CEM 11 Plus
GL 11plus.co.uk

GL Assessment is an alternative supplier of 11+ tests for admissions and fair banding. They provide practice packs, which reflect the layout children would find when they sit the actual test.

Each pack featuring up-to-date question types, s answers, as well as guidance for parents They cover four specific areas: English; Maths; Verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.

GL Assessment Free familiarisation materials

GL recommend children familiarise themselves with layout of the test, content and examples of some types of questions. Papers are in a multiple-choice format. They provide free material.

Practice papers are available to purchase and are available in 4 areas:

English Practice Papers

  • Comprehension exercises, where pupils have to read a passage of text, understand it and answer questions covering to it.
  • Spelling, where children are asked to spot errors.
  • Use of capital letters and punctuation
  • Word choice and grammar, where children can demonstrate their understanding of the English language

Verbal Reasoning Practice Papers

  • Similarities and differences between words and meanings
  • Demonstrating understanding of the rules and meaning of language
  • Applying logic and problem-solving skills
  • Identifying patterns
  • Processing verbal information, often coupled with numbers

Maths Practice Papers

  • Knowledge of multiplication tables
  • Application of the four basic operations (+ - x ÷)
  • Mental arithmetic at speed
  • Reading and understanding graphs and tables
  • Understanding of measures shapes & space

Non-verbal Reasoning Practice Papers

  • Apply logical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Apply rotation, reflection and symmetry skills
  • Follow patterns and rules and process graphic information
  • Apply spatial awareness skills
11+ Test Information

11+ Exams

There are numerous organisations that create entrance exams for secondary school admission. The main supplier is GL Assessment (GLA)®. CEM® . Cambridge, have pulled out of paper-based 11+ tests leaving the field wide open to GL Assessment. CEM provide online test using CEM Select and are mainly used by private schools. A A few small state schools use these tests.

CEM Centre and GLA

Both sets secondary school entrance assessments (widely referred to as selective entrance or 11+ exams) for various English grammar schools and regions, including Bexley; BirminghamBuckinghamshire; CCHS (Essex); Gloucestershire; Henrietta Barnett & LatymerReadingRedbridgeShropshire; Slough; WalsallWarwickshire; Wolverhampton; Trafford; Bexley; Torbay & DevonKent Shepway, and Medway .

GL Assessment
® (formally National Foundation for Educational Research®) is another supplier. Every year GL Assessment® constructs new, custom-made selection tests for many schools and Local Authorities. Although GL Assessment® is the copyright holder of the tests, it is the property of the commissioning school or Local Authority for the duration of use.

Both tests are easy to prepare for using WordBuilder.co.uk and CoolCleverKids.co.uk.

Purchase Mock Exams from the Shop

Past eleven plus papers set by CEM Centre® Cambridge University are not released and cannot be purchased. Usually, two weeks before the test, applicants receive a sample sheet containing example questions.

The new tests from GL Assessment® are similar in to tests from the University of Durham®  as far as content is concerned. The move is towards a rich vocabulary, curriculum maths (old level 5 and 6, now a score of 105+) and NVR. The difficulty is tailored for GL 11+ (Grade Level 11+).
Children`s Educational Material for the 11+ has constructed seven practice mock exams. These mock test packs consists of two 50-60 minute papers as well as answers and are available from the shop.

These are NOT endorsed or associated with CEM Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring® who do not provide preparation material. They are also suitable for the new GL Assessment® and ISEB selection tests.

Warwickshire and Birmingham Consortium

From 2016, Warwickshire shares Birmingham 11+ Consortium test, so 5000 Birmingham students and 2000 Warwickshire students can pass on content to late Warwickshire sitters. The shared test will now require students to mark answers on a separate answer sheet and no longer write answers in a booklet, increasing the chances of marking answers in the incorrect place as has occurred numerous times in other regions. If a test is shared, with other regions, always tick a box to share results with another areas as a backup plan. You have nothing to lose by doing so, and it could prove useful. You never know what may happen.

In 2013, the Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby unlawfully withdrew a place of a child days before the end of year 6 despite the local authority refusing to withdraw the place on four occasions. Luckily the child was offered a place at Schools in two different areas (Walsall and Birmingham) as opposed to be left unplaced because of serious failings of this school. Unfortunately, the child displaced other innocent children, through no fault of his own when he moved straight to the top of waiting lists and was offered places. Play safe and share results with other schools and areas even if you have no intention of taking up a place in other areas.


Free Mock Exams

Taking a "free mock" will cost the school money. But one would expect financially astute schools to consider the financial implications of setting an early test date. Common sense dictates an earlier test is likely to be used as a "free mock" and this has been well known to occur for many years.

We recommend all children, where possible, register for the Warwickshire 11+ tests.

Mock tests are the best way to prepare. What better than using a real test as a mock? This is your legal right.

We believe there is no evidence that any 11+ tests are resistant to prepping and practise will simply improve performance


Non-verbal Reasoning

Prepare for different types of NVR questions  using


over 30 different types of NVR question examples
with explanations.

Available to download from the shop.

GL Assessment 11+ Tests

Four test areas: English. mathematics; verbal reasoning, and non-verbal & spatial reasoning.

English and mathematics provides a good and reliable indication of current attainment.

Children who are not achieving their potential can still demonstrate their ability via scores from the reasoning questions.

Spatial ability is a skill that is the basis for success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

All questions are taken from a Question Bank of over 18,000 questions.

Questions are thoroughly trialled and validated on groups of children to ensure suitability. This process includes analysis for gender, cultural and social bias.

Each test has a number of example and practice questions at the beginning so each student can work on before the actual test begins.
GL Assessment 11+ points

English and Non-Verbal Reasoning tests are always in multiple-choice format. The vast majority of Verbal and Maths tests are multiple-choice.

The 11+ Maths section is based around KS2 curriculum covered within the early part of Year 6. However, some questions are based on concepts taught in the class but may be at a higher level than experienced in school. As a result, they may focus on skills in particular areas as much as on their existing knowledge. Hence, some questions may appear unfamiliar.

Scores are standardised. The Standard Age Score (SAS) is a recognised benchmark against a local or national sample of pupils of the same age. It is considered fairest way to measure a child’s performance relative to the other children who took the same test. SAS are adjusted to account for the exact age of a child, given that the ages in a school year group may vary by up to 12 months.

Taking practice papers under timed conditions provides children an invaluable experience of effectively managing their time.
Areas using GL Assessment
11+ tests from grammars
  • Bexley
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Dorset
  • Kent
  • Lancashire & Cumbria
  • Lincolnshire
  • Redbridge
  • Yorkshire
  • Wiltshire
  • Hertfordshire
  • Warwickshire, Birmingham, Shropshire, Walsall, Woverhamptom
GL Assessments®
(NFER®) 11+ Selection Tests
  • Free Practice papers available
  • Additional papers available to buy
  • Kent County Council provides a long familiarisation paper
  • Multiple choice format
  • Papers are not mixed in to small sections
  • Tests English, VR, Maths NVR and Spatial reasoning
  • Practice mock papers from the shop
GLA 11+ Preparation
Material Recommendation

English and Verbal Reasoning:

Maths & Non-verbal Reasoning (NVR):

11+ Practice Papers from
Children’s Educational Material for the 11+
are available from the shop.

Word lists, lesson notes and `Ultimate NVR` questions are available from the shop.

Free GL Assessment 11 plus practice papers
GL Assessment provide free 11+ practice papers which can be downloaded from their website.
The following downloads are available for the 4 subject areas:
GL Assessment 11+ free verbal reasoning practice tests

GL Assessment 11+ free English practice tests
GL Assessment 11 Plus English Parent Guide
GL Assessment 11 Plus English Practice 1 & Answer Sheet 1
GL Assessment 11 Plus English Practice 2 & Answer Sheet 2

GL Assessment 11+ free Maths practice tests
GL Assessment 11 Plus Maths Test Practice Parent Guide
GL Assessment 11 Plus Maths Practice 1 & Answer Sheet 1
GL Assessment 11 Plus Maths Practice 2 & Answer Sheet 2

Further practice material in the form of physical books is available at discounted prices to purchase from SatsBooks.com.

Cambridge University have now withdrawn CEM  paper based 11+ tests. Cambridge spent hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal fees to refuse to answer basic questions including which schools shared the same tests. They answered such questions to a Caucasian women after refusing to answer the same question posed by an Asian man. They were aware of the ethnicity of both.

11+ Maths and NVR

CoolCleverKids CEM 11+ The Maths site with NVR (Non-verbal reasoning) for Sats and 11+ preparation. Ideal for primary school education and selective school exams. Maths lesson notes; worksheets; presentations; games, & tests auto marked with explanations.

11+ English & VR

WordBuilder CEM 11+Verbal reasoning and English for the 11+, Sats and private/independent school entrance exams as well as primary school. Spellings; definitions; meanings; synonyms; antonyms; cloze passages; jumbled sentences & comprehension.

Sats Papers
Year 2-6 & 11+
SATs Papers

Information relating to Sats Tests. Free downloads of Sats papers covering Year 2 to 6 with no registration. Prepare for Year 6 level 3-5, level 6 & 11+ tests. Download the latest phonics tests.
ATA React
Free Android App
Google Play
Alpha-Tek Associates CEM 11+

Fun FREE Android App to test your thinking and reaction speed. Four fun games: colours; shapes; numbers and next letter. Stores score history. Ideal for Sats & 11+ fun whilst you prepare. Download from Google Play.


Download FREE SATs papers. No registration & no annoying popup adverts.
11+ English (Verbal Reasoning)
online preparation with

Spellings; Vocabulary; Synonyms; Antomyms; Conundrums; Cloze Passages; Comprehension, and Jumbled up sentences. Ideal for 11+ tests set at the CEM Centre, at Durham University®.
11+ Maths (Numerical Reasoning)
and NVR online preparation with

Free maths question generator
Lesson notes; presentations (videos); worksheets; games; Sats style tests from Year 2 to 6 including mental maths audio tests; private school 11+ tests, and CEM style past questions.
Now includes Non-verbal Reasoning.
Ideal for 11+ tests set at the CEM Centre, at Durham University®.

The 11+ information site
Helping children pass the 11+
Free advice and resources with
recommendations for preparation.

Children’s Educational Material 11+
Tel: +44 (0) 24 7641 6970 
Email: cemelevenplus@gmail.com
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