What is the CEM 11+?

If you are starting 11+ preparations for your child, you may have come across the acronym CEM. CEM is an abbreviation of ‘Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring’, a leading provider of the 11+ assessment across the country for over 30 years.

CEM pride themselves on “ensuring a fair school admissions process”, enabling children to demonstrate their natural academic potential. For this reason, CEM do not publish practice papers or past papers.

Which regions use CEM 11+?

Whether a child sits the CEM exam or the GL Assessment (second leading 11+ exam provider) depends entirely on the region of the grammar school. As of 2019, regions using the CEM exam format include:

Trafford (some schools use GL Assessment)WalsallWarwickshire
Wirral Wolverhampton

For further information regarding the specific testing criteria in your region, Educare11plus recommends that parents contact their preferred grammar school directly or visit their local education authority website.

Subjects in the CEM 11+

Past CEM exams have consisted of two papers lasting around 50 minutes each. Each paper is divided into individually timed sections covering Maths, English, Verbal Skills and Non-Verbal Reasoning; although schools can choose any combination of these to best suit their selection policy. Therefore, although the topics of the CEM 11+ tend to remain the same across regions, the questions can differ.

Format of the CEM 11+

The CEM test is very fast-paced and this is accentuated by subdividing the papers into individual sections with a varying number of multiple-choice questions and timings. Once the time in each section has elapsed, children will not get the opportunity to re-visit a section. We recommend children familiarise themselves with the multiple-choice style layout, however problem solving is the only section that will require written answers. All answers are marked on a separate answer sheet.

How can Educare11plus help your child prepare for the CEM 11+?

Preparing for the CEM 11+ entrance exam is a unique journey and each child has a different set of goals. For this reason, Educare11plus ensure that it conducts different mock tests tailored specifically to cover all topics which are essential for CEM 11+ entrance exam.

Regardless of whether your child is sitting the CEM 11+ or GL Assessment, time management skills are essential. That’s why all of our mock tests are timed, helping children to manage their time effectively.

Please note that the information on this page was believed to be accurate at the time of publication.

However, Educare11plus always recommends checking with the individual school websites or contacting your local consortium of grammar schools before acting upon any information given.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our team on 07853 349555 with any further questions. We are always happy to help!