CEM 11 Plus Numerical 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 11 Plus CEM Numerical 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) – Core Skills assessment (download here)

We suggest everyone does this FREE Core Skills assessment. Too often ‘silly’ mistakes in tests can be traced back to a weakness in times tables or four operations. Doing the assessment will help you understand the scale of any potential problems.

Step Two (see guide) – Maths skills development phase

Best Overall CEM Numerical Reasoning Resource

For most children this Maths Stretch and Revision Course is going to be perfect for CEM Numerical Reasoning preparation. It really tests and improves a child’s core skills (helping them not to drop marks with silly mistakes), it revises the core topics many children struggle with, it delivers lots of timed tests to keep exam skills sharp and it looks in depth at the types of more difficult questions often used in 11 Plus Exams. It’s good value at £15 and fits perfectly into this space.

Mental Maths 

Use the following books.           

Schofield and Sims – Mental Arithmetic Book 3

Schofield and Sims – Mental Arithmetic Book 3 (answers)

Schofield and Sims – Mental Arithmetic Book 4

Schofield and Sims – Mental Arithmetic Book 4 (answers)

Maths Problem Solving 

Use the following books.

Heinemann – Maths Word Problems Book 4   and answers

Heinemann – Maths Word Problems Book 5  and answers


Maths Skills Development 

Use some of the following books.


CGP – Maths Study Book and Parent Guide


Peter Robson – Maths Practice and Revision Books book 1 and book 2 only

(If choosing the Peter Robson option also buy the answer book which covers books 1-5)

IPS – Maths Daily Practice Papers – Dual Format

Step Three (see guide) – Exam skills development and practice papers

Use some of the following books.

GL Assessment –  Maths Multiple Choice Pack 1

GL Assessment  – Maths Multiple Choice Pack 2

Bond – 11 Plus Maths Test Papers Multiple Choice Pack 1

Bond – 11 Plus Maths Test Papers Multiple Choice Pack 2

IPS – Mathematics Practice Papers – Dual Format


Schools/areas this advice applies to

Berkshire Slough – all schools

Birmingham – all schools

Gloucestershire – 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