice Book 9 – 10

Bond – 11 Plus English Assessment Tests 10 – 11

Step Three (see guide) – Exam skills development using 11 Plus standard tests

Use a selection of these to help your child apply their skills flexibly.

Letts – English Practice Papers Multiple Choice

GL Assessment – English 11 Plus Multiple Choice Pack 1

GL Assessment – English 11 Plus Multiple Choice Pack 2

Bond – 11 Plus Test Papers English Standard Pack 1

Letts 11+ Success English Practice Papers


Schools/areas this advice applies to

Buckinghamshire – all schools

Devon – all schools

Dorset – all schools

Essex – all schools – apart from Chelmsford County High School for Girls

Greater Manchester – all schools – apart from Sale Grammar School

Kent Medway – all schools

Kent – all schools

Lancashire – all schools

London Barnet – all schools

London Sutton – all schools

Wiltshire – all schools

Dame Alice Owen’s School – Hertfordshire

Tiffin Girls’ School – London Kingston-upon-Thames

St Olaves Grammar School – London Bromley

Skipton Girls’ High School – North Yorkshire