CGP 11+ Verbal Reasoning Practice Book with Assessment Tests Ages 9-10

The green cover of the 11plus Verbal Reasoning Book

When CGP introduced this book in 2012 I immediately adopted it as the first resource I use with new students. As a tutor, I find the range and level of the work is ideal for 9-10 year olds, and the presentation makes it easy for me to explain how to answer each question type. In common with most of the non-CEM books, it is not exam specific, but it does cover all elements of the GL Assessment and other versions of the Verbal Reasoning 11 plus paper.

This book is divided in to 6 sections:

  1. The Alphabet
  2. Making Words
  3. Word Meanings
  4. Maths and Sequences
  5. Logic and Coding
  6. Assessment Tests

As with all the books in this series, the first 5 sections offer 8-24 practice questions with a very simple example at the top of the page.
The pages within each section are giving a title that can help to identify the type of question, although these are quite vague. As with all of these books, there are some question types included that do not feature in the 11 plus exams, but the book does build into a comprehensive knowledge base for any student attempting the non-CEM exams.

The material in the book is clearly set out, and the questions are progressive through each page, however this is not a “parents’ guide” and does not offer full explanations of the methods that may be used to answer the questions, and does not entirely explain the answers that are provided. The tear-out answer book is provided inside the back cover, but it is not sufficient for someone to teach their child unless they have significant experience of working towards the exams.

I recommend this book to anyone who has experience of the 11 plus exam, and wants to start their child on the right path early. It is easier than the 10-11 version, and hence does not reach the 11 plus standard. As I stated earlier, I use this book to introduce the 11 plus to new clients at the start of my 12 month programme because it is easier to teach students using the easier material, before I use the 10-11 version later in the year to raise the level of their work.

Book Summary

Book Name11+ Verbal Reasoning Practice Book with Assessment Tests Ages 9-10
PublisherCGP Books
Publication Date7 June 2012
Recommended retail price£6.95
Exam suitabilityGL Assessment & Others
Overall Score8.8 (recommended)
Date review last updated25 May 2017

CGP 11+ Verbal Reasoning Practice Book with Assessment Tests 9-10

CGP 11+ Verbal Reasoning Practice Book with Assessment Tests 9-10

Ease of Use


    Clarity of Explanations


      Value for money


        Exam Match


          Child Friendly



            • Covers all of Verbal Reasoning
            • Child Friendly
            • Good Exam Match
            • Great Value for Money
            • Very Easy to Use


            • Incomplete explanations

            Author: Dave

            Dave has been tutoring children for the 11+ exam in Lincolnshire since 2011. He is an expert in preparation for entrance to the Grantham Grammar Schools, and has successfully worked with many current pupils.