Free 11 Plus English Exam Papers
We have sourced free English Papers for you to download for both entry to grammar schools and independent schools. You can find them through the links further down the page. Make sure to follow our step by step English development plan in order to further your child’s English skills.
1/ Download Free English Papers
Download our free English papers for your child to use in order to help develop their skills and also to be able to see what progress is being made. The papers are available at no cost, with no adverts and with no registration. We have papers available for both Grammar Schools and Independent Schools. Simply click the relevant link below where you will be taken to the page with a complete list of free maths papers.
If you are going to sit a Grammar School test then we’d still recommend using these tests although you need not do the creative writing parts of the tests unless your target school has a written test (very rare). You will find the comprehension tests are ideally suited for 11 Plus preparation because they are timed and tend to use difficult comprehension texts. Equally, because the tests are set by a variety of different author’s children will be preparing flexibly which will help them a great deal.
2/ Make sure to develop your other skills
Working on English alone with your child has very little benefit as strong knowledge across all the areas of the 11 plus is needed in order to stand a chance of getting into your chosen school. To review the books that we suggest you use during your preparation, then try some of these links:
- 11+ English Resources and Preparation
- 11+ Maths Resources and Preparation
- 11+ Verbal Reasoning Resources and Preparation
- 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Resources and Preparation
- CEM 11+ Verbal Reasoning Resources and Preparation
- CEM 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Resources and Preparation
- CEM 11+ Numerical Reasoning Resources and Preparation
3/ Make sure you know about the type of paper your child is sitting
11 Plus English Papers for Grammar School Entry
The following papers are more focussed on the 11 Plus test for grammar school entry- although equally, they will still be useful for Independent School entry preparation. The tests are particularly useful for children sitting GL written tests but will also be useful where children face school written tests (Essex) or where they face CEM exams. The comprehension tests in these papers are not markedly different from the comprehension tests children will face in CEM tests and the vocabulary will be useful to cover.
School Written English Papers for Grammar School Entry
These papers may be similar to the papers produced by providers such as CEM and GL, but are produced by the school and released either as sample papers or past papers.
4/ Make sure you understand how to use the papers
Question format of the Free 11 Plus English exam papers
These papers are all standard format, not multiple choice. Children develop well when they do standard format papers because they need to develop their own opinions rather than choose options. Children who have trained using standard format typically do better at multiple choice than those who have exclusively used multiple choice. Particularly they tend to perform better on those multiple choice questions where there are four options which are all correct but children need to find the best match.
What score should children be looking for in these free 11 Plus English exam papers?
Children generally should be looking to score over 75% when doing these papers at the end of year 5, they will then improve further over the summer. Some children who haven’t been exposed to classic texts might find them particularly difficult. Children trying for more competitive grammar school entries or for scholarships or bursaries should aim for over 85%.