A full syllabus as to what our 11 Plus English papers contain, how they are composed, from the Comprehensions to the Writing tasks. In turn, the English sample paper with full exemplar responses is linked to on this page.
Our comprehensions have been created using a variety of articles and texts, to expose your child to a truly broad range of possible material.We believe that children should understand the context of language in a way it shall be presented to them in real life, rather than in an exam paper. Our English papers ultimately train you child to understand an article, critically break it down into its constituent parts, before then creating their own piece of writing, in a form of a written task. This, we believe is how English should be tested, and is the best form of understanding all parts of what your child will be assessed for in an exam. From vocabulary, to understanding sentence structure and spelling will all assessed in each of our English papers. Each comprehension contains 20 marks worth of questions.
What Articles Did We Use?
We have taken articles based on a number of different styles, including:
What Sort of Questions can you Expect?
Our comprehensions contain in general 3 styles of questions: grammatical analysis, text analysis, and opinion- based questions.
Sample Question: “Considering the text, suggest a synonym for the word ‘unravel’ (line 5). (1)”
NB: All questions end with a number in brackets indicated the number of marks available for this questions. They add up to a total of 20.
Sample Question: “Using information in the text, state whether the following image descriptions would more characteristic of a 1970s textbook or of a 2005 textbook, giving a reason for your answer in each case:
a) American fighter plane fires at Vietnamese soldiers. (2)
b) American soldier being treated in a hospital bed for severe injuries. (2)”
Written Mark-Schemes with Full Exemplar Answers
Our comprehensions have been planned and tested thoroughly to ensure they teach your child, each and every time. Alongside a challenging set of questions, our papers offer unrivalled mark schemes, and offer further information, to reinforce learning. We want children to use our mark schemes to supplement their learning, and to ensure they get the most out of every comprehension.
To accompany our comprehensions, each English test has a writing task for your child, which varies in its nature. They form the final part of our all-encompassing syllabus, challenging your child to put to practice all the language understanding they currently have, and to apply it to various situations. Each paper is accompanied with a full sample essay, written specifically to the title, and therefore provides a realistic idea of how your child could write their essay in the future. Our writing tasks fall into one of 5 categories:
Describing an Experience using Vivid Details
Picture Description / Inspiration
Arguments For and Against a Case