CEM 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Exam Preparation Year 5

List of schools/areas this advice applies to is at the bottom of the page.

Skills development and exam preparation- Year 5

Please download our FREE CEM 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning exam preparation guide which gives detailed explanations of how to structure a preparation programme at home. We have reviewed all the materials we recommend as being suitable for this exam.

Step One (see guide) – Skills development and practice

CEM Verbal Reasoning tests are effectively a combination of traditional Verbal Reasoning plus material you might find in an English exam. A great deal of work will need to be done developing core skills in the following areas.

General English skills

Bond – No Nonsense English 9 – 10 (answers included)

Bond – No Nonsense English 10 – 11 (answers included)


Schofield and Sims – English Skills 5     (answer book can be bought separately)

Schofield and Sims – English Skills 6     (answer book can be bought separately)

Additional English 

Use both books

Schofield and Sims – Springboard 7

Schofield and Sims – Springboard 8 (excellent books but no answers available)

Grammar and Punctuation

Letts – Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (answers included)

Vocabulary and Spelling

Use both Schonell books plus the additional spelling list if required

Schonell – Essential Spelling Book 2

Schonell – Essential Spelling Book 3

Kit’s Educational Publishing – Complete Graded Spelling Lists years one to six


Use both books

Schofield and Sims – Comprehension Book 3

Schofield and Sims – Comprehension Book 4

Schofield and Sims – Comprehension Teachers Guide

Traditional Verbal Reasoning


IPS – Verbal Reasoning Method and Technique


GL Assessment – 11 Plus Explained


IPS – Verbal Reasoning Daily Practice Tests, Book1, Book 2, Book 3

Step Two (see guide) – Exam technique development and practice

Letts – 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Assessment Papers 10/11

Bond – 11 Plus English Assessment Tests 10/11

Step Three (see guide) – Exam skills development using 11 Plus standard tests

IPS – Verbal Reasoning 11 Plus Practice Papers – Dual Format


GL Assessment – English 11 Plus Multiple Choice Pack 1

CGP – 11 Plus Practice Test Papers for CEM


Bond – 11 Plus Practice Test Papers for CEM  

Schools/areas this advice applies to

Berkshire Slough – all schools

Berkshire Reading- Reading Grammar School

Birmingham – all schools

Essex- Chelmsford County High School for Girls

Gloucestershire – all schools

Greater Manchester- Sale Grammar School

London Barnet- Henrietta Barnett School

London Bexley – all schools

London Enfield – all schools

Warwickshire East – all schools

Warwickshire South – all schools

Wirral and Liverpool- Calday Grange, West Kirby, Wirral Grammar School for Boys and Wirral Grammar School for Girls.

Wolverhampton, Shropshire, Walsall – all schools

Yorkshire Kirklees – all schools