Nature of the 11 Plus in Kirklees.

These schools use the CEM 11 Plus exam format. This test consists of two papers each will be 45 minutes long.

Within those two papers pupils will find a mix of individually timed topics.

These will cover Non-Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning (Maths calculation questions and worded problems) and VR ( these include a mix of vocabulary, comprehension  and traditional VR questions).

The papers tend to be heavily weighted towards literacy and particularly reward students with very good core Maths and English skills, particularly a wide vocabulary.

CEM tests are designed to be less coachable than previous tests because past papers are not made available, questions are not known in advance and while some prediction is possible they can change without notice.

CEM tests generally reward those pupils with a very strong understanding of the KS2 syllabus and who have gone through a long and slow preparation rather than hothousing.


    If you have questions which we have not addressed in our forum pages, please feel free to submit them via the form provided below.

    Your Name (*)

    Your Email (*)

    Your Message

    Which 11 Plus Exam Preparation Options Are Right For You ?

    11 Plus Private Tutors

    • Personalised Work
    • 1-1
    • High feedback levels


    • VERY Expensive
    • Lots of work at home
    • Lots of travel

    11 Plus Tuition Centres

    • Structured work
    • Third party involvement
    • Some feedback


    • Some children don't progress
    • Lots of work at home
    • Lots of travel

    11 Plus Guided Courses

    • Structured work provided
    • No wasted time
    • Help and advice on hand


    • High parental commitment
    • Cost higher than DIY

    11 Plus DIY- Books

    • Parents in full control
    • Work can be totally tailored
    • Lowest cost


    • Difficult to plan well
    • Difficult to deliver well
    • Maximum parental effort