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11+ Practice Tests for the CEM Test - Pack 1
11+ Practice Tests for the CEM Test - Pack 1
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A good pair of complete practice papers, 20 Aug. 2015
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This is a nice set of two complete 11+ tests, each having sections on verbal reasoning, comprehension, maths, and non-verbal reasoning. The best feature is that the Answer Book contains not only the answers but a brief explanation of why it's the right answer. This will help the child (and possibly the adult!) to understand more about what each question is getting at, and how to answer similar questions better in future.

Parents should note that you will need to be present with a stop-watch while your child sits the exam, because it's divided into lots of individually-timed sections. You can't just go off and come back 90 minutes later!


11+ Verbal Reasoning Study Book and Parents' Guide for the CEM Test
11+ Verbal Reasoning Study Book and Parents' Guide for the CEM Test
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent text book, 20 Aug. 2015
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This is essential a text-book giving guidance on how to pass the 11+ "verbal reasoning" paper. Although it contains a few practice questions, most of the content is instructional in nature. The publisher makes other books containing practice papers, which would be a good complement to this book.

The style is straightforward and clear. The mixture of font sizes, colours and boxed elements gives a bit of a chaotic look to the page, but it helps to make it engaging, and to emphasise key points.

It's not a criticism of this book, but it's important to note that knowledge (especially of vocabulary), intelligence and practice will all play a big part in how well a child does in these exams. Simply reading this book doesn't guarantee success!


Hallmark Peter Rabbit Birthday Card For Her 'With Games Inside' - Medium
Hallmark Peter Rabbit Birthday Card For Her 'With Games Inside' - Medium
Price: £2.25

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for 5+., 20 Aug. 2015
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I suspect my daughter will enjoy receiving this card on her 5th birthday. It's worth noting that the illustrations are based on the recent BBC television series, rather than Beatrix Potter's original drawings. It wouldn't be a problem if the recipient isn't familiar with the TV show, but it's probably even more fun for her if she is.

I suspect most girls will be too busy on their birthdays to attempt the activities immediately, but they may come back to them a few days later. They will need to be able to read and write reasonably to get the most out of it, since they are invited to complete sections such as "Who came to my party...". So it's probably best for a fifth birthday as a minimum. In light of this requirement, the very simple silhouette-matching exercise is rather too easy.

My biggest criticism of the card is that it leaves hardly any space to write a personal greeting message.


Institut Karité Paris Shea After Shaving Balm, Milk Cream 250 ml
Institut Karité Paris Shea After Shaving Balm, Milk Cream 250 ml
Price: £8.60

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A somewhat feminine scent, 12 Aug. 2015
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I was curious to know how the manufacturers of this after-shave balm were going to make a masculine scent based on shea cream. The short answer is, they haven't.

Apart from a faint sharper note, this smells almost exactly the same as my wife's shower gel. It's certainly not a traditional, manly scent.

How much this matters is clearly a subjective question. I find the smell OK, but not wonderful. More objectively, it doesn't last very long.

As for the moisturising properties, it's soothing on the skin, and seems to work as well as other balms and moisturising lotions I've tried. Personally, I'll probably stick to E45 lotion and a squirt of after-shave in future.


Sony DSCW800 Compact Digital Camera - Black (20.1 MP, 5x Optical Zoom)
Sony DSCW800 Compact Digital Camera - Black (20.1 MP, 5x Optical Zoom)
Price: £59.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 10 Aug. 2015
I had high hopes for this camera, but was very disappointed with it and have ended up returning it.

The quality of the photos is mediocre at best -- the optics cannot support a 20 megapixel sensor, resulting in blurry images even in bright daylight. A usable resolution of about 5 megapixels is more realistic. Its low-light abilities are very poor.

But the show-stopper for me was the video recording. The autofocus keeps hunting every few seconds, even where the scene is largely static, resulting in videos that are barely watchable. Also, when playing back video on the camera itself, the audio is barely audible, even with the volume set to maximum (the sound is captured OK though, and is audible when played back on another device).

My low-end Motorola smartphone takes better photos and video clips.

I have now got the Canon Ixus 165 instead, which is vastly superior. It's a little more expensive, but its autofocus works perfectly, and the optical image stabilisation of the Canon results in much better low-light performance than this Sony camera. If you can afford the extra 30 quid or so, go with the Canon. The only slight plus point of the Sony, over the Canon, is the ability to recharge it from a USB socket (but the Sony uses a USB micro-A socket, rather than the more common USB micro-B, so you will still need to carry an extra lead around with you anyway).


11+ Maths Practice Test Papers: Multiple Choice - Pack 2
11+ Maths Practice Test Papers: Multiple Choice - Pack 2
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.96

5.0 out of 5 stars A good set of practice papers, 31 July 2015
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This set of four 50-minute test papers comes in a card folder with velcro closure. It includes a separate, machine-readable-style answer booklet, which is helpful for your child to practice switching accurately back and forth between question paper and answer paper. The separate answer booklet is helpful for speedy marking; it also includes a clear explanation of how to reach the right answer for each question, which may help a child (or adult!) to realise where they have gone wrong.

This is a nicely presented and useful set of test papers. The questions seem to me to be quite typical of the sort of questions that are asked in 11+ exams.

If I had one small criticism, it's that there are not four separate answer sheets, which would also allow siblings to sit different practice papers in parallel. There is, however, a statement that "photocopying more than 5% of this product is not permitted", from which I infer that permission is granted to photocopy a few pages from the answer book (although this could helpfully be made more explicit). This overcomes this problem, and also enables a child to sit the same test paper more than once. Great!


KS2 Maths Targeted SATs Revision Book - Advanced
KS2 Maths Targeted SATs Revision Book - Advanced
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Good content in a fun format, 31 July 2015
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This revision book comprises a series of double-page spreads, each covering a different topic (e.g. "coordinates" or "ratio and proportions"), and split into a teaching page and worked-examples page. There are also a few pages of practice questions scattered throughout the book.

The presentation is colourful and chatty, with lots of clip art and differently-coloured boxes. For an adult, it's a bit garish, but I suspect most children will like it. Text books were a lot less lively in my childhood! More importantly, though, the content is very good, despite the presentational levity, with clear explanations of how to tackle different problems. Recommended.


11+ Practice Tests for the CEM Test - Pack 3
11+ Practice Tests for the CEM Test - Pack 3
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.19

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good set of practice test. Stopwatches at the ready!, 30 July 2015
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This set comprises two lots of practice exam papers in a card folder with velcro closure. Each exam has two papers, each of which lasts 45 minutes, plus additional time to read the example questions.

The child either write the answers directly onto the exam paper or onto separate answer sheets, which are included. The latter would be helpful if your child needs to practice flipping back and forth between two sets of booklets for the real exam.

An answer booklet is provided which includes a brief explanation of the right answer for each question, which may help a child (or adult!) to realise where the child has gone wrong.

Finally, the folder includes some stiffening cardboard and a sheet of pink paper, whose purposes is unclear to me (possibly for the child to use for rough working, or to slide down each question page in order to mask future questions).

Overall, this is a nicely presented and useful set of test papers.

If you are invigilating your child sitting these papers, you will need to have a stopwatch and be prepared to concentrate hard, because the test are broken into individually-timed sections, some of which are as short as 6 minutes. You will also need to allow for periods of time to read the example questions before each section.


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Test Papers: Multiple Choice - Pack 2
11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Test Papers: Multiple Choice - Pack 2
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.96

5.0 out of 5 stars A good set of practice papers for a rather silly style of test, 30 July 2015
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This set of four 36-minute test papers comes in a card folder with velcro closure.

It includes a separate, machine-readable-style answer booklet, which is helpful for your child to practice switching accurately back and forth between question paper and answer paper. The separate answer booklet is helpful for speedy marking; it also includes a brief explanation of the right answer for each question, which may help a child (or adult!) to realise where the child has gone wrong. Finally, the folder includes some stiffening cardboard and a sheet of pink paper, whose purposes is unclear to me (possibly for the child to use for rough working, or to slide down each question page in order to mask future questions).

So, this is a nicely presented and useful set of test papers.

The questions seem to me to be quite typical of the sort of questions that are asked in 11+ exams. These "non-verbal reasoning" tests involve working out patterns in sequences of shapes. Personally, I find them very frustrating, because the patterns are not particularly intuitive, even to an adult (and it's not that I'm particularly stupid, having passed 11+ scholarship exams myself years ago, and having a maths degree from Oxford). Some questions have more than one possible answer, only one of which is deemed "correct" (e.g., when identifying the figure that is "most unlike the others" from a set of five, one can come up with dozens of conditions that are satisfied by different groups of four of the five objects, only one of which is the condition that the examiner is looking for). It's a silly test, but that's all the more reason for your child to practice, practice, practice, so that they can learn to spot the types of pattern the examiners are looking for.

If I had one small criticism, it's that there are not four separate answer sheets, which would also allow siblings to sit different practice papers in parallel. There is, however, a statement that "photocopying more than 5% of this product is not permitted", from which I infer that permission is granted to photocopy a few pages from the answer book (although this could helpfully be made more explicit). This overcomes this problem, and also enables a child to sit the same test paper more than once. Great!


11+ Verbal Reasoning Practice Test Papers: Multiple Choice - Pack 2
11+ Verbal Reasoning Practice Test Papers: Multiple Choice - Pack 2
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful set of practice papers, 28 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This set of four 50-minute test papers comes in a card folder with velcro closure. It includes a separate, machine-readable-style answer booklet, which is helpful for your child to practice switching accurately back and forth between question paper and answer paper. The separate answer booklet is helpful for speedy marking; it also includes a brief explanation of the right answer for each question, which may help a child (or adult!) to realise where the child has gone wrong. Finally, the folder includes some stiffening cardboard and a sheet of pink paper, whose purposes is unclear to me (possibly for the child to use for rough working, or to slide down each question page in order to mask future questions).

This is a nicely presented and useful set of test papers. The questions seem to me to be quite typical of the sort of questions that are asked in 11+ exams. Personally, I think the title of "verbal reasoning" is a little misleading, since the sections on basic arithmetic, pattern-matching and code-breaking have nothing much to do with verbal comprehension, but the publisher is just following the precedent set by others here, so it's not their fault!

If I had one small criticism, it's that there are not four separate answer sheets, which would also allow siblings to sit different practice papers in parallel. There is, however, a statement that "photocopying more than 5% of this product is not permitted", from which I infer that permission is granted to photocopy a few pages from the answer book (although this could helpfully be made more explicit). This overcomes this problem, and also enables a child to sit the same test paper more than once. Great!


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