CEM 11 Plus
The 11+ test is a selective entrance examination for admission in to secondary schools in England. They are sat in September of year 6 when children are aged 10-11 for entry in to year 7 (aged 11, hence 11+).  All children sat the 11+ exam until the mid 1970s when there was a move in favour of non-selective comprehensive schools. There are now only 164 grammar schools left in England and new state grammar schools can no longer be opened. The eleven-plus test is no longer mandatory, however it still used in those areas which still offer a grammar education, as well as some selective independent schools, although the term grammar schools usually refers to free state schools as opposed to private schools. Children have to apply to sit the 11+ test in most areas, bar a few, such as Buckinghamshire in which children automatically sit the tests, but they can opt out of the transfer tests. 11-plus tests aim to identify innate academic ability and potential. The two main test suppliers are CEM ® Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring ®  (CEM 11+ ® tests) from Cambridge University and GL Assessment ®. An application to sit the test is not an application to the school. Applications to grammar schools must be specified on the CAF.

A FREE CEM 11+ practice mock paper is available to download from Children's Educational Material for 11+. Click here.


The 11+ Exam

The two major suppliers of eleven plus tests in England are CEM ® (often now called the CEM 11+ test) and GL Assessment ® (often called the GL 11+ test).

The format and content of the 11+ exam varies between different suppliers and regions but now tend to be multiple choice papers. Test papers tend to cover individual sections covering:
  • English (comprehension)
  • Maths and data-processing
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning (NVR) and sometimes spatial awareness
Although its is often claimed the English (comprehension) and Maths/data-processing tests tend to follow the National Curriculum up to year 5 or early year 6, the verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning/spatial awareness tests are not part of the national curriculum. Children generally benefit from preparation in all sections.

English (comprehension) and verbal reasoning rely on wide reading whereas many more difficult maths topics rely on what is taught either in year 5 and year 6 of primary school. Hence, it is recommended children cover the entire year 6 maths syllabus to maximise their performance in these tests. They should also prepare for NVR/spatial reasoning sections.

CEM Tests

CEM do not release past exam papers and can change the test format and question types without notice. They do not sell practice material, but do provide very short free 11+ familiarisation material (available to download via this site). Paper based tests comprise of two 50-minute multiple choice papers which are answered on a separate answer sheet, with instructions provided from a CD. Each paper consists of short individually timed sections. Sections change between subjects. For example, a paper can contain all four subject areas.The Verbal Reasoning questions tend to be from synonyms; antonyms; cloze sentences; jumbled sentences, and odd word out. Maths tend to be either quick fire questions or longer questions with multiple sections. NVR tend to be sequences; rotation; reflection; grids, and sometimes, nets of cubes.

GL Assessment Tests

GL do not release past papers, but do provide practice papers and Kent County Council provides a long familiarisation paper. There are often two papers which are both one hour long. The first paper usually covers English and Maths and the second covers VR and NVR/Spatial Reasoning. Both are in multiple choice format and involve a wider range of verbal reasoning question types, many of which are similar to the old 21 types of VR questions. Much more preparation is required for verbal reasoning tests than compared to CEM. Tests may contain more spatial reasoning questions than CEM tests.

Online 11+ preparation

Use WordBuilder for English and Verbal Reasoning and CoolCleverKids for Maths and NVR.
11+ Test Information

11+ Exams

There are numerous organisations that create entrance exams for secondary school admission. The main two players are CEM Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring® (CEM_, at the University of Cambridge® and GL Assessment (GLA)®.

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.

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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

Regional and National 11+ Exams

We believe the Warwickshire's three test dates compromises their 11+ as questions and content are leaked to late sitters and tuition centres are known to recreate questions, often for their weaker students. Out of area children can sit the tests very late with knowledge of content and move straight to the top of waiting lists. No party can discover the confidential contents of test papers prior to them being used for the first time. Once taken, children will and do discuss content amongst themselves and with parents and tutors, so information enters the public domain and the test is immediately compromised. Content is available on many sites including file sharing sites. This is why Year 6 Sats, GCSE and `A` level exams are not reused after the main testing date.

Where possible use the Warwickshire 11+ as a "free mock"

It seems a matter of time before a single national 11+ test will be held.


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.

 Free Practice Papers for CEM

Verbal Reasoning - CEM
Test    Answer sheet    Answers

Non-verbal Reasoning - CEM
Test    Answer sheet    Answers

Maths - CEM 
Test    Answer sheet    Answers

London Borough of Bexley
CEM 11+ practice paper

 Free Practice Papers for GL Assessment
Verbal Reasoning - GL Assessment
Test    Answer sheet    Answers

Non-verbal Reasoning - GL Assessment
Test    Answer sheet    Answers

Maths - GL Assessment
Test    Answer sheet    Answers

English - GL Assessment
Test    Answer sheet    Answers
WordBuilder for 11+ & SATs
Endorsed by 11plus.uk

WordBuilder is a recommended online 11+ preparation tool for English, Comprehension & Verbal Reasoning which includes:

  • Vocabulary building
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Odd word out
  • Cloze passages
  • Jumbled Sentences
  • Comprehension
  • SATs Spelling tests
  • SATs KS2 Year 6 Grammar tests
11+ Practice Material & Courses
for tests from CEM & GLA

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 11+ material on this website.

Free SATs Papers

Year 5 course for CEM 11+ tests with 100% money back

CoolCleverKids for 11+ & SATs
Endorsed by 11plus.uk

CoolCleverKids.co.uk is a recommended 11+ online preparation tool which includes:

  • Maths lesson notes and online maths exercises
  • Comprehensive times tables for speed
  • KS2 SATs and 11+ maths tests marked online with explanations
  • NVR tests for 11+
  • SATs Spelling tests
  • KS2 year 6 Grammar tests
  • KS2 year 6 Science tests
How to prepare for 11+ tests
1. Read different books, magazines and view CBBC news online.
2. Cover the entire KS2 maths syllabus.
3. Practice KS2 year 6 Maths SATs papers (all can be done online with CoolCleverKids.co.uk or downloaded from www.SATsPapers.org.uk free of charge).
4. Learn NVR/Spatial reasoning concepts including rotation, reflection, cube nets and counting concepts.
5. Practice as much NVR as possible. Many children peak at consistent high scores of 85%, at which stage the cost-benefit of continued practice is minimal.
6. Verbal reasoning booklets and mock papers are available at low cost from the shop on this site. SATsBooks.com provide low cost books CEM tests and  GL tests 
7. If taking a CEM 11+ test consider the 100% money-back course from the shop on this site. It includes unlimited access to WordBuilder & CoolCleverKids as well as mock tests.
8. These 11+ tests are effectively speed tests. Practice time management and working under pressure at speed. Mocks are invaluable.
9. Use actual 11+ tests as free mocks for practice. Register early, e.g. for the Warwickshire 11+ test, if it is held before your test. They cannot stop you taking their test.
10. Try the WordBuilder and CoolCleverKids demos.
11+ Exam Dates

Gloucestershire Consortium; London Borough of Redbridge; Reading & Slough Consortium;
Chelmsford County High School (CCHS); Heckmondwike School
and the Trafford Consortium

2023 Entry (CEM test)
Test Date: Saturday 10th September, 2022
Monday 12th September, 2022
and Monday 19th September, 2022

SATURDAY 10th September 2022
Gloucestershire 11+         
High School for Girls; Marling School; Pate`s Grammar School; Ribston Hall High School; Stroud High School; The Crypt School
Register 1st June 2022 - noon 30th June 2022. Results: 12 October 2022.
Slough Consortium 11+
Herschel Grammar School; Langley Grammar School; St Bernard`s Convent School, and Upton Court Grammar School
Reading Consortium 11+
Kendrick School and Reading School
London Borough of Redbridge 11+
Ilford County High School; Woodford County High School
Other Individual Schools
Chelsmford County High  School for Girls   (CCHS)

Compromised test - questions known from above)
Test Date 12th September, 2022

BHP Consortium

Heckmondwike Grammar School, Backup & Rawtenstall Grammar & Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith
Trafford Consortium 
Altrinham Grammar School, Sale Grammar School, Stetford Grammar School & Urmston Grammar School

  Always tick the box to share results with all regions

2023 Entry (GLA Test)

Dame Alice Owen's School
Thursday 1st September 2022 TBC
(Verbal Reasoning only)


South West Herts 11+ Consortium  (SWHC)
Saturday 3rd September, 2022

South West Herts Consortium Schools
GL Assessment Test

Bushey Meads School

Parmiter`s School

Queen School

Rickmansworth School

St Clement`s Dane`s School

Watford Grammar School for Boys

Watford Grammar School for Girls.

Kent Grammar Schools Shepway Test  2023 Entry

(CEM Select
computer based test)
and English written test

Register 9am Monday 30th May 2022
to 4pm Monday 4th July 2022

Test Date Saturday 10th September, 2020

Dover Grammar School

Folkstone Grammar School 

Harvey Grammar School

Mayfield Grammar School

Results 7th October 2022

Note many Kent schools use tests from GL Assessment ®

Birmingham Consortium 11+  &
Warwickshire Consortium 11+

2023 Entry GLA Assessment Tests will be used (not C.E.M.)

Test Date: Saturday 10th Sept, 2022.  Supplementary Date: Sun 11th Sept 2022
 (for Jewish & Seven Heavens faiths who object to Saturday testing and those unable to sit on the first date).

Additional Dates for Warwickshire: Monday 20th and Tuesday 20th Sept, 2022, 
and week commencing 2 Jan 2023 and 1st March 2023

Grammar Schools In Birmingham

Bishop Vesey`s Grammar School;  Handsworth Grammar School; King Edward VI Aston School; King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys School; King Edward VI Camp Hill Girl`s School; King Edward VI Five Ways School;  King Edward VI Handsworth School and Sutton Coldfield Girl`s School    
Warwickshire Grammar Schools

Alcester Grammar School ; King Edward VI Camp Grammar School; Stratford-Upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls; Lawrence Sheriff School; Rugby High School; Ashlawn Selective School (bilateral school) *

* Has a separate Modern Foreign Language Test. MFL test is not an 11+ test, but a route in to the grammar stream.

Registration: 3rd May 2022 to 24th June 2022 (noon)
Results: 10th October, 2022
Always tick the box to share results with both regions.

London Borough of Bexley 11+

2023 Entry (CEM test)

Test Date: Tuesday 13th September, 2022 morning &
afternoon for non-Bexley primary school children

Wednesday, 14th September, 2022 morning for Bexley primary school children

Registration Dates: 3rd May 2022 to 8th July 2022

Beths Grammar School

Bexley Grammar School

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School

Townley Grammar School

Buckinghamshire Transfer Test (Bucks 11+)

2023 Entry  is a GL Assessment Test

Registration: 3pm, 3rd May 2022 to 3pm,
23rd June 2022
(for children outside Bucks only).
 Bucks children do not need to register)

Preparation Test: Tuesday 6th September, 2022

Transfer Test Date: 8th September, 2022

Results: Wednesday 14th October, 2022

Aylesbury Grammar School; Aylesbury High School; Beconsfield High School; Burham Grammar School; Dr Challoner`s Grammar School; Dr Challoner`s High School; Chesham Grammar School ; John Hampden Grammar School; Royal Grammar School; Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School;
Sir William Borlase`s Grammar; The Royal Latin School & Wycombe High School

Bucks have now moved back to

GL Assessment tests

Ashlawn Selective (Warwickshire)

Aptitude Test for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

*** NOT an 11+ selective test ***

2023 Entry

A back door route as children are taught alongside the selective stream.
High KS2 SATs scores are also a backdoor route in to the selective stream.

Note: once you are in the grammar stream, you can be removed from the stream in some subjects so there is no guarantee of a grammar school education. Some people do not consider this bilateral school providing a "real" grammar school education for this reason.

Candidates can also take the Warwickshire 11+

Saturday 17th Sept, 2022

Registe:  6th June 2022 to 10th July 2022

No free mocks for the MFL test

But, take the Warwickshire 11+ on 10th September, 2022

Shropshire, Walsall & Wolverhampton 11+ Consortium

Torbay & Devon 11+ Consortium

Bishop Wordsworth's School (Wiltshire)

2023 Entry (CEM test)

Bishop Wordsworth's School (Wiltshire): Saturday 10 September 2022

Shropshire, Walsall & Wolverhampton Consortium: Monday 12 September 2022
Adams Grammar School; Newport Girls' High School;
Queen Mary's Grammar; School Queen Marys High School,
Wolverhampton Girls' High School

Torbay & Devon 11+ Consortium: Saturday 17 September 2022

Churston Ferrers Grammar; Torquay Boys' Grammar; Torquay Girls' Grammar,
and Colyton Grammar School

Always tick the box to share results with both regions.

Medway 11+ CEM Consortium

Mathematics & Verbal Reasoning
(NVR is not tested)

2023 Entry (CEM test)

Holcombe Grammar School for Boys; Chatham Grammar School for Girls; Fort Pitt Grammar School (for Girls); Rainham Mark Grammar School (Gillingham - Mixed); Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School (Rochester, Boys); The Howard School (Rainham, Boys); The Rochester Grammar School (Girls)

Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Saturday 17th, September 2022

11+ Maths and NVR

Cool Clever Kids CCK 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 WB 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
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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.



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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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