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CEM English Membership (1 month, non-recurring)

CEM style synonyms, antonyms, cloze tests, jumbled sentences and 14 multiple-choice comprehension tests

£10.00
CEM English Membership (3 months, non-recurring)

CEM style synonyms, antonyms, cloze tests, jumbled sentences and 14 multiple-choice comprehension tests

£25.00


To join our CEM English membership site/package, you first need to register with a username, password and email address on our Join page, and then you should log in and pay for the membership package.


CEM 11 Plus Exams

Visuteach provides materials that can help prepare for CEM style 11 plus exams.

CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) 11 plus exams are provided by the University of Durham. CEM exams are currently used in Bexley, Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, Enfield (The Latymer School), Gloucestershire, Reading, Slough, Warwickshire, Wrekin, Walsall and Wolverhampton. They are also used at The Henrietta Barnett School in Barnet and at Chelmsford County High School for Girls in Essex.

CEM exams are usually two 45 minute exams containing questions on verbal reasoning, reading comprehension and literacy skills, mathematics (numerical reasoning) and non-verbal reasoning. Many of the questions are mutiple-choice, but in many areas of the country, some questions can also be in standard format (i.e. not multiple-choice and requiring a written input).

CEM 11+ exams are said to be ‘untutorable’ and ‘tutor-proof’ and no past papers are available. Analysing sample papers available from schools and local education authorities and analysing information available on internet forums, it is possible to draw the following conclusions:

The verbal reasoning questions are not the usual GL Assessment style verbal reasoning questions with the 21 GL question types, but are generally questions on English. They often require a good vocabulary and often test for synonyms and antonyms (i.e. words that mean the same – matching words – or words that mean the opposite – opposite words). There are also cloze tests. These tests contain sentences or passages of text with words missing or letters of words removed, and the words or letters need to be filled in. These are good tests of vocabulary and the meaning of words in context.

The reading comprehension questions are usually multiple-choice comprehension questions on English passages. In the past, it seems that in some areas there have also been proofreading questions i.e. questions on spelling and punctuation. The proofreading questions do not appear to be as common as the vocabulary questions on synonyms, antonyms and cloze tests or as the multiple-choice comprehension questions. However, it is impossible to know what type of questions will appear in future papers, and past papers may not be an accurate guide to future papers.

The numerical reasoning questions are maths questions. They often take the form of multipart word questions, but can sometimes be shorter calculation style questions as well.

The non-verbal reasoning questions can be similar to some of the GL Assessment (formerly known as NFER) style nonverbal reasoning questions, but can also differ from GL Assessment type questions.

CEM 11 plus sample papers from schools and local education authorities are available in the table at the bottom of this page. It is important to bear in mind the following quote from the CEM sample papers: “the inclusion of any question types does not imply that they will be found in the final assignment”. The sample questions are only a guide, and the format and difficulty of the real questions may differ from the sample questions.


Visuteach Aids for CEM 11 Plus Exam Preparation

Visuteach does not sell papers for CEM 11+ exams, because we do not know what the exact format of questions is, since no papers are available. For the verbal reasoning questions, which are really English questions, we have interactive online tests in our CEM English membership site. For the reading comprehension and literacy skills we have multiple-choice comprehension tests in our online interactive CEM English membership site or in our PPTC English papers. For the numerical and non-verbal reasoning questions we sell maths and non-verbal reasoning papers that contain questions intended for other types of exam, but which can help with general topics and question types that may be useful for CEM 11 plus exams. We also have interactive online maths tests in our maths membership site which can help with general topics for CEM 11+ exams.

CEM Test Topics Visuteach CEM Preparation Materials
Verbal Reasoning For CEM verbal reasoning preparation, Visuteach has a CEM English membership site with interactive online tests containing questions on synonyms, antonyms and vocabulary. There are also cloze tests (with missing words and words with missing letters) and word order (jumbled sentences) tests.
Reading Comprehension & Literacy Skills For reading comprehension and literacy skills, Visuteach has a CEM English membership site with 6 interactive online comprehension tests. These tests are multiple-choice GL Assessment PPTC style tests of approximately 500 words with between 10-13 questions. We also sell PPTC English tests in paper form. The PPTC papers contain the same 6 comprehension tests as well as additional questions on punctuation and spelling.
Our PPTC English papers are available on our Purchase page which can be accessed by clicking Purchase.
Mathematics (Numerical Reasoning) For mathematics (numerical reasoning), Visuteach has a maths membership site with 5 interactive online GL Assessment style multiple-choice maths tests. We also sell maths paper-based tests (multiple-choice and standard format).
Our paper-based maths tests are available on our Purchase page which can be accessed by clicking Purchase.
Non-Verbal Reasoning For non-verbal reasoning, Visuteach has a GL Assessment style paper-based test. We intend to release more non-verbal reasoning papers in the coming months.

Our paper-based non-verbal reasoning test is available on our Purchase page which can be accessed by clicking Purchase.





Demos of Visuteach CEM English Membership Site

CEM English Membership Demo 1

Synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech (verbs, adverbs, adjectives, nouns, prepositions, conjunctions, concrete nouns, abstract nouns, collective nouns, proper nouns, pronouns), cloze (missing words), jumbled sentences, literary devices (simile, personification, metaphor, alliteration, onomatopoeia, oxymoron), spelling

CEM English Demo 1
CEM English Membership Demo 2

Cloze tests (missing letters in words)

CEM English Demo 2
CEM English Membership Demo 3 – Reading Comprehension

Click on the blue link Comprehension Passage to view or print out the comprehension passage for the test, and then click on the grey round image to the right in order to start the test.

CEM English Demo 3



To join, and for information on how to join, our CEM English membership sites/package, please click Membership Join



CEM Verbal Reasoning

Synonyms (matching words, words that mean the same)

The Bexley CEM sample paper has the following multiple-choice style of question:

Vocabulary: Matching Words
Select the word that means the same as the word on the left.

austere      steer comfortable easy harsh clement

Visuteach’s online interactive tests in our CEM English membership site contain questions with a quite similar format e.g.

Which word is closest in meaning to the word below?
austere

o    steer
o    comfortable
o    easy
o    harsh
o    clement

The sample CEM papers for Warwickshire County Council, the Consortium of Grammar Schools in Birmingham, the Consortium of Grammar Schools in Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton, Chelmsford County High School for Girls and the Henrietta Barnett School contain the following style of question:

Complete the word on the right so that it means the same as the word on the left:

Mayhem             - h a – s

Visuteach’s online interactive tests in our CEM English membership site contain questions with a quite similar format e.g.

The word mayhem has a similar meaning to the incomplete word below

- h a – s

Enter the complete word in the box below
Type your answer [___________]

Antonyms (opposite words, words that mean the opposite)

The Bexley CEM sample paper has the following multiple-choice style of question:

Vocabulary: Opposite Words
Select the word that means the opposite of the word on the left.

serene      visible awkward calm difficult agitated

Visuteach’s online interactive tests in our CEM English membership site contain questions with a different format which is not multiple-choice, but requires filling in missing letters e.g.

The word serene has the opposite meaning to the word below

a – i t – t – d

Enter the complete word in the box below
Type your answer [___________]

Cloze Tests (choose the correct words that complete the passage and fill in the letters to complete the words in the passage)

The Warwickshire CEM sample papers have short passages or sentences with words or letters of words missing. The cloze tests require the missing letters to be filled in or the missing words to be filled on by choosing a word from a multiple-choice list of three words.

The sample CEM papers for the Consortium of Grammar Schools in Birmingham, the Consortium of Grammar Schools in Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton, Chelmsford County High School for Girls and the Henrietta Barnett School contain short sentences or passages with words missing, and the missing words need to be filled in by choosing a word from a multiple-choice list of four words.

Visuteach’s online interactive tests in our CEM English membership site contain questions with a different format in which there is only one sentence (as opposed to a number of sentences) with only one word (as opposed to two) that needs to be filled in from a multiple-choice list of four words e.g. rather than the following format

Choose the correct word that completes the sentence.

         [ ] superficial
She is a  [ ] partial       person who never gives up
         [ ] tenacious
         [ ] pessimistic

Visuteach presents the question in the following format:

Select the missing word which best completes the sentence below:
She is a ________ person who never gives up.

o    superficial
o    partial
o    tenacious
o    pessimistic







Visuteach’s online interactive tests in our CEM English membership site also contain questions similar to the following:

Fill in the letters to complete the words in the passage.

She li_t_n_d to the whooping of boys, the barking of dogs, the r_mb_i_g of wheels, the steps and vo_ _es of passengers, the sh_ _ll street cries, the clogs upon the pa_e_en_ when it was their hour for going by. She loved the hustle and b_s_l_, the _ois_ and s_u_ _s of the city.

which are presented in the following format:

visuteach sample cloze test

Word Order (Jumbled Sentences)

Visuteach’s online interactive tests in our CEM English membership site also contain word order questions on jumbled sentences where the words in a sentence are mixed-up or shuffled and the task is to rearrange these words to form a meaningful sentence. In Visuteach’s questions, there is also one superfluous word that needs to be identified and this extra word needs to be placed at the end of the sentence.

These questions are presented in the following format:

visuteach sample jumbled sentence test

Reading Comprehension and Literacy Skills

The sample CEM papers for the Consortium of Grammar Schools in Birmingham, Warwickshire County Council, the Consortium of Grammar Schools in Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton, Bexley, Chelmsford County High School for Girls and the Henrietta Barnett School contain multiple-choice comprehension questions. The sample questions have four options from which to choose. Questions test for understanding and interpretation and also for the meaning of words and phrases.

Visuteach provides 8 interactive online comprehension tests in our CEM English membership site. These tests follow the format found in the Bexley CEM Practice Paper i.e. passages are approximately 350 words long and there are 8 questions which need to be answered in 7 minutes. Visuteach provides 8 Bexley CEM Practice Paper style comprehension tests.

Visuteach’s Northern Ireland PPTC English papers can provide practice for CEM comprehension. Each of these papers contains 3 comprehension passages of about 500 words, with each passage having between 10 and 13 multiple-choice comprehension questions which test understanding and vocabulary such as word meaning. Our interactive online CEM English membership site contains the same 6 PPTC comprehension tests as the PPTC papers. The PPTC English comprehension questions contain 5 multiple-choice options from which to choose.


The table below shows the breakdown of question types available in our CEM English membership package.

Question Type Description Number of Questions
     
Synonyms 250 multiple-choice questions and 250 questions containing a word with missing letters 500
Antonyms 200 questions containing a word with missing letters 200
Parts of Speech Type 1 100 multiple-choice questions on adjectives, adverbs, nouns, verbs, prepositions, conjunctions 100
Parts of Speech Type 2 100 multiple-choice questions on proper nouns, concrete nouns, abstract nouns, collective nouns and pronouns 100
Cloze 100 multiple-choice cloze (i.e. missing word) questions, 100 missing letter cloze questions and 160 cloze questions where missing words are part of a short passage 360
Word Order
(Jumbled Sentences)
100 questions where you need to rearrange a jumbled up sentence and create a meaningful one. The order of the words has been mixed up and there is also one extra word which does not belong in the meaningful sentence 100
Literary Devices 200 questions which test for simile, personification, metaphor, alliteration, onomatopoeia and oxymoron 200
Spelling 200 questions 200
Comprehension 8 interactive online multiple-choice timed comprehension tests with a total of 64 questions. Each test is approximately 350 words in length and contains 8 questions and is similar to the format of the CEM Bexley sample test comprehension.

6 interactive online multiple-choice timed comprehension tests with a total of 68 questions. Each test is approximately 500 words in length, contains between 10-13 questions and is a GL Assessment Northern Ireland PPTC transfer style test. The 6 comprehension tests are taken from our PPTC paper tests

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Mathematics (Numerical Reasoning)

The sample CEM papers for Bexley contain multiple-choice questions with five options to choose from.

The sample CEM papers for Warwickshire County Council contain both multiple-choice and standard format (i.e. not multiple-choice) questions.

The sample CEM papers for the Consortium of Grammar Schools in Birmingham, the Consortium of Grammar Schools in Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton, Chelmsford County High School for Girls and the Henrietta Barnett School contain standard format style questions.

The sample test questions are just a guide, so it is probably best to assume that both multiple-choice and standard format questions may appear in many areas of the country.

The questions in the CEM sample tests and in past CEM papers, as reported on in internet forums, contain questions on the following type of topics: arithmetic, calculations, fractions, ratios, age, time, bar charts, pie charts, graphs, data interpretation, multiples, average, money, time, time difference, timetables, percentage, tables, tabular data, recipes, patterns, shapes, area, tiles, scale, angles, magic squares, decimals, powers/indices.

The above are just some of the topics that may be tested. They are key stage 2 type topics, and we think that GL Assessment type tests are a good preparation since they cover these type of topics and are multiple-choice. Multipart maths questions are usually formed from these topics and therefore a good grounding in questions on these topics can help to answer multipart questions.

Visuteach also sells maths papers specific to certain schools, counties and consortiums. These papers are in standard format rather than multiple-choice and some of the questions are multipart and are more involved and complicated than the shorter GL Assessment multiple-choice style questions, and can therefore provide an extra level of preparation.


Visuteach has a maths membership site with 5 interactive online GL Assessment style multiple-choice maths tests. We also sell maths paper-based tests (multiple-choice and standard format).

For a demo and more information on our maths membership site, please click Maths Membership Info.
Our paper-based maths tests are available on our Purchase page which can be accessed by clicking Purchase.

Non-Verbal Reasoning

The sample CEM papers for Warwickshire County School contain series type questions (i.e. find the next shape or pattern in the series or sequence) and questions on rotation and shape flipping.

The sample CEM papers and sample sheet for the Consortium of Grammar Schools in Birmingham contain series type questions, 3×3 grid (matrix) type questions with a missing square and analogy type questions.

The sample CEM papers for the Consortium of Grammar Schools in Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton, Bexley, Chelmsford County High School for Girls and the Henrietta Barnett School contain series type questions and 3×3 grid (matrix) type questions with a missing square.

All of these question types are similar or contain elements which are similar to GL Assessment style non-verbal reasoning questions. GL Assesment style questions are multiple-choice with five options from which to choose, whereas CEM questions are multiple-choice with four options from which to choose.

We think that GL Assessment (formerly known as NFER-Nelson) style non-verbal reasoning tests can help to prepare for CEM non-verbal reasoning questions. However, we also recommend using other types of non-verbal reasoning tests in order to become familiar with a wide range of question types.

Visuteach sells a GL Assessment style non-verbal reasoning paper-based test which is available on our Purchase page and which can be accessed by clicking Purchase.

We intend to produce more GL Assessment style non-verbal reasoning tests in the coming months.


CEM Regions, Schools and Sample Papers

Area/LEA – School Sample Paper
BARNET
   The Henrietta Barnett School The Henrietta Barnett School CEM 2014
English and Mathematics Extension Questions.
   
BEXLEY Bexley CEM 2013 Sample Questions
Bexley CEM Selection Test – Practice Paper

Practice Paper Timings
Comprehension 7 minutes
Missing Words 5 minutes
Matching Words 2 minutes
Non verbal 7 minutes
Numerical – Part A 7 minutes
Numerical – Part B 6 minutes
Bexley CEM Selection Test – Familiarisation Booklet
Bexley Selection Test 2013 – Info For Parents
   Bexley Grammar School
   Beths Grammar School
   Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School
   Townley Grammar School For Girls
   
BIRMINGHAM Consortium of Grammar Schools in Birmingham 2014
Consortium of Grammar Schools in Birmingham Sample Sheet
   Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School
   Handsworth Grammar School
   King Edward VI Aston School
   King Edward VI Camp Hill Girls’ School
   King Edward VI Camp Hill School Boys
   King Edward VI Five Ways School
   King Edward VI Handsworth School
   Sutton Coldfield Grammar School For Girls
   
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Buckinghamshire Secondary Transfer Test – Familiarisation Booklet
   Aylesbury Grammar School
   Aylesbury High School
   Beaconsfield High School
   Burnham Grammar School
   Chesham Grammar School
   Dr Challoner’s Grammar School
   Dr Challoner’s High School
   John Hampden Grammar School
   Royal Grammar School
   Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School
   Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School
   The Royal Latin School
   Wycombe High School
   
ENFIELD
   The Latymer School The Latymer School Familiarisation Booklet 2015
   
ESSEX
   Chelmsford County High School For Girls Chelmsford County High School for Girls 2015
Chelmsford County High School for Girls 2014
   
GLOUCESTERSHIRE Gloucestershire Familiarisation Booklet 2015
   The Crypt School
   High School for Girls
   Marling School
   Pate’s Grammar School
   Ribston Hall High School
   Sir Thomas Rich’s School
   Stroud High School
   
READING Reading School Familiarisation Booklet 2015
   Kendrick School
   Reading School
   Reading Girls’ School
   
REDBRIDGE Redbridge Familiarisation Booklet 2015
   Ilford County High School
   Woodford County High School For Girls
   
SLOUGH Slough Consortium Familiarisation Booklet 2015
   Herschel Grammar School
   Langley Grammar School
   St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School
   Upton Court Grammar School
   
TELFORD and WREKIN Shropshire, Walsall & Wolverhampton Consortium 2015
   Adams’ Grammar School
   Newport Girls’ High School
   
WALSALL Shropshire, Walsall & Wolverhampton Consortium 2015
   Queen Mary’s Grammar School
   Queen Mary’s High School
   
WARWICKSHIRE Warwickshire CEM 2013
Warwickshire CEM 2012
Warwickshire CEM 2011
Warwickshire CEM 2010
Warwickshire CEM 2009
   Ashlawn School and Science College
   Alcester Grammar School
   King Edward VI School Stratford-upon-Avon
   Lawrence Sheriff School
   Rugby High School
   Stratford Girls’ Grammar School
   
WOLVERHAMPTON Shropshire, Walsall & Wolverhampton Consortium 2015
   Wolverhampton Girls’ High School