CEM Durham University 11+ Papers
The following 11 Plus areas and schools use 11 Plus CEM exams. CEM do not publish their own past papers, nor do they use other publishers to do so.
To get an idea of the type of tests CEM will use please have a look through the CEM 11 Plus Booklets (below). These have been issued by CEM to illustrate the type of questions children will face.
In addition to the booklets published by CEM ( Durham University), several publishers have also started to issue their best guess of what an actual CEM paper might look like. Free CEM 11 Plus Papers issued by these reputable publishers are available at the bottom of this page.
Feedback and results indicate that questions are often significantly harder than illustrated in the booklets, equally please remember that CEM are free to change questions or introduce new formats whenever they like. They have for instance previously tested for grammar knowledge and equally they introduced the jumbled sentences question a few years ago without notice.
We’d always advise children to prepare flexibly (see our free 11 Plus guides for year3, year 4 and year5 which will show you what to do when). We also have a page on preparation options if you are not sure what to do.
In CEM the verbal reasoning sections tend to be heavily over-weighted compared to numerical reasoning or non-verbal reasoning. Within CEM verbal reasoning (which is unlike other 11 plus verbal reasoning tests) vocabulary breadth and spelling ability are core skills and the more you can do in this area the better. See our section on Free CEM Verbal Reasoning question types to understand more about this part of the test.
Free CEM 11 Plus Exam Papers
Publishers of course have worked to interpret what an actual CEM paper might look like using the information CEM publish alongside other source information.
The papers below are we feel the best representations of what CEM 11 Plus papers might look like. Please remember though that children should have a particular focus on core skills through their preparation and should prepare flexibly because CEM can without any warning introduce entirely new question types.
Both CGP and Bond are featured in our publishers section and we also recommended some of their products as part of our preparation plans.
Please note that while CGP produce three papers, the norm ( except for a couple of instances) is for all three disciplines to be dealt with through two 45 minute papers, with each paper featuring a mix of questions.
It should also be noted that all the best current information we have indicates that the volume of questions is biased towards Verbal Reasoning disciplines ( particularly vocabulary breadth ).