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CEM or GL for Eleven-plus (11+) exam styles - Know the differences!

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What is CEM 11 plus and GL Assessment?

If you are preparing your child for 11-plus Grammar School Entrance examinations then there are broadly the following two 11 Plus exam styles:

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What is the difference between CEM 11 plus and GL 11 plus exam styles?

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11+ CEM Subjects: English & Verbal Reasoning:

Verbal Ability: Reading, Comprehensions, Word Choice (Synonyms, Antonyms), Cloze Passages.

CEM tests are more biased towards Verbal Reasoning/Verbal ability skills.

So, it is important for your child if he/she appears for  CEM 11+ exam board to have a good grasp of the following:

11+ GL Assessment Subjects - English & Verbal Reasoning:

11+ GL English :

Verbal Reasoning: There are 21 question types covered in GL Assessment Type of Verbal Reasoning. Few of them are listed below.

  • Code breaking,
  • Removing and inserting a letter to form a new word
  • Related words
  • Closest meaning
  • Identifying hidden words
  • missing words
  • working with letter and numbers
  • rearranging letter
  • letter sequences
  • connecting word
  • number sequences
  • forming a compound word
  • Word making
  • letter connections
  • logical problem solving
  • antonyms (Opposite words)
  • Synonyms (Similar words)
  • Completing the words

11+ CEM Subject - Maths:

Numerical ability (Mathematical Reasoning)

Short Maths

11+ GL Assessment Subject - Maths:

KS2 and KS3 appropriate Maths topics

11 plus CEM Subject - Non-Verbal Reasoning:

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Test :

  • Rotations
  • Code breaking
  • Like shapes identification
  • Missing sequences
  • Missing squares
  • Most Like
  • Nets
  • Spatial Recognition

11+ GL Assessment Subject - Non-Verbal Reasoning:

11+ Non-verbal reasoning covers the following:

  • Odd one out
  • Rotations
  • Code breaking
  • Like shapes identification
  • Missing sequences
  • Missing squares
  • Most Like
  • Nets
  • Spatial Recognition

Also, it is recommend to always keep a PDF of syllabus of the following subjects:

CEM 11+ Exam Style Test Paper Format:

The 11+ CEM exam style papers have a combination of English Verbal Reasoning, Maths, and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

In the first part of the paper, there are sections on Short Comprehension.

Clozes, and  Numerical Reasoning test

In the second paper, it includes Long Mathematics and Non-verbal Reasoning.

Each section within every paper is labeled with clear Time recommendation.

The CEM eleven plus exam style is very time critical, and it is very difficult for the student to complete the paper in the given time.

Free CEM 11 plus Papers PDFs

Bexley CEM 11 Plus Practice Test 2018

Bond CEM 11 Plus Practice Test

CGP 11 Plus CEM Non-Verbal Reasoning Answers

CGP 11 Plus CEM Non-Verbal Reasoning Sample Paper

It is recommended that the pupils should familiarize themselves with other available free 11+ CEM practice papers.

GL Assessment 11+ Exam Style Paper Format:

The 11+ GL exam style papers are very specific to subjects, and each paper includes specific subjects only.

The following subjects are tested as a part of the 11 Plus examination.

Each paper duration is 45 to 50 minutes, and students need to attempt 50 questions in a given time.

The GL assessment style of the exam is not time critical, and many students complete the paper in a given time.

CEM 11+ Exam Style Answer Responses:

In CEM 11 plus exam styles papers, the answers can be multiple choice or in a Standard format with the provision of empty boxes to enter the answer manually.

Some schools have a combination of both types of answer responses (Multiple choices as well as entering answer manually) depending on the school region.

11+ GL Assessment Answer Responses:

In GL style 11+ exams, the answers can be multiple choice. Most GL answer papers will be formatted as standard answer boxes or multiple-choice questions. 45 minutes is common exam time; however, it may differ depending on the school or location.

GL uses a more standardised format of questioning, and so your child can become familiar with these if practiced enough.

CEM 11plus Exam Time:

Time is very critical in 11+ CEM tests.

Verbal Ability test time varies from school to school. Some examples are listed below for guidance only.

  • Verbal Reasoning Comprehension: 15 minutes for 20 questions
  • Verbal reasoning Cloze Passage: 15 minutes to answer 40 questions
  • Number Reasoning (Short Maths): 15 minutes to answer 25 questions
  • Mathematical Reasoning (Long Maths): 20 minutes to answer 8 questions with some subquestions.
  • Verbal reasoning: Synonyms and Antonyms 15 minutes for 60 questions.

GL Assessment Time:

There is sufficient time for each question to answer in 11+ GL exams.

Usually, it is 45 minutes for 50 questions.

CEM Locations:

Berkshire, Bexley, Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, Devon, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wirral, Wolverhampton.

GL Assessment Locations:

Dorset, Kent, Lancashire & Cumbria, Lincolnshire, Medway, Northern Ireland, Wiltshire.

Some regions cover both CEM and GL and those are: Devon, Essex, Hertfordshire, Trafford, Yorkshire

Background of CEM and GL 11 plus exam styles

CEM: CEM (Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring, Durham) is an 11 Plus examination board. The intention of launching the CEM test was to make 11+ entrance examinations tutor free. Many parents believed that the previous 11 plus tests provided by GL assessment were not tutor proof and tutors can easily coach students to pass the test.

Many top grammar schools in London, North London and around London decided to use the CEM Exam board as this board provides tutor proof exam papers. In addition, there are no past papers provided by CEM so the students and tutors have no access to past papers or practice resources.

This enables students to pass the test whose parents cannot afford private tutoring.

However, many parents believe that GL assessment pattern can be tutored.

This exam was previously named NFER. Granada Learning purchased NFER renamed it to GL Assessment.

GL Assessment provides the paper on Maths, English, VR and NVR and is used by many Grammar schools in the UK

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