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 numerical reasoning preparation guide for year 5 which gives detailed explanations of how to structure a preparation programme at home and how to use the resources we have recommended below.

Editor’s Pick Feature

All our books or resources are recommended and have been reviewed. Where we think there are books or resources which really stand out these are marked as an Editor’s Pick.

Books or structured courses

If preparing at home you have a choice. Either do the planning yourself and buy books and decide what to do when (our free preparation guide helps take a lot of the pain out of this together with the recommended books we list below) OR choose a structured course where all the planning is done for you, everything is included and you just have to print it out and do it. The choice is yours, either can be very effective.

 

Using Structured Courses For Preparation

ⓘ Editor’s Pick – There are two courses available with good Numerical Reasoning coverage alongside all the other elements needed for CEM Exams (Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning). Try either the Enhance Course if you have more than 20 weeks to go until the exam or the Boost Course if you have less than 20 weeks to go until the exam. 

 

If you have less than 20 weeks to go and want a Maths focussed structured course for CEM then the 11 Plus Boost Maths and NVR course provides very good coverage and is a very effective alternative to books.

 

Using Books for Preparation

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

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.

EITHER   

CGP – Maths Study Book and Parent Guide

CGP – 11+ Maths Ten Minute Tests

OR           

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

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

 

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

Use some of the following books.

CGP CEM Practice Papers Book 1

CGP CEM Practice Papers Book 2

CGP CEM Practice Papers Book 3

Bond – 11 Plus Maths Test Papers Multiple Choice Pack 2

 

Step Four (see guide) – Further development for very bright children

ⓘ Editor’s Pick – Maths Stretch and revision course  

 

Or

11 Plus Super-Selective Maths Questions Book 1

11 Plus Super-Selective Maths Questions Book 2

11 Plus Super –Selective Maths Questions Book 3

 

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