CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) 11 plus exams are provided by the University of Durham.
CEM exams are currently used in Bexley, Birmingham, Gloucestershire, Reading, Slough, Wallsall, Warwickshire, Wirral, Wrekin and Wolverhampton. They are also used at Chelmsford County High School for Girls in Essex.
CEM 11 plus exams usually consist of two tests (each of between 45 to 60 minutes in duration) 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 some areas of the country questions may also be in standard format (i.e. not multiple-choice and requiring a written input).
CEM 11 plus 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 about the English and verbal reasoning content of the papers:
The verbal reasoning questions are not the usual GL Assessment style verbal reasoning questions with the 21 GL Assessment 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 and/or passages with words missing or letters of words removed, and the words or letters need to be filled in.
The reading comprehension questions are usually multiple-choice comprehension questions on English passages.