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Welcome to our free Passed Papers resources, specifically free 11 plus papers and also our 11 plus test papers with answers. The 11 plus exam YouTube videos below explain the main 11 Plus exam differences and offer some 11 plus Maths exam tips.

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11Plus Verbal Reasoning Sample Paper (Stockport Grammar School) 2020

11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Sample Paper (Stockport Grammar School) 2020 Answers

11 Plus English Sample Paper (Stockport Grammar School) 2020

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Firstly, our recommended 11 plus practice past papers.

Secondly our Step-by-step guide to passing the 11 plus.

Thirdly, our helpful 11 Plus Guide for parents.

You may also find useful our guide called Where is my local grammar school?

  • 2015 – 2018 Papers from Benenden School in Kent. Firstly, Benenden is a new addition to our independent schools’ list. It is a leading girls’ boarding school, with 551 girls between the ages of 11 to 18. Here is their Admissions page.
  • 2018 Exam papers from Sevenoaks School, Kent. Secondly, Sevenoaks is a co-educational day and boarding school with some 1080 pupils. Their Admissions page provide information on the process of joining them.
  • 2015 – 2018 Exam papers from Manchester Grammar School, an independent day school for boys, in Manchester. It has a rich and long history of providing education to boys in North England. Their Admissions page might also be of interest and can certainly answer any questions regarding admission.
  • 2016 – 2017 Exam papers from Eltham College, London. This independent school in London caters for boys 7-16 and boys and girls between 16 and 18 (Sixth Form). From September 2020, Eltham College will also be welcoming girls in Year 3, Year 7 and Sixth Form. Subsequently, their Admissions page will be of great interest if this school might interest you or your child.

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Improving your 11 plus English Comprehension skills

  • Remember that the passage will always be there for reference so you don’t need to memorise its entire contents.
  • It is important to remain objective rather than letting your own opinions – or knowledge – influence the way that you answer a question.
  • The passage may look very long to you but don’t be put off by this. You may not even have questions relating to every sentence in the passage. Concentrate on examining the key sentences in as much depth as possible.
  • You need to look out for questions involving absolutes (All educators…) and generalisations (Many educators… ).
  • Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t assume – it makes an ass out of you (u) and me.”? Making incorrect assumptions is certainly a mistake on a verbal reasoning test!
  • If you are struggling to understand complex information, try writing your own questions based on the passage. This is a good technique to help turn things around.
  • Approach passage-based questions in a systematic way so that you follow the line of reasoning.
  • Look out for key words and phrases – they are often vital to interpreting the passage and answering the questions.
  • Building your vocabulary will have the knock-on effect on improving your reading comprehension skills.
  • There are many everyday opportunities for you to enhance your verbal reasoning skills. So, take every opportunity that you can. Just think; most of these ideas are free and will fit into your daily routine.
  • Remember that life goes on after your test and extensive practice could improve your reading comprehension for the rest of your life!
  • Just as you would not be late for an interview, you should not be late for a test. Don’t assume that you can be fit in at whatever time you arrive. Your testing time will have been scheduled in so there’s probably someone using your computer before and after you.
  • Few people achieve the maximum mark on this norm group. This reflects the fact that you are not necessarily expected to finish the test in the time available and are not expected to receive full marks.

11 Plus Exam 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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).

What are the key CEM 11 Plus differences

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.

11 Plus Tutor Tips

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.

How do I achieve the 11 Plus Pass mark?

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!

11+ test papers – 11+ practice papers – 11+ exam papers

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.

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.

11 plus test papers – 11 plus practice papers – 11 plus exam papers

11 Plus Tips

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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Free 11 plus exam papers

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.

11 plus test papers – 11 plus practice papers – 11 plus exam papers