What is CEM and GL Assessment?
If you are preparing your child for 11-plus Grammar School Entrance examinations then there 2 types of 11-Plus examination Boards.
- CEM (Center of Evaluation and Monitoring)
- GL Assessment (Granada Learning (GL)
What is the difference Between CEM and GL Assessment exam boards?
|Subjects: English & Verbal Reasoning||Verbal Ability: Reading, Comprehensions, Word Choice (Synonyms, Antonyms)
CEM tests are more biased towards Verbal Reasoning/Verbal ability skills.
It is important for your child if he/she is appearing for CEM 11-plus exam board to have a good grasp of the following:
Verbal Reasoning: There are 21 question types covered in GL Assessment Type of Verbal Reasoning. Few of them are listed below
|Subject: Maths||Numerical ability (Mathematical Reasoning)
|KS2 and KS3 appropriate Maths topics|
|Subject: Non-Verbal Reasoning||Non-Verbal Reasoning Test :
||Non-verbal reasoning covers the following
Odd one out
|CEM Style Paper Format||The CEM style of paper has 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 Nonverbal Reasoning.
Each section within every paper is labeled with clear Time recommendation.
The CEM style of exams is very time critical and it is very difficult for the student to complete the paper in given time.
|The GL assessment paper is very specific to subjects and each paper includes specific subjects only.
The following subjects are tested as a part of the 11Plus 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.
|Answer Responses||The answers can be multiple choiceThe answer can be 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.
|The answers can be multiple choiceMost GL answer papers will be formatted as standard answer boxes or multiple choice questions. 45 minutes is a common exam time, however, 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.
|Time||Time is very critical in CEM.
Verbal Ability test time varies from school to school. Some examples are listed below for guidance only.
15 minutes to answer 40 questions
15 minutes to answer 25 questions
20 minutes to answer 8
questions with some subquestions.
15 minutes for 60 questions
|There is a sufficient time for each question to answer.
Usually, it is 45 minutes for 50 questions
|Locations||Berkshire, Bexley, Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, Devon, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wirral, Wolverhampton.||Dorset, Kent, Lancashire & Cumbria, Lincolnshire, Medway, Northern Ireland, Wiltshire.|
|Some regions covers both CEM and GL and those are: Devon, Essex, Hertfordshire, Trafford, Yorkshire|
Background of CEM and GL
CEM: CEM (Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring, Durham) is an 11 Plus examination board. The intention of launching the CEM test to make it tutor free. Many parents believed that the previous 11 plus tests provided by GL assessment were not tutor proof and tutor can easily coach students to pass the test.
Many top grammar schools in London, North London and around London decided to use CEM Exam board as this board provides tutor proof exam papers. In addition, there are no past papers provided by CEM so that 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 CEM pattern can be tutorred.
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