The 22 Best Sites for Free 11 Plus Resources: Past Papers, Advice & Worksheets
English, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, for Grammar and Independent School 11+ Exams
Free 11+ English, maths and reasoning resources are scattered across the internet, and it can be a pain to track them down. Then, at last, you find some papers which look useful …
But how can you be sure that they are going to teach your children the right things?
How do you know that they really match the requirements for 11-plus?
Until now, nobody has made a proper attempt to list the most useful materials in a single place.
… Until now …
Because in this article I put that right! If you find it useful, please share it!
This list reflects my own opinions, based on a decade of writing resources and teaching for 11-plus exams, but I’ve tried to be as objective as possible. I’ve included sites focused on the grammar school 11-plus, on independent school exams, and both.
Bear in mind that the broadest (and therefore the most secure) 11-plus preparation will involve familiarising your child with a range of question types.
This is particularly true when children are preparing for very competitive grammars: the most challenging, stretching 11+ practice materials can often be found on private school websites.
For this reason, although I have categorised pages using ‘grammar’ and ‘independent’, it’s worth looking beyond these labels.
If you think I’ve missed a useful link, please get in touch.
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I’ve written this list in the confidence that most people, having seen what else is available, will decide that the very best 11-plus English and maths material is here, on this site.
For a start, you might like to watch my free 11-plus videos, which come with a selection of free 11 plus papers with answers.
All our newest and most up-to-date material for 11-plus, with the most detailed solutions available anywhere, is published through 11 Plus Lifeline.
2. Manchester Grammar School (Independent and Grammar 11+)
Through a decade of tutoring, this has been one of my favourite online 11+ resources.
Like several other schools, Manchester Grammar puts several years of maths and English past papers on their website.
They are interesting and challenging, and all except the written comprehension papers have (brief) answers provided.
There are two types of maths paper: one for short answers and one with more developed, problem-solving questions (comparable to the level of papers 3 & 4 in RSL 11+ Maths, and many of the papers in 11 Plus Lifeline).
However, Manchester Grammar’s best resource is English Paper 1 (or Paper A, depending on the year).
This is a beautifully constructed, very challenging multiple-choice paper. Most children find these tough initially, so it is best to ignore the time limit unless you are preparing for Manchester Grammar’s own exams.
Candidates for other (multiple-choice) grammar school 11+ entrance tests who get the hang of these will find their own exams comfortable by comparison; and they are likely to find these papers more interesting than the standard revision fare.
The MGS English and maths papers are also excellent preparation for independent school multiple-choice papers, such as those often set by Latymer Upper.
It is best if you go through your child’s mistakes carefully with them (there are likely to be plenty), discussing the reasons why another answer was better, and reinforcing the skills of eliminating impossible answers and weighing up realistic possibilities.
As a guide: 80% is an excellent score. 70% is strong. Anything over 60%, and you are on the right track but with some work to do. If the mark is lower, it is worth revisiting the basic skills of multiple-choice comprehension (easier 11+ English papers can gloss over such problems).
You might like to read my article about how to prepare for the Manchester Grammar School entrance exam.
3. ElevenPlusExams.co.uk (Grammar School 11-Plus)
This is the most useful site for parents who want to understand how the grammar school 11-plus system works.
The site is easy to navigate and the articles are clear, up-to-date and authoritative.
There is also an active discussion forum: many of your questions will probably have been answered there already, but there also appears to be a busy community of contributors if you have something new to ask.
As the authors admit, the site doesn’t offer much for the independent sector (‘This website’s primary purpose is to inform parents about the selective system for state grammar schools’).
4. Parents In Touch (Independent & Grammar, English & Maths)
Parents In Touch offers a huge selection of resources.
The page linked above includes a considerable number of free papers, as well as reviews of 11+ books (disclosure: some of my own books have been generously reviewed here).
It’s well worth exploring the rest of the site for 11 plus maths worksheets, English resources and advice covering an extensive range of topics.
5. Dr Frost Maths (Maths Learning & Revision, not 11-plus focused)
Jamie Frost’s maths site is wonderful, and a favourite resource for teachers across the country.
While not strictly for 11-plus maths, it deserves inclusion here because the Year 7 resources (created to teach at the Tiffin School) are highly relevant: most of the topics under the ‘Autumn 1’ to ‘Spring 2’ headings, in the link above, turn up at this level.
Each subject area is covered through Powerpoint presentations, activities and printable worksheets.
6. 11PlusGuide.com (Grammar & Independent)
This is a very useful site with a wide range of advice for grammar and independent school entry. It offers guidance for each grammar school 11-plus region, and it has more for the independent sector than many of the pages on this list. Its Top Ten 11-Plus Preparation Tips are all sound advice.
11 Plus Guide offers a significant range of downloadable practice resources. It’s well worth rummaging through the site (and sometimes you need to scroll down a bit) to find them.
7. The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School (Habs’ Boys) 11+ Maths Papers (Independent)
The Habs’ Boys papers are interesting and challenging.
The mathematics papers are the only readily available resource (apart from in 11 Plus Lifeline and the later papers in my 11+ Maths pack) which consistently, and with high quality, approach the level of, for example, the St Paul’s Girls 11+ maths exam.
If you’re looking for 11+ past papers with answers this isn’t the best place to go, but if you are happy just to work with the papers then it’s an excellent resource.
8. Bond 11-Plus (Grammar Schools, Reasoning)
When you have registered for free, Bond provides a decent range of downloadable resources.
Although Bond’s books are marketed for independent and grammar school 11+, they are more useful for grammars. Their English comprehension papers don’t allow children to practise developed, analytical answers in the manner required by most independent schools, and the level of the maths is not very demanding. The answer materials tend to be very limited, lacking much explanation.
Children who rely only on Bond tend to be overwhelmed by the more difficult entrance exams. (This was my view, as a tutor, long before I went into publishing – and was one of the reasons I established the RSL brand in the first place.)
However, one very useful aspect of the Bond range is their extensive stock of verbal and non-verbal reasoning materials, which I use in my teaching.
Number 9 in my list used to be occupied by the North London Consortium schools. Sadly, because they are changing their exam style, they have taken down all their past papers!
Instead, here are the papers from Dulwich College – which are excellent.
You might like to read my comprehensive article about how to get into Dulwich College.
10. 11plus.co.uk (Grammar Schools)
This is a useful and well-built site. The free resources are fairly limited (you need to buy credits in order to go beyond the initial tests) and you have to get through a couple of sign-up forms, for you and for your child, to access most of them; but the tests are effectively constructed and quite entertaining. Quirkily animated figures jive across the screen to celebrate a correct answer, which makes me smile at least.
This is really a resource for multiple-choice grammar school 11+ exams: the independent school papers offered are all available from the schools’ own websites anyway.
11. 11plusdiy.co.uk (Grammar & Some Independent Schools)
This site has some useful free resources for verbal and non-verbal reasoning exams, including practice papers and video tutorials. The free maths papers are also good, with a wide range of questions – some of which are quite challenging.
The site is grammar-focused, but also of some use for independent school 11+ applicants.
12. The Tutoress (Independent & Grammar Schools, Past Papers)
The most useful resource on Victoria Olubi’s website is an extensive list of independent schools with past papers published online.
There are also a couple of Victoria’s own 11-plus papers to download, which are pitched at an accessible level.
13. St Paul’s Girls’ School (Independent 11-plus, Challenging Maths)
There aren’t many papers here, but they are great: worth saving till the final stages of an ambitious child’s preparation.
The maths exams are particularly good, though the lack of answers means that parents who aren’t confident with maths may find them a challenge to mark. Some of the questions go beyond the usual 11+ mathematics syllabus (see Paper 1, question C2, for example!), so don’t panic if your child is baffled.
The St Paul’s English papers are also useful, requiring developed answers.
14. ElevenPlusMock.org.uk (Grammar & Independent School Papers)
The old 11-plus papers offered here for free are often very useful – there are well-chosen comprehension passages and questions, for example, and a good range of maths topics are covered at a robust intermediate level.
If answers could be added, these papers would be more valuable.
15. Key Stage Online (Grammar Schools)
This website has a small range of well-constructed resources, useful for grammar school 11-plus entrance exams and perhaps also for the early stages of independent school 11-plus preparation. There is a small selection of free papers for maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning and English.
The KSOL advice sheets focus on the simple things, but are none the worse for it: they suggest ways to set goals and organise work, and remind parents how important it is to praise achievement along the way.
Checklists for choosing a school and for the application/registration process are clear and helpful.
Femke describes her site as follows:
“My blog covers entrance exam preparation from 10+ to 16+, with a special focus on maths and English.
I’ve mainly covered topics I haven’t seen elsewhere, such as grammatical mistakes and style issues often seen at 11+, or how an understanding of prime numbers can be used to improve speed and accuracy in seemingly unrelated topics.
I also offer a selection of exam papers to download, including free mark schemes of my own creation.
My blog additionally gives an overview of the various application processes for selective schools.
One of the most useful resources is this collection of (mostly free) educational online games for maths and English, which is an excellent complement to any student’s preparation.”
I like Femke’s site a lot. I often send people to her reading lists, for example.
17. SATs Papers (CEM Grammar School papers; not very much for 11-plus)
This is SATs-focused, but it offers a few good-quality imitation CEM grammar school test papers with answers, to download.
18. 11 Plus Swot (Grammar School Papers)
This is a useful site, with a mixture of free online and downloadable papers.
The only problem is that the free downloads have SAMPLE in black letters across each page! This could be fixed by moving the watermark into the background.
The online tests are multiple-choice, and are useful for (for example) consolidating Key Stage 2 number skills.
19. Sevenoaks School (Independent – excellent 11+ English and Maths papers)
These are high quality past papers.
The maths is moderate to challenging (like many of the papers in 11 Plus Lifeline, which also provides worked answers for Sevenoaks past papers).
However, I have really included this page because of the interesting English papers: these include short passages but require developed, analytical ‘mini essay’ answers. The level of the questions resembles 13+, though the marking is likely to be a little more lenient.
This site is only at number 19 because the question format is not useful practice for all schools.
11 Plus Lifeline offers worked, explained solutions to Sevenoaks papers, for Silver, Gold and Platinum subscribers.
20. ExtraTuition.com (Grammar & Independent School, Reasoning & Maths)
This page contains a number of ‘how to’ sheets and brief worked examples for 11+ reasoning and maths, which may be useful where a specific topic has been forgotten and needs brushing up.
21. Aishathetutor.com (Independent and Grammar School Resources)
“Aishathetutor.com has a wealth of free resources for both parents and students who are preparing for 11+ exams and other entrance tests.
The ‘freebies’ section of the website directs parents to new children’s fiction and provides a number of free (printable) resources to go along with the novels. It can be difficult to choose reading material at the correct level, but the ‘freebies’ section does this for you.
‘The Classroom’ is a much larger (free!) area within the website and simply requires visitors to sign up. There are dozens of comprehension and grammar resources that are unique to the website and all created by Aisha Curran, a qualified English teacher. The printable worksheets and presentations cover some of the toughest aspects of the exams, including clauses, colons, foreboding and much much more.
Finally, the aishathetutor blog offers free advice to parents on how best to prepare for the 11+ assessments and highlights important dates and deadlines!”
22. Libra Tutors (Independent and Grammar School Resources)
Libra Tutors say this about their free resources:
“We provide students in the UK and overseas with resources that enable ownership over their learning; these often prove instrumental in forming helpful relationships during tutorials and residentials.
These free online resources are comprised of revision materials, advice and past papers which can be used independently by students when tackling common challenges in their subjects.”
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For the most comprehensive range of resources to help with preparation for the 11+ exam, you might like to try 11 Plus Lifeline (with a money-back guarantee in the first month). Every practice paper has full example solutions, with a detailed discussion and explanation for every question – like being taught by an excellent private tutor.
According to Tutorful, it’s “the gold standard for independent and grammar school 11-plus preparation”.