English tests are often set by Local Education Authorities and private schools as part of their eleven plus selection process. The results of these tests are used to select pupils for entry into senior school. The content of these tests may vary depending on the area that you live in.
GL Assessment and CEM (Durham University) set many of these exams.
11+ English requires practice and revision of all areas of English. Much of this work will have been taught and learned as part of the everyday school curriculum. However additional revision is also of great benefit to any child taking this important exam.
Question types vary but there may well be a traditional reading comprehension based on a variety of texts such as poems, fiction or non-fiction or a writing task requiring your child to write a story, write a diary entry or perhaps write a letter. Other versions of this question type are not only possible but are very likely. Areas of the country and private schools where demand for grammar school places is very high often set an English test.
There will be other questions that challenge your child’s understanding of grammar, sentence structure and spelling. A clear knowledge of punctuation, verbs and their tenses, suffixes, prefixes, nouns and pronouns, adverbs and the use of the apostrophe are all essential skills over which your child must have full mastery. Having a good quality glossary of English terms will help your child to learn the various parts of English grammar.
Crucial to success in the 11+ English test is that your child must have a very wide vocabulary. This will be developed if your child reads widely and is an avid reader. They should read a wide range of texts as this will expose them to different forms of writing and different contexts for using English. These reading texts should include fiction, non-fiction, newspapers, leaflets, magazines and brochures. These are all different forms of writing and all employ the English language in a diversity of ways.
You should also be aware that 11+ verbal reasoning, which almost all areas and schools use, makes huge demands on your child’s knowledge of the English language.
(The Non-verbal reasoning tests do not rely so heavily on understanding and using English.)
The National Association of Grammar Schools website contains a lot of useful information about many aspects of the 11+.
The Tutorfair site has excellent information about the entrance requirements for many of London’s top senior schools.
This 11-plus English Book provides 10 English tests with each test containing 50 questions based on all the above aspects of English. Click Product Details for more information.
A comprehensive glossary and answers are included.