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Non-Verbal Reasoning

CEM will be providing the 11 Plus tests in Bucks and Berks this September. Non-Verbal Reasoning questions account for approximately 20% of the marks in the Bucks and Slough Consortium CEM 11 Plus tests. A good performance in this section of the CEM 11+ can make a significant difference to a pupil's overall marks.

To score well in this section, it is important for children to familiarise themselves with the different question types they may encounter. 

Initially, children can find this challenging. However, "practice makes perfect" can certainly be applied to Non-Verbal Reasoning. It also helps if the child enjoys the challenge of this type of exercise.

The focus of Non-Verbal Reasoning questions is on relationships between shapes and patterns, rather than on words or numerals. NVR questions test the student's ability to make logical deductions based on mathematical concepts. These include shape, size, quantity, rotation, angle, direction, pattern, shading and orientation. Click on the links below to see sample Non-Verbal Reasoning questions.

Non-Verbal Reasoning Example 1  -  Odd one out

Non-Verbal Reasoning Example 2  -  Complete the set (Series type)

Non-Verbal Reasoning Example 3  -  Odd one out

Non-Verbal Reasoning Example 4
  -  Nets

Non-Verbal Reasoning Example 5  -  Complete the set (Matrix / Grid type)

Non-Verbal Reasoning Example 6  -  Multiple-matching

Non-Verbal Reasoning Example 7  -  3D Rotational



Sample Verbal Reasoning questions for the CEM 11 Plus



Sample Numerical Reasoning questions for the CEM 11 Plus



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Beaconsfield School of English specialises in preparation courses for the Bucks version of the 11 Plus exam. This is the CEM (Durham University) 11 Plus, which is also used by most of the selective schools in Berkshire. 
The Beaconsfield School of English CEM 11 Plus course is designed for students in Year 5 at Primary School. The CEM 11+ course covers the 3 main areas of the Bucks CEM 11 Plus - Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning. The 11 Plus lessons are taught on a One to One basis (private lessons) enabling the 11+ teacher to identify strengths and weaknesses and to focus on weaker areas needing improvement.

The Beaconsfield School of English CEM 11 Plus course starts in September and lasts for 3 terms. There is also an 11 Plus Summer School in August.

The 11+ lessons are 75 minutes long, so the pupils can practise and focus on CEM-style 11+ exercises for an extended period. The teacher always sets homework after the lessons for completion by the following week and this is an important part of the 11 Plus course.
The questions in the CEM 11+ exams provided by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University is broadly based on the primary school Year 5 syllabus.


Pupils normally start their CEM 11+ course at Beaconsfield School of English two weeks after the Bucks CC schools start back at school. The 11 Plus course dates then match the Bucks County Council school term dates closely. There are 3 CEM 11 Plus course terms: Autumn Term, Spring Term and Summer Term.

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The four-week CEM 11+ Summer School in August is a final preparation stage leading up to CEM 11+ test day. The pupils study for 2.5 hours or 5 hours per week (individual tuition) on the CEM 11+ Summer School and the lessons focus on CEM-style 11+ practice tests, consolidation and revision.

The week before the course starts, pupils enrolled on the 11+ Summer School study the free Beaconsfield School of English 11+ Home Study Course. Preparation courses and Mock CEM 11 Plus Test Sessions for the Bucks 11 Plus. One to One courses (private tuition) helping pupils succeed in the 11 Plus in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. Online 11 Plus Pracrtice Tests suitable for CEM 11 Plus preparation, with over 50,000 11 Plus test questions.

Free NVR practice questions are available via the links on this page.

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