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
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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)
Use both books
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.
Use both books
Step Two (see guide) – Exam technique development and practice
Use both or one depending on time you have available.
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
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