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The first step towards achieving a goal is preparation. Eleven plus English preparation is no different. Once you have decided 11 plus grammar schools you are going to target, research a bit on the exam board that administers the test in your local area. The format of test may vary depending on the exam board.

Eleven plus English tests may include some or all these topics:

Spelling

Punctuation

Grammar

Sentence structure

Vocabulary

Comprehension

Creative writing

The last one is used only in some areas which is only marked or assesed in specific conditions which could be borderline pass/fail or children with tie scores. Therefore, its helpful to know which English topics are to be tested in the exam you are targeting.

Spelling

Spelling, the art of correctly assembling words from their letters, is one of the essential components of successful writing. Being confident at spelling leads to confidence in all aspects of literacy.

Punctuation

Marks of punctuation play very important role in giving intended meaning to the language. Use of wrong mark of punctuation or even wrong placement of mark of punctuation can change the meaning of the sentence completely.

Grammar

Correct English grammar is needed to structure sentences in order to communicate clearly and effectively.

Sentence structure

In English grammar, sentence structure is the arrangement of words, phrases, and clauses in a sentence. The grammatical function or meaning of a sentence is dependent on this structural organization, which is also called syntax or syntactic structure.

Vocabulary

Learning English vocabulary is a basic and very important part of learning the language. A good vocabulary is essential for the 11 Plus, especially for English and Verbal Reasoning.

Comprehension

Comprehension is the understanding and interpretation of what is read. A comprehension exercise might ask questions based on a long or short passage (fiction or non-fiction). It is not just about knowing what the words mean, it is grasping the meaning, context and importance of the text.

Creative writing

The true definition of creative writing is “writing that expresses ideas and thoughts in an imaginative way.” It’s the “art of making things up” or putting a creative splash on history, as in creative nonfiction.

 

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