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  • 11 Plus Exams

  • We have successfully tutored children for the 11+ in Herts, Bucks, Essex and Kent.  In addition, many of our students have obtained places at selective state schools which have entrance exams, such as QE Boys and Henrietta Barnett School.

    GL and CEM are two different exam boards used for 11+. Although they cover broadly the same 11+ topics – English, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning exercises – there are very real differences to the way the GL and CEM 11+ exams work and this will determine the way we prepare your child for his or her exam.

    GL Assessment covers the four 11+ subjects (English, maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning) and schools can choose any combination of these to best suit their selection policy. For instance, QE Boys only tests English and Maths. Most GL 11+ exams are either Standard Format (where answers are written in spaces next to the question) or Multiple Choice (where answers are marked in a separate answer book). The length of test papers vary, although 45 minutes is the most common.

    GL takes its questions from the GL Assessment Question Bank and uses a variety of different question types across all four subjects. Through practice and preparation, it is possible for children to become familiar with these particular question types. Strong vocabulary, logic, maths and spelling skills are required.

    CEM is developed by the Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring at the University of Durham. The centre doesn’t produce or endorse any published practice papers and continually changes the format of the tests. CEM covers verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning.  Verbal Reasoning includes comprehension, cloze passages and very challenging vocabulary questions.

    One of the key differences between GL and CEM is that CEM papers are mixed, with one exam combining English and verbal reasoning and another combining maths and non-verbal reasoning. Standard Format, Multiple Choice, or a combination may be used depending on school or region. In addition, the paper may quickly flit between a short maths section, a longer problem solving exercise, then some logic puzzles. Timings will be allocated to each section, and children will need to carefully manage the time they spend on each section.

    In CEM exams, there will typically be more questions than are likely to be answered in the time allocated, and the weighting of each subject for your child’s final mark will be unknown before the exam.

    Individual regions and grammar schools can choose what subjects to test as part of their 11+ exam.