11 Plus Maths Exam – Year 5

Skills development and exam preparation – Year 5

Please download our FREE 11 Plus Maths exam preparation guide 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.

Step One – Core Skills Assessment

The first step is to complete our free Year 5 Core Skills Assessment. It has been designed specifically for children at the beginning of year five and will help parents understand where there is a times tables or four operations weakness. The time allowance for this assessment is deliberately tight because we expect children to be able to answer times tables questions instantaneously. You can find the Core Skills Assessment by clicking the link below where you can download it for free:

Core Skills Assessment

Step Two – Maths skills development phase

Mental Maths

Use the following books.           

  1. Schofield and Sims – Mental Arithmetic Book 3
  2. Schofield and Sims – Mental Arithmetic Book 4

Maths Problem Solving 

Use the following books.

Heinemann – Maths Word Problems Book 4

Heinemann – Maths Word Problems Book 5

Heinemann – Maths Word Problems Teachers Book (answers) Book 4 and Book 5

Maths Skills Development 

Use some of the following books.


CGP – Maths Study Book and Parent Guide


Peter Robson – Maths Practice and Revision Books (book 1 and book 2 only)

(If choosing the Peter Robson option also buy the answer book which covers books 1-5)

IPS – Maths Daily Practice Papers – Dual Format

Further Maths Development

For most children this Maths Stretch and Revision Course is going to be perfect for this period of preparation as it touches all the bases. This course is for pupils with very competitive selective exams into Grammar Schools or Independent Schools. It really tests and improves a child’s core skills (helping them not to drop marks with silly mistakes), it revises the core topics many children struggle with, it delivers lots of timed tests to keep exam skills sharp and it looks in depth at the types of more difficult questions often used in 11 Plus Exams. It’s good value at £15 and fits perfectly into this space.

Step Three (see guide) – Exam skills development and practice papers

Use some of the following books.

GL Assessment –  Maths Multiple Choice Pack 1

GL Assessment  – Maths Multiple Choice Pack 2

Bond – 11 Plus Maths Test Papers Multiple Choice Pack 1

Letts 11+ Success Maths Practice Papers

IPS – Mathematics Practice Papers – Dual Format

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

Hertfordshire South West – all schools

Hertfordshire – all schools

Kent Medway – all schools

Kent – all schools

Lancashire – all schools

London Barnet – all schools

London Sutton – all schools

Wiltshire – all schools

Yorkshire Calderdale – all schools

Individual Schools

Reading Girls’ Grammar School – Berkshire Reading

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School – Cumbria

St Olave’s Grammar School – London Bromley

Tiffin Girls’ School – Kingston-upon-Thames

Skipton Girls’ High School – Yorkshire North