Welcome to our feature CEM Select practice test papers. Here you will find your local CEM grammars listed.

 

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Check individual school websites to check if your child will take either of the CEM school entry exams:

the offline CEM or the online CEM SELECT.

Or the more recent ISEB pre-tests item bank.

How do I motivate my child?

In our opinion, the best attitudes to prepare for prepare your child for their school entrance test are:

  • Believing that your children should be able to pass. Also though, to manage their own expectations.
  • Treating your target schools as options only.  That way if they don’t get in, it Is because the school was not right for them.
  • Being open and honest about the high amount of prep school exam prep that will be required. Promote a growth mindset by avoiding the belief that your child has failed somehow.
  • A system of carefully selected rewards or bribes can often prove effective!
  • Don’t make the sessions too arduous. Try to make learning fun and sit with your child whilst they work. Maybe task your other child or children with chores to do at the same time so that he or she doesn’t feel that their siblings are having fun whilst they are having to knuckle down and work.
  • Have tuition times that suit your child; when they aren’t tired or over excited about some activity that they might be doing later in the day.
  • Too much pressure and not enough encouragement will create what is termed a negative learning environment. This means the child will be miserable and view practice as a chore. In short, they won’t want to learn. Creating a situation whereby the child wants to learn, even if they may not enjoy every second of it, is the aim.
  • Employ short diversions and apply different learning methods that will make the work less monotonous and help it all sink in.

11 plus CEM practice papers

CEM 11+ grammars

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What are Pre-tests?

There are two main assessment organisations that provide pre-tests exams for most regions in the UK – CEM and ISEB. They are:

  • Separated by subject.
  • Subdivided usually. The subdivisions inclu
  • Composed of questions from ISEB’s pre-tests item bank..

What are the CEM and CEM Select pre-Tests?

It’s an online test created by the Centre of Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM).

It assesses Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Ability. The test contains a number of unique features and question types, such as drag and drop, auto-completes and more. It is also highly time pressured.

  • Made up of two papers.
  • Each of the two CEM 11+ papers has a mixture of separately timed sections.
  • Resistant to coaching. This makes the CEM 11+ exams fairer.
  • Made-up of questions linked to Key Stage 2 content. In particular, vocabulary and speed.

 

The off-line CEM and online CEM Select Entrance Assessments

Both CEM versions assess Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Ability.

These pre- tests contain a number of unique features and question types, such as drag and drop, auto-completes and more

What are pre-test differences?

The ISEB pre-tests are

Whereas, the CEM 11+ exams are:

  • Made up of two papers.
  • Each of the two CEM 11+ papers has a mixture of separately timed sections.
  • Resistant to coaching. This makes the CEM 11+ exams fairer.
  • Made-up of questions linked to Key Stage 2 content. In particular, vocabulary and speed.

So, CEM SELECT was designed to be different?

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Thus, each 11+ provider sets several regional 11 Plus exams.

The off-line CEM and online CEM Select Entrance Assessments

Both CEM versions assess Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Ability.

These pre- tests contain a number of unique features and question types, such as drag and drop, auto-completes and more

Which UK Schools Use CEM?

The CEM and online CEM Select version are most preferred by independent schools for their 11+ and 13+ admission process.

Many private schools (independent) have been using this test for many years for determining the right students to allow the admission in their schools.

 

2022 Grammar schools CEM Select version

Now, in 2022, there are some grammar schools which have adopted their own customized version of this test as per the requirements of the school.

Each grammar school region has different types of questions and even different subjects. Most 11-Plus exams incorporate verbal reasoning (word puzzles), Maths and English (comprehension and/or creative writing). Some also include non-verbal reasoning (picture puzzles) and Science. Some are multiple-choice, others require candidates to write the answers.

 

2022 CEM Grammar schools

 

CEM Select exam prep

What are the main CEM Select challenges?

Well, the test contains a number of unique features and question types, such as drag and drop, auto-completes and more. It is also highly time pressured.

CEM Select practice

How can parents learn best about the Maths CEM SELECT paper?

A goos question. Well, here’s the Maths CEM 11 plus familiarisation materials:

 

How to quickly learn what’s in the non-verbal reasoning CEM SELECT paper?

Here are the Non-Verbal Reasoning CEM 11 plus familiarisation materials:

 

How can parents learn best what the Verbal Reasoning CEM SELECT paper looks like?

Here are the Verbal Reasoning CEM 11 plus familiarisation materials:

 

How can I quickly learn about the CEM SELECT English paper?

Here are the English CEM 11 plus familiarisation materials:

 

Which UK Schools Use CEM SELECT?

 

Do grammar schools use CEM Select 11 plus tests?

Key CEM Select Background Facts

Firstly, CEM is the 11 Plus examination board for several regional 11 Plus grammar school entrance papers. The CEM Select tests Numerical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning and Non-verbal reasoning skills.

It’s an online test created by the Centre of Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM). It assesses Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Ability.

 

How to pass the CEM 11+ Test

The earlier you start, the better! Leaving preparations until the last minute create a multitude of problems, all of which can be easily avoided by giving you and your child adequate time. Besides the obvious danger of not being able to cover all the necessary material, leaving preparation to the last minute will create an unhelpfully fraught working environment for your child.

At such a young age, children should not, in an ideal world, ever feel stressed about things like exams, and as such the more relaxed your child feels about his or her 11 plus tuition, the better. A sad reality of the 11 plus is that every year over-stressed children come out of the exam in floods of tears, and nothing will make your child more panicky on the day than a stressful couple of weeks leading up to the test.

We would recommend that you begin light preparations for your child while they are in year 4. In the early days, it must be stressed, this work should indeed be light. No more than a couple of hours a week should be necessary in the early days, and no more than four or five hours each week even as it gets closer to the actual test. Burdening your child with too much work too soon will simply put them off the process all together. If you are finding that you need to spend huge amounts of time tutoring your child, perhaps it would be wise to question if grammar school is the best environment for them.

 

How does the CEM test look like?

The CEM test:

  • Has six individual examinations and all of them are supposed to be complete in a single sitting.
  • Can be taken as separate CEM Select sub-tests in any order.
  • Sub-tests each have an individual time limit and the remaining time is always visible on the top of the screen.
  • A choice of 5 different answers is provided to the applicant for each question.

 

Background Reading for the CEM 2022

Reading allows your child to expand his or her vocabulary beyond the typical range of topics; as the old adage goes, reading truly does broaden the mind.

 

CEM Maths Tips

With regards to the CEM 11 plus maths 2022, it’s best to ensure that your child is confident with everything on the KS2 maths syllabus. Reports from your child’s school should give an indication of whether your child has any major gaps in his/her knowledge. Use Key Stage 2 maths revision resources to fill any of these gaps, and be sure to revisit material that your child struggles on regularly.

Schools often take a modular approach to maths, which means that, if they cover fractions in September of Year 4, they may not cover them again until September of Year 5, by which time they’ve completely forgotten how to do them! Try to resist the temptation to ‘overrule’ your child when examining different methods with which to tackle the basic operations in maths; they will have been taught differently in their primary school and it is better to try and understand how they arrive at their answers, rather than try to impose the method that you were taught!

The most important thing is to ensure that your child is confident with the basics in the following areas:

The CEM exam topic-by-topic

  1. CEM Maths

Place value, square and cube numbers and roots, prime numbers, factors. Fractions – finding fractions of amounts, equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, proper fractions, improper fractions, mixed numbers, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.

  • Time: Analogue, digital, 12 hour, 24 hour, world time zones.
  • Decimals, fractions and percentages. Rounding to a given number of decimal places.
  • Money, our coinage system, currency conversion.
  • Measurement, metric units of length, mass and capacity.
  • Area and perimeter including compound shapes. Surface area and volume.
  • Mean, median, mode and range.
  • Percentages.
  • Ratio and probability, scale.
  • Angles, shapes, compass points, symmetry

 

CEM English Comprehension

  • Cloze passages with missing words, again make up your own on subjects that you know will interest your child. You know best what interests your child!
  • Lots of practice at shuffled sentences is the key to success at this particular element of the CEM test.
  • I find that children improve dramatically with lots of exposure to these question types.

 

Pre-test CEM Non-Verbal Reasoning exam paper

  • Be sure to test your child’s ability in the Non-Verbal Reasoning (NVR) component as early as possible.
  • Many girls perform very well in this section, and equally some boys will struggle.
  • The best way to improve at NVR is simply practice, practice and more practice.

 

CEM Mock Exam Practice

Talk to the mock providers – the best ones are the tuition companies that are completely transparent and allow you as parents to see the papers and give a relative score for the cohort.

 

CEM 11+ Schools

Grammar schools use the:

  1. GL Assessment grammar school entrance exam.
  2. CEM grammar school entrance exam.
  3. Variation or mix of the above.
  4. Their own unique county 11 plus exam.

What are Berkshire grammar school entrance exams?

  • Berkshire has 6 grammar schools and one bilateral (a school that takes learners of all abilities as well as running a separate grammar school stream). 4 of these schools are in Slough, forming part of the Slough Consortium schools, while 3 (including the bilateral) are in Reading. All the selective grammar schools use CEM assessment, while the bilateral school in Reading makes use of the GL Assessments.

Devon grammar schools’ entrance exams

  • Devon’s grammar school entrance involves three separate Local Authorities. These include Devon County Council, Plymouth and Torbay. There are a total of 6 exclusive grammar schools and one bilateral school (a school that takes learners of all abilities as well as running a separate grammar school stream) in Devon. The Torbay and Colyton Grammar Schools make use of CEM assessment. Although the Plymouth schools use GL Assessment they also set some of the papers themselves.

What are Manchester’s grammar school entry exams?

  • Trafford has 7 grammar schools. Each of them has their own entrance exam. Only one, Sale Grammar School (Mixed) use the CEM while the other 6 make use of GL Assessment and their own internal tests in some cases.
  • Wiltshire has only 2 grammar schools. The one, Bishop Wordsworth’s (Boys) uses CEM and the other, South Wilts Grammar School (Girls) GL assessments.

What are Yorkshire grammar schools’ entry exams?

CEM SELECT practice