From FAQ “34. How will you prevent leaks of information about the tests?
A number of steps are being taken. CEM will not publish any practice material for purchase by
parents. The preparation tests will not be sent home and will be collected and destroyed. The
real test materials will, as with other psychometric tests, remain confidential.”
“CEM will not publish any practice material for purchase by parents”
This does not mean “by anybody”………………..
CEM will not release any sample papers for access by ‘general public’. However these or similar tests will be made available for School Heads, particularly for Independent Schools, (as has been the case for the previous GL Assessment NFER tests). So any parent who can afford private education will be given practice in similar CEM tests released by Durham University, such as CEM Entrance Assessments, CEM Primary, CEM Secondary, CEM International, Mid YIS etc.
How can this be an equal playing field?
With the consultation coming to an end on 1st March, parents should raise their concerns.
It is simply not true that independent schools prepare children for 11plus exams as a matter of course. I have friends at independent schools who have said that, if anything, he lack of sats and focus on common entrance, together with teachers who are not subject to league table pressures means they have no more chance than anyone else. Besides, what is unfair about parents deciding to spend money on education rather than cars, holidays, bathrooms etc.