CEM 11 Plus
The Durham 11+ was a name associated with eleven plus tests provided by Durham University via their Centre for Education & Monitoring unit. This was also dubbed the CEM 11+.

On 4th May 2018 Durham University issued a statement:
As part of the University Strategy, a review of CEM has been carried out. In order to achieve CEM’s significant potential for further development, particularly around expansion in international markets, the University is currently exploring the sale of CEM to an external partner. Further information will be available over the next few months. In the meantime, please be assured that CEM will operate as normal and we are actively engaging with, and supporting, our colleagues in CEM throughout this process."

On 11th June 2019 it was announced:
"Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press have jointly acquired Durham University’s renowned Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM)."

CEM is now part of Cambridge University and Durham University no longer provides selective tests for the eleven plus.
Why did Durham University really sell CEM?

There were rumours around that Durham University were hiding the fact that their tests were not all they claimed to be, although they deny this.
  • They claimed their tests identified innate ability. There was no proof.
  • They claimed children could not recall content to make a difference to late sitters, to justify reuse of the same test repeatedly for up to two years. Yet, CEM had no evidence to substantiate the claim. They had not even undertaken any research.
  • The High Court ruled a child had recalled content from an 11+ test and this information could compromise testing. Effectively injunctions were required to ensure test integrity.
  • Schools and the government claimed new 11+ test from CEM were tutor-proof. When challenged CEM claimed they had never made such a claim and accepted they had never undertaken any research as to if their tests were tutor-proof. Whenever CEM selective tests were used tuition rocketed.
  • CEM lost their largest client, Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools, when their tests did not live up to the hype. Even fewer poorer children gained places at grammar schoools in Buckinghamshire. CEM did not even re-tender for the contract
  • Schools that used CEM 11+ tests had their admissions policies challenged with the Office for the School Adjudicator (OSA) on the basis that repeated use of the same test was unfair. This cost the OSA almost £80k and cost schools using CEM 11+ tests thousands of pounds.
  • CEM were facing a hearing in the Upper Tier Tribunal regarding refusal to release raw test results. The First Tier Tribunal recorded one of the benefits of CEM 11+ tests was they were "tutor-proof". So, why did CEM state they never made this claim? Was the truth catching up with Durham University? Did they want to distance themselves from a scandal?
11+ Test Information

11+ Exams

There are numerous organisations that create entrance exams for secondary school admission. The main two players are CEM Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring®, at the University of Cambridge® and GL Assessment®.

CEM Centre is one of the largest independent providers of educational assessment and monitoring systems in the world and sets secondary school entrance assessments (widely referred to as selective entrance or 11+ exams) for various English grammar schools and regions, including Bexley; BirminghamBuckinghamshire; CCHS (Essex); Gloucestershire; Henrietta Barnett & LatymerReadingRedbridgeShropshire; Slough; WalsallWarwickshire; Wolverhampton; Trafford; Bexley; Torbay & DevonKent Shepway, and Medway .

GL Assessment
® (formally National Foundation for Educational Research®) is another supplier. Every year GL Assessment® constructs new, custom-made selection tests for many schools and Local Authorities. Although GL Assessment® is the copyright holder of the tests, it is the property of the commissioning school or Local Authority for the duration of use.

Both tests are easy to prepare for using WordBuilder.co.uk and CoolCleverKids.co.uk.


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Purchase Mock Exams from the Shop

Past eleven plus papers set by CEM Centre® Cambridge University are not released and cannot be purchased. Usually, two weeks before the test, applicants receive a sample sheet containing example questions.

The new tests from GL Assessment® are similar in to tests from the University of Durham®  as far as content is concerned. The move is towards a rich vocabulary, curriculum maths (old level 5 and 6, now a score of 105+) and NVR. The difficulty is tailored for GL 11+ (Grade Level 11+).
Children`s Educational Material for the 11+ has constructed seven practice mock exams. These mock test packs consists of two 50-60 minute papers as well as answers and are available from the shop.

These are NOT endorsed or associated with CEM Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring® who do not provide preparation material. They are also suitable for the new GL Assessment® and ISEB selection tests.

Warwickshire and Birmingham Consortium

For 2016, Warwickshire shares Birmingham 11+ Consortium test, so 5000 Birmingham students and 2000 Warwickshire students can pass on content to late Warwickshire sitters. The shared test will now require students to mark answers on a separate answer sheet and no longer write answers in a booklet, increasing the chances of marking answers in the incorrect place as has occurred numerous times in other regions. If a test is shared, with other regions, always tick a box to share results with another areas as a backup plan. You have nothing to lose by doing so, and it could prove useful. You never know what may happen.

Recently, the Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby unlawfully withdrew a place of a child days before the end of year 6 despite the local authority refusing to withdraw the place on four occasions. Luckily the child was offered a place at Schools in two different areas (Walsall and Birmingham) as opposed to be left unplaced because of serious failings of this school. Unfortunately, the child displaced other innocent children, through no fault of his own when he moved straight to the top of waiting lists and was offered places. Play safe and share results with other schools and areas even if you have no intention of taking up a place in other areas.


Free Mock Exams

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.

All regions can sit the Walsall; Wolverhampton, and Shropshire 11+. Apart from children in this consortium and in Warwickshire all children can sit the Birmingham 11+.

We recommend all children, where possible, register for the Warwickshire 11+.

CEM ® 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+ tests are resistant to prepping and practise will simply improve performance.

Regional and National 11+ Exams

We believe the Warwickshire's three test dates compromises their 11+ as questions and content are leaked to late sitters and tuition centres are known to recreate questions, often for their weaker students. Out of area children can sit the tests very late with knowledge of content and move straight to the top of waiting lists. No party can discover the confidential contents of test papers prior to them being used for the first time. Once taken, children will and do discuss content amongst themselves and with parents and tutors, so information enters the public domain and the test is immediately compromised. Content is available on many sites including file sharing sites. This is why Year 6 Sats, GCSE and `A` level exams are not reused after the main testing date.

The Warwickshire 11+ is the main "free mock" for all.

It seems a matter of time before a single national 11+ test will be held.


Non-verbal Reasoning

Prepare for different types of NVR questions  using


over 30 different types of NVR question examples
with explanations.

Available to download from the shop.

CEM 11+ Tests Legal Action
A parent complained to Warwickshire County that reuse of the same test is unfair as late sitters know what is on the test. WCC and CEM claim children do not recall content to make a difference to late sitters.

In 2013 the parent publishes what a single child recalled from the Warwickshire test.

WCC applied for an ex-parte High Court super-injunction using a false statement of truth to remove the content, even though CEM and WCC claim children do not recall content to make a difference to late sitters.

CEM told WCC the test was compromised, and then claimed it was not. They failed to provide evidence in Court. The Court agreed that an injunction was required to maintain test integrity.

Two years later the UK's largest 11+ website published content of the Warwickshire 11+ test whilst it could be used. The parent asked if he could republish what they had published. He was told by Kate Hiller this would be breach of the injunction, which did not forbid publishing incorrect information. This could only mean what the other website published was content and WCC did not ask them to remove it or seek an injunction. This appeared discrimination.

The parent then asked parents to report what their child recalled from tests and sent it to WCC and CEM to prove children could recall content. WCC then applied for another injunction to prevent this.

Kate Hiller then told the court that what the other website had published, was not content. So, why did Kate Hiller claim republication would breach an injunction? Why does WCC target just one person?

How can a test be reused repeatedly if children can recall content and pass it on to others and an UK-wide injunction is not in operation?
CEM 11+ tests and the Information Commissioner
CEM claimed to have a Unique Selling Point (USP): the provision of selective tests “more resistant to coaching influences.”  They claimed revealing how they process the raw test results to calculate at the ‘standardised’ scores would prejudice their commercial interests.

In October 2014, James Coombes asked Durham University for the raw and “standardised” test marks for tests. When they refused he lodged with the Information Commissioner.

In March 2016, the case was heard ‘on the papers’. Judge Hamilton thought the case was “compelling” and “provided evidence that the claimed USP of tutorproofing was highly questionable and that the public interest warranted close examination of this claim which could only be achieved through the disclosure of the disputed material." He was in the minority, so the case was lost.

In September 2016 Durham University stated they did not claim to have tutor-proof tests. They had previously a
sserted that their USP is threefold, the structure of their tests are not known it might be said to be a black box -they maintain this by not publishing past papers, by a proprietary approach to marking/standardising and they assert that by maintaining this degree of secrecy they have an increased ability to provide a testing regime which is more tutor-proof and hence fairer to the pupils.

In Nov 2018 an Upper Tribunal granted permission to appeal to the higher court which was upheld and remitted back to the lower court.

In June 2019, Durham University were due to give their final response, but a few says before the deadline, they announced that they had sold CEM to Cambridge University.

The hearing is due to take place on 4th March 2020, with Cambridge University taking the place of Durham.
CEM 11+ ® Tests: CEM Centre
for Evaluation & Monitoring®
  • Familiarisation sheets are provided
  • Minimal official practice papers
  • Two tests of 50 minutes each
  • Short individually timed sections
  • Answers marked in an answersheet
  • Mixture of multiple choice and
  • Marking a number on answer sheets
  • Rich vocabulary required
  • Speed is critical in all sections
  • Very easy to prepare for
Fake News Relating to Selective
11+ Tests from CEM
  • Tests are tutor-proof
  • Tests identify innate ability
  • One should not prepare
  • Questions are never repeated
  • Tests are unique
  • Children do not recall content
  • Tutors do not gain content
  • Sitting late has no advantage
  • Websites do not publish content
  • Test content is not sold to late sitters
Predicting the Future of CEM 11+ Tests
under Cambridge University
  • Cambridge provide GCSE & "A" levels
  • Late sitting not allowed for the above
  • CEM may follow for 11+ tests and scrap reuse of the same tests.
  • Cambridge University Press may publish practice material for 11+ tests
  • Migration from paper tests to computer based tests
  • Movement to computer-adaptive assessment tests
Eleven Plus Tourism - using Real CEM 11+ Tests as Free Mocks Exams
CEM object to the use of their selective tests as free mock tests. They claim it compromises the integrity of testing. Why would it? Children sit mock tests for GCSEs and "A" levels, so why not for an 11 plus test?

If children do not recall the content of tests to make a difference to late sitters, why not use the same test every year forever? It is clear that children do recall content, so why on earth do CEM allow the same test to be repeatedly used for late sitters.

Many schools do not have catchment areas. Taking 11+ exams outside catchment areas does not prejudice the fairness or balance of selective testing, as tests are not the same.

We experience practice tests improve performance. Being familiar with testing environments, content and time constraints is critical. Hence it can only help a child if (s)he sits real 11+ tests as mock exams. This is perfectly lawful and cannot be stopped.

11+ Exam Dates

Gloucestershire Consortium; London Borough of Redbridge; Reading & Slough Consortium;
Chelmsford County High School (CCHS); Heckmondwike School
and the Trafford Consortium

2021 Entry
Test Date: Saturday 12th September, 2020
Monday 14th September, 2020
and Monday 21st September, 2020

SATURDAY 12th September 2020
Gloucestershire 11+         
High School for Girls; Marling School; Pate`s Grammar School; Ribston Hall High School; Stroud High School; The Crypt School
Register 1st June 2020 - noon 30th June 2020. Results: 12 October 2020.
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)

Compromised test - questions known from above)
Test Date 14th September, 2020

BHP Consortium

Heckmondwike Grammar School, Backup & Rawtenstall Grammar & Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith
Trafford Consortium 
Altrinham Grammar School, Sale Grammar School, Stetford Grammar School & Urmston Grammar School

  Always tick the box to share results with all regions

Dame Alice Owen's School
Tuesaday 1st September 2020 
(Verbal Reasoning only)


South West Herts 11+ Consortium  (SWHC)
Saturday 5th September, 2019

2021 Entry

South West Herts Consortium Schools
GL Assessment Test
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.

Kent Grammar Schools Shepway Test

(CEM Select
computer based test)
and English written test

2021 Entry

Register 9am Monday 1st June 2020
to 4pm Monday 6th July 2020

Test Date Saturday 12th September, 2020

Dover Grammar School

Folkstone Grammar School 

Harvey Grammar School

Mayfield Grammar School

Results 8th October 2020

Note many Kent schools use tests from GL Assessment ®

Birmingham Consortium 11+  &
Warwickshire Consortium 11+

2021 Entry

Test Date: Saturday 12th Sept, 2020.  Supplementary Date: Sun 13th Sept 2020
 (for Jewish & Seven Heavens faiths who object to Saturday testing and those unable to sit on the first date).

Additional Dates for Warwickshire: Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd Sept, 2020, 
and week commencing 4 Jan 2021 and 1st March 2021

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: 5th May 2020 to 26th June 2020 (noon)
Results: 12th October, 2020
Always tick the box to share results with both regions.

London Borough of Bexley 11+

2021 Entry

Test Date: Tuesday 8th September, 2020 morning &
afternoon for non-Bexley primary school children

Wednesday, 9th September, 2020 morning for Bexley primary school children

Registration Dates: 5th May 2020 to 10th July 2020

Beths Grammar School

Bexley Grammar School

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School

Townley Grammar School

Buckinghamshire Transfer Test (Bucks 11+)

20211 Entry  is a GL Assessment Test

Registration: 3pm, 5th May 2020 to 3pm,
25th June 2020
(for children outside Bucks only).
 Bucks children do not need to register)

Preparation Test: Tuesday 8th September, 2020

Transfer Test Date: 10th September, 2020

Results: Wednesday 16th October, 2020

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

Bucks have now moved back to

GL Assessment tests

Ashlawn Selective (Warwickshire)

Aptitude Test for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

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

2021 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 19th Sept, 2020

Register by 8th June 2020 to 12th July 2020

No free mocks for the MFL test

But, take the Warwickshire 11+ on 12th September, 2020

Shropshire, Walsall & Wolverhampton 11+ Consortium

Torbay & Devon 11+ Consortium

Bishop Wordsworth's School (Wiltshire)

2021 Entry

Bishop Wordsworth's School (Wiltshire): Saturday 12 September 2020

Shropshire, Walsall & Wolverhampton Consortium: Monday 14 September 2020
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 19 September 2020

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

Always tick the box to share results with both regions.

Medway 11+ CEM Consortium

Mathematics & Verbal Reasoning
(NVR is not tested)

2021 Entry

Holcombe Grammar School for Boys; Chatham Grammar School for Girls; Fort Pitt Grammar School (for Girls); Rainham Mark Grammar School (Gillingham - Mixed); Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School (Rochester, Boys); The Howard School (Rainham, Boys); The Rochester Grammar School (Girls)

Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Saturday 19th, September 2020

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: [email protected]
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