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Find out more about the 11+ English exam and how Bond 11+ English resources can support your child on their path to exam success.

11+ English exam overview

Bond 11+ English resources

Tips for parents

Free resources

11+ English exam overview

Although 11+ English exams vary from region to region these are the key topics that your child will be tested on:

  • 11+ comprehension exercises, where children have to read pieces of text and answer questions on them
  • 11+ writing tasks, where children have to write something themselves
  • Punctuation and grammar problems, where children show their understanding of how English works as a language
  • Spelling tasks, where children spot incorrect spellings

There are two different formats for 11+ English exam papers:

  • Standard format – where children write their answers on the test paper
  • Multiple-choice format – where answers are marked in a separate answer booklet

11+ English exam papers are timed and usually last between 45-60 minutes. Children should practise with timed 11+ mock test papers, as well as working through non-timed practice, so they can see what they are able to do within a given time frame.

Bond 11+ English resources

Bond Assessment Papers

Bond 11 plus assessment papers

Topic-based practice questions that set the foundation for success in the 11+, Common Entrance or KS2 SATs exams. These carefully-graded practice papers provide essential practice for each question type in a realistic exam style. Ages 5-13+  Buy now

Bond CEM 11+

Bond 11 plus CEM test papers

Developed specifically for the CEM 11+ exam, we’ve created a range of materials to help you prepare your child for the CEM 11+ exam, including assessment papers, test papers and learning guides. Ages 8-11+Buy now


Bond Test Papers

Bond 11 plus test papers

Bond 11+ test paper packs enable realistic mock exam practice at home, matching the style, content and difficulty of the real 11+ examination. Tutor tips for exam success are included, written by leading 11+ tutors and packed with advice to help gain extra marks. Ages 7-11Buy now

Bond 10 Minute Tests

Bond 11 plus 10 minute tests

Bite-sized tests for quick practice and revision, including coverage of all the core skills and motivating and fun puzzle selections. Ages 7-12+Buy now


How to Do 11+

Bond 11 plus How to Do

Step-by-step, subject-specific guidance for tackling key areas for the 11+ and other entrance tests. Includes parent tips and practical activities you can do with children to improve understanding. Age 7-11+Buy now


Bond Online

Bond 11 plus CEM test papers

Used by thousands of parents and children every year, Bond Online gives your child unlimited access to thousands of 11+ questions and is a fun and engaging way of helping your child prepare for the 11+. Age 9+Buy now


The Parents' Guide to the 11+

Bond 11 plus 10 minute tests

The essential manual for all parents whose children are about to embark on their 11+ exam journey. Written by an experienced 11+ tutor, this guide offers a practical 4-step approach to guide you through the entire process.Buy now


Tips for parents

Here are some ideas for you to try at home in order to help your child prepare for their English 11+ exam.

Year 4 – check up on basic skills during the summer term and use the summer holidays to:

  • Ensure your child is reading regularly. Reading is a key skill so spend time reading with your child during the summer. Ask them to explain what they’re reading so you can gauge their comprehension skills.
  • Keep a diary or write a summer project to help your child improve their writing skills. Use this opportunity to develop their vocabulary and spelling skills.
  • Use quizzes, dictionary games and crosswords to further extend your child’s knowledge.

Year 5 – this is the time to start regular 11+ revision and practice. Support your child by:

  • Establishing a regular routine of bedtime reading, if that’s not already part of your child’s life. Encourage a wide range of reading material to ensure your child is exposed to a variety of authors and styles as this will help to build their vocabulary. As well as factual books and fiction you might want to include diaries and newspapers written especially for children.
  • Planning some quiet, uninterrupted reading and writing sessions each week. Aim for one reading and one writing session per week, although you might want to do more if English is your child’s weaker subject.

Free resources

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