11+ Exams: CEM and GL Assessment – What’s the difference?

11+ Exams: CEM and GL Assessment – What’s the difference?

When thinking about entering your child into a grammar or selective independent school, it’s worth taking the time to consider the type of exam your child will be required to sit. Similarly to state schools where exams are devised by various exam boards (Edexcel, OCR, AQA), students sitting the 11 Plus (11+) exams will take their papers from either CEM or GL Assessment. Whilst the end result is the same (your child gets into a selective school) the way in which your child should prepare for the exam will vary.

Below is a mini-breakdown of the two exams and the differences between them:

What do the exams cover?
CEM: Numerical, verbal and non-verbal reasoning
GL Assessment: English, Maths, Verbal and non-verbal reasoning

What are the key features of each exam?
CEM
– Papers are mixed and do not focus on one subject area – for instance one paper could test both maths and non-verbal reasoning
– The exams can consist of multiple choice answers, written text answers and in some cases, both
– Time is allocated to each question making time management during exams a really important tool for your child to have

GL Assessment
– Papers are sat per subject
– The exam consists of multiple choice and written answers
– GL produces exam papers from their Assessment Question Bank. This makes regular practice of test papers beneficial so that children are able to become familiar with the type of question they see
– Exams usually last 45 minutes, although this can vary from school to school

Does either exam require a particular skill set?
CEM: Strong English, comprehension, vocabulary, spelling and maths skills are required
GL Assessment: Strong vocabulary, logic, maths and spelling skills are required

Here at Clarssroom we teach your child the necessary skills to be able to sit both exams.