11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Preparation – 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 verbal reasoning 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 out 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.


Using Structured Courses For Preparation

ⓘ Editor’s Pick – There are two courses available with good Verbal Reasoning coverage alongside all the other elements needed for GL Exams (Maths, NVR and English). 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. 


If you want a more subject specific verbal reasoning structured course the Enhance vocabulary and Verbal Reasoning ( if you have more than 20 weeks to go ) or the Boost vocabulary and verbal reasoning ( if you have less than 20 weeks to go) are ideal.


Using Books for Preparation

Step Zero (see guide) – Vocabulary development throughout the preparation process 

ⓘ Editor’s Pick- Learning Street- Complete Vocabulary Course or Vocabulary Enhance or Vocabulary Boost 



elevenplusexams – 11+ Vocabulary in Context – Level 2

elevenplusexams – 11+ Vocabulary in Context – Level 3

elevenplusexams – 11+ Vocabulary in Context – Level 4

Kit’s Educational Publishing – Complete Graded Spelling lists for years one to six


Step One (see guide) – Introductory phase

Use one of the four following books

IPS – Verbal Reasoning Method and Technique

CGP – Verbal Reasoning Study Book

Bond – How to do Verbal Reasoning


Step Two (see guide) – Familiarisation

Use some of the following books

CGP – Verbal Reasoning 10/11 – The 11 Plus Practice Book

CGP  – 10 Minute Tests


Step Three (see guide) –  Initial testing and exam technique development

Use some of the following books

Bond – 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Assessment Papers 10/11 Book 1, Book 2

Letts – 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Assessment Papers 10/11


Step Four (see guide) – Exam skills development using 11 Plus standard tests

ⓘ Editor’s Pick- GL Assesment- Verbal Reasoning 11 Plus Multiple Choice Pack 1,  Multiple Choice Pack 2 and Multiple Choice Pack 3

AND/OR Use some of the following books

IPS – Verbal Reasoning 11 Plus Practice Papers – Dual Format

CGP – Multiple Choice Verbal Reasoning Test Papers

Letts 11+ Success Verbal Reasoning Practice Papers


Schools/areas this advice applies to:

Berkshire Reading – all schools – apart from Reading Grammar School

Buckinghamshire – 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 and Urmiston Grammar Academy

Hertfordshire South West – all schools

Hertfordshire – all schools

Kent Medway – all schools

Kent – all schools

Lancashire – all schools

London Kingston-upon-Thames – all schools

London Redbridge – all schools

Wiltshire – all schools

Yorkshire Calderdale – all schools

Yorkshire North – all schools

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School – Cumbria

Newstead Wood School – London Bromley