CEM 11 Plus Numerical Reasoning Exam Preparation Year 5

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

CEM Numerical Reasoning 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 Numerical 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) – 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.


CGP – Maths Study Book and Parent Guide

CGP – 11+ Maths Ten Minute Tests


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  


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

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