11+ Courses – Buckinghamshire

11+ Courses – Buckinghamshire

Susan Daughtrey Education Courses – Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire (written by Susan for CEM 11+ candidates)

The Buckinghamshire grammar school 11+ examinations have since 2013 been provided by CEM Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring.

After spending many hours devising a definitive Course for these new tests, all Susan Daughtrey Education Courses held in Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire, now focus on preparing pupils exclusively for the Buckinghamshire CEM 11+ tests.

Each year there are two tests, each of 45-50 minutes duration which comprise verbal, numerical and non-verbal questions on both papers. Each of the sections are separately timed. The two papers are administered on the same day. There are two preparation papers each of 30 minutes duration, which familiarise the children with the look and format of the papers. No past papers are released into the public domain in order to maintain the integrity of the test.

The Verbal Reasoning component comprises verbal reasoning, comprehension and vocabulary. The Non-verbal Reasoning component tests reasoning in a diagrammatic and abstract context, and the Numerical section of each paper tests problem-solving and multi-stage processing. Both test papers are multiple-choice.

The results of each test are amalgamated to give one single total score which is then age-standardised. The qualifying score for entry into a Buckinghamshire grammar school is 121.

For the children of Buckinghamshire, Susan Daughtrey Education 11+ Courses begin with the Foundation Course (30 weeks – 1 1/2 hours per week) in January of Year 4 or the shorter version of the Foundation Course (17 weeks – 1 1/2 hours per week) which commences in May.

The Foundation Course classes end immediately prior to October half term (when your child will be in Year 5). The Year 5 Course then commences after October half term and runs all the way up to the actual CEM 11+ tests the following September.

Features of all Susan Daughtrey Education Courses

SDE’s Buckinghamshire courses comprise the following features:

  • A Prep-Bag™ containing Course materials is given to each child at the beginning of the Course.
  • A Parents’ Meeting giving detailed information about the Courses, and offering parents the opportunity for discussion and to have any queries answered, is held at the beginning of the Year 5 Course.
  • The Course focuses on teaching your child the techniques required to successfully approach each type of question.
  • Standardised Assessments monitor the child’s progress in Verbal Reasoning, Maths and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
  • Test paper practice sessions are set in class under examination conditions throughout the year.
  • Holiday homework, to continue familiarity and practice, is set on a scheduled homework programme during Year 5.

The overwelming majority of the in-class Course resources have been written by Susan for the Course.

Refresher Course

A Refresher Course comprising three days at the end of the school summer holidays gives the opportunity for intensive revision. The Refresher Course is an additional option and is only available to the students who have attended the SDE 11+ Course (Year 5) throughout the school year.

Summer Revision and Testing Course

For students who have not attended the SDE 11+ Course (Year 5) throughout the year, we offer a 20 hour-long intensive ‘Revision and Testing’ Course over 5 days during the summer holidays (the Summer Course takes place in Beaconsfield, in a room directly below our Head Office). This Course is aimed at those students who have been preparing for the 11+ during Year 5 and who would benefit from additional revision and test paper practice. The Summer Revision and Testing Course is not suited to students who have attended the SDE 11+ Course (Year 5) throughout the year, these students should opt for the Refresher Course.

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