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The papers within this pack are designed in line with the CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) style in mind. They deal with the four main tested areas: mathematics, English, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.
CEM has no strict guidelines on the timings of papers. All papers are timed section-by-section and some local authorities may have specific guidelines on how they wish CEM to develop the exams.
There are three main reasons to take mock exams before the real exams:
Students are usually not used to taking exams where sections are individually timed. Furthermore, even though questions are designed to be in-line with the National Curriculum, they may be worded or presented in a manner that students are not used to.
Practice exams are useful because they allow parents and teachers to discover if there are any areas of significant weakness. It is, therefore, a valuable exercise to review papers carefully with students to establish any underlying issues in foundational knowledge.
One of the main reasons students underperform in the real exam is that they experience great anxiety on the day of the exam. Practising mock exams can help students deal with pressure on the day. Some anxiety may surface on the day, however, the chance is that it will be significantly reduced with greater familiarity.