11 Plus Schools

Reading Schools

For Entry in 2021

In 2014, both Reading School and Kendrick School announced that the test in 2014 will be changing to CEM (The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) by University of Cambridge Press (formerly by Durham University). 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.

Please visit our region pages for Birmingham and Warwickshire for examples of the CEM 11 plus test.

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.

NEW CEM Practice Materials now available on our online shop

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.

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Kendrick School and Reading School (Boys)

Admission Arrangements for September 2021 entry

Applications Online registration for the test from the School’s website from 1st May 2020
Applications to be made latest by Tuesday 30th June 2020 (Midnight)
31st October 2020 for the Common Application Form
11+ test dates Saturday 12th September 2020
Test Types Two test papers approximately one hour 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
Familiarisation Booklet will be published on the school website as soon as it is made available but no later than when registration opens
Examiners CEM by University of Cambridge Press (formerly by Durham University)
Allocations March 2021
Recommended Practice Materials CEM 11+ Materials For Kendrick School & Reading School Boys Maths Practice Materials
Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials
Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials

School Information

School Admissions Gender Places Open Events
Kendrick School
London Road,
0118 9015859
Admissions Policy 2021 Girls 128 Remote Open Evening: Thursday 21st May at 5pm
Reading School
Erleigh Road,
0118 9015600

Admissions Policy 2021
Boys 138 Day Places
12 boarding
Thurs 30th April 2020 4pm-8pm

Reading Girls’ School (A bilateral school)

Proposed Admission Arrangements for September 2021 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.

Places 42 selective out of 180 places in Yr 7
Open Event No appointment is required
Closing Dates 31st October 2020 – for CAF Form
Test Date October 2020 (Date TBC)
Test Types Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Mathematics. All multiple choice.
Examiner CEM by University of Cambridge Press (formerly by Durham University)
Allocation March 2021
School Information Reading Girls’ School
Northumberland Avenue,
0118 986 1336
Admissions Policy 2021
Recommended Practice Materials Maths Practice Materials
Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials
Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials

Visit the Berkshire section of the 11+ Forum for more information and advice.

Information on this page was believed to be correct at the time of writing, but we would not necessarily be aware of subsequent changes unless someone brings them to our attention.
Before acting on any information given here, please verify that it is up to date.

Page updated on 19th June 2020

CEM Practice Materials For Kendrick & Reading School For Boys

CEM Practice Materials

Maths Practice Materials

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Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials

Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials

Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials

Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials

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