Are the Bond 11 Plus books enough for preparing children for grammar and independent school exams?

Are the Bond 11 Plus books enough for preparing children for grammar and independent school exams?

Many parents who ask this question tend to be doing the 11 Plus prep for their child with minimal or no tutor support. Therefore, access to a broad range of resources tends to be limited.

This limitation in resources can cause quite a surprise when children sit mock tests for their 11 Plus exams, and go from scoring, say 90% in their Bond books to perhaps failing their 11 Plus mock tests.

Are Bond Test Papers Enough?

In any exam preparation, using just one publisher can be limiting. Each publisher has a particular style of question and tone, which children can generally get used to. So they can excel with one publisher quite quickly, but find other papers extremely difficult when they eventually do one.

For this reason, any 11 Plus preparation, be it with a tutor, or with parents at home requires a variety of materials.

Other Exam Preparation Books for the 11 Plus

Geek School Shop - resources for the 11 Plus exams
Geek School Shop – resources for the 11 Plus exams

Besides doing papers, 11 Plus Prep much depends on children having a good understanding of all their areas of the test. Does your child know all the maths principles and definitions that could be tested? A good maths dictionary would greatly help with this, like the one that Geek School Tutoring has created.

Additionally, vocabulary is a key area of understanding that children preparing for grammar school selections tests need to get a grasp of. These days, children simply don’t read a much as they would a generation ago. Yet, the literature used in the 11 Plus exams still expects children to demonstrate a high level of word knowledge.

If your child struggles with their vocabulary, have a look at our 11 Plus Vital Word Dictionary and Common Prefixes, Suffixes and Roots guide. These are fantastic products that will make word knowledge improvement much easier and attainable for your child.

Bond Books vs CGP Books

Please watch the video I created on the Bond Books vs CGP Books below to get more insight into some of the differences between the books, how they can be used and other alternatives.

Published by Joycellyn Akuffo

Managing director of Geek School Tutoring.