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English, Verbal Reasoning and NVR Practice Books

GL and CEM 11 Plus practice books - order below

Beaconsfield School of Education publishes a series of 11 Plus practice books. The following titles are currently available:

  • English and Vocabulary for the GL Assessment® 11+  (2018)
  • Reading Comprehension practice for the 11+               (2019)
  • Verbal Reasoning practice for the CEM 11+                   (2017)
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning for the CEM 11+                         (2018)
  • Reading Comprehension for Key Stage 2                      (2018)

The books have been written by the Beaconsfield School of Education Principal and 11 Plus tutor, Jeremy Bull, MA. The practice exercises have been carefully developed and tested to ensure they provide suitable practice for the 11 Plus examinations.  All titles include an Answer Key. There are further details about the books below and an order form. If you buy two or more titles in one purchase, you will save on combined postage. Orders are delivered by Royal Mail First Class post and dispatched the same or next working day.

English and Vocabulary for the GL Assessment® 11+

ISBN 978-1-9164737-0-6; A4 paperback format, 143 pages.

This book is designed for children aged 9 and 10 studying in school year 5. The book is divided into 10 sections. Each section provides practice exercises in reading comprehension, Technical English and vocabulary, all graded to the level of the GL Assessment 11+ tests. The exercises include GL Assessment-style multiple-choice Comprehension exercises, grammar, spelling and punctuation practice, cloze procedure (gap-fill) and vocabulary-building exercises.

Reading Comprehension practice for the 11+

ISBN 978-1-9164737-2-0; A4 filing clip format, 103 pages.

This book is designed to help children in Year 5 who are preparing for the GL or CEM 11+. Both of these 11+ exams may include reading comprehension, and it is important for children to practise reading, using annotation and other skills to help them identify correct answers. There are 50 comprehension passages in the book. Some are complete stories, some are extracts from stories and some are non-fiction. A wide range of topics is covered in the 50 passages, including science and technology, history, nature, biography and music. 

The fictional passages include some well-known characters from English literature, like the detective Sherlock Holmes and Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz. Some of the multiple-choice questions in the exercises are connected to information, ideas and opinions which are clearly stated in the passages. In other questions, however, children will need to use logical deduction to find the correct answer, basing their answers on limited evidence rather than clearly stated facts. The exercises also include questions connected to English grammar, the meaning of individual words and to expressions used in the passages.

Verbal Reasoning Practice for the CEM 11+

ISBN 978-1-5272-0524-6; A4 paperback format, 153 pages.

This book is designed for children aged 9 and 10 studying in school year 5. Verbal Reasoning is a major feature of CEM 11 Plus tests. Verbal Reasoning questions may account for up to half the total marks awarded. The Verbal Reasoning practice exercises in this book are designed to help children aged 9-10 develop their skills in this important area.

The book is divided into 10 Sections. Each Section provides 7 Verbal Reasoning practice exercises graded to the level of the CEM 11+ tests. They include multiple-choice reading comprehension, synonym and antonym exercises in every Section. Vocabulary and spelling practice exercises are also provided, including cloze procedure (gap fill) exercises.

"Brilliant book! Totally recommend it." - parent

Non-Verbal Reasoning for the CEM 11+

ISBN 978-1-5272-0702-8; A4 paperback format, 117 pages.

The Non-Verbal Reasoning exercises in this book have been written to help children aged 9-10 prepare for the 11+. The question types are particularly relevant to the CEM-style 11+ but they also provide useful practice for the GL 11+ as well as for Common Entrance tests.

The level of difficulty throughout the book is designed to reflect the level of the 11+ test. A feature of the CEM 11+ test is that the NVR multiple-choice questions often have six answer options. For this reason, the Practice Exercises in this book include questions with 4, 5 and 6 answer options.

Reading Comprehension for Key Stage 2

ISBN 978-1-5272-2246-5; A4 paperback format, 171 pages.

This book is designed for children aged 9-11 studying in school years 4-6. The book contains 55 engaging reading passages, each with a multiple-choice comprehension exercise. The exercises are designed to boost reading skills, grammar and vocabulary. The fictional and non-fictional passages cover a wide range of topics and written styles. The book provides suitable preparation for the GL 11 Plus and the CEM 11 Plus, as well as Common Entrance examinations and KS2 SATS.

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11+ Practice Books

mock 11+ test

Click on the links below for 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Maths sample questions:

English Language Resources
Cambridge English: First

Free Cambridge English: First resources resources from Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Cambridge English: Advanced

Free Cambridge English: Advanced resources from Cambridge English Language Assessment.


Free IELTS resources from the British Council.

Learning resources from Oxford University Press

OUP's Learning Resources Bank has a range of free online English Language learning resources.

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