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.

Editor’s Pick Feature

All our books are recommended and we have tried to give you a selection of what we believe are the best in each section. Occasionally, however, there are books which we really need to highlight as essential, these are highlighted as Editor’s Pick choices. Hover over the links and a pop-up will appear explaining why we have chosen to highlight these titles.

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 



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.

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



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