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 exam preparation guide which gives a detailed example of how to structure a preparation programme at home.

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Vocabulary development throughout the preparation process (see guide)

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



Schonell – The Essential Spelling Book – Book 2 (contains answers)

Schonell – The Essential Spelling Book – Book 3 (contains answers)

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

GL Assessment – 11 Plus Explained

Step Two (see guide) – Familiarisation

Use some of the following books

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

IPS – Verbal Reasoning – Daily 11 Plus Practice Tests, Book 1, Book 2, Book 3

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- English 11 Plus Multiple Choice Pack 1 and Multiple Choice Pack 2


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