English Resources for Independent School Exams

Children who are going to be doing an Independent School 11 Plus Exam will need to keep working between any Grammar School 11 Plus exam they have done (normally done in September) and their Independent School Exams which normally take place in January.

Independent School English 11 Plus exams tend to use more complex or old fashioned comprehension texts so it will be really important to keep reading every day and where possible to up the level of sophistication. Children will find the exam much easier if they are used to reading classic texts.

Of course the key element of difference between Grammar School exams and Independent School exams is the creative writing element which most Independent Schools will include in their 11 Plus English exams

English exams and scholarships or bursaries

While it is quite easy to see how a good performance in the more difficult questions at the end of a Maths paper might relate to brilliance, in an English exam it is not so straight forward because every child will do the same tests and there are no clearly more difficult questions.

Independent School English exams tend to have a comprehension section (including vocabulary) and a creative writing section. Some also have sections on punctuation and grammar.

In essence, to do well, children will need to answer at a more sophisticated level.  Their vocabulary , as an example, should be more mature and show greater breadth than that of their contemporaries. This is most easily evidenced in a creative writing test but equally can also come through in the comprehension where answers need to be written (not multiple-choice).

If you can, do get hold of some past papers from the school to help you decide what to focus on.

We suggest the following would be relevant for all children.

1/ Do a weekly English exam paper from the free Independent School 11 Plus papers we have provided.

2/ Read every day and try to read some more sophisticated classic books.

3/ Complete the following English text book to ensure your core grammar and punctuation skills are properly embedded.

4/ Complete the following spelling and vocabulary development book if you have not already done so.

5/ Focus on your written style – see guide in creative writing section.