CEM 11 Plus Verbal 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 verbal 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 Verbal Reasoning coverage alongside all the other elements needed for CEM Exams (Numerical 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 want a more subject specific verbal reasoning structured course the Enhance vocabulary and Verbal Reasoning (if you have more than 20 weeks to go) or the Boost vocabulary and verbal reasoning (if you have less than 20 weeks to go) are ideal.
Using Books for Preparation
Step One (see guide) – Skills development and practice
CEM Verbal Reasoning tests are effectively a combination of traditional Verbal Reasoning plus material you might find in an English exam. A great deal of work will need to be done developing core skills in the following areas.
General English skills
Bond – No Nonsense English 9 – 10 (answers included)
Bond – No Nonsense English 10 – 11 (answers included)
Use both books
Schofield and Sims – Springboard 8 (excellent books but no answers available)
Grammar and Punctuation
Vocabulary and Spellingⓘ Editor’s Pick- Learning Street- Complete Vocabulary Course or Vocabulary Enhance or Vocabulary Boost
Use all CGP books plus the additional spelling list if required
Use both books
Step Two (see guide) – Exam technique development and practice
Step Three (see guide) – Exam skills development using 11 Plus standard testsⓘ Editor’s Pick- CGP 11 Plus Practice Papers – Pack 1 and Practice Papers – Pack 2 and Practice Papers – Pack 3
Step Four (see guide – for those with additional time) – Add More Flexibility
Schools/areas this advice applies to:
Berkshire Slough – all schools
Berkshire Reading- Reading Grammar School
Birmingham – all schools
Essex- Chelmsford County High School for Girls
Gloucestershire – all schools
Greater Manchester- Sale Grammar School
London Barnet- Henrietta Barnett School
London Bexley – all schools
London Enfield – all schools
Warwickshire East – all schools
Warwickshire South – all schools
Wirral and Liverpool- Calday Grange, West Kirby, Wirral Grammar School for Boys and Wirral Grammar School for Girls.
Wolverhampton, Shropshire, Walsall – all schools
Yorkshire Kirklees – all schools