. Could you give us some more info about the CEM tests please?
CEM TEST PAPERS
The University of Durham sets CEM Test. The test is bespoke and papers changes each year and no past papers are published, which has led it to be described as “tutor proof”.
The problem is that most children use11+ Bond, GL assessment or similar practice papers for their preparation, which are not comparable to do the CEM entrance test. With hindsight, 13+ practice papers are more in line with CEM test. In my experience, a child needs to score 60 to 65% or more with CEM Tests to obtain a grammar school place, not 90% as with GL tests.
CEM test has 2 papers, 45 minutes each and only 15 minutes break between each paper- just enough time for girls to be escorted to toilets and back, not certainly enough time for anything else. Each paper had questions on English/VR, NVR and Math, with no time allowed between different sections of the paper. For more details information on CEM read very good posts by kenR on B/Ham KE Exam Content 2005-2012 ( last two years are definitely CEM ) and Queen Mary Exam Content .