11 Plus Exams – Verbal Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning historically consisted of word puzzles and this evolved over time into the now infamous 21 different Verbal Reasoning question types which are normally tested through papers designed and produced by an educational publisher called GL (NFER).

Recently however a new test publisher called CEM (Durham University Centre of Evaluation and Monitoring) has emerged. CEM call their test Verbal Reasoning but it is for the most part entirely different from the historic GL test.

Care should be taken to understand which test your child may sit.

One thing both tests have in common is that regardless of how much work children do on test papers or understanding how to tackle different questions types, children will only improve if they actively develop their vocabulary and spelling skills. Children won’t make progress beyond a certain level without a wide vocabulary.


To find out about the different 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning exams click through to the relevant page.

GL 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Exams

CEM 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Exams


Or click through on any of the other links to find out more:

Free Verbal Reasoning practice papers

Free Sample CEM Verbal Reasoning exam questions

How to build a wide vocabulary for verbal reasoning

Independent School Verbal Reasoning exams

Common Verbal Reasoning preparation mistakes

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