CEM 11 Plus

Reading 11+  -  Children's Educational Material 11+ TM

There are two grammar schools in Reading and they share the same exam as Slough grammar schools. The schools still have an old-fashioned attitude to admissions and have catchment areas.  The Kendrick and Readings Boys' schools use tests from CEM Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring®.  Reading Girl's School selective stream use tests from NFER ®. CEM® Centre and NFER® 11+ tests  are not tutor-proof and are one of the easiest to prepare for. Complete solutions are available using WordBuilder.co.uk and CoolCleverKids.co.uk.

2018 Year 7 Entry for Reading Grammar Schools

Registration 1st May 2017 to noon 20th June, 2017
Test Dates Saturday 16th September, 2017 for Reading Boys School and Kendrick School
Friday 13 October 2017 for Reading Girls` school
Results Mid-October 2017
Test Supplier

Kendrick &
Reading Boys

Reading Girl`s

Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Ability & Non-verbal Reasoning are tested.

CEM Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring®, Durham  (CEM ®):  CEM 11+ ®
Recent qualifying scores were 110.
Shared with Slough, Gloucestershire, London Borough of Redbridge other schools.

GL Assessment ®

Reading Grammar Schools Year 7 Entry

Reading Grammar School PAN (Year 7)
Kendrick School (girls) 96
Reading School (boys) 128 and
12 boarding
Reading Girls'  School [Biltateral] (girls) 170 of which up to
42 are selective



The schol claim no additional preparation is necessary. This does not mean preparation is not beneficial. Clearly, it will be extremely beneficial. Has anyone ever heard of a GCSE, A level or degree test in which preparation is not necessary? Why do schools prepare children for KS2 Sats tests?

There will be other schools that will be using the same tests as the schools. If your child takes the test after this date and is found to have taken the same test, then they will use the raw scores from the first test he took, even if it was at another school. This is NOT a bespoke test and it will  be the same test as in Slough.

Sats, GCSE, `A` Levels are degrees are curriculum based and not designed to demonstrate academic potential without preparation. The logic for designing such tests for grammar schools is inconsistent with the education system and the evidence appears non-existent. A sensible approach would be admission on the basis of Sats tests in English, Maths and Science (curriculum based and taught).

Reading Girl's school selective stream still uses tests from NFER © .


The integrity of tests were challenged as the region had morning and afternoon tests as well as supplementary sitting in January 2015. The response from the Consortium was:

"The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University, who developed the 11+ assessment, have confirmed that ‘we are confident that this 11+ test is a fair and robust assessment. We have every confidence in the process of morning and afternoon assessment sessions. CEM have rigorous data analysis processes which we are confident would identify any questions showing bias to either morning of afternoon candidates.’

At this time Durham University knew an interim High Court Injunction was granted to Warwickshire County Council in September 2013 and amended in September 2014 preventing information gleaned from children appearing on the basis children can remember content and even one word is the difference between gaining a grammar school place and  not. As such this statement is hard to explain as Warwickshire use similar tests from Durham University and even repeat questions. The injuction is awaiting a judgment from the Court of Appeal.

Click here for 2018 entry CEM 11+ ® test dates

11+ Preparation

Areas tested include English (Vocabulary: synonyms & antonyms; Comprehension; Cloze passages/text; Jumbled sentences); Mathematics including data processing, and Non-verbal reasoning.

There is no evidence any 11+ tests are tutor proof, nor tuition and preparation does not confer an advantage – the opposite is true.

Recommended Preparation Material.

1. English and Verbal Reasoning is covered at WordBuilder.co.uk

  PDF downloads from the shop at: Reading11plus.co.uk or 11plus.eu



a. Ultimate Verbal Reasoning. 1,800 questions.


b. Common Synonyms and Antonyms for 11+ & KS2 Sats (over 1,000 entries).


c. Common Words With Multiple Meanings for 11+ & KS2 Sats (350 entries).


d. Common Misspelled Words at Year 6 - KS2 & 11+ (over 250 words).


2. Maths is covered at CoolCleverKids.co.uk

PDF downloads from the shop at: Reading11plus.co.uk or 11plus.eu

Lesson Notes


a: Ratio and Proportion Unit Method (Lesson Notes).


b: Percentages (simple percentages) Lesson Notes.


c: Percentage Multipliers Lesson Notes.


d: Rules for Multiples of Numbers (Lesson Notes).


3. NVR (Non-verbal Reasoning) is covered at CoolCleverKids.co.uk

Non-verbal Reasoning (NVR) Booklet


Ultimate NVR: over 30 different types of NVR familiarisation questions.


4. Mock Tests: Use Mocks in the Shop at: Reading11plus.co.uk or 11plus.eu

Mock Test


1. 11+ Progress Mock Pack 1. MF Test A & B. (Use as first test during Year 5).


2. 11+ Progress Mock Pack 2. MF Test A & B. (Use as second test during Year 5).


3. 11+ Progress Mock Pack 3. MF Test A & B. (Use as third test during Year 5).


4. 11+ Practice Mock Test Pack 1. MF Test A & B. Multi-format (MF).


5. 11+ Practice Mock Test Pack 2. MF Test A & B. Multi-format (MF).


6. 11+ Practice Mock Test Pack 3. MF Test A & B. Similar to SWW 2 Jul 13.


7. 11+ Practice Mock Test Pack 4. MF Test A & B. Multi-format (MF). 


Reading Bilateral School GL Assessment ®
Reading Girls` school is a bilateral school comprising of a comprehensive and selective stream.

The `Selective Stream provides a more intensive academic education. This is unashamedly designed to enable intelligent and adaptable girls to progress through the National Curriculum to achieve the highest grades in public examinations of which they are capable`.

Note: following an inspection in December 2015, the Reading Girls` School was placed in special measures and is now an academy.

The Selective Stream test is produced by GL Assessment and will consist of three papers: verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and mathematics.

Practice mocks are available from the shop.

Reading Boys & Kendrick School CEM 11+ ® Test
There will be two test papers containing a mixture of questions on verbal reasoning and comprehension, non-verbal reasoning and mathematical reasoning. Some schools use their own 20-minute Writing papers.

Each paper is approximately 50 minutes in duration and will be divided into timed sections, and instructions will be given on an audio soundtrack.

Most questions are multiple choice and all answers are marked on a separate machine-readable answer sheet. There will be a short break between the two test papers.

Free familiarisation booklets are available from this site and practice mocks are available from the shop.
CEM Centre for Evaluation
& Monitoring® CEM 11+ ® Tests
  • No official practice papers available
  • Buckinghamshire children sit a free familiarisation paper.
  • Instructions played via CD
  • Most tests comprise of two 50 minutes tests answered in a separate answer sheet
  • Mixture of multiple choice and marking a number on answer sheets
  • Similar tests to GL Assessments®
  • Prepare using WordBuilder & CoolCleverKids
  • Practice mock papers from the shop
GL Assessments®
(NFER®) 11+ Selection Tests
  • Practice papers available in the old format
  • Kent County Council provides a long familiarisation paper
  • Multiple choice format
  • No claim that children do not need to prepare or practice or claim test is tutor-proof
  • Similar to tests from CEM Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring®
  • Prepare using WordBuilder & CoolCleverKids
  • Practice mock papers from the shop
11+ Children's Educational
Material Recommendation

English and Verbal Reasoning:

Maths &
Non-verbal Reasoning (NVR):


11+ Practice Papers from
Children’s Educational Material for the 11+
are available from the shop.
Word lists, lesson notes and `Ultimate NVR` questions are available from the shop.

Free material on this website.

11+ Tourism: Free Mock Tests

Under the Greenwich ruling all children, of the appropriate age, have a legal right to take any 11+ exam set by any authority and cannot be denied the opportunity to sit an exam solely on the basis of their address.

The Office of the School Adjudicator (OSA) confirmed the right to use tests as free mocks and the right to take tests late. A Head Teacher of a grammar school has confirmed in writing: `Legally I cannot stop you entering your child for our test.'  Late testing is also a legal right.

Many regions do not have catchment areas. Taking 11+ exams outside home catchments does not prejudice the balance and fairness of the testing, as tests are different. To make such a claim would imply a defunct testing process.

Note: Taking a "free mock" will cost the school money. But one would expect financially astute schools to consider the financial implications of setting an early test date. Common sense dictates an earlier test is likely to be used as a "free mock" and this has been well known to occur for many years. . The University of Durham® object to this strategy when it is a legal right. We cannot image why, as if the test is resistant to prepping, what difference would free mocks make? We believe there is no evidence that any 11+ test is resistant to prepping and practise will simply improve performance.

11+ Exam Dates around England

The Henrietta Barnet School


2018 Entry Test E

Register from April 2017 to Monday 17th July, 2017

A two round testing process

Round 1:  Verbal & Numerical Reasoning
5th September, 2017 (am and pm)


Supplementary Test 11th September, 2017

Round 2: English & Mathematics October 2017 (TBC)



None.- this is the free mock for girls.

This is the first test unless the supplementary test is taken where the following can be taken:

1st Sep, 2017 Dame Alice Owen School: Test F
9th Sep 2017 Kent 11+ :Test D
10th Sep 2017: Warwickshire 11+ (supplementary date) Test B


Dame Alice Owen's School  1st September 2017


South West Herts 11+ Consortium  (SWHC) 9th September, 2017

2018 Entry Test F

South West Herts Consortium Schools
Bushey Meads School
Parmiter`s School
Queen School
Rickmansworth School
St Clement`s Dane`s School
Watford Grammar School for Boys
Watford Grammar School for Girls.

This is a compromised test as content will be known on 1st Sep 2017 from Dame Alice Owen`s School

FREE MOCKSfor South West Herts Consortium
5th Sep 2017 The Henrietta Barnet School: Test E

Kent Grammar Schools

2018 Entry Test H

Test Date 9th September, 2017

Dover Grammar School
Folkstone Grammar School 
Harvey Grammar School
Mayfield Grammar School


1st Sep 2017 Dame Alice Owen`s School: Test F
5th Sep 2017 The Henrietta Barnet School: Test E

Note many Kent schools use tests from GL Assessment ®


Birmingham Consortium 11+  &
Warwickshire Consortium 11+

2018 Entry Test B

Test Date: Saturday 9th Sept, 2017.  Supplementary Date: Sun 10th Sept 17
 (for Jewish & Seven Heavens faiths who object to Saturday testing and those unable to sit on the first date).

Additional Dates for Warwickshire: 19th Sept, 2017, 
Nov/Dec 2017 and Jan/Feb 2018

Grammar Schools In Birmingham

Bishop Vesey`s Grammar School;  Handsworth Grammar School; King Edward VI Aston School; King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys School; King Edward VI Camp Hill Girl`s School; King Edward VI Five Ways School;  King Edward VI Handsworth School and Sutton Coldfield Girl`s School    
Warwickshire Grammar Schools

Alcester Grammar School ; King Edward VI Camp Grammar School; Stratford-Upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls; Lawrence Sheriff School; Rugby High School; Ashlawn Selective School (bilateral school) *

* Has a separate Modern Foreign Language Test. MFL test is not an 11+ test, but a route in to the grammar stream.

Registration: 9th May 2017 to 4pm Friday 7th July, 2017
Results: 13th October, 2017
Always tick the box to share results with both regions.


1st Sep 2017 Dame Alice Owen`s School Test F
5th Sep 2017 Henrietta Barnet School Test D

9th Sep 2017 Kent Grammar Schools Test G

London Borough of Bexley 11+

2018 Entry Test G

Test Date: Tuesday 12th September, 2017 morning & afternoon for non-Bexley primary school children

Wednesday, 13th September, 2017 morning for Bexley primary school children

Registration Dates: 2nd May 2017 to 9th July 2017

Beths Grammar School
Bexley Grammar School
Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School
Townley Grammar School

1st Sep 2017 Dame Alice Owen`s School: Test F
5th Sep 2017 The Henrietta Barnet School: Test E
9th Sep 2017 Kent 11+ :Test D
10th Sep 2017: Warwickshire 11+ (supplementary date) Test B
12th Sep 2017 Bexley 11+:  Test G

Buckinghamshire Transfer Test (Bucks 11+)

2018 Entry  Test A

Registration: 3pm, 3rd May 2017 to 3pm, 30th June 2017
(for children outside Bucks. Bucks children do not need to register)
Preparation Test: Tuesday 12th September, 2017

Transfer Test Date: 14th September, 2017

Results: Wednesday 13th October, 2017

Aylesbury Grammar School; Aylesbury High School; Beconsfield High School; Burham Grammar School; Dr Challoner`s Grammar School; Dr Challoner`s High School; Chesham Grammar School ; John Hampden Grammar School; Royal Grammar School; Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School;
Sir William Borlase`s Grammar; The Royal Latin School & Wycombe High School

1st Sep 2017 Dame Alice Owen`s School: Test F
5th Sep 2017 The Henrietta Barnet School: Test E
9th Sep 2017 Kent 11+ : Test H
10th Sep 2017 Warwickshire 11+ (supplementary date): Test B
12th Sep 2017 London Borough of Bexley: Test G

Gloucestershire Consortium; London Borough of Redbridge; Reading & Slough Consortium;
Chelmsford County High School (CCHS); Heckmondwike School; The Latymer School.

and the Trafford Consortium

2018 Entry Test D

Test Date: Saturday 16th September, 2017

Registration Dates: 31st May 2017 to 4pm 2nd July 2017

Gloucestershire 11+         
High School for Girls; Marling School; Pate`s Grammar School; Ribston Hall High School; Stroud High School; The Crypt School
Slough Consortium 11+
Herschel Grammar School; Langley Grammar School; St Bernard`s Convent School, and Upton Court Grammar School
Reading Consortium 11+
Kendrick School and Reading School
London Borough of Redbridge 11+
Ilford County High School; Woodford County High School
Other Individual Schools
Chelsmford County High  School for Girls   (CCHS), Heckmondwike Grammar School, and Latymer School      

Trafford Consortium 
(Compromised test - questions known from above)
Test Date 18th September, 2017

Altrinham Grammar School, Sale Grammar School, Stetford Grammar School & Urmston Grammar School
 Register by 26th June, 2017 12 noon

  Always tick the box to share results with all regions


1st Sep 2017 Dame Owen`s School Test F
5th Sep 2017 Henrietta Barnet School Test E
9th Sep 2017 Kent Grammar Schools Test H
10th Sep 2017 Warwickshire Schools Test B

12th Sep 2017 Buckinghamshire Test A

Ashlawn Selective (Warwickshire)

Aptitude Test for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

*** NOT an 11+ selective test ***

2018 Entry

A back door route as children are taught alongside the selective stream.
High KS2 SATs scores are also a backdoor route in to the selective stream.

Note: once you are in the grammar stream, you can be removed from the stream in some subjects so there is no guarantee of a grammar school education. Some people do not consider this bilateral school providing a "real" grammar school education for this reason.

Candidates can also take the Warwickshire 11+

Saturday 16th Sept, 2017

Alternative Date: 23d Sept, 2017

No free mocks for the MFL test

But, take the Warwickshire 11+ on 9th September, 2017

Shropshire, Walsall & Wolverhampton 11+ Consortium

Torbay & Devon 11+ Consortium

Bishop Wordsworth's School (Wiltshire)

Wirrall Borough Council

2018 Entry Test C

Shropshire, Walsall & Wolverhampton Consortium: Monday 18 September 2017  
Adams Grammar School; Newport Girls' High School;
Queen Mary's Grammar; School Queen Marys High School,
Wolverhampton Girls' High School

Torbay & Devon 11+ Consortium: Saturday 16 September 2017

Churston Ferrers Grammar; Torquay Boys' Grammar; Torquay Girls' Grammar;
Colyton Grammar School, and Bishop Wordsworth's School

Wirral Borough Council: Monday 18 September 2017

Calday Grange Grammar School; West Kirby Grammar School;Wirral Grammar School for Boy, and Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Always tick the box to share results with both regions.

1st Sep 2017 Dame Alice Owen`s School Test F5th Sep 2017 Henrietta Barnet School Test E
9th Sep 201, Kent Test  D
10th Sep 2017 Warwickshire 11+ (supplementary) Test B
12th Sep 2017 London Borough of Bexley Test G
14th Sep 2017 Buckinghamshire 11+ Test A
16th Sep 2017 Gloucestershire Test D (for Wirall)

11+ Maths and NVR

The Maths site with NVR (Non-verbal reasoning) for Sats and 11+ preparation. Ideal for primary school education and selective school exams. Maths lesson notes; worksheets; presentations; games, & tests auto marked with explanations.

11+ English & VR

Verbal reasoning and English for the 11+, Sats and private/independent school entrance exams as well as primary school. Spellings; definitions; meanings; synonyms; antonyms; cloze passages; jumbled sentences & comprehension.

Sats Papers
Year 2-6 & 11+

Information relating to Sats Tests. Free downloads of Sats papers covering Year 2 to 6 with no registration. Prepare for Year 6 level 3-5, level 6 & 11+ tests. Download the latest phonics tests.
ATA React
Free Android App
Google Play

Fun FREE Android App to test your thinking and reaction speed. Four fun games: colours; shapes; numbers and next letter. Stores score history. Ideal for Sats & 11+ fun whilst you prepare. Download from Google Play.


Download FREE SATs papers. No registration & no annoying popup adverts.
11+ English (Verbal Reasoning)
online preparation with

Spellings; Vocabulary; Synonyms; Antomyms; Conundrums; Cloze Passages; Comprehension, and Jumbled up sentences. Ideal for 11+ tests set at the CEM Centre, at Durham University®.
11+ Maths (Numerical Reasoning)
and NVR online preparation with

Free maths question generator
Lesson notes; presentations (videos); worksheets; games; Sats style tests from Year 2 to 6 including mental maths audio tests; private school 11+ tests, and CEM style past questions.
Now includes Non-verbal Reasoning.
Ideal for 11+ tests set at the CEM Centre, at Durham University®.
The 11+ information site
Helping children pass the 11+
Free advice and resources with
recommendations for preparation.

Children’s Educational Material 11+
Tel: +44 (0) 24 7641 6970 
Email: cemelevenplus@gmail.com
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