We maintain a regular assessment routine which helps the teacher to better identify and understand their student's shortcomings and how to address those.
We also have an intensive homework programme with high demanding and challenging questions for our 11 plus students, which requires a minimum of 4 hours and parental support. Parents must ensure that these fully completed homework are always returned to the tutor for marking
Our Tutors are trained to write extensive lesson by lesson reports to parents
Maths topics are broadly divided into 4 sections: Number, Handling Data, Shape and Space and Measurement.
The English paper varies greatly, dependant on your Local Education Authority. The test usually entails writing a story on a given theme and there may be a comprehension test consisting of a text to be read by the pupil and then a series of questions to determine how the child has interpreted and understood the text.We cover grammar, spelling, reading, writing, vocabulary, and comprehension.
This is not taught in the National Curriculum and can be thought of as a way of testing your child's potential, not just how good they are at learning. VR requires a good vocabulary and involves problems with words, sequences, codes, and logic. There are 21 different types of VR questions; your child needs to understand how to identify these questions and what is required to answer them.
This is also not taught in the National Curriculum and involves solving problems that are represented graphically with pictures and diagrams. These questions can also be broken down into different types and again your child needs to understand how to identify them and have a strategy on how to answer them.
What are the differences between GL and CEM assessments?
The main two exam boards for, 11 plus examination must assess students based upon, Mathematics, English, and Verbaland Non-Verbal Reasoning. Nevertheless, parents should be aware of key differences when deciding which examination, they want their child to sit
Both CEM and GL papers cover roughly the same material. GL deals with; English Mathematics, Verbal/Non-Verbal Reasoning whilst CEM covers; Verbal/ Non-Verbal but also Numerical Reasoning.
CEM examinations do not directly separate the subjects by exam paper. Usually one paper will test the student for Mathematics and Non Verbal Reasoning and the other paper will test the student for English and Verbal Reasoning. In both cases questions will either be standardised or multiple choice.
Is There a Preferred Exam?
It is impossible to say for absolute certainty which is the preferred examination however parents should take note of the factthat in recent times CEM exams have become more popular, but keep in mind that many schools accept a combination of CEM and GL assessment.
How long do the exams last?
CEM exams comprise two separate papers each of which lasts 45 minutes.
GL exam papers last 45 minutes altogether in both cases thequestions are a combination of all subjects and the time allocated to the student for answering each question will vary throughout.
Which exam is more difficult?
This question is hard to answer as each individual student's ability, and preference for certain question types will vary. The two most importantaspects to consider are as follows;
GL examinations potentially cover as many as 21 different Verbal Reasoning skills, for an 11 plus exam this is a high amount and it is considerably more than is covered in the CEM examination.
CEM examinations however will require your child to have a much more diverse and in-depth knowledge of vocabulary. The CEM paper will also much more closely resemble that which your child will be taught at Primary School for both Mathematics and English as it is closer to the standard National Curriculum.