Best 11+ learning tools

Best 11+ learning tools
Workbooks, practice papers and a hefty dose of general parental anxiety are a classic combination when your child is preparing to take a selective exam like the 11+. These tools aim to make preparation more fun, more convenient or more efficient – well worth including in your revision plan in the run-up to September.

Boost vocabulary with flash cards

Created by a mum to help her own sons when they were preparing to take the 11+, Farquhar’s Vocabulary Flash Cards are designed to improve your child’s verbal reasoning skills by increasing their vocabulary.

Learning lists of words can be an extremely daunting, but necessary, part of 11+ prep (can your ten-year-old define the words miser, sage or contrite?), but the cards are very user-friendly, featuring a definition and synonyms. Small enough to fit into your handbag, each set comes in a very solid box, with a metal ring to organise the cards with.

Four sets are available, each containing 100 double-sided cards (Confidence building; Serious about vocabulary; Opposites – Synonyms and antonyms; Compound words), and all the words featured have been selected from recognised 11+ materials. Prices start at £12.99 + £3.99 postage for one set, or £40 + £3.99 postage for all four sets.

You can also download free 11+ vocabulary flashcards from TheSchoolRun.

See practice questions for the 11+ exams in your area

Free 'mock' practice tests written in the style of the CEM and GL Assessment tests from CGP
The 11+ test is written by different exam providers in different areas – and the resulting tests can be very different in format and in what's covered. Make sure you understand exactly what kind of 11+ test your child will be sitting in September with TheSchoolRun's comprehensive local 11+ guides.

We also explain how the two main 11+ test providers, CEM and GL Assessment, differ.

You can download free 'mock' practice tests written in the style of the CEM and GL Assessment tests from CGP.

Fit a quick practice burst into the everyday routine

Turn some of your child's screen time into 11+ practice time with the 11+ Apps series (maths, English, verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and vocabulary building apps are available). We've yet to meet a child who doesn't feel that working on an electronic device makes everything more interesting, and it's easy to fit a few questions into your everyday routine.

Each app covers different types of questions and offers an explanation of each answer, as well as a progress meter to help track progress. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry; prices start at £2.99.

Put the fun into 11+ revision

Put the fun back into 11+ revising with Whizz Match games: Whizz Opposites, Whizz Match Synonyms, Whizz Match Vocabulary, Whizz Maths and Zoom Codes 11+ GL Verbal Reasoning.

Vocabulary and maths card games have been designed to make practice sessions fun, and the activities can be played individually or as a group. Ten-minute playing times also make it easy to fit in some revision when there isn't much time available.

Compare your child's results with those of other kids their age

The 11+ has no overall pass mark: it changes in every area, every year, and is set taking into account what children score on the test (so the pass mark for the year is higher if a large percentage of pupils do well and get high scores, and lower if many score low). That's where the 11+ Peer Compare™ system comes into its own, allowing you to get a feel for how well your child is performing in practice tests when compared to other children their age.

Peer-compare online practice books are available for Maths, English, Verbal reasoning and Non-Verbal reasoning, £11.99 each.

Use online feedback, marking and reporting tools

Unless you're an 11+ expert yourself, marking your child's practice efforts and explaining how to get the correct answer when they're having trouble can be very hard work.

Give yourself a helping hand with the new online 11+ courses from Learning Together, which allow you to review each individual practice attempt and get detailed feedback about how to answer each question. Correct answers are shown in green and incorrect answers are shown in red; specific and relevant feedback is provided for each one to support your child's learning (and give them a well-deserved pat on the back where appropriate!).

Prices start at £7.99 for one-month access or £19.99 for three-month access to a complete 11+ learning course in English, maths, non-verbal reasoning and verbal reasoning.

Play with words

Get your child used to literacy games and quick thinking with vocabulary card games. The Vocaknowlogy set from Educabulary Plus offers three different levels of play to challenge your child as they progress, as well as a compound word game, Twords, to help familiarise them with word blends.

Priced from £9.99 plus P&P for one game.

11+: starting preparation and revision

For more information about the 11+ read our parents' guide to the exam, plus the 8 facts all parents need to know about the 11+.

We also cover the basics of verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning, and our subscriber-only learning pack, Verbal and non-verbal reasoning: an introduction, offers practice questions and techniques to start you on the 11+ preparation journey.

TheSchoolRun has also produced free 11+ vocabulary flashcards to download.

We also have a glossary of essential 11+ terminology you need to know.