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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2021 1:20 pm 
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Hi all, quick question. Looking at the likes of Bond books, CPG etc. Should we select the GL or CEM if taking CSSE? Which is going to be best prep? (Or should I be looking at something else entirely?) Also, without wishing to sound daft, why do some of these book series go up to 12-13 for the 11+ ? Do you need to be beyond the 10-11 one or is that enough?


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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2021 1:22 pm 
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I wouldn't bother with the GL and CEM books as they are not very similar to Essex CSSE. If you have to choose between those two, I would probably go for the GL rather than CEM bcause the GL English comprehension is longer than the CEM one.

Look at the https://csse.org.uk/ site. They have some sample papers and you can also buy the last three years' papers. I would then google Essex CSSE papers as there are several companies that make papers for the Essex CSSE exams. They vary in quality, so look at samples and demos to see which ones you think are most suitable.


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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2021 4:53 pm 
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Thank you, I appreciate that.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2021 11:23 am 
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My one piece of advice would be to make sure you have sight of the most recent past papers, not just the free ones the csse publish online. There has been a definite change in style in the last few years.

As galling as it is to fork out £45 or so, it’s a necessity.

Good luck to your child.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2021 7:40 pm 
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There are different csse specific books available on Amazon and just by searching via google too


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2021 4:36 pm 
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Strongly agree with the last few comments. Definitely buy the last few years of CSSE papers. This, coupled with the free ones CSSE give should give you an indicator of the style of questions that come up. GL/CEM are not very helpful. Try Independent school papers (free on internet). Some of it (but not all) are closer to csse style of questions.


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