Key 11 Plus Differences
CEM, GL and CSSE 11 Plus exams
CEM and GL are two different exam boards that are the exam boards in virtually all regions where the 11+ is still used. Although the CEM and GL exams cover roughly the same 11+ topics, there are differences in how they work.
CSSE 11 plus exams are however for those that want to apply for one of the 10 Grammar schools in the consortium of selective schools in Essex.
GL 11 Plus
Firstly, the GL 11 Plus consists of these four 11 plus papers: English GL Assessment; Maths GL Assessment; Verbal Reasoning GL Assessment; and Non-verbal Reasoning GL Assessment.
- The format of these papers does vary from region to region.
- GL 11+ exams have an administration time of 45 mins. Individual grammar schools determine their own test times and the multiple-choice/standard 11 plus format.
CEM 11 Plus
The CEM 11 Plus consists of these six 11 plus papers: Comprehension; Literacy; Verbal Reasoning; Numeracy; Numerical Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
- Firstly, each consists of two papers; divided into separately timed sections.
- The mixed paper format combines two of these into one test. Thus, the CEM English and the CEM verbal reasoning tests are combined. Secondly, the CEM maths test and the CEM non-verbal reasoning test are combined.
- CEM 11 plus timings are given per section.
CSSE 11 Plus (for the Essex consortium of grammar schools)
The CSSE 11 Plus consists of two tests: firstly the CSSE English paper and secondly, the CSSE Maths paper.
Firstly, the English paper will last sixty minutes with ten minutes additional reading time.
- Each paper is worth 50%, or equally weighted. A child’s score on each paper is standardized.
Secondly, the English paper also has a Creative Writing section.
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