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11+ Maths Study Book and Parents' Guide for the CEM Test (CGP 11+ CEM) Paperback – 6 Jan 2014
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The book starts with a “benchmark test”. This is intended to indicate at what age range your child is operating in relation to the 11-plus requirement. So, for example, if the test positions your child at year 8-9 (aka Year 4), that is where they should start to study. The implication, of course, is that you should start by buying the CGP year 8-9 practice book and/or 10-minute test book, and then go on from there.
This process for selecting the age range in which to start study is described in the parents’ section at the end, which gives a good overview of the 11-plus all the way from “to sit or not to sit?” to “how to appeal”.
It isn’t specified how clearly when to use the main body of the book, but I would think the best time is in the twelve months running up to the exam to check full understanding of all the topics, and give time for remedial action. The practice and test books can, of course, highlight issues as well, but this book would be an excellent recap. What it does not do, of course, is to give practice in timing; you need one or both of the other series for this.
As the 3D shapes topic is my own weakness (poor visualisation skills!), I was impressed to see the way the answers to sample questions were explained, with a series of coloured/shaded diagrams to show how to analyse the problems.
This study book helps your child familiarise themselves with the types of questions they will come across in the exam and tips to how to answer correctly. The other books, such as practice books, can be used in conjunction with this book. It depends on how much time you have to prepare for the exam.
There are 91 pages of exam type exercises together with 11+ style questions and hints together with practice questions.
There is also a pull-out section at the back for parents, setting out many things, including how to plan a revision schedule and how to recognise and deal with stress in your child. Overall, this is a fully comprehensive learning system and I will introduce my daughter to it.
This book contains a 14-page pullout parents' guide, offering guidance on how to use the materials to prepare for the test. It works well with the 100-page study book. The benchmark test is a good starting point, except I wish they didn't target the materials by age (e.g. 7-8, 8-9, 9-10 and 10-11) because the benchmark test result indicates which practice books to use for your child's current aptitude. Telling a 10-year-old they are working at the 7-8 years level is not great for morale, a bad place to begin preparing.
The study book contains excellent example questions and detailed guidance on methods to tackle each type of question. Everything is very well set out and presented with coloured boxes and text to keep your child engaged and entertained while studying. The CGP books make studying fun, not like homework.
Fast forward 22 years and, as a teacher, CGP continue to be a brand that I can rely on. Their resources are well researched, up-to-date and simply explained.
We live in a fully selective educational authority; ALL children take the 11+ in Year 6. Before having children of my own I was an 11+ tutor and regularly used CGP verbal reasoning resources.
Now the shoe is on the the other foot and we are wondering whether my daughter might attend the same grammar school I did (yes - the one where the teacher couldn't control the children in maths!) We have been working through the age appropriate VR, non VR, maths and English resources through the past few years and feel like these are equipping her well.
Thank you CPG!
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