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What books are best practice for 11+ entrance to fee-paying schools?

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greyfriarskitty Wed 27-Sep-17 14:26:13

Can anyone help with this as I can't seem to see anything on line (and I am too scared by the 11+ forum to go in).

Both schools set their own exams, so not Common Entrance, one is GDST. The exams are maths, english and VR/NVR. They say that the level is equivalent to a level 4 or 5, but the comprehension on the one past paper we have seen is way more sophisticated than anything DD does at school, so she probably does need to try a few more.

LIZS Wed 27-Sep-17 14:32:46


LIZS Wed 27-Sep-17 14:33:42

Do they give sample past papers too?

Vic98765 Wed 27-Sep-17 15:03:03

There are lots online; which means they are free and your kids will love them.
Look for independent school entrance ones as well as 11+
It might be worth asking your potential school for pointers as they are always extremely helpful

Vic98765 Wed 27-Sep-17 15:03:58

greyfriarskitty Thu 28-Sep-17 08:08:38

Thanks for all of that - I will talk to the school today as well.

Alwaysfrank Thu 28-Sep-17 08:55:00

There is a very good book of tricky 11+ comprehensions published by ISEB. I'm afraid I can't remember the exact title and haven't time to google at the moment.

Needmoresleep Thu 28-Sep-17 09:59:06

Galore Park's "So you really want to learn English". Its a text book but also designed for home-ed. You can buy the teacher's book as well but we did not bother. We did some of the class exercises in the car or as a family over dinner. Also rather than DD just write essays, we got her to write essay plans for some of then. That way she could get in the exam and automatically write the plan rather than just panic.

Autumnsky Thu 28-Sep-17 14:08:36

If this school doesn't give sample paper, you can always try other schools' sample paper. I remember for my DS1, I printed off a few private schools and grammar schools sample papers, these are more difficult than bond papers.I don't remeber much now, it seems London boys, Habs, you just go to their admission page to find out the sample papers.

LesPins Fri 29-Sep-17 00:05:54

Galore Park ISEB comprehension are good.

MrsPatmore Fri 29-Sep-17 09:01:10

Print off all the past papers/sample papers from the London independent schools. Try the 11+ forum - it's not too scary on the independent discussion forum and if you name the schools, there will be specific advice. We found the GL papers to be good for VR/NVR but it's multiple choice for English comp and maths so not so good for the independents . Manchester Grammar School papers good for maths but may be harder than the level required as they're around old Sats Level 6. Good luck!

Misplacedcell Sun 01-Oct-17 11:52:38

Many schools put past papers on line. Practise the maths ones and note what might be a tough hurdle, then google help on that style of question. There is plenty of useful maths help online. For English look at some of the creative writing cards on the market which might help with the sophisticated challenges in both writing tasks and comprehension.

greyfriarskitty Mon 02-Oct-17 18:37:08

Thank you everyone, I am amassing a set of papers from the internet right now.

nocampinghere Wed 04-Oct-17 08:44:18

start with Bond and move onto CGP
or combine Bond with CGP 10 minute tests

nocampinghere Wed 04-Oct-17 08:45:15

They say that the level is equivalent to a level 4 or 5
^^ nonsense! High level 5 minimum

Thegirlinthefireplace Thu 05-Oct-17 09:10:41

Nocampinghere - how can you say it's nonsense and it's a high level 5 when you don't even know what the school is?

nocampinghere Thu 05-Oct-17 20:59:30

ok well just my experience! if you don't want it feel free to ignore it.

but from your OP "but the comprehension on the one past paper we have seen is way more sophisticated than anything DD does at school"

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