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11 Plus and English Practice Books

Beaconsfield SchoolReading Comprehension for Key Stage 2 

ISBN 978-1-5272-2246-5; A4 paperback format. Forthcoming publication (July, 2018)

This book contains 55 engaging reading passages, each with a multiple-choice comprehension exercise comprising ten or more questions. The exercises are designed to boost a range of reading skills, as well as grammatical competence and vocabulary. The 55 passages are a combination of fictional and non-fictional prose and cover a wide range of styles, topics and themes. The book is designed for children studying at Key Stage 2 aged 9-11 and this edition is for home study. The book is also suitable preparation material for KS2 SATs, 11 Plus and Common Entrance examinations.

Beaconsfield SchoolVerbal Reasoning practice for the CEM 11+

ISBN 978-1-5272-0524-6; A4 paperback format.

Verbal Reasoning is a major feature of 11 Plus tests. Verbal Reasoning questions may account for up to half the total marks awarded. The Verbal Reasoning practice exercises in this popular book are designed to help children aged 9 and 10 develop their skills in this crucial area.

The book is divided into 10 Sections. Each Section provides 7 Verbal Reasoning practice exercises graded to the level of the CEM 11+ tests. They include multiple-choice reading comprehension, synonym and antonym exercises in every Section. Vocabulary and spelling practice exercises are also provided, including cloze procedure (gap fill) and spelling exercises. 

Beaconsfield SchoolNon-Verbal Reasoning for the CEM 11+

ISBN 978-1-5272-0702-8; A4 paperback format.

The Non-Verbal Reasoning exercises in this book have been written to help children in Year 5 prepare for the 11+. The question types are particularly relevant to the CEM-style 11+ but they will also provide useful practice for the GL Assessment 11+ as well as for Common Entrance tests. The level of difficulty throughout the book is designed to reflect the level of the 11+ test. A feature of the CEM 11+ test is that the NVR multiple-choice questions often have six answer options. For this reason, many of the Practice Exercises in this book include questions with six answer options (A - F).

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Sample Pages

There are free 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and also Numerical Reasoning sample questions on the BSE website:

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English Language Resources

General English

Click on the link to access free English practice activities from the popular New Headway series from Oxford Univeristy Press.


Free IELTS resources from the British Council.

Cambridge English: First

Free Cambridge English: First resources resources from Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Cambridge English: Advanced

Free Cambridge English: Advanced resources from Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Learning resources from OUP

OUP's Learning Resources Bank has the full range of Oxford University Press's free online learning resources.

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