I think turtle girl is correct about bond VR not being the best prep for Birmingham KE 11+.
In general, the bond book spends a lot of time on code style questions - alphabetic codes or numeric codes to solve dominate. The problem is that the Birmingham 11+ VR has traditionally never really opted for that style of VR question.
Cloze style questions are more common - so a set of say 10 words In mixed up order and you have to decide which word is not used in a sentence of 9 words and write out the sentence.
Also a text where every now and then a word is missing - you will have to fill in the blank (not certain but I think a bank of words to choose from is provided)
Hang man style words in a text where you may be given 2 letters from eight and need to guess the word - it usually is within text so context will help.
As many have said for years - vocabulary is key - and there is traditionally an antonym or synonym section but it varies from being given the word and a choice of antonyms (for example) or it can be that you are given a word and asked to give a synonym or antonym. There is some of this on bond books.
For the Cloze questions there are now 11+ Cloze books - try typing this in Amazon and they were a huge help on my second campaign with small fry. I can't swear it made the difference , but it was the one thing I did do differently ( we went DIY) between little fish (who didn't quite make it) and small fry who has made KECHG on this year's (2015) exam.
As ever the general advice is read, read, read. It really helps.
Hope that makes more sense petitpois & is of help newbie.
Thank you for this information. Bond has now CEM VR, but I wonder if the level is right. At least my son takes a long time.
Did you try this one Old Trout?http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/shop/1 ... t-CEM.html