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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 17 September 2014
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This book is mostly about spotting patterns and shapes and the rules which dictate how they change in the sequence, then asking the reader to choose which of the given options fits in the next place in the sequence.
( it reminds me of the brain training games you get for nintendo wii or ds)
it is broken up into section of
pages2-16-- spotting pattern
shapes
counting
pointing
shading and line types
order and preposition
rotation
reflection
layering
Pages 18- 20 --3d Shapes
rotating 3d shapes
2d and 3d shapes
Pages 22 -92 are all Assessment tests
These are all explained and "walked through" in the pull out parents section at the back, so you can go through and explain what is being asked of the reader in each question.
It also has a back page to score your results and improvements you have made working through the book.

It is very comprehensive and has a good explanation for each question.
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This book covers all the basics of Non-Verbal reasoning for the CEM (not GL) 11+ tests, and it's comprehensive, with great examples, has plenty of questions and an all-important answer sheet. I say all-important, as I didn't think that this guide was one for parents and kids, as there's no parents' section, and, I have to be honest and admit that I didn't do very well with many of the exercises, so I'd have been no good assisting with this.

However, the child who used this didn't balk at what admittedly had my eyes boggling, and found it an incredibly useful tool, especially as in the answer booklet, there's not just the right answer given, but an explanation of how that answer was reached. Impressive!
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VINE VOICEon 8 October 2015
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It’s quite some time since I sat my 11+, but this excellent book from CGP brought back some old memories. Though this book is centred on the CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring ) of Durham University test it is an excellent way of practising for a wide variety of applications. Also of note is that CGP achieve a high standard across the whole range of its books and having seen and evaluated a few of them for the Vine programme and gone through them when my girls were doing GCSE and ‘A’ levels, I can say that they achieve an enviable level of excellence across a wide-ranging subject matter.

The other interesting thing is that the methods espoused in this book and the assessment papers extend well beyond practise for the 11+. My daughter is in her final year at University and has been applying to various firms to try and gain entry to their graduate schemes. Nearly all have some form of online assessment and much of this involves non-verbal reasoning. The trick with these, a bit like doing crosswords, is to do lots of examples and attempt to get into the mind set that such exams will require. One this has been done, then, speed, accuracy and competence soon speed up. The idea that someone can sit these without being familiar with them is no way to give of one’s best. Enter super books like this one which will not only provide useful advice so that one is not intimidated by a test but will also provide lots of worked examples: thus allowing the student to build a vital familiarity. It seems to me that this is the key to success with this type of assessment. Many thanks.
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VINE VOICEon 28 April 2014
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This book is divided into three sections: Spotting Patterns, 3D Shapes and Assessment Tests. It also contains answers and explanations in a pull-out section at the back. There is advice about how to help your child tackle the eight assessment tests. You can download multiple choice answer sheets from the CGP Books website.

There's a progress chart at the back of the book, in which your progress can be recorded. Once again, extra copies can be downloaded from the publisher's website if necessary. There's information about how the answer should be derived, as well as what the answer actually is. The design of the book is attractive, without being distracting to the student.
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VINE VOICEon 28 April 2014
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This is good way to really prepare a child for the test, we tested the kids using exam conditions, and we believe this best prepped them for real exam. Even if the test is not applicable for your area its central themes and tenets, as supplemental work, can do nothing more than be a positive enforcer when added to the correct papers for your area. That said you should still ensure that you know which tests are used in your school district and ensure that you have covered those test papers to best prep your child for the exam. While you get two test papers per section, it would have nice to have had more, but this a minor problem. A very good resource that will hopefully get the results we are looking for.
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VINE VOICEon 21 July 2015
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If you are buying this book to prepare for an 11 plus test then you need to find out from your school what kind of test your child will be sitting. They are not all the same. GL Assessment produce test to order so can differ from one school to another. CEM University of Durham tests test natural ability and aim to be tutor proof. Unfortunately you cannot get past exam papers and therefore impossible to know what will be in the test from year to year.

This practice book is based on CEM. They are a lot of books in this range ( Ages 7-8, 8-9, 9-10 + 10-11) There is also a useful Study Guide available. Unlike the study guide , in this practice book there is no benchmark test to help you assess your childs ability and give a general idea at what level they are working at. Therefore I believe your first purchase when beginning preparation would be the start with Non verbal Reasoning Study Guide.

The book has three parts;

Spotting patterns page 2 -17 inc warm up questions
3D shapes page 18-21 inc warm up questions
Assessment tests x 8 page 22-101 each test is out of 46 marks

Score 0-27 work on your question technique
Score 28-38 You re nearly there, go back over the questions you found tricky
Score 39-46 You re a Non Verbal Reasoning star

In addition there is a removal answer book at the back which does contain brief explanations but not enough info to teach.

Don't miss the progress chart on the last page to keep track of your assessment tests. You can do each test more than once download extra answer sheets www.cpglearning.co.uk/11+

11 + test are usually taken in the summer of year 5 primary school and before you need to make your Local Authority school preference in Autumn of year 6.. and are split into 4 categories. Comprehension, Non Verbal Reasoning, Maths, Verbal Reasoning. This book covers Non Verbal Reasoning, understanding and analyzing visual information/ solve problems using visual reasoning

If your thinking about 11 + entry I would also recommend 11 + forums, after the exams some parents get their children to go through some of the questions and have compiled a list of typical questions which is very useful as past papers for CEM are not available.

Don't listen to anyone who tells you you don't need to prepare for an 11 plus. Practice Practice Practice from at least year 5

Book Dated 2013
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VINE VOICEon 11 June 2014
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This book is full of lots and lots of non verbal reasoning questions to help practise for 11+. It is really no fuss just plenty of questions, it does exactly what you need. CGP is a very reliable brand and this one lives up to the expectations too. There is not so much of the fun, casual or joking aspect that you find in the revision guides though - this is very much just down to business, but there is plenty here for kids to work through and it is very useful
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The 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Book with Assessment Tests for the CEM test, is a great tool for helping your child gain confidence in the non-verbal reasoning part of the 11+. It has sections looking at Spotting Patterns and 3D Shapes. These are subdivided further into topics such as Layering, Reflection, Ordering, and Rotation.

Following on from the practice sections are 8 Assessment Tests. These enable your child to get a feel for the kind of questions that may appear on the CEM 11+, and to get some experience on how to handle the questions within a specified time frame.

There is a progress chart included, so that you can check how your child is progressing. There is also a pull-out answer booklet, with in-depth explanation of how the answers are achieved.

Overall, this is a great learning tool for children preparing for their 11+, but also for those wishing to work on some fun, interesting new puzzles.
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VINE VOICEon 1 August 2015
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My 9-year-old son (soon to be Year 5) loves doing these "puzzles", after a slightly shaky start. Although he is not entering the 11+, I thought it would be a good idea to 'expand' his brain and get him to think in a different way. The first couple of pages resulted in a tantrum (!), but after that it seemed to pique his interest and he now really enjoys this book.

I think it is a helpful book even for those not doing the 11+, because spotting patterns is good training for lateral thinking. Would definitely recommend this book, even for adults - there were many questions where I had to look in the included answer book, which helpfully contained explanations!
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VINE VOICEon 22 July 2015
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This provides plenty of material to practise non-verbal reasoning skills. Assessment tests provide the opportunity for timed practice, while clear explanations in a pull-out help the parent work with the child to see the thinking process needed. The tests may be done more than once (you can use paper or download extra answer sheets from a website) so that you can track progress over time.
This is definitely a practice book, with minimal explanations given for each type of question, but as long as you understand yourself the principle of how non-verbal reasoning questions are done this will give you plenty of opportunity to work through sample questions.
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