CEM-style 11+ Mock Exams 2020

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In 2020, SDE’s CEM-style 11+ Mock Exams are taking place in the following locations:

  • Slough / Langley, Berkshire
  • Reading, Berkshire
  • Redbridge, North-East London
  • Earley, Berkshire
  • Gloucester, Gloucestershire
  • Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  • Wolverhampton, West Midlands

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

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 ongoing video production and IT project, which involved 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 from home.  There is a video tutorial for every question on our series of six CEM-style (as well as many of our other exam formats, including CEM-style and GL-style exams in other areas).

Dynamic Video Tuition is designed to target your child’s individual learning needs.  For each question your child answers incorrectly on the tests, with Dynamic Video Tuition™, 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 M.Ed, which includes:

  • The test question number;
  • Your child’s actual wrong answer option;
  • A link to a video tutorial, which can be streamed from home, which includes the following:
    • The test question number, actual test question and multiple-choice answer options that appeared on the actual question paper;
    • Where relevant (e.g for VR questions), an explanation of the technique or method that Susan Daughtrey M.Ed recommends your child uses to answer the question, devised and narrated by Susan Daughtrey M.Ed;
    • Where relevant (e.g for Maths questions), working out is shown on screen in a step-by-step fashion, with Susan Daughtrey M.Ed talking your child through the process he/she should have followed 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 feedback as many times as you like, until the 11+ 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.  We are not aware of any similar service being available in the 11+ market.

What other feedback can I expect after each Session?

Feedback is provided via a secure parent login on 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 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);
  • An anonymised List of Scores achieved by other students who have written the same test papers – this will not only enable you to rank your child within the group, but also to see how much improvement is required to progress.
  • Access to our unique and innovative Dynamic Video Tuition™ service detailed above.

How many Sessions do you offer?

In each location there are 6 Sessions: Sessions A – F.

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

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 M.Ed 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 adminstration;
  • Students are encouraged to write their working out on the actual question paper (which is 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 using electronic scanning technology (known as ‘Optical Mark Recognition’ or ‘OMR’);
  • All venues have been carefully appraised by SDE and found to be suitable for 11+ mock exams; and
  • All venues feature plentiful free parking.

What feedback can I expect after each Session?

Within a few days of the Session we will send to you by email:

  • 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 to help you identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, relative to the other candidates;
  • 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; and
  • An anonymised List of Scores™ achieved by other students who have written the same test papers – this will not only enable you to rank your child within the group, but also to see how much improvement is required to progress.

In common with other 11+ mock exam providers and in order to provide parents with accurate feedback, including the child’s rank within the group, please note that the test papers and your child’s multiple-choice answer sheets are NOT released – as well as protecting the copyright in these unique and valuable resources, this is to ensure that no student has seen the test papers prior to attending an SDE mock exam Session.

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)
6 Sessions: £300 (£50 each, save up to £150) Early Booking Discount – save a further £20 – £280 (£46.67 each, save up to £170)

Terms and conditions

All SDE CEM-style 11+ Mock Exam Sessions are subject to our mock exam terms and conditions which you can view on the booking page.  Some Sessions are delivered by members of our franchise network.  Please check the terms and conditions for details of the entity that you are engaging.

Please carefully select your dates as we charge an administration fee for amendments and cancellations/refunds. Full details can be found in the terms and conditions, which can be viewed on the booking page.

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
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
 
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
 
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
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 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 Saturday 29th August 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 10.30AM to 12.45PM Book Now