Both Reading School and Kendrick School have announced that the test in 2014 will be changing to CEM (The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) by University of Durham. The changes apply to both ‘day’ and ‘boarding’ places.
The reason for the change is mainly to prevent extensive coaching. Those who make an application will receive a familiarisation sample sheet. No past papers or published papers are available.
There will be other schools taking the same test (See below). If a child sits that test before the Reading schools’ test, then the score from the first test will used.
You should be mindful that not all CEM 11 plus exams will be identical across regions as these tests are written to the schools’ or own requirements, however, there will be similarities.
It is important to use a variety of practice materials and do some preparation in all subjects, as relying on the purely CEM practice material currently available on the market is not sufficient. Once your child has built up general knowledge you can focus on targeted CEM practice such as cloze passages, comprehensions, numerical reasoning and 3D non-verbal reasoning styles.
ElevenPlusExams have released a number of new titles for the CEM 11 Plus test, which can be found via the links provided below. More titles are scheduled for release this year including English comprehensions and mental arithmetic.
Kendrick School(Girls) and Reading School(Boys)
Kendrick and Reading School will use the same Entrance Test as a number of other Grammar Schools, this groups includes Slough Consortium schools, Ilford County High School, Woodford County High School and Chelmsford County High School.
This test may be taken at only ONE of the schools listed. If you are applying to more than one school, you MUST register with EACH school, according to their admissions policy. Your son’s scores can only be shared with those schools for which he is registered. When completing the registration form, please indicate the ONE school where your son will sit the test.
In order for scores to be shared, candidates have to register at each school as part of their admission policy. In either of these cases, parents will subsequently receive two sets of results, one from the Slough Consortium and the other from Kendrick School. These standardised results may be different, as the same raw score is being compared to those of a different cohort of children.
Applications must be made on the appropriate Local Authority (LA) common application form (CAF). In addition, a separate application
(to register for the Entrance Test) must be made directly to the school.
For Reading School, there can only be an application for a day place or boarding place.
Admission Arrangements for Kendrick and Reading School September 2018 entry
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|Closing date for applications||Midday 20th June 2017
Application forms can be downloaded from the School’s website from 1st May 2017
|31st October 2017 for the Common Application Form|
|11+ test dates||Saturday 16th September 2017|
|Test Types||Two test papers of 50 minutes each comprised mixed questions mainly multiple choice on:
Verbal ability (tests vocabulary, comprehension, verbal reasoning)
Numerical reasoning (tests the ability to solve mathematical problems)
Non-verbal reasoning (tests the ability to see how objects relate to each other)
Competence in Key Stage 2 English and Maths is needed
|Examiners||CEM (Durham University)|
|Scores||The raw scores will be age standardised and the ranking is determined by the aggregate of the age standardised scores of both tests. For the test in 2016 the qualifying score was 110. This is the total standardised score of paper 1 and paper 2. 241 children achieved this score. The highest score achieved was 130. 170 candidates achieved the qualifying score and were in the designated area|
|11+ Test Results||Posted to parents mid October 2017. The results do not guarantee an offer of a place. The results are also available on line.|
|Appeals||You cannot appeal about the test result. Appeals can be made if you have not been offered a place at your chosen school.
Kendrick School – 9 appeals were heard in 2010, and 6 appeals in 2009. None were upheld.
Reading School – In 2010 there were 14 appeals, and 2 were upheld. In 2009 there were 12 appeals and 1 was upheld
|Allocations||1st March 2018
Reading School will offer places to those who reside outside England on 1st February 2017
|Contact Information||Tel: 0118 9015859
|Tel: 0118 9015600
|Recommended Practice Materials||CEM 11+ Materials|
|Kendrick School||Admissions Policy 2018||Girls||96 in Yr 7||Thursday 27th April 2017|
Admissions Policy 2018
|Boys||138 in Yr 7 and 12 boarding||Day places – Thursday 27th April 2017 – 3.00pm – 7.30pm
Boarding places – Saturday 20th May 2017 at 10am
Standardised scores for September 2016 entry
|Score||How many passed|
|Year||No. took the test||Top Score||No. Qualified|
|2016||882 (680 at KS, 202 elsewhere)||130||241|
|2015||1250 (598 at KS, 652 elsewhere)||129.67||321|
|2014||1108 (half at KS, half elsewhere)||114.99||-|
Reading School Applications
|Year||No. took the test||Pass Mark||No. Qualified|
|2016||881 (697 at RS, 184 elsewhere)||108||282 (198 in catchment)|
|2015||1421(675 at RS, 746 elsewhere)||110||365 (189 in catchment)|
Reading Girls’ School (A bilateral school)
Proposed Admission Arrangements for September 2018 entry
There are no changes in the test, which will take place in October. The date however are yet to be confirmed.
Proposed Admission Arrangements for September 2017 entry
Reading Girls’ school is a comprehensive school that also have a Selective Stream which provides a more intensive education. It enables the most able girls to progress through an enhanced curriculum.
Reading Girls’ School has 170 places in Year 7, of which up to 42 are selective places. The following information from the Reading Borough Council Admissions brochure shows that the school is generally under-subscribed, although there is no indication of whether the 42 selective places are usually not filled.
|Year||Applications (all preferences)||Places allocated (including selective places)|
|Places||42 selective out of 170 places in Yr 7|
|Open Event||Thursday 6th October 2016 6pm – 8pm|
|Closing Dates||31st October 2016 – for CAF Form|
|Test Date||Friday 14th October 2016|
|Test Types||Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Mathematics. All multiple choice.|
|Examiner||GL Assessment (NFER)|
|Allocation||1st March 2017|
|Contact Information||Tel: 0118 9861336
Reading Girls’ School
Admissions Policy 2018
|Recommended Practice Materials||Verbal Reasoning|
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Page updated on 8th April 2017