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)
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 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, Multiple Choice Pack 2 and Multiple Choice Pack 3
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