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Can you prep for the CEM Eleven Plus exams?

You might not know, but many local Manchester and Cheshire Grammar schools have switched to CEM/Durham style entrance exams.

This means that if you are applying to sought after schools such as Altrincham Grammar School for Girls (AGSG) and Altrincham Boys Grammar (AGSB), it’s important to know what your son or daughter can expect in September.

First up, because the CEM board never publishes examination papers, there is a lot of unpredictability over exam content. This is why many parents approach us at 1-2-1 Home Tutors in Manchester to prepare their child for the autumn term exams.

It can certainly be a confusing time if you’re not sure what to expect. Here are three need-to-know pointers to steer you in the right direction:

The essentials…

  1. Durham 11+ exams usually focus on four key areas: Verbal reasoning (VR), Non-Verbal Reasoning (NVR), Maths and English.
  2. Papers are completed in strict time conditions with each section individually timed so children cannot go back to a section they missed. This alone adds pressure to get things right first time.
  3. Each 45 minute paper is broken down into three to four separate multi-choice sections. VR and NVR tend to measure potential and aptitude since these test questions are unfamiliar to children.

Urgent planning ahead:

Keep an eye on 2016 application deadlines. For Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, for instance, the deadline is 13th July! AGSB is August 21st.

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