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English 11+ Tips and Tests

To start, here are links to a large number of English 11+ tips and tests. These will meet all your 11 Plus English exams needs.

11 Plus English and Verbal Reasoning Test Tips

Read Each Verbal Reasoning Question Very Carefully

Note this might sound like obvious advice. However, many verbal items may have one crucial word that’s easy to misinterpret. So, do look for words such as all, some, most.

Word Meanings 

Also, you must remember that easier verbal reasoning test formats ask test takers to interpret individual word meanings.

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Argument Interpretation

This might also seem tricky. However, find the different positions making up a written argument. Also, if any assumptions and inferences have been made.

Statement Evaluation

Evaluating whether statements are supported, contradicted, or implied by the information in the passage.

Passage summaries

Summarising the main points that the passage makes.

11+ English Test Type 1

Practice examples of four different types of verbal reasoning tests are provided below. The first type consists of a single sentence containing a word in brackets. Replace this word with the most viable alternative. Select the multiple-choice option closest in meaning to the word in italics.

1) My brother’s complacency has always irritated his friends, neighbours and colleagues.

  1. A) nosiness
  2. B) ostentation
  3. C) neglect
  4. D) cockiness
  5. E) smugness

2)  The ascetic hermit dwelled in a hut on the mountain top.

  1. A) austere
  2. B) religious
  3. C) penitent
  4. D) reclusive
  5. E) indigent

3)   The foreign tourists found the locals to be extremely amiable.

  1. A) gracious
  2. B) friendly
  3. C) curious
  4. D) suspicious
  5. E) polite

4)      Parents of pupils complained because they felt that the teacher was too lenient.

  1. A) demanding
  2. B) strict
  3. C) tolerant
  4. D) negligent
  5. E) informal

5)   The King filled his Court with sycophants and fops.

  1. A) courtiers
  2. B) flatterers
  3. C) loyalists
  4. D) advisers
  5. E) dandies

6) On the flight to New York, he sat next to a very garrulous woman.

  1. A) sullen
  2. B) attractive
  3. C) convivial
  4. D) loud
  5. E) talkative

7)  The Tutor praised his students’ perspicacious comments.

  1. A) intelligent
  2. B) insightful
  3. C) critical
  4. D) scholarly
  5. E) technical

8)    At the school assembly, the Headmaster sternly declared “Honesty is a tenet of this institution”.

  1. A) rule
  2. B) principle
  3. C) tradition
  4. D) anathema
  5. E) virtue

9)   The initiates participated in esoteric rituals at the midnight ceremony.

  1. A) ancient
  2. B) religious
  3. C) traditional
  4. D) secret
  5. E) solemn

10)   Investing in the nuclear power industry proved to be the entrepreneur’s most astute decision.

  1. A) calculated
  2. B) risky
  3. C) controversial
  4. D) lucrative
  5. E) shrewd

11+ English Test Type 2

Verbal reasoning tests may also take the form of analogies. Here the respondent’s vocabulary and knowledge of simple verbal relationships are being tested. Some examples of this type of verbal reasoning test practice are given below. Therefore, interpret the meaning that connects the word shown in large type on the left-hand side.

11)     SPIDER          web

          DUCK

  1. water
  2. egg
  3. feathers
  4. burrow
  5. barn

12)      BOOK             library

           PAINTING

  1. gallery
  2. frame
  3. easel
  4. canvas
  5. shop

13)    PAPER             ream

         PAINT

  1. tin
  2. brush
  3. tray
  4. litre
  5. acrylic

14)   BOAT                water

        CAR

  1. petrol
  2. road
  3. convertible
  4. engine
  5. tyres

15)   ANIMALS              hybrid

        METALS

  1. mixture
  2. alloy
  3. compound
  4. blend
  5. element

16)   ENTER                lathe

        BLACKSMITH

  1. forge
  2. metal
  3. iron
  4. anvil
  5. plinth

17)   FATHOMLESS              deep

        INFINITESIMAL

  1. short
  2. large
  3. small
  4. long
  5. narrow

18)   LETTER                envelope

        SWORD

  1. hilt
  2. sheath
  3. weapon
  4. blade
  5. dagger

19)   DECLINE                ascent

        CONVICT

  1. liberate
  2. acquit
  3. innocent
  4. prisoner
  5. release

20)   WORDS                sentence

        SENTENCES

  1. paragraph
  2. chapter
  3. phrases
  4. letters
  5. book

21)   INTRODUCTION             conclusion

        PROLOGUE

  1. preface
  2. monologue
  3. epilogue
  4. eulogy
  5. finale

22)   DROUGHT                rain

        STALEMATE

  1. draw
  2. progress
  3. hindrance
  4. cessation
  5. inequality

23)   WORD                abbreviate

        BOOK

  1. edit
  2. abridge
  3. shorten
  4. amend
  5. compress

24)   PROXY                vote

        SCAPEGOAT

  1. punishment
  2. blame
  3. trouble
  4. criticism
  5. censure

25)   PEANUT                shell

        MAIZE

  1. skin
  2. husk
  3. rind
  4. pith
  5. pod

26)   BICYCLE                tandem

        SOLILOQUY

  1. speech
  2. monologue
  3. dialogue
  4. duet
  5. sequel

27)   WAX                wane

        AMELIORATE

  1. diminish
  2. improve
  3. provoke
  4. exacerbate
  5. irritate

28)   CHESS                board

        FOOTBALL

  1. arena
  2. kit
  3. pitch
  4. grass
  5. sport

29)   BIBLIOPHILE                book

        PHILATELIST

  1. coins
  2. wine
  3. stamps
  4. dolls
  5. art

30)   FLAX                linen

        WHEAT

  1. grain
  2. cereal
  3. flour
  4. bread
  5. sheaf

English 11 Plus Test Type 3

Verbal tests may also take the form of antonyms. Some examples of this type of verbal reasoning test practice are given below. Select the multiple-choice option that is the opposite in meaning to the word shown in bold print.

31) mean:                   A                     B                    C                    D                     E

                        generous       average              miser              median            good

32) sincere:                A                     B                    C                     D                     E

                        faithful          hypocritical        genuine         suspicious         unkind

33) evergreen:           A                    B                     C                     D                     E

myrtle              flower            deciduous          fern                yellow

34) irresponsible:      A                    B                     C                     D                     E

                        mischievous     independent      diplomatic      dependablemanager

35) nationalisation:   A                    B                     C                     D                     E

democracy         oligopoly          coalition         trains            privatisation

36) inauspicious:      A                     B                     C                     D                     E

lucky               auspices         bachelor         mutinous      inarticulate

37) pessimism:          A                     B                     C                     D                     E

pesticide         optimism           prototype         positive          socialism

38) innocuous:          A                      B                     C                     D                     E

vaccinate         amicable            harmful          ostensible       effusive

39) benevolent:          A                     B                      C                     D                    E

kind             empirical         demagogue     uncharitable      eminent

40) altruistic:              A                      B                      C                     D                   E

bird                 helpful            unhelpful          altitude           selfish

11+ English Test Type 4

Verbal tests may also take the form of selecting the odd word out from a group of words. Some examples of this type of verbal reasoning test practice are given below. Identify the common connection between four of the five words. Choose the multiple-choice option corresponding to the odd word out.

41)                 magenta          cyan                cerise              turpentine      turquoise

42)                 sole                  haddock          salmon           trout               frog

43)                 damp                wet                  water             moist              saturated

44)                 staff                  personnel        employees     workforce      managers

45)                 jester                comedian        comedy          clown            comedian

46)                 fax                    computer         letter              memo            email

47)                 hexagon           polygon            pentagon      octagon          square

48)                 squid                cockle               mussel         crab                winkle

49)                 trophy               medal               prize             gift                  reward

50)                 cask                  beer                  bottle           can                 barrel

English 11+ Exams Part I

11+English Sample Paper 1 (Alleyn’s School)

11+ English Sample Paper 2 (Alleyn’s School)

11+English Sample Paper (Bancroft’s School)

11+ English Sample Paper 2016 (Bancroft’s School)

11+English Sample Paper 1 2017 (Bancroft’s School)

11+ English Practice Paper (Blackheath High School)

11+English (Bancroft’s School Sample Paper 1)

11+ English (Bancroft’s School Sample Paper 2)

11+English Reading Comprehension – Multiple Choice (CGP 2012)

11+ English (City of London Freemen’s School September 2014)

11+English (City of London Freemen’s School 2014)

11+ English (City of London School)

11+English (City of London School for Girls 2014)

11+ English (City of London School for Girls 2013)

11+English (City of London School for Girls 2012)

11+ English (City of London School for Girls 2010)

11+English (City of London School for Girls 2008)

English 11+ Exams Part II

11+ English (Dulwich College)

11+English (Dulwich College Specimen Paper A)

11+ English (Dulwich College Specimen Paper B)

11+English (Dulwich College Specimen Paper C)

11+ English (Emanuel)

11+English (Emanuel 2012)

11+ English (Emanuel 2011)

11+English (Emanuel 2010)

11+ English (Francis Holland 2017)

11+English – Passage (Francis Holland 2017)

11+ English (Francis Holland 2016)

11+English – Passage (Francis Holland 2016)

11+ English (Francis Holland 2015)

11+English – Passage (Francis Holland 2015)

11+ English (Francis Holland 2014)

11+English – Passage (Francis Holland 2014)

11+ English (Francis Holland 2013)

11+English (Francis Holland 2012)

11+ English – Passage (Francis Holland 2012)

11+English (Francis Holland 2011)

11+ English – Passage (Francis Holland 2011)

11+English (Francis Holland 2010)

11+ English Group 2 (Godolphin & Latymer 2016)

11+English Group 2 Reading Passage (Godolphin & Latymer 2016)

11+ English Group 2 (Godolphin & Latymer 2015)

11+English Group 2 Reading Passage (Godolphin & Latymer 2015)

11+ English Group 2 (Godolphin & Latymer 2014)

11+English Group 2 Reading Passage (Godolphin & Latymer 2014)

11+ English Group 2 (Godolphin & Latymer 2013)

11+English Group 2 (Godolphin & Latymer 2012)

11+ English Group 2 (Godolphin & Latymer 2011)

11+English Group 2 (Godolphin & Latymer 2010

11+ English Group 2 (Godolphin & Latymer 2009)

11+English Group 2 (Godolphin & Latymer 2008)

Lastly, 11+ English Sample Paper (Godolphin & Latymer)

English 11+ Exams Part III

Firstly, 11+English – Source (Haberdashers’ Aske’s 2014)

11+ English (Haberdashers’ Aske’s 2016)

11+English (Haberdashers’ Aske’s 2014)

11+ English (Haberdashers’ Aske’s 2013)

11+English (Haberdashers’ Aske’s 2011)

11+ English (Haberdashers’ Aske’s 2010)

11+English (Haberdashers’ Aske’s 2009)

11+ English – Paper 1 (ISEB 2009-10)

11+English – Paper 2 (ISEB 2009-10)

11+ English – Paper 1 (ISEB 2009)

11+English – Paper 2 (ISEB 2009)

11+ English – Paper 1 (ISEB 2008-9)

11+English – Paper 2 (ISEB 2008-9)

11+ English – Paper 1 (ISEB 2008)

11+English – Paper 2 (ISEB 2008)

11+ English – Paper 1 (ISEB 2006)

11+English (Junior King’s 2014)

11+ English (Junior King’s 2013)

11+English (Junior King’s 2012)

11+ English (Junior King’s 2011)

11+English (Kent College 2009)

11+ English – Comprehension (King Edward’s School Birmingham)

11+English – Composition (King Edward’s School Birmingham)

11+ English Section A (King’s College School Wimbledon 2017)

11+English Section B (King’s College School Wimbledon 2017)

11+ English Section C (King’s College School Wimbledon 2017)

11+English – Writing (King’s College School Wimbledon 2015)

11+ English – Reading (King’s College School Wimbledon 2015)

11Plus English (The King’s School Chester)

11+ English (Latymer Upper School 2014)

11Plus English (LIGSC 2009-10)

11+ English (Magdalen College School)

11Plus English – Practice Paper 1 (Merchant Taylors)

11+ English – Practice Paper 2 (Merchant Taylors)

11+English (NLIGSC 20 January 2012)

11+ English (NLIGSC 13 January 2012)

11+English Question Paper (NLIGSC 2011)

11+ English Reading Passage (NLIGSC 2011)

11+English (NLIGSC 2003)

11+ English (North London Collegiate School 2011)

11+English (North London Collegiate School 2010)

11+ English (North London Collegiate School 2009)

Finally, 11+English (North London Collegiate School 2008)

English 11+ Exams Part IV

Firstly, 11+ English Guidance for parents 2(North London Independent Girls’ Schools’ Consortium 2018)

11+English Group 1(North London Independent Girls’ Schools’ Consortium  2017)

11+ English Passage (North London Independent Girls’ Schools’ Consortium 2016)

11+English (North London Independent Girls’ School’s Consortium 2016)

11+ English Group 1 (North London Independent Girls’ Schools’ Consortium 2016)

11+English Group 1 (North London Independent Girls’ Schools’ Consortium 2015)

11+ English Group 1 (North London Independent Girls’ Schools’ Consortium 2014)

11+English Group 1 (North London Independent Girls’ Schools’ Consortium 2013)

11+ English Group 1 (North London Independent Girls’ Schools’ Consortium 2012)

11+English (North London Independent Girls’ Schools’ Consortium 2011)

11+ English (North London Independent Girls’ Schools’ Consortium 2010)

11+English (North London Independent Girls’ Schools’ Consortium 2009)

11+ English (North London Independent Girls’ Schools’ Consortium 2008)

11+English (Oundle)

11+ English Specimen Paper 1 (The Perse Upper School Cambridge)

11+English Specimen Paper 2 (The Perse Upper School Cambridge)

11+ English Specimen Paper 3 (The Perse Upper School Cambridge)

11+English Specimen Paper 4 (The Perse Upper School Cambridge)

11+ English (The Queen’s School)

11+English (Reigate Grammar School 2012)

11+ English Sample Paper 2 Writing Paper (Royal Russell)

11+English (Sevenoaks 2017)

11+ English (Sevenoaks 2016)

11+English (Sevenoaks 2015)

11+ English (Sevenoaks 2014)

11+English (Sevenoaks 2013)

11+ English (Sevenoaks 2012)

11+English (Sevenoaks 2011)

Finally, 11+ English (Sevenoaks 2010)

English 11+ Exams Part V

Firstly, 11+English (St George’s College 2012)

Secondly, 11+ English – Paper 1 (St Paul’s Girls’ School)

Thirdly,11+English – Paper 2 (St Paul’s Girls’ School)

Next, 11+ English – Comprehension 3 (St Paul’s Girls’ School)

Followed by, 11+English – Comprehension 2 (St Paul’s Girls’ School)

11+ English Specimen Paper (The Cedars School)

Next, 11+English Specimen Paper 2017 (The Cedars School)

Then, 11+ English Sample Questions and Syllabus (Trinity School)

Finally, 10+ 11+ English Entrance Exam Structure (Whitgift)

More School Entrance Test Papers

11+ Past Papers and School Entrance Exams 7+ and School Entrance Exams 8+.

Entrance Exams 9+ and School Entrance Exams 11+.

KS1 KS2 KS3 Past Papers

Please click on the links below to practice for your KS1, KS2, KS3 exams:

KS1 SAT Past Papers / KS1 Practice Sites

KS2 SAT Past Papers / KS2 Practice Sites

KS3 Practice Sites

Our Which School Guides

Firstly, private Sixth Form Admissionstop private sixth Forms Guide , private London Sixth Forms blog and London Sixth Forms Guide.

Secondly, London Prep Schools GuidePrep schools, London prep schools guide and Top London Prep schools blog.

Thirdly, London private schoolsPrivate London School Admissions (A-M), Sunday Times Private Schools League Table and top private girls schools in London.

Plus, London Independent Schools Guide, and London’s top independent school A-Level results.

Then, Grammar Schools GuideLondon 11 plus practice tests11Plus GL Guide.

Grammars using 11 plus GL Assessment Guide , Guide to Grammar School Entry.

Also, UK Boarding Schools Guide, and primary school league tables.

Finally, London Pre-Schools Guide.

Our Which School Guides

11 plus tutoring costs. Tutor helping boy on computer

11 Plus Guide – Tutoring Costs

Our aim is to provide the most cost-effective 11 plus guide to tutoring costs.

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With average prices now around £40 an hour, the 11 plus tutor costs can be quite scary. However, there are several ways to keep your spending down. 

First the bad news. Getting a regular tutor for your child isn’t cheap and that’s unlikely to change any time soon.

As any economics student will tell you the price charged for a service depends largely on demand and supply. And with grammar schools performing particularly well in last year’s GCSE and A-Level exams (see the feature on the Parent Power League Table), the demand for getting into them is expected to be even greater in 2019.

Tutoring costs

How much does a 11+ tutor cost?

Reports also show that the number of tutored children is also rising sharply. According to education and social mobility charity The Sutton Trust, one in four secondary school children now receives private tuition. This compares to less than one in five a decade ago.

However, the good news is that prices can vary considerably and it is definitely worth shopping around. A quick look at the Tutorfair website, which acts as a hub for private tutors, shows that the typical price of a tutor per hour outside of London is between £30 and £50.

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Qualified v Unqualified

One important factor is whether the tutor is a qualified teacher. Basically, you will pay much more if they are qualified and have significant experience of tutoring – ie. 10 years or more.

You may also pay more if they have an Oxbridge degree, or if they are a specialist in a certain subject. This is particularly true of Maths tutors.

Of course in London, you can expect to pay even more, given the generally high demand for grammar schools in the area. Here prices for face-to-face tuition currently average between £40 and £60 although some on The First Tutors private tuition website charge over £100 for specialist tutoring, particularly in Maths or languages.

One ‘Award-winning’ Maths Teacher in West London on the Tutorfair website charges an eye-watering £130 an hour. This is based on 10 years of teaching experience and 5 years of experience as an examiner.

11 plus tutoring costs. Tutor helping boy

So what can you do to keep the price of tutoring your children to a minimum and still ensure they pass with flying colours? Here we give our Top 5 Tips when choosing a tutor.

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1. Don’t assume that the most expensive is the best

As with most things, it is possible to bag a bargain. You just need to do your homework. TV programmes like Shop Well For Less show us you don’t need to spend a fortune on flashy labels to get good quality products. So it is with tutors. Many tuition websites provide user ratings for their tutors. And it is definitely worth reading these before you make a decision.

Also don’t necessarily assume that a qualified teacher (ie one with PGCE, QTS certificates) is the best person to tutor your child. Even though qualified teachers generally command much higher prices than non-qualified teachers they aren’t necessarily better.

There are some very good graduates out there with a good track record of getting children through their 11 Plus.

Expect to pay around £30 for an unqualified teacher compared to around £50 per hour for a qualified teacher.

2. Don’t commit to too many sessions! 

Every child is different, but generally speaking, you shouldn’t spend more than a few months getting your child tutored for the 11 Plus. According to Anita Moss, Director of First Tutors, the average tuition relationship lasts for 16.5 hours.

Much more than that and fatigue can set in and your child could be burned out even before sitting the entrance exams!

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3. Consider online tutoring 

Without a doubt, sitting next to a tutor is the best option. But it’s also the most expensive. Increasingly popular is online tutoring. This can save you an awful lot of money.

Some tutors offer their services for nearly half the price of face to face tutoring because they don’t have to travel. With broadband speeds improving all the time, it’s now more practical than ever to use services like Skype. For those in rural locations, it may also be a more practical option.

4. Splitting the bill

Using a group tutor inevitably brings the costs down. For example, tuition company Explore Learning charges approximately £129 per month for two sessions a week of 1 hour 15 minutes each. These take place with up to six children per tutor. This compares favourably price-wise to one-to-one tuition which currently averages around £40 per hour.

5. Do it Yourself!

OK, this might not be your preferred option. However, parents with a bit of time and patience can invest in coaching books designed around the 11 Plus exams. You can find a vast selection of various papers on this site.

With links to be found to all from the Home page or have a look at the School Entrance Index to make sure you don’t miss any.  Your child can then sit these at home in close to exam conditions.

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11 plus tutoring costs. Busy mom on computer with kids

The Five-Step 11 Plus Guide

1) Ask yourself, is now the best time to start your 11+ Prep for 2019?

2) If so, then here is Everything you need to know about differences in Grammar School applications. You need to consider 11 Plus Exam By UK Region.

– If you are considering those grammar schools in Outer London then we have a useful London Grammar school list.

– Otherwise, England’s other grammar schools are accessed from this regional grammar school list.

3) Are the grammar schools of interest CEM 11+ exam Grammar schools. If so focus on School Entrance Tests’ 11 plus practice tests of CEM 11 Plus type.

4) Otherwise it’s likely you are considering Grammars using GL Assessment. Thus you should focus on School Entrance Tests’ 11 plus practice tests of GL 11 Plus type.

5) So, select the most relevant 11 plus exams from our comprehensive list of 11 Plus Past Exam Papers.

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girl completing 11 plus test papers

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Welcome to our 11 Plus exam papers and 11 plus tips for both parents and tutors.

We hope you enjoy this Parents’ / Tutors 11 Plus Guide.

11 Plus Exams Papers’ Tutoring Tips

One of the big issues is when to start 11 Plus preparation. Beginning tuition in years 2 or 3 is almost certainly too early. However, leaving it until the end of year 5 is probably too late. What’s more, it can create more stress for the child too, the later you leave it.

11 Papers

Generally speaking, we advise no more than 12 months of tuition for the Eleven Plus. So, starting at the beginning of Year 5 is probably a good time. At the very latest January of year 5 for exams taking place in September of year 6.

 Our 11 Plus Exam Papers 

Address 11 plus learning gaps

Obviously deciding when to start tutoring depends largely on the abilities of the individual child. He or she may only need a few hours of exam practice. In this case, a few months may be adequate.

However, if there are much greater gaps in their learning, then you may require several months of regular weekly tuition.

In regions where the 11 plus covers curriculum subjects, such as English and Maths, it is sometimes necessary to use a subject-specific tutor from an earlier age. This is to address known weaknesses in these subjects.

For example, many 10-year old boys struggle with English papers where they have to write their own composition ‘from the heart’. So getting a tutor who can help stimulate your child’s creative writing is probably a good idea.

Conversely, some children struggle with core areas of mathematics, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, so a dedicated Maths tutor may be needed.

 Free 11 Plus Papers

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When should you start your 11+ prep?

The good news is that all 11 Plus Preparation to get into grammar school will also help your child’s schoolwork. In particular, core subjects such as Maths and English. The bad news, of course, is that tuition doesn’t come cheap!

In theory, Verbal and Non-Verbal reasoning papers are designed to test a child’s innate ability and are more difficult to prepare for. However, the reality is that children do need to familiarise themselves with the types of questions in these papers to do well.

This is particularly true of test papers from GL Assessment which still remains the biggest supplier to local authorities and schools. There are

For example, the Kent Test Familiarisation Booklet, which you can find here, features some sample questions. Similarly, there are free 11 Plus test papers here.

 Our 11 Plus Exam Papers 

Top 11 Plus Tips for Busy Parents

Increasingly popular with local authorities, Durham’s CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) entrance tests are much newer and more difficult to prepare for.

According to its website “CEM aims to reduce any disadvantage created between children who are tutored for tests and those who are not.” It continues: “Our assessments are designed to enable all children to demonstrate their academic potential without the need for excessive preparation.”

Nevertheless, the CEM entrance tests cover the same subject areas (Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning) as the GL Assessment tests and the standardized pass-mark is the same (121).

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The key difference is that in the CEM exams Verbal Reasoning and English are grouped together. CEM exams are also divided into separately timed sections. Hence, it’s important that children learn how to manage their time correctly as it’s not possible to return to sections once completed.

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So, when should you start your 11 Plus prep for 11 plus 2019 entry? How much 11 Plus practice does your child need?

Generally speaking, we advise no more than 12 months of tuition for the Eleven Plus. So, starting at the beginning of Year 5 is probably a good time. At the very latest January of year 5 for exams taking place in September of year 6.

Obviously deciding when to start tutoring depends largely on the abilities of the individual child. He or she may only need a few hours of exam practice. In this case, a few months may be adequate.

However, if there are much greater gaps in their learning, then you may require several months of regular weekly tuition.

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In regions where the 11 plus covers curriculum subjects, such as English and Maths, it is sometimes necessary to use a subject-specific tutor from an earlier age. This is to address known weaknesses in these subjects.

For example, many 10-year old boys struggle with English papers where they have to write their own composition ‘from the heart’. So getting a tutor who can help stimulate your child’s creative writing is probably a good idea.

Conversely, some children struggle with core areas of mathematics, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, so a dedicated Maths tutor may be needed.

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The good news is that all 11 Plus Preparation to get into grammar school will also help your child’s schoolwork. In particular, core subjects such as Maths and English. The bad news, of course, is that tuition doesn’t come cheap!

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In theory, Verbal and Non-Verbal reasoning papers are designed to test a child’s innate ability and are more difficult to prepare for. However, the reality is that children do need to familiarise themselves with the types of questions in these papers to do well.

This is particularly true of test papers from GL Assessment which still remains the biggest supplier to local authorities and schools. There are

For example, the Kent Test Familiarisation Booklet, which you can find here, features some sample questions. Similarly, there are free 11 Plus test papers here.

Increasingly popular with local authorities, Durham’s CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) entrance tests are much newer and more difficult to prepare for.

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According to its website “CEM aims to reduce any disadvantage created between children who are tutored for tests and those who are not.” It continues: “Our assessments are designed to enable all children to demonstrate their academic potential without the need for excessive preparation.”

Nevertheless, the CEM entrance tests cover the same subject areas (Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning) as the GL Assessment tests and the standardized pass-mark is the same (121).

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The key difference is that in the CEM exams Verbal Reasoning and English are grouped together. CEM exams are also divided into separately timed sections. Hence, it’s important that children learn how to manage their time correctly as it’s not possible to return to sections once completed.

Summary

While the beginning of Year 5 is usually a good time for your child to start tuition, it goes without saying you should begin the groundwork much earlier.

This is necessary for two reasons. Firstly, so you can fully identify the weaknesses your child may have when it comes to taking the 11 Plus. Secondly, you will need a bit of time in order to find the right tutor.

Inevitably, the best tutors can be booked up many years in advance, so the earlier you start to look for one the better your options will be.

When choosing a tutor, you need to ask about their qualifications and their success rate in getting children into Grammar schools. You also need to see how they get on with your child and how much they charge for their time.

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How much is needed?

During term time, most tutors will hold a weekly session of between 60 to 90 minutes with additional homework set each week. During the holidays the tutor may also recommend extra sessions. This is especially important in the summer period leading up to September’s 11 Plus exams.

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The key is that the additional work required for the 11 Plus needs to be manageable for your child. Because if it’s not, then this will simply add to their stress levels before the examinations which are counter-productive.

How to keep your child calm

  • If your child is worried about taking their 11 plus exam, we advise:
  • Reassuring them they will be fine and just to do their best.
  • Avoiding ‘burn out’ caused by creating so much stress around the 11 plus exam.
  • Do not leave any anxiety issues, such as those described above, to get better on their own without any invention. Since it can lead to a situation in which your child can’t focus at all on their practice – or even the final 11 plus exam.

Summary

While the beginning of Year 5 is usually a good time for your child to start tuition, it goes without saying you should begin the groundwork much earlier.

This is necessary for two reasons. Firstly, so you can fully identify the weaknesses your child may have when it comes to taking the 11 Plus. Secondly, you will need a bit of time in order to find the right tutor.

Inevitably, the best tutors can be booked up many years in advance, so the earlier you start to look for one the better your options will be.

When choosing a tutor, you need to ask about their qualifications and their success rate in getting children into Grammar schools. You also need to see how they get on with your child and how much they charge for their time.

Free 11 plus exam papers

How much is needed?

During term time, most tutors will hold a weekly session of between 60 to 90 minutes with additional homework set each week. During the holidays the tutor may also recommend extra sessions. This is especially important in the summer period leading up to September’s 11 Plus exams.

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The key is that the additional work required for the 11 Plus needs to be manageable for your child. Because if it’s not, then this will simply add to their stress levels before the examinations which are counter-productive.

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  • If your child is worried about taking their 11 plus exam, we advise:
  • Reassuring them they will be fine and just to do their best.
  • Avoiding ‘burn out’ caused by creating so much stress around the 11 plus exam.
  • Do not leave any anxiety issues, such as those described above, to get better on their own without any invention. Since it can lead to a situation in which your child can’t focus at all on their practice – or even the final 11 plus exam.

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Please click on the links below to practice for your KS1, KS2, KS3 exams:

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