CEM-style 11+ Mock Exams 2020

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In 2020, SDE’s CEM-style 11+ Mock Exams (with Dynamic Video Tuition™) are taking place in the following locations:

  • Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  • Maidenhead, Berkshire
  • Reading (Earley), Berkshire
  • Reading (Winnersh), Berkshire
  • Redbridge, North-East London
  • Slough / Langley, Berkshire
  • Wolverhampton, West Midlands

The test papers for these Sessions have been written by Susan Daughtrey M.Ed., the 11+ tutor and author, to help students who are preparing to write the CEM® (Durham University®) 11+ tests.

How many Sessions do you offer?

In each location there are six Sessions:  Sessions A – F.

The test papers at each Session are unique (i.e. no repeat questions).

Most parents book all six Sessions and use the Mock Exams as part of their child’s final preparation for the 11+ exam – the video tuition is a targeted, user-friendly, stress-free and extremely effective way of helping your child to get ready for the 11+ test.

What is the agenda for each Session?

At each Session we will emulate, as far as reasonably practicable, your child’s most likely experience on the day of the real CEM 11+ tests.  To this end, in each location our CEM-style 11+ Mock Exam Sessions, include the following features:

  • Two 45 – 50 minute multiple-choice test papers at each Session;
  • A short break between the two test papers;
  • Individual Sections of the test papers are separately timed; and
  • As part of the administration of the tests, we use pre-recorded and pre-timed vocal prompts (broadcast using speakers) to announce, for example, when the student can start each Section of the test.

What other features are there?

  • SDE’s test papers contain questions which Susan Daughtrey expects to be of a similar style and level of difficulty to the questions on the ‘real’ CEM 11+ tests (this has been confirmed by many former SDE mock exam students who have written to SDE following the real CEM tests to report that the ‘Susan Daughtrey mock exams were the most like the real CEM tests’);
  • SDE’s test papers include a range of verbal reasoning (including English comprehension and vocabulary), numerical reasoning and non-verbal reasoning questions, split into several stand-alone Sections within each test paper and which are individually timed using the pre-recorded audio administration;
  • Students are encouraged to write their working out on the actual question papers (which are securely shredded and recycled after the Session) as they will be permitted to write their working out on the real CEM test papers;
  • Students are instructed to record all their answers on the separate multiple-choice answer sheet;
  • The answer sheets are marked accurately and quickly using electronic scanning technology (known as ‘Optical Mark Recognition’ or ‘OMR’) – this enables us to disseminate the results quickly after the test;
  • All venues have been carefully appraised by SDE and found to be suitable for 11+ mock exams; and
  • All venues feature plentiful free parking.

Dynamic Video Tuition™

All of our 2020 CEM-style 11+ Mock Exams include our unique and innovative Dynamic Video Tuition™ service.

Dynamic Video Tuition™ is a significant video production and IT project, involving the creation of more than 3000 short video tutorials, each typically 1-4 minutes in length, together with an online video streaming platform, so the video tutorials can be watched by you and your child at home.  We have created a video tutorial for every question on our series of six CEM-style 11+ Mock Exams (as well as many of our other exam formats, including SDE GL-style 11+ Mock Exams used in other areas).  In the run up to the 2019 11+ exams, our video tutorials were streamed by parents and students over 200,000 times!

Dynamic Video Tuition™ is designed to target your child’s individual learning needs.  For each question your child answers incorrectly on the tests our bespoke online software (accessed via your secure parent login to the SDE website) will provide you with access to a data field and a link to a short video, devised and narrated by Susan Daughtrey, which includes:

  • The test question number;
  • Your child’s wrong answer selection;
  • A link to a video tutorial, devised and narrated by Susan Daughtrey M.Ed, which can be streamed from home and which includes the following:
    • The test question number, test question and multiple-choice answer options that appeared on the question paper;
    • Where relevant (e.g for VR questions), an explanation of the technique or method that Susan Daughtrey recommends your child uses to answer the question, devised and narrated by Susan Daughtrey;
    • Where relevant (e.g for Maths questions), working out is shown on screen in a step-by-step fashion, with Susan Daughtrey explaining the process she recommends your child should follow to answer the question correctly; and
    • Finally, the correct answer is shown on screen.

You can pause, rewind and re-watch the video tutorials provided as part of the 11+ Mock Exam feedback as many times as you like, until the 11+ exams in September 2020.

Dynamic Video Tuition™ has been devised with the specific objectives of giving your child the opportunity to: (a) learn from their mistakes; and (b) improve future exam performance.  This is a unique and innovative resource, which responds to your child’s individual learning requirements by identifying only the questions your child answered incorrectly on the test papers and addressing those wrongly answered questions through the deployment of a video tutorial.

This is simply a fantastic way to revise with your child and was described by one very satisfied 2019 parent, as a “game-changer”.

What other feedback can I expect after each Session?

Feedback is provided via a secure parent login to the SDE website.

This feedback includes:

  • A Letter to Parents providing a detailed description of the type of questions which appeared on the test papers, a Target Mark™ and lists of the more complex vocabulary from the actual test papers;
  • A Record Table™ which shows your child’s score in each element of the test papers, a total score for each test and a combined score for the two tests. Next to your child’s scores, we also provide the group average score (as well as the “all-time” average score) to help you identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, relative to the other candidates (there are usually many other students to compare your child’s results to as the Sessions are extremely popular);
  • Two anonymised Lists of Scores showing the results of other students who have written the same test papers as your child:
    • the first is the Group List of Scores – this list contains only the anonymised scores of the students attending the 11+ Mock Exam Session on the same weekend and usually at the same venue as your child (giving you the most “like-for-like” comparison available as the test papers were sat in the same circumstances); and
    • the second is the remarkable All-Time List of Scores, containing the test results of all students who have written the same tests as your child at various SDE 11+ Mock Exam venues since the SDE CEM-style test papers were first written by Susan Daughtrey in 2013 (Sessions A & B), 2015 (Sessions C & D), 2018 (Session E) and 2020 (the yet-to-be-written Session F papers).  Many of these lists contain the scores of several hundred students who have written the same test papers as your child, giving you the ability to clearly analyse your child’s performance relative to others in a way that may not be possible if you send your child to a less popular CEM-style 11+ Mock Exam provider;
  • Access to our unique and innovative Dynamic Video Tuition™ service detailed above, so you can see exactly which questions your child answered incorrectly and you have access to an expert explanation of how to answer the question which has been devised and narrated by Susan Daughtrey M.Ed.

Cost

The ‘series’ of six CEM-style 11+ Mock Exam Sessions have been carefully timed to enable you to monitor your child’s exam performance and to give your child plenty of test paper practice in a formal exam room environment in the months leading up to the real 11+ tests. With our Dynamic Video Tuition service, your child is given the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and to improve future exam performance.  Most parents opt for all 6 mock exams, which is our best value package and also attracts a further Early Booking Discount for those who are able to plan well in advance (all tests dates can be amended free of charge – please see below).

1 Session: £75
2 Sessions: £140 (£70 each, save £10)
3 Sessions: £195 (£65 each, save up to £30)
4 Sessions: £240 (£60 each, save up to £60)
5 Sessions: £275 (£55 each, save up to £100)     Early Booking Discount – save a further £20 – £255 (£51 each, save up to £120)
6 Sessions: £300 (£50 each, save up to £150)    Early Booking Discount – save a further £20 – £280 (£46.67 each, save up to £170)

You can combine these tests with Mock Exams that we run directly at other venues, such as our GL-style 11+ exams for Bucks or our special Sessions for QE Boys’ 11+ candidates or Henrietta Barnett 11+ candidates.  Simply add these tests to your Cart and continue looking for Mock Exam in other areas.  Our best value package is for six SDE 11+ Mock Exams (currently just £280 with our Early Booking Discount).

Terms and Conditions

All SDE 11+ Mock Exam Sessions are subject to our mock exam terms and conditions which you can view on the booking page.

Change of date / time / venue and cancellation

You can make unlimited online changes to your bookings (up to 72 hours before the relevant Session start time) via your secure SDE Account.  All online changes of date / time / venue are entirely automated.  This service is available to you 24/7 and is free of charge.

If you cancel your booking, we will apply a cancellation of charge of £20 to help cover our card processing fees and administration costs.  Our fees will also be recalculated if you are cancelling part of a booking (e.g one test in a multiple booking).  Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for full details.

Confirmation

Once you have paid for the Session(s), you will automatically receive a Receipt and a Booking Confirmation (two separate emails).

How to book

  • Review the timetable and click ‘Book Now’;
  • Complete the simple Registration Form; and
  • Pay for your Session(s).

Venue Session Date Time Book Now
Earley

Earley Crescent Resource Centre

Warbler Drive
Reading
RG6 4HB



A Saturday 18th April 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
A Saturday 25th April 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
B Saturday 9th May 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
B Saturday 16th May 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
C Saturday 23rd May 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
C Saturday 6th June 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
D Saturday 20th June 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
D Saturday 27th June 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
E Saturday 11th July 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
E Saturday 18th July 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
F Saturday 22nd August 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
F Saturday 22nd August 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
F Saturday 5th September 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
 
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Cheltenham

Cheltenham
Cheltenham Bournside School
Warden Hill Road
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL51 3EF



A Sunday 5th July 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
B Sunday 12th July 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
C Saturday 25th July 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
D Saturday 8th August 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
E Saturday 22nd August 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
 
Gloucester

Gloucester
Severn Vales School
School Lane
Quedgeley
Gloucester
GL2 4PR



A Sunday 10th May 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
B Sunday 14th June 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
C Saturday 27th June 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
D Saturday 18th July 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
E Sunday 23rd August 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
F Saturday 29th August 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
 
Maidenhead

Maidenhead
Altwood Road
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 4PU



A Saturday 9th May 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
B Saturday 6th June 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
C Saturday 11th July 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
D Saturday 25th July 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
E Saturday 8th August 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
F Saturday 5th September 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
 
Redbridge

Seven Kings School
494 Ley Street
Ilford
Essex
IG2 7BT



A Sunday 10th May 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
B Sunday 31st May 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
C Sunday 28th June 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
D Sunday 19th July 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
E Sunday 9th August 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
F Sunday 23rd August 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
 
Slough

(HALL SETTING - up to 100 students per Session)

Fully air conditioned - great for summer dates

East Berkshire College
Langley Campus
Station Road
Slough
SL3 8BY



A Saturday 2nd May 2020 10.30AM to 12.45PM Book Now
A Sunday 10th May 2020 2.00PM to 4.15PM Book Now
A Tuesday 4th August 2020 10.30AM to 12.45PM Book Now
B Saturday 23rd May 2020 10.30AM to 12.45PM Book Now
B Sunday 31st May 2020 2.00PM to 4.15PM Book Now
B Thursday 6th August 2020 10.30AM to 12.45PM Book Now
C Saturday 6th June 2020 10.30AM to 12.45PM Book Now
C Sunday 14th June 2020 2.00PM to 4.15PM Book Now
C Tuesday 11th August 2020 10.30AM to 12.45PM Book Now
D Saturday 4th July 2020 10.30AM to 12.45PM Book Now
D Sunday 5th July 2020 2.00PM to 4.15PM Book Now
D Thursday 13th August 2020 10.30AM to 12.45PM Book Now
E Sunday 12th July 2020 2.00PM to 4.15PM Book Now
E Tuesday 18th August 2020 2.00PM to 4.15PM Book Now
E Friday 28th August 2020 10.30AM to 12.45PM Book Now
F Friday 31st July 2020 10.30AM to 12.45PM Book Now
F Thursday 20th August 2020 2.00PM to 4.15PM Book Now
F Saturday 29th August 2020 2.00PM to 4.15PM Book Now
F Sunday 30th August 2020 10.30AM to 12.45PM Book Now
 
Solihull

Solihull
Tudor Grange Academy
Dingle Lane
Solihull
B91 3PD



A Sunday 3rd May 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
B Sunday 31st May 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
C Sunday 28th June 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
D Sunday 19th July 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
E Sunday 9th August 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
F Sunday 30th August 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
 
Winnersh/Reading

Winnersh/Reading
Winnersh Community Centre
New Road
Winnersh
Reading
RG41 5DU



A Sunday 26th April 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
A Sunday 26th April 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
B Sunday 24th May 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
B Sunday 24th May 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
C Sunday 14th June 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
C Sunday 14th June 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
D Sunday 19th July 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
D Sunday 19th July 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
E Sunday 26th July 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
E Sunday 26th July 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
F Sunday 30th August 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
F Sunday 30th August 2020 2.00pm to 4.15pm Book Now
 
Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton Grammar School
Compton Road
Wolverhampton
West Midlands
WV3 9RB



A Sunday 17th May 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
B Sunday 7th June 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
C Sunday 5th July 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
D Sunday 26th July 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
E Sunday 16th August 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now
F Sunday 6th September 2020 10.30am to 12.45pm Book Now