Thanks Optimist, can you point me (and others
) at suitable books for numerical reasoning for CEM?
We used the usual bond maths and ss mental maths books. They built the foundations.
The problem in helping you prepare, is that area tests seem to be customised for the cohort.
Bucks was all about speed, ds2 could easily do the first past the post workbook when he practised, but he got a low mark in his test because of the sheer volume of problems that needed solving, which did not suit him at all. Other areas seem to be trickier sums, but less of them, others seem to only have multi choice, others have a mix of all types. Really all you can do is get up to level 5 in maths, and get quick if physically able to do so. There really is no straight answer.
I do not think that L5 maths correlates with good cem maths performance. Ds was L5 maths at end of Y5 and still struggled with 11plus maths, but his tutor was able to provide him with summer hwk which prepared him. However, none of this was KS2 type of content.