Preparing for the 11+?

Practice, practice, practice. Preparing for a grammar school place may take up lots of time. Students will need to be 'exam-ready' on topics that they may not yet have covered in school and so preparations at home are an essential part of preparing for the 11+. Tuition is not a substitution for doing the work, it will just guide the work to get the best results from it. See below for links to the materials our students use for their 11+ preparations.

Different levels of 11+ exam

There are different levels of 11+ paper. Independent schools may use the ISEB to provide 11+ papers but they may instead choose to construct their own papers. There is no national paper for grammar schools. There are 163 grammar schools in England, many schools choose to use papers produced by CEM or GL assessments (which means they sit the same paper for entry) but there are a large number of schools using their own papers. As a result the levels of the 11+ paper can vary vastly. 

Through my career working in both the secondary and primary sector and having prepared countless students for 11+ for independent and grammar school entry since 2008, I have amassed an enormous amount of resources specifically on the market to help students pass their 11+. 

Whilst the majority of students we prepare for 11+ exams are for the CSSE consortium (a consortium looking after 10 schools in Essex), we have supported students from a multitude of schools and had to source the most appropriate materials to aid their journeys to achieve the schools of their choice.

These days, whilst we still continue to author a large proportion of our own resources, we make recommendation to our our students to use specific resources and the best ones are being shared here.

Please note that whilst we use affiliate links to the products listed below, these are products that we currently use with our own students to prepare for private school and grammar school entrance exams.

The links above are for maths and english materials for preparation for any 11+ exams.

Maths 11+ preparation materials

Alongside the 11+ preparations we recommend that students work through the Schofield and Sims Mental arithmetic series of books. These books focus heavily on the four operations and help raise skills with maths as well as their recall of methods. We recommend beginning at the beginning and working through all 6 in the series before they complete their exams.

Schofield and Sims Mental Arithmetic series. Enclosing links to these books here...

Book 1     Answer book 1
Book 2     Answer book 2
Book 3     Answer book 3
Book 4     Answer book 4
Book 5     Answer book 5
Book 6     Answer book 6

Super Selective Maths Series. Enclosing links to these books here...
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3

English 11+ preparation materials

Alongside the 11+ preparations we recommend that students work through the Schofield and Sims Mental english skills series of books. These books focus heavily on raising grammar skills as well as building students' vocabulary at the same time. We recommend beginning at the beginning and working through all 6 in the series before they complete their exams.

Schofield and Sims English Skills series. Enclosing links to these books here...

Book 1     Answer book 1
Book 2     Answer book 2
Book 3     Answer book 3
Book 4     Answer book 4
Book 5     Answer book 5
Book 6     Answer book 6

Collins English Skills Series. Enclosing links to these books here...
Book 4    Answer book 4
Book 5    Answer  book 5
Book 6    Answer book 6

VR 11+ preparation materials

Schools may include a verbal reasoning element in the entrance test (most do) so preparations in verbal reasoning are dependent upon the school of choice.  Alongside the 11+ preparations we recommend that students work through the last two CPG practice books skills series of books. These books build the skills needed to work through VR papers in a scaffolded way so that a student understands the methods before doing the harder practice. We recommend beginning at the book for 9-10 year olds and working through the next book for 10-11 years in the series before they complete their exams.

Schofield and Sims English Skills series. Enclosing links to these books here...
Book for Age 9-10 
Book for Age 10-11