11 Plus English Exam – Year 5

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

Skills development and exam preparation – Year 5

If preparing at home you have a choice between:

1. Using a structured course

2. Using books

In summary, if you choose a structured course all the planning is done for you, everything is included and you just have to print it out and do it. On the other hand, if you choose to buy books you would need to do the planning yourself and decide what to do when.

Please download our FREE 11 Plus English preparation guide which gives detailed explanations of how to structure a preparation programme at home and how to use the resources we have recommended below.

1. Using Structured Courses for Preparation

ⓘ Editor’s Pick – Learning Street’s Complete 11 Plus Programme offers excellent coverage of all elements needed for the 11 Plus exam. They also provide a version covering just the literacy elements of the complete programme if you do not need coverage of maths and non-verbal reasoning.

If you have less time available before the exam, try the medium length course (approximately 20 weeks) or the short course (approximately 10 weeks).  

2. Using Books for Preparation

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

ⓘ Editor’s Pick – Learning Street- Complete Vocabulary Course or Vocabulary Enhance or Vocabulary Boost


11+ Vocabulary in Context Book 2

11+ Vocabulary in Context Book 3

11+ Vocabulary in Context Book 4

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.

ⓘ Editor’s Pick- GL Assesment- English 11 Plus Multiple Choice Pack 1,  Multiple Choice Pack 2 and Multiple Choice Pack 3


Letts – English Practice Papers Multiple Choice

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