Free 11+ Practice Papers
Free 11 + practice papers are useful to help parents see what standard of test their child might face when doing the 11 Plus exam.
In this section we have drawn together a number of free test paper resources which are available to download and we have also included some links to other sources of free Eleven Plus exam papers which you may find useful.
Scroll down to the area you are interested in and you will find free access to 11 Plus practice papers and questions which are useful for that area specifically.
11+ exam past papers
Real past papers are difficult to find and in some cases impossible. Below is a brief breakdown of what is available
GL 11+ papers- GL papers are used in lots of areas such as Kent and in very many individual schools such as QE Boys. GL do not issue past papers but they do publish sample papers which will give you a very good feel for the type and standard of questions they ask.
CEM 11+ past papers- CEM do not issue past papers, nor do they issue full sample papers. Don’t bother wasting time looking for them, they don’t exist. What does exist however are some sample papers derived from the sample questions CEM do issue and exit interviews with children and these form the basis of current practice papers.
Independent School 11+ papers- Often schools produce their own Maths and English papers and past papers are often available. In fact we include many of them on the site. Where schools use Verbal Reasoning or Non-Verbal reasoning these tend to be bought in either from CEM, GL or ISEB.
How to use sample, past or practice 11+ papers
We believe parents often make the mistake of using these papers far too early, before enough learning has happened. We strongly suggest only using full timed papers towards the end of the preparation process once children are familiar with all the test formats and concepts and have built sufficient speed and accuracy into their work. Below you’ll find the key areas where we believe using 11+ papers will help you.
Use sample or practice 11+ papers to enhance speed
You’ll find some children need lots of help developing the speed and accuracy required for the test. Some children work too slowly to start with and then speed up with mistakes flowing as they speed up. In these cases consider dividing the papers up into eight minute sections which forces children to work at the right pace throughout. CEM tests already do this for you, but GL tests and Independent School tests let children decide themselves how long to spend on each question.
Use past 11+ papers or practice papers to improve stamina
In some cases children will be asked to do two or more 45/50 minute 11 + papers with only a short break between each paper. For some children they haven’t developed the stamina to concentrate for this amount of time and so they underperform. It’s a good idea to understand what the exam day will be like for your child and then mimic this at home to or three times or buy into some 11 + mock exams. One of the key reasons bright children don’t get through is that they haven’t had experience of the stamina they’ll need on the exam day itself.
Use 11+ practice papers for revision and gap filling
11 + papers ( either past papers or sample papers produced by publishers) are useful for revision because the mistakes that are made will reveal to you which areas need work. We never recommend doing paper after paper as no improvement will be delivered. However if you do a 45 minute paper and then spend a long while drawing out the mistakes , going through them, revising technique and knowledge then you will see a dramatic improvement. Some parents find the amount of time and effort required to draw out these mistakes onerous but it is very well worth doing and in our view is the only way you’ll see an improved performance on these 11+ practice papers.
Access 11+ papers, including free sample and past papers.
The links at the top of this page take you through to the free 11+ past papers and sample papers that we hold. Please feel free to go through and choose the papers you feel are best suited to your needs.
If you want to buy books or papers which are relevant for your area then please feel free to use our service. We don’t charge anything and have filtered what we feel are the best options for preparation at home in each area.
Details of how to structure an 11 Plus preparation and recommendations of which books and papers to buy are in our 11 Plus exam papers and books section