CEM 11 Plus Non-Verbal Reasoning Preparation Year 5

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

CEM Non VR Preparation Year 5 11 Plus Guide

Skills development and exam preparation – Year 5

If preparing at home you have a choice between:

1. Using a structured course

2. Using books

In summary, if you choose a structured course all the planning is done for you, everything is included and you just have to print it out and do it. On the other hand, if you choose to buy books you would need to do the planning yourself and decide what to do when.

Please download our FREE 11 Plus CEM Non-Verbal Reasoning preparation guide which gives detailed explanations of how to structure a preparation programme at home and how to use the resources we have recommended below.

1. Using Structured Courses For Preparation

ⓘ Editor’s Pick – Learning Street’s Complete 11 Plus Programme offers excellent coverage of all elements needed for the 11 Plus exam. They also provide a version covering just the Maths & Non-Verbal Reasoning elements of the complete programme if you do not need coverage of literacy.

If you have less time available before the exam, try the medium length course (approximately 20 weeks) or the short course (approximately 10 weeks).   


2. Using Books For Preparation

Step One (see guide) – Introductory phase

Use one of the following books.

Bond – How to do Non-Verbal Reasoning

Schofield and Sims – Non-Verbal Reasoning

CGP – Non-Verbal Reasoning Study Book


Step Two (see Guide) – Familiarisation

Use both of the following books.

CGP – Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Book 9 – 10

CGP – Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Book 10 – 11

Step Three (see guide) – Initial testing and exam technique development

Use some of the following books.

CGP – CEM Non-Verbal Ten Minute Tests

Letts – Non-Verbal Reasoning Assessment Papers 10 – 11

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

Use some of the following books.

GL – 11 Plus Practice Papers Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 1

GL – 11 Plus Practice Papers Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 2

IPS – 11 Plus Non-Verbal Reasoning Exam Papers – Dual Format

Bond – 11 Plus Test Papers Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 1

Bond – 11 Plus Test Papers Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


Schools/areas this advice applies to

Berkshire Slough – all schools

Birmingham – all schools

London Bexley – all schools

London Enfield – all schools

Warwickshire East – all schools

Warwickshire South – all schools

Wolverhampton, Shropshire, Walsall – all schools

Yorkshire Kirklees – all schools

Reading Grammar School – Berkshire Reading

Chelmsford County High School for Girls – Essex

Sale Grammar School – Greater Manchester

Henrietta Barnett School – London Barnet