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4 Simple Tips To Improve Your Child’s Creative Writing for 11+ Exams

The 11+ exams are highly competitive, and they are growing increasingly popular every year. So, for your child to have the best chance of success in them, they will need to have a good grasp of writing – whether it’s for grammar school tests (such as Stage 2 for the Sutton grammar schools or St Olave’s) or the independent school exams.

The 11 plus exams test a child’s creative imagination and writing skills. To do well in these 11 plus exams, children will need to practise their imaginative language, oratory and vocabulary skills and use grammatical structures correctly.

1. 11 Plus English Writing Exercises – Writing Prompts

Many parents think that all 11 Plus papers are the same, but this is not the case. There are differences in grammar school tests and independent school entrance exams.

Since the 11 Plus questions do not follow the same format every time, so it’s difficult for students to be prepared enough if they are asked to write an essay or report about any topics at short notice. That’s why it is essential to use a wide range of materials when helping your child to prepare for the exams. At Geek School Tutoring, we have a range of writing prompts books and writing prompts pdf downloads you can start using today to help your child with their creative writing.

We have a range of creative writing prompts to help you with your child’s 11+ exams prep.

2. Practice Makes Perfect: Grammar and Punctuation Books for 11 Plus Exams

Even though it may seem like the 11 Plus English grammar questions are separate, they can help your child improve their creative writing since the exams require children to use grammatical structures correctly.

When helping your child with their grammar school tests or independent school entrance exams, you should try making it fun by using games and puzzles, which will help them build confidence and improve their vocabulary skills.

Here is some writing prompts you can get from the Geek School Shop, which parents can print out to help their children learn how to use the different grammar structures correctly.

3. Improve Memory Skills for English Language Tests with Mind Maps

Mindmaps are underrated when it comes to helping children make connections with different ideas and create a story.

You can use mind maps to encourage your child to use their imagination when developing their story ideas. So, if they want to write about a character with special powers, how does that relate to the story’s title?

4. Reading for Pleasure Helps Children With the 11 Plus Exams

It’s important to encourage your child to read as much as possible since it will help them improve their vocabulary and make them feel confident enough about the 11+ exams. Many parents think that reading for pleasure doesn’t affect children learning and doing well in exams, but the truth is that reading can help children build their confidence and improve their vocabulary.

Take a look at our writing course below.

11 Plus online tuition

Christmas 11 Plus Intensive – For Independent Schools

Does your child need last-minute preparation for stage two grammar; and independent (private) school exams? This course is ideal for students with limited time – work on the hardest writing tasks and finish the course within two weeks!

11 Plus English Marking Service

11 Plus English Paper Marking Subscription Service

Marking service for the independent school entrance English exam papers.


11 Plus Mock Test: Writing Task

Should your child take an 11 Plus mock test? This is a question that comes up very often. Most standardised tests and exams have some mock, so why should the 11 Plus exam preparation be different? Geek School Tutoring’s Writing Task Mock Test is perfect for stage 1 and 2 grammar tests and independent school entrance exam preparation. The mock tests are marked and recorded so your child can see and hear the feedback and recommendations.

Express 11+ Creative Writing Course

Express Creative Writing Course

Does your child need last-minute preparation for stage two grammar; and independent (private) school exams? This course is ideal for students with limited time – work on the hardest writing tasks and finish the course within two weeks!


Free Creative Writing Course

Simple tips and tricks to help your child nail the 11 Plus essay! Try the free course to get an idea of what the paid courses are like before you buy, but can also be enough to help most children to improve their creative writing!