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11+ papers

Here you will find 11+ type papers many of which have been created especially for Parents in Touch. Papers created for Parents in Touch all come with answers but please note that some of the other papers do not include answers. They are based on actual test papers. However, note that the format of the 11+ varies from county to county so please check with your school or local authority for the format of the test in your area.

We have included some Bond papers which you will also find useful.

11+ Revision Guides.

Maths - traditional

 11+ maths traditional 1
11+ maths traditional 1
 11+ maths traditional 2
11+ maths traditional 2
 11+ maths traditional 3
11+ maths traditional 3
 11+ maths traditional 4
11+ maths traditional 4
 11+ maths traditional 5
11+ maths traditional 5
 11+ maths traditional 6
11+ maths traditional 6
 Year 6 maths revision paper 1
Year 6 maths revision paper 1

Maths - multiple choice

 11+ Maths multichoice 1
11+ Maths multichoice 1
 11+ Multichoice maths 2
11+ Multichoice maths 2
 Maths paper for 11 years old- multichoice
Maths paper for 11 years old- multichoice
 11+ Maths multichoice Paper 4
11+ Maths multichoice Paper 4

Maths

 PPTC transfer test maths sample paper
PPTC transfer test maths sample paper
 Dynamite maths sample paper
Dynamite maths sample paper
 11+ maths test from CGP
11+ maths test from CGP
 Maths revision help
Maths revision help
 11+ maths GL assessment
11+ maths GL assessment
 North London Girls' Consortium 11+ maths
North London Girls' Consortium 11+ maths

Verbal reasoning

 VR sample questions 1
VR sample questions 1
 IPS sample VR test paper
IPS sample VR test paper
 Verbal reasoning 3
Verbal reasoning 3
 VR multi choice paper d
VR multi choice paper d
 VR for Year 5 no 1
VR for Year 5 no 1
 VR sample test
VR sample test
 VR practice paper
VR practice paper
 Lucky Gecko 11+ VR paper
Lucky Gecko 11+ VR paper
 General ability test at 11
General ability test at 11
 Dynamite VR sample paper
Dynamite VR sample paper
 11+ VR paper a
11+ VR paper a
 VR questions 1
VR questions 1
 IPS sample VR paper
IPS sample VR paper
 Athey VR test
Athey VR test
 Intelligence test-VR
Intelligence test-VR
 MW Educational VR
MW Educational VR
 11+ VR test from CGP
11+ VR test from CGP
   

Non-Verbal reasoning

 Non VR sample test
Non VR sample test
 Non VR sample paper
Non VR sample paper
 Athey non VR test
Athey non VR test
 Online non VR test
Online non VR test
 Online non VR test 2
Online non VR test 2
 IPS sample non VR paper
IPS sample non VR paper
 Non VR question types
Non VR question types
 Slough 11+ non VR
Slough 11+ non VR
 11+ non VR test form CGP
11+ non VR test form CGP
 VR for Year 5 no 2
VR for Year 5 no 2
 

English

 English questions for 11
English questions for 11
 Story ideas for 8, 9 & 10 year olds
Story ideas for 8, 9 & 10 year olds
 KS2 specimen English exam 2007
KS2 specimen English exam 2007
 Sample English 11+paper
Sample English 11+paper
 11+ English paper 1
11+ English paper 1
 11+ English paper 2
11+ English paper 2
 11+ English paper 3
11+ English paper 3
 11+ English practice paper 4
11+ English practice paper 4
 11+ Essex sample £nglish paper
11+ Essex sample £nglish paper
 PPTC transfer test English sample paper
PPTC transfer test English sample paper
 11+ English test from CGP
11+ English test from CGP
 North London Girls' Consortium 11+ English
North London Girls' Consortium 11+ English
 Revision English paper for 11+
Revision English paper for 11+
     

Bond papers 

Bond books and Bond online have helped literally millions of pupils pass their 11 Plus and entrance exams.
Answers are provided for the papers only. If you have a specific question, please contact Bond through their FAQ page.

 Bond 11+ VR test
Bond 11+ VR test
 Bond 11+ non VR test
Bond 11+ non VR test
 Bond 11+ English test
Bond 11+ English test
 Bond 11+ English test
Bond 11+ English test
 Bond 11+ VR paper
Bond 11+ VR paper
 Bond 11+ non VR paper
Bond 11+ non VR paper
 Bond 11+ maths paper
Bond 11+ maths paper
 Bond 11+ English paper
Bond 11+ English paper

11+ Revision Guides

Don't miss our reviews of AE Publications, with excellent books to support 11+ practice through KS2.

Bond 11+: Non-verbal Reasoning: How to Do by Alison Primrose

Faced with a page of non-verbal reasoning questions, a child could well feel confused! These are very specific question types and the technique is rarely taught in schools. There are plenty of practice papers around but this excellent book looks in detail at how to tackle the questions. The book is designed for use by children but contains a wealth of information for parents which enables them to support their child. The book starts and finishes with plenty of practical guidance and is packed with worked examples for each question type. Each key type is explained and these are followed by a good range of practice questions to check progress in each section. The fact that non VR is not generally taught makes practise and familiarisation essential if children are to tackle the papers with confidence so make good use of this excellent guide with its clear logical advice and guidance n a wide variety of question types.

Bond 11+: Verbal Reasoning: Assessment Papers: 10-11+ years

Extra practice in VR and Non VR is always really important in the build-up to the 11+ - many schools do not teach these subjects, so children need plenty of practice and familiarisation. This book covers the core question types through a set of 14 papers, each with 80 questions; ideally, these should be tackled in 45 minutes to replicate exam conditions. Set out in exam format, children can write the answers straight into the book and there is space for the marker to put in the result - answers are included in a pull-out section. "Bond is the number one series for 11 plus practice, with over 45 years of experience. Written by expert authors Bond Assessment Papers offer continuous comprehensive support for all 11 plus subjects from ages 5 to 13. Tried and trusted, Bond has helped millions of children achieve 11 plus success." This background means parents and teachers can rely on Bond papers to fulfil the needs of students preparing for the 11+.

Bond 11+: Non-verbal Reasoning: Assessment Papers: 10-11+ years Book 1

This set of test papers helps develop non-verbal reasoning problem-solving skills, encouraging thinking skills and providing preparation for Common Entrance and 11+ exams. As with all 11+ and similar tests and exams, check with your child's school (current or prospective) to confirm the actual format and subjects, as there are wide variations. However, whatever the variations, practice always helps and familiarity with a range of formats will stand children in good stead. Non VR is a prime example of a subject which repays lots and lots of practice - the format will not be familiar from school and can look quite puzzling iitially. Howevr, as children work through papers, they will soon become familiar with the different question types and tackle questions with confidence - with 14 papers, each with 60 questions, this book offers an excellent number of questions. Example questions precede each section, so children can understand the question type before tackling the questions. Answers are included.

Bond 11+: Maths: Assessment Papers: 10-11+ years Book 1

Additional maths practice for 11+ is also importamt, as the questions can go beyond the level taught in Year 6. This book contains 24 papers (fantastic value!) with topic-based practice questions for the 11+ exam. They have been written to cover the core 11+ question types your child will experience in their actual exam, building the skills and confidence for exam success. With its excellent range of questions, the Bond series will prove invaluable for 11+ preparation, ensuring children are confident with all question types and giving the opportunity to pick up on any areas of weakness. As with other books in the series, tutorial links are indicated alongside the questions - these refer to the relevant section in the How to Do 11+... series from Bond, thus tying the books together and meaning they work perfectly alongside each other. It's a well thought-out process which is the result of many years of experience.

Bond 11+: English: Assessment Papers: 10-11+ years

These 10 papers have been written to cover the core 11+ question types your child will experience in their actual exam, building the skills and confidence for exam success. These papers all fit in neatly into a progression of work provided by Bond papers - it starts with general skills practice, moves on to up to speed practice and then onto these papers. They are followed by 10 minute tests, stretch practice and then test papers in the exam format. Bond provide a truly comprehensive coverage, giving parents the reassurance that they are offering a structured scheme to help their child through the 11+; the papers are also valuable for CE preparation. The list of Key Words at the start of the book is extremely useful in explaining the terminology used.

Bond 11+: English and Verbal Reasoning: Assessment Papers for CEM

These papers have been specifically written to cover the types of questions your child will experience in their CEM (Durham University) exam, building the skills and confidence for exam success in the most demanding 11+ exams. Again, I reiterate that you should always check the format of the exam your child will be sitting. The questions are graded and carefully chosen to give a wide range of question types. Each book includes a motivating progress chart to encourage children to persevere. A simple guide is included in each book, which gives practical tips and helps improve exam skills. The CEM paper combines English and verbal literacy, so practise in this format is really valuable, ensuring pupils sit the papers with confidence.

Bond 11+: Maths and Non-verbal Reasoning: Assessment Papers: 10-11+ years

Along with the book above, this provide pupils wth a comprehensive set of papers to prepare for the CEM (Durham University) papers. There are 6 papers in tbis book, set out specifically in the CEM style which combines maths and non VR papers as one test and cover the types of questions your child will experience in their CEM (Durham University) exam, building the skills and confidence for exam success in the most demanding 11+ exams. There are answers included and room on the papers for marking so children can readily see their progress. All together, this is an excellent and comprehensive set of papers.

Practise and Pass 11+ Level 2: Develop Maths (Practise & Pass 11+) by Peter Williams

Extra practice for the 11+ is always valuable, whether or not your child's school prepares your child for these tests. This comprehensive range from Trotman takes a progressive approach, with Discover and Develop titles complemented by a book of test papers for each subject. By working systematically through these, you can be sure you have given your child the best preparation you can. Designed for those who have completed the Discover level of the Practise & Pass 11+ series, Develop Maths gives children a more advanced grounding in 11+ maths exam questions and tests once they have mastered the basics. Boasting the same expert coaching and guidance for both you and your child as the Discover level, Develop Maths clearly explains how to tackle maths exam questions correctly and is filled with hundreds of brand new, authentic practice questions. Note that the questions in this book are in multiple choice format - check with your preferred schools/local authority as tests vary from one to another. The book is divided into 15 lessons, each one focussing on a specific type of question; an introductory explanation is followed by graded questions. The questions are varied and original, carefully selected to give plenty of practice and thuis instil confidence.

Practise and Pass 11+ Level 1: Discover English (Practise & Pass 11+) by Peter Williams

Discover English is for complete beginners to the prospect of learning 11+ techniques, introducing children to the style of the tests ; remember though, that tests vary from one region to another. The important point is to get as much practise as possible, thus ensuring familiarity with all question types. English exam questions and tests so they can get the basics right first. Discover English clearly explains how to tackle English exam questions correctly, with 'lessons' in the main tpic areas including spelling, punctuation, grammar and sentence structure. There are hundreds of brand new, authentic practice questions so parents can assess their child's understanding and see whether there are any gaps. Each set of questions is relatively short, allowing bite-sized revision without over-burdening your child; of course, you could combine several exercises, especially closer to the exam. The questions are in a multiple choice format used in many 11+ tests - it is invaluable to gain experience of the format, which can be a stumbling block if children have not encountered it in school. The questions are appropriate and each section builds on the learning of the previous one, allowing the parent to consolidate their child's learning. All the books in the series include answers - but more than that, they include excellent suggestions for improving the child's answers.

Practise & Pass 11+ Level Two: Develop English by Peter Williams

This book develops the theme of the first book, building on the work already done in order to ensure children are thoroughly prepared. Each set of questions focuses on the lesson being covered, with multi-choice answer sheets included. As before, it is the coaching provided on each question type that is especially valuable, giving children confidence that they understand so they can then apply the technique through the questions, This is excellent for building up to the test but for valuable practice closer to the time, your child really needs to work through the actual test papers found in the third book in each series. The book will also help reinforce skills for SATS tests (especially those taking the tests at Level 6) and for Common Entrance exams. "Peter Williams is a teacher and tutor with 13 years experience coaching 7-16 year olds, both in schools and privately. In order to meet demand from parents he set up his own private tutoring company 5 years ago. Peter specialises in tutoring for the 11+ exam and created all the questions for the Practise & Pass series."

Practise & Pass 11+ Level One: Discover Non-verbal Reasoning by Peter Williams

Discover Non-Verbal Reasoning clearly explains how to tackle non-verbal reasoning exam questions correctly and is filled with hundreds of brand new, authentic practice questions in multiple choice format. Each book in this series follows the same format - Frequently asked questions for adults is the first and this provides a valuable introduction. The books are then divided into a series of succinct 'lessons' which take a single topic and explains how to answer the questions, along wih helpful hints. This is followed by graded pages of questions with answer sheets; the How did you do section gives the answers and assesses the students level. Practical and easy to use, this series of books is a good way to cover all the essentials in a consistent and clear fashion.

Practise and Pass: Develop Non-Verbal Reasoning Level 2 by Peter Williams

This (Develop) is the second stage of the series of 11+ books by Peter Williams. Many schools do not specifically teach VR and Non VR skills so plenty of practise in these areas is essential - for this reason alone, it's great to see this series. But this is not just another set of papers - the important thing here is the step-by-step coaching which explains the skills needed to answer these questions; very important, given that these are not generally taught. There are hundreds of questions in this book, which (like all in the series) is excellent value. Verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills aren't just useful for the 11+ though - they are an excellent way to develop thinking skills which will stand children in good stead for all aspects of learning.

Practise & Pass 11+ Level 1: Discover Verbal Reasoning by Peter Williams

Discover Verbal Reasoning introduces children to 11+ verbal reasoning exam questions - a question type they may well not have previously experienced - so they can get the basics right first. Boasting expert coaching and guidance for both you and your child, Discover Verbal Reasoning clearly explains how to tackle verbal reasoning exam questions correctly. There are hundreds of brand new, authentic practice questions, all designed to fit in with current exam styles, in multiple choice format. By working through this book before advancing to the Develop book, children will receive a thorough grounding, giving them the confidence to tackle more advanced questions as they mature. Clear layout makes the books easy to use and children will quickly learn what is expected.
 

Practise and Pass: Develop Verbal Reasoning Level 2 by Peter Williams

Before this stage, children will rarely have worked to a tight time schedule - their fisrt experience may be with SATS tests but the 11+ tests will precede these. So often we are asked by parents how they can help their child to work more quickly. One key answer to this is practise, practise and more practise. The more familiar children are with the many types of questions there are, the more confident they will be. So, the 100s of questions in this book are excellent for building confidence. Peter Williams is an experienced tutor who specialises in 11+ preparation - that knowledge shines through in this excellent series. A highly recommended series, easy to follow and covers all the necessary skills.

11+ Super Selective Maths: 30 Advanced Questions - Book 1 from The 11+ Company

Each of the three books includes 30 stimulating numerical and mathematical reasoning challenges. These are suitable for children at the top end of KS2 - those working for 11+ and CE exams, and they also provide sufficient challenge for those working towards exams at 13+. But don't let these books be restricted to working for exams - encourage children to truly enjoy the challenges of maths for its own sake, and gain the satisfacyion that comes from working out hard challenges. In fact, there are effectively many more questions than 30, as almost every one has several parts. An excellent series for those who want a challange and to develop mathematical skills.

11+ Super Selective Maths: 30 Advanced Questions - Book 2 from The 11+ Company

What really makes these books stand out, to my mind, is the attention to detail given in the answers. The questions are much more thought-provoking than those generally encountered in the KS2 classroom, so children (and the parents helping them) will need these explanations to reassure them they are working on the right lines (if they got the answer right) and to explain to them where they went wrong (if they didn't get the answer). To get the full benefit, adults really need to work through the answers with children - or at least ensure children do study the answers. A good range of topics are covered and the books are well laid out with plenty of space for working out and answers.

11+ Super Selective Maths: 30 Advanced Questions - Book 3 from The 11+ Company

"The 11+ Super Selective MATHS series has been written especially for children who seek ‘more than ordinary’ mathematical challenges. Filled with questions designed to stimulate thinking rather than simply elicit learned responses, this series provides the challenge that able pupils seek." As such, the questions are not restricted to any one exam format, but aim to develop and encourage mathematical skills so that pupils can face any type of question with confidence - a far more healthy approach than 'coaching' for a specific exam styles - an approach which can show up problems in future years. "Attractively designed and with ample space inside for pupils to express their working, this series will lead pupils to discover the fun, beauty and elegance of Mathematics!"

Understanding Reasoning: Non-Verbal Reasoning: KS2 by Rebecca Brant

Non Verbal reasoning is a key part of many selection tests; additionally, it is a valuable skill which helps develop thinking abilities. Generally, it is not covered in school, which makes books like this essential to help children prepare for 11+ and similar tests. This covers Identifying shapes and patterns; Missing shapes and patterns; Rotating shapes/patterns; and Codes and logic. It's not just a series of tests - each type of question is clearly explained with a series of worked examples to develop understanding; there are also useful hints and practical activities to enhance understanding. Answers are included and these are detailed. Familiarity is key to getting these questions right and this book provides both instruction and practice - excellent.

Understanding Reasoning: Verbal Reasoning KS2 by Sian Goodspeed

Verbal Reasoning actually includes many of the topics routinely taught in school, just under another name, so the exercises in this book will benefit everyone, not just 11+ students. Topics include Alphabet and word patterns; Vocabulary; Spelling; Mathematical questions and Problem solving. As with the NVR book, there are explanations for each type of question, enabling children to tackle the questions with confidence; for those taking 11+ and similar exams it ensures familiarity. The hints are useful and easy to memorise; parents will appreciate the detail in the answers which will enable them to help children if their answer is incorrect. Clear and easy to follow with well thought out questions.

11+ Maths Study Book and Parents' Guide for the CEM Test

This new series from CGP is for the CEM - Durham University - test, which is being used by an increasing number of schools around the country. Check with your school which tests they use. This title covers a wide range of CEM-style topics to provide students with the most effective preparation possible. There are step-by-step methods for answering questions quickly and accurately, plus round-up questions at the end of each topic (with answers). Usefully, and unusually for this type of book, there is an extensive index. THere is also a useful glossary. A pull-out Benchmark Test is included to help identify the level children are working at. The Parents' Guide is a detailed pull-out which is packed with useful advice on all steps of the 11+ process. Altogether, an extremely comprehensive book.

The 11+ Maths Practice Book with Assessment Tests for the CEM Test (Ages 9-10)

Although we obviously do not want to pressurise our children too much, a slow steady build up to any test or exam is useful so that confidence is built up along with familiarity with the types of questions that can be expected. This book which is ideal for children in Years 4 and 5 gives just that basis. The first section is focused on specific topics - number, data handling, shape and space, and units and measures - to develop understanding and confidence. This is followed by some mixed problems and Assessment Tests that help to improve speed and accuracy across a wide range of questions. Fully explained answers to every question are included in a pull-out section, so it's easy to check children's progress and correct any mistakes. It is the explanations that are particularly useful, as these enable parents to see where mistakes have occurred and explain how to put things right.

11+ Maths Practice Book with Assessment Tests (age 10-11) for the CEM Test

This has all the same features as the preceding book so children are enabled to make a smooth progression to the level of work that will be expected in the actual test. The progress chart gives parents a good idea of the level at which their child is working - there is also a link to download mark sheets. The topic by topic presentation is ideal for reinforcing learning and building confidence before tackling the assessment papers.

11+ Verbal Reasoning Practice Book with Assessment Tests (age 7-8) for the CEM Test

In this title, the first section is focused on specific topics - spelling and grammar, word meanings, completing passages and comprehension - to develop understanding and confidence. The comprehension section is especially good as it encourages children to think in many different ways. The Assessment Tests help to improve speed and accuracy across a wide range of questions. Fully explained answers to every question are included in a pull-out section, so it's easy to check children's progress and correct any mistakes. There is a good mix of questions at different levels, allowing a gradual building of confidence and the book is clear and easy to follow.

11+ Verbal Reasoning Practice Book with Assessment Tests (age 8-9) for the CEM Test

Spelling/grammar, woed meanings, completing passages  - these are topics that all children need to know and understand so this book has a much wider use than just 11+. Useful hints are succinct and easy to remember adding value to the book. There are plenty of comprehesion tests included, both factual and fiction, giving a good range of experience of different questions..Assessment tests, progress charts and a glossary enhance the book. The book includes 8 assessment tests with a  pull-out answer booklet. Practical and easy to use - and good value, of course.

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Book with Assessment Tests (age 9-10) for the CEM Test

Many schools do not include VR and non VR in the curriculum so extra work on these topics, and particularly VR, is very useful - and an early start really does pay dividends. Non VR really is an area where familiarity with the question style is a huge benefit. The book starts with sections on spotting patterns and these take many different forms which gives a good foundation. A short section on shapes is followed by 8 assessment tests which have an accompanying pull-out answer booklet - this includes answers to the first sections. A clear and understandable guide to a tricky subject.

Non-Verbal Reasoning: The 11+ Practice book with Assessment Tests from CGP

I was delighted to see the CGP have produced a range of books for the 11+. Their books are excellent value and always fit the curriculum perfectly. This book contains a wide selection of Non-Verbal Reasoning practice questions (plus answers). As many schools do not specifically prepare children for the 11+, the VR and Non VR books are especially useful for parents supporting their children at home. The book looks at the various types of question that may be encountered, with examples to try. This is followed by five Assessment Tests to help to improve speed, familiarity and accuracy. These can be answered in the standard format, straight into the book, or (very usefully) using a multiple choice answer paper which can be downloaded from their website free of charge. A pull-out section contains the answers plus (very helpfully!) explanations.

Non-Verbal Reasoning: The 11+ Study Book and Parents' Guide from CGP

There are so many elements to non VR tests that children need all the examples they can to practise. This practical guide covers the different questions that may be encountered and is excellent used alongside the Practice Book. It contains step-by-step methods for answering questions quickly and accurately, plus round-up questions at the end of each topic (with answers). Wondering what level your child is at? A pull-out Benchmark Test is included to help identify the correct level for your child. CGP produce a series of books for younger children too. There is also a pull-out Parents' Guide packed with advice for helping children prepare effectively for the test.

English: The 11+ Practice Book with Assessment Tests from CGP

Not all 11+ authorities have English as part of the selection test, but where they do, this is an excellent selection of resources; it is also valuable to help preparation for other selective exams and for SATS revision, especially Level 6. It includes a huge range of English practice questions, The answers contain explanations which are extremely helpful. The first section focuses on specific topics - grammar, punctuation, spelling, writing and word types to develop understanding in manageable sections. These all include practice questions (answers in the pull-out).This is followed by Assessment Tests including spelling, comprehension, punctuation and grammar to help to improve confidence, speed and accuracy across a wide range of questions. Fully explained answers to every question are included in a pull-out section.

English: The 11+ Study Book and Parents' Guide from CGP

For any parent who wants to help their child with English this is a clear, easy to read guide. It contains step-by-step methods for answering questions quickly and accurately, plus round-up questions at the end of each topic (with answers). It's an excellent revision guide to use at any point during Year 6, with each topic clearly explained. A The pull-out guide includes a Benchmark Test  to help identify the level that children are working at. The Parents' Guide is packed with advice for helping children prepare effectively for the test, including information about the tests in different areas. These can vary year-by-year, so always take advice from your child's school as well.

Verbal Reasoning: The 11+ Practice Book with Assessment Tests from CGP

This book contains a huge range of Verbal Reasoning practice questions (with detailed answers) for children aged 10 to 11 - ideal for building up the skills they'll need for the 11 Plus and other selective entrance exams. The first section is focused on specific topics (the alphabet, making words, word meanings, maths and sequences, logic and coding) to develop understanding and confidence. This is followed by Assessment Tests that help to improve speed and accuracy across a variety of question types. We are often asked how to improve children's concentration and thinking skills - this book is an excellent way to do this.

Verbal Reasoning: The 11+ Study Book and Parents' Guide from CGP

The book starts with a pull-out Benchmark Test is included to help identify the level that children are working at. This is really important, as children can so easily be put off at this stage if they are asked to do questions for which they are not ready This full-colour book is a clear, easy to read guide to success in Verbal Reasoning tests for the 11 Plus and other selective entrance exams. It contains step-by-step methods for answering questions quickly and accurately, plus round-up questions at the end of each topic (with answers). The Parents' Guide is packed with advice for helping children prepare effectively for the test and the end of the book includes practical tips for children. As with all the books in this series, it is practical and well thought out - using the Study Book and Practice Book for each topic will cover all the ground your child needs.

Maths: The 11+ Practice Book with Assessment Tests from CGP

This book contains a huge range of Maths practice questions plus detailed answers). As with the rest of the series, these support praparation for any selective exam, as well as Year 6 work and preparation for Year 7 (keen parents may like to use the books to give their child's learning reinforcement over the summer holiday before secondary school). The first section covers specific topics to develop understanding and confidence. This is followed by Assessment Tests that help to improve speed and accuracy across a wide range of questions - the range of questions is excellent. Fully explained answers to every question are included in a pull-out section.
 

Maths: The 11+ Study Book and Parents' Guide from CGP

Making good use of colour, this is a clear and readable guide. Not just for the 11+, but as with all the other books listed here, it is useful for revision for Common Entrance and for SATS revision for those who need stretching a little. It contains step-by-step methods for answering questions quickly and accurately, plus round-up questions at the end of each topic (with answers) so parents can check understanding before their child moves on. A pull-out Benchmark Test is included to help identify the level that children are working at, and there's also a detailed Parents' Guide packed with advice for helping children prepare effectively for the test.
Altogether, this series is excellent for 11+ preparation.

Step by Step Verbal Reasoning by Philip Kay

This book provides useful practice for children sitting the 11+ and Common Entrance. However, more than that, the thinking and reasoning skills developed by this book will be invaluable to children in all areas of learning - they can be fun to do, too, as children enjoy the challenge and satisfaction of getting the answer right. 18 typical VR question types (for example, simple letter codes and matching pairs) are covered, with a clear explanation of how to tackle each, tips on how to work out the answer, followed by a series of questions on that topic. Answers are included, on a detachable sheet.  Also in the series  Step by Step Non-verbal Reasoning

11+ Verbal Reasoning Core Skills Worksheets by Lucky Gecko Tuition

Verbal Reasoning forms part of most 11+ exams and also some Common Entrance papers. More than that, vital skills can be developed through VR which benefit all areas of learning. It can be fun too and gives a real sense of achievement when questions are successfully answered. There are 60 activity sheets in this workbook and they cover a wide range of skills - vocabulary, mental arithmetic and general knowledge - wider than just VR. These are covered randomly through the book so children will not get bored with one type of question; they will also learn plenty of different approaches so that they will not be 'thrown' when presented with an unfamiliar format. The questions are slightly unusual so you won't have the feeling that you have seen them before.  It's all about confidence building and familiarity and this book is excellent for that. All presented with touches of humour to make the work enjoyable!

VR from Lucky Gecko

 These two books from Lucky Gecko Tuition are excellent resources for preparing children for the 11+, and other verbal reasoning tests - and for improving coincentration and developing thinking skills in all children. VR is a subject which is not commonly taught in schools, so practice and preparation are essential to ensure familiarity. There are many types of VR questions and these books are an excellent way of ensuring all the different types are covered, giving your child the confidence needed to tackle the tests. The questions are laid out in multiple choice format. This gives experience of transferring the answers to the questions to the answer sheet - not an easy skill to acquire, so this is really valuable. The authors recommend that children work through the questions in the first book at their own pace, ensuring familiarity and allowing areas of weakness to be picked up. The second book consists of timed questions, giving essential practice in making the best use of the time allocated. I highly recommend these books for essential pre-test practice and revision. The format and the 21 types used in the books and papers match the Buckinghamshire exam.
The same company produces a set of 11+ Verbal Reasoning practice papers. The pack includes 4 VR papers plus answer sheets, each containing 80 questions to be answered within 50 minutes; answers are provided. There is also very useful information for parents and a record to keep of progress. This is an excellent set and will prove invaluable. All these titles can be purchased from the Lucky Gecko website
They also work in partnership with an iPhone App developer, who has produced three 11+ apps , with two pending with Apple at the moment- please see www.luckygeckoapps.com for more information. They're great for the 11+, and can be really useful for any students looking to improve their mental maths and vocabulary range. 

Practise and Pass: Discover Maths Level 1

Discover Maths  is the first stage in this carefully structured programme from Trotman. Children progress from the Discover level  to the next level, Develop, and lastly to the Practise Test Papers (published August 2012) so they receive a full programme of coaching needed to pass the 11+ maths exam. This structure is followed for English, VR and Non VR too. It introduces children to 11+ maths exam questions and tests so they can get the basics right first. Divided into manageable sections, each type of question is analysed so children know how to approach it, then there are plenty of questions to reinforce learning. The layout is clear and the multi-choice layout of the answers is invaluable for those children taking the exam in this format (but do check with your child;s school!). Continue learning with Practise and Pass 11+ Level 2: Develop Maths (Practise & Pass 11+)

Practise and Pass: Discover English Level 1

This book will be useful, not only for 11+ revision, but also in SATS and Common Entrance preparation. The book is split into four sections, each containing four lessons - spelling, sentence structure, punctuation and comprehension. The best way to develop your child's confidence is through practise and this book is packed with questions in a multiple choice format used in many 11+ areas. It is invaluable to gain experience of the format, which can be a stumbling block if children have not encountered it in school. The questions are appropriate and each section builds on the learning of the previous one, allowing the parent to consolidate their child's learning. All the books in the series include answers - but more than that, they include excellent suggestions for improving the child's answers. Move on to Practise & Pass 11+ Level Two: Develop English

 

The Official Parents' Guide to the 11+

Assuming no prior knowledge, this guide from GL Assessment provides you with information, guidance and advice to help you support your child through the 11+ process. GL Assessments produce the majority of 11+ papers taken in the UK, so they are ideally placed to support parents whose children are taking the test. The first part of the book explains the process and helps parents to know whether the 11+ is right for their child - always a tricky decision and one which should be taken in conjunction with the child's school. The second part helps parents to prepare their child for the 11+, with sections on preparation, techniques and much more. Usefully, the book also covers the emotional aspects of taking the test. An excellent guide which I recommend to all parents considering the 11+ for their child.

 

11+ Explained: Non Verbal Reasoning

Who better to provide practice questions than the people who set most of the 11+ papers? Of course, you always need to check the format of the papers in your area, but these will provide excellent practice. Giving your child essential skills and strategies for success in Non-Verbal Reasoning. This book provides step-by-step guidance on how to tackle every question type successfully, supported by practice questions, advice on test technique, tips and fun activities. I really like the fun activities, which help your child develop essential skills without it seeming a chore. All the explanations are clear and easy to follow, breaking down the questions into manageable parts. A comprehensive guide which goes far beyond merely a collection of practice papers.  

11+ Explained: Verbal Reasoning

Giving your child essential skills and strategies for success in  Verbal Reasoning, this book provides step-by-step guidance on how to tackle every question type successfully. This is supported by practice questions, advice on test technique, tips and fun activities. Many schools do not teach children VR and Non VR, so these two books provide an essential resource for familiarisation. They can also be usefully used for Common Entrance  preparation and as a way to develop your child's thinking and reasoning skills - many children find these types of questions challenging yet fun. The questions will really make children think and extend their ability to learn, which will benefit them in all aspects of life and learning.

11+ Practice Tests by CGP

There are 2 packs in the series, each containing 3 Vr and 3 non VR; one pack is multiple choice, the other is standard questions. Check with your child's school which type of paper they will be sitting. The papers are in a format commonly used for the 11+ 11+thereby giving your child essential experience and familiarisation. The answer books are really useful - alongside the answers are suggestions on timing, how to mark the papers and valuable hints on how to tackle each type of question, ensuring you give your child the best possible help. Excellent packs from CGP, which are well worth using with your child in the run up to the tests, especially as VR and non VR are not always taught in schools. Excellent value packs.
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The 11+ process can be stressful for children, parents and teachers. There are many approaches to helping children through this and in this book Judy Bartkowiak and Carolyn Fitzpatrick suggest how NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) can help to ease the pressure on everyone involved and give our children the very best chance of success. The experience of the authors means they have valuable tips to offer which parents should find useful. Neuro Linguistic Programming offers strategies for; building self esteem; goal setting; focus and concentration; understanding how they learn best; coping with stress and anxiety; building the skills needed to pass. There are many strategies for coping with tests and exams and I recommend parents to dip into this book to get tips that are applicable to their child.

 

 

 
 
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