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CEM 11+ Non-Verbal & Numerical Reasoning Papers


The CEM 11+ exam sets papers in numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.  The CEM 11+ numerical reasoning papers involve core maths skills needed for any school maths exam. For more information Click Here

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CEM 11+ Numerical Reasoning / Mathematics Preparation

The CEM 11+ exam sets papers in numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. Schools can select which tests or combination of CEM tests to use and many schools supplement the CEM 11+ exam with their own “home produced” Mathematics exams. CEM versions of the 11+ exam are closely aligned to the National Curriculum at Key Stage 2. In reality, the content of the Non-Verbal Reasoning exam may contain a lot of what is taught in school as part of the maths curriculum. The ‘numerical reasoning paper’ involves core maths skills needed for any school maths exam.

While there is a lot of content in Key Stage 2 maths the 4 basic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are central to almost all aspects of maths. Knowledge of these 4 operations alongside maths content such as fractions (including decimals), shape and space including perimeter and area, 2-D and 3-D shapes and their properties, shapes and their nets, reflection and rotation are just some of the very many areas of maths that a child approaching their 11+ exam must have full mastery and understanding of.

While many aspects of maths will be taught and tested in school as part of a child’s daily routine revision and practice are essential to ensure that every child is well prepared for sitting the CEM 11+ exam.

There is so much to cover and revise that the whole process can overwhelm both parent and child.

Revision and practice using well-structured papers will make preparing children for the varied nature of the CEM 11+ a lot easier. Revising all aspects of maths will be of benefit to any child in their day to day maths schoolwork and practice papers that cover skills such as algebra, time and temperature, or different types of charts and graphs will be of great help in raising a child’s self-confidence. All useful work as children prepare to tackle more difficult maths questions.

The Non-verbal Reasoning content of the CEM 11+ may contain questions on sequences or patterns, so observation, perceptions of objects that are shifting, reflecting or transposing will all help a child to understand this facet of maths. Applying these same skills to 3-D shapes will also be valuable.

The actual numerical reasoning papers set by CEM may include arithmetic, handling data, mathematical operations or mathematical functions. The CEM numerical reasoning questions tend to focus on examining just how candidates solve problems and apply reasoning to more challenging maths questions.

In order to do this quickly a child must have revised and practiced their core skills. The products offered on this page provide a structured approach to raising standards in the core areas of mathematics. Using these titles will help to reinforce any features that a child is strong in while they can be used to teach and improve any weaker areas.


CEM Regions

Berkshire, Bexley, Birmingham, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton.

Mixture of GL and CEM: Devon, Essex, Hertfordshire, Trafford, Wiltshire, Wirral, Yorkshire.

NB: Please note that these lists were correct at the time of publication. Exam boards used by schools or regions can and do change, so please check with each grammar school that you are applying to in order to confirm what exam board it uses.

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