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 and how to use the resources we have recommended below.

Editor’s Pick Feature

All our books or resources are recommended and have been reviewed. Where we think there are books or resources which really stand these are marked as an Editor’s Pick.

Books or structured courses

If preparing at home you have a choice. Either do the planning yourself and buy books and decide what to do when (our free preparation guide helps take a lot of the pain out of this together with the recommended books we list below) OR choose a structured course where all the planning is done for you, everything is included and you just have to print it out and do it. The choice is yours, either can be very effective.

Structured Courses Including English

ⓘ Editor’s Pick – There are two courses available with good English coverage alongside all the other elements needed for GL Exams (Maths, NVR, VR and vocabulary). Try either the Enhance Course if you have more than 20 weeks to go until the exam or the Boost Course if you have less than 20 weeks to go until the exam. 

 

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)

OR    

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

 

OR

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

Comprehension

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

 

AND/OR

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