Don't rely on information you read on the internet, it may incorrect or out of date. Instead, contact the school you would like to apply your child for and ask about their examinations and admissions procedure. However, the unique nature of Verbal Reasoning questions means that provided it leads to greater confidence rather than attempting to memorise the questions, prior practice can be a great advantage. The important point here is that it does not lead to pupils attempting to guess answers based on prior experience.
The English sections of the test include reading comprehension exercises, cloze tests (a more concise, detailed and intense reading comprehension exercise that may include 'filling in the blanks and more standard Verbal Reasoning questions. Are sample 11 Plus papers available? Some of the grammar schools publish sample 11 Plus papers and make them available for download. Remember, some or all of these papers may not be relevant to your child's 11 Plus exam. Many parents appoint personal one-to-one tutors for their children to help boost their performance and confidence. However, this can be quite expensive and is by no means a requirement to pass an 11 Plus exam.
It's best to check with a particular school about their 11 Plus exam. The 11 test remains extremely popular with thousands of parents hoping to get their children into a well performing secondary school.
To confuse matters, the 11 tests they administer can vary a great deal with some assessing pupils in Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning whilst others only test a candidate's Reasoning ability. Indeed many pupils obtain places in grammar schools without additional tutoring by simply practising the tests they will be assessed on. The 11 Plus Reasoning assessments (Non-Verbal and Verbal) are both unique tests that aim to measure potential and aptitude rather than a child's education to date.