There can be up to four different “disciplines” used for the 11 Plus tests – Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Maths and English. The combination of test papers varies considerably around the country.
In Kent the children take 4 papers – in English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning, while in Buckinghamshire the children sit two papers in the single discipline of Verbal Reasoning.
There has been lot of changes recently in the test pattern. Few schools shifted from GL assessment to CEM pattern. Few schools shifted the pattern from one test to two stage tests.
For example, Slough Consortium have shifted the pattern from GL assessment to CEM (Durham University). Tiffin School(Boys) changed the pattern of one stage test to two stage test.
CEM pattern tests normally comprise of two papers with the mixed bag of questions on comprehension, verbal reasoning, maths and nonverbal reasoning. Each paper is divided into sections and a student has to adhere to time limits for each section.
Two stage test pattern normally has one month gap between two stages.
Stage one will consists of Maths & English question with multiple choice answers.
Stage two will consist the test on core English & Maths focusing mainly on reading, writing and word problems.