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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:28 am 
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The format is different - it uses a separate answer sheet, not the answers on the question booklet style we have in Warwickshire - but the Bexley practice paper (downloadable from here) is probably the nearest thing in existence to a published CEM paper.

It might be worth Warwickshire people having a look at this to get an idea of CEM style questions - and in particular the timings of the different sections (spare time on one is not to be used to go ahead, or to catch up on another - it's like a series of mini timed papers), and perhaps the NVR format may be a little different to that on a lot of published practice material.

Suggested timings are:
Comprehension 7 Minutes
Missing words 5 minutes
Matching words 2 minutes
Non verbal 7 minutes
Numerical - Part A 7 minutes
Numerical - Part B 6 minutes

There are a few more examples on the Bexleyfamiliarisation sheet and sample questions too.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:08 am 
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I can't believe nobody's commented on this! If it was my dd taking the 11+ in Sept., I would have lots of questions to ask.

I wonder if there are any parents with dc from Warwickshire on here - maybe Brum Mum will have a look.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:15 am 
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Thanks v much Okanagan - I'll have a look at this later - bogged down with work at the mo!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:18 am 
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That's ever so helpful - and interesting !!! I've printed it and plan to go through it with my DD later today - thank you !!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:15 pm 
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Thanks very much for this Okanagan have printed it off although my Ds isnt taking the test until next year i am very much grateful, i thought there wasn't any actual CEM tests of any kind available? My Ds weak point is his timestables and basically anything to do with maths he hates it with a passion so the numerical reasoning will be useful to see the types of questions he will be challenged with, he will be doing the Queen marys 11 plus and the b'ham test.

Thanks :D


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:51 pm 
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catwoman wrote:
i thought there wasn't any actual CEM tests of any kind available?
That's what they've always said. And this is the first one I've ever seen made publicly available.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:06 pm 
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Great, i just hope theres more to come !


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:27 pm 
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Absolutely not the format for us, but just for fun DS2 had a go at the Bexley sample paper this morning under our usual rigorous conditions (on the bed under the duvet - but we did use a timer :) ). I am assuming that the real thing would be more difficult as well as rather longer, but he got:

Comprehension 8/8
Missing words 8/8
Matching words 8/8
NVR 8/17 (ran out of time after q12 - we don't have NVR in the CSSE test, not sure whether DS2 had actually ever done any before)
Numerical A 6/8
Numerical B 7/8 - ran out of time on last question but would have got it wrong ( :roll: he is actually better at Maths than English normally!).

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:07 pm 
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Thanks very much - that's really useful.

JD


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:48 pm 
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Okanagan wrote:
The format is different - it uses a separate answer sheet, not the answers on the question booklet style we have in Warwickshire - but the Bexley practice paper (downloadable from here) is probably the nearest thing in existence to a published CEM paper.

It might be worth Warwickshire people having a look at this to get an idea of CEM style questions - and in particular the timings of the different sections (spare time on one is not to be used to go ahead, or to catch up on another - it's like a series of mini timed papers), and perhaps the NVR format may be a little different to that on a lot of published practice material.

There are a few more examples on the Bexley familiarisation sheet too.

This is like finding the holy grail.....any other exciting CEM findings?


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