Becky Pengilly  

11+ Tutor

Exam Board Change

From September 2018 Buckinghamshire and Berkshire Pupils will be assessed for Grammar School entry by sitting the GL (Granada London) Assessment 11+ examination papers. This change has occurred after four years of using CEM (Centre of Evaluation and monitoring) test.

GL Assessment was originally founded by National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). Although the two organisations are now separate. GL Assessment 11+ is used in a number of areas such as: Dorset, Kent, Wiltshire, Northern Island.  An example of the Kent test familiarisation booklet (which will be very similar) can be found online:

This 11+ test (which consists of two papers) will cover a wider range of skills than the CEM Paper. It will also use some of the older style Verbal Reasoning type questions from the pre 2014 Test.


1) ENGLISH:    Comprehension, Synonyms, Antonyms

2) VERBAL REASONING:  Questions that test verbal skills such as grammar, spelling and vocabulary. This is achieved through patterns and codes. For example: which letter ends the first word and begins the second word in both sets of brackets?

F I R S   (    )  R A U M A          A  L  E  R    (    )  A  U  T  

Answer  (T)

3) MATHS:  A wide range of high level maths questions.  Assessing problem solving of: different units of measurement, conversion, money, fractions, percentages, decimals, ratio, angles, data-handling as well as accurate reading of tables and graphs.

4) NON-VERBAL REASONING: A wider range of NVR types are incorporated, than in the CEM 11+ Paper. Including those that cover spatial awareness.

5) SPATIAL AWARNESS: These questions are designed to test pupils' ability to visualise and mentally create, separate or rotate 2D or 3D shapes.  Example: The 2D cube net being created to a 3D cube (Dice).