Kendrick and Reading School 11 Plus Exams

Introduction to the Kendrick and Reading School Entrance Tests

11 plus tuition for reading school11 plus tuition for kendrick schoolIn order to be eligible to apply for a place at either Kendrick School or Reading School your child will need to take the relevant School Entrance Test (11 Plus exam).  Children born between 1st September 2010 and 31st August 2011 will take the test in late 2021 to be eligible to apply for a place for September 2022.  The Kendrick exam will take place on 11th September 2021 and the Reading School test is expected to take place on 11th or 12th September 2021.

Kendrick School uses the same Admission Test as a number of other Grammar Schools, including Slough Consortium of Grammar Schools, Ilford County High School, Woodford County High School and Chelmsford County High School. The test is provided by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at the University of Durham and takes place on the same day at all of the schools. Your child can only take the test at one location, but their scores can be shared between the schools.

Reading School will use its own admissions test from the 2021 exam (for entry in 2022), consisting of three elements: English, Maths and Creative Writing. Children are expected to show ability appropriate to the Key Stage 2 curriculum. All 3 elements will be tested on one day and all tests will take place at Reading School only. A familiarisation paper will be available after 21st June 2021, having being delayed at least three times. The Governors of Reading School approved these revised admissions policies, subject to a 6 week consultation period that ended on 26th January 2021. The final policies will be published following a meeting of the Full Governing Body on 15th March 2021. For non-routine admissions (which can occur when a student on leaves the school and the number of students on roll for a particular year group falls below the admission number), the school will continue to use a CEM exam testing verbal, numerical and nonverbal reasoning.

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FAQs About the Kendrick School Entrance Test (CEM 11+)

What does the Kendrick School 11 Plus exam include?
  • The Kendrick School 11 Plus entrance exam consists of two papers, taken on the same day, each 50 to 60 minutes in duration and testing three areas – verbal, numerical and non-verbal reasoning.
  • All questions on both papers are multiple choice and pupils indicate their answers on a separate answer sheet.
What does the Kendrick School 11 Plus exam look like?

A Familiarisation booklet, produced by the CEM, contains information about the content of the tests, some advice about taking the tests and a few sample questions.  The latest versions will be published on the school websites as soon as they are available, but no later than when registration opens.  You can see the most recent versions below:

How do I register my daughter for the Kendrick School Entrance Test (CEM 11 Plus)?
  • You need to register your child for the Kendrick School Admission Test by completing the online registration form on the school website.
  • The purpose of registration is for your child to take the entrance test, not apply for a place at Kendrick School. Based on the results, you will still need to provide your child’s school preferences to your local authority on the Common Application Form (CAF).
  • Online registration for the 2021 exam opened on Saturday 1st May 2021 on the website of Kendrick School and closes at midnight on Thursday 1st July 2021.
  • Kendrick School use the same Admission Test as a number of other Grammar Schools, including Slough Consortium of Grammar Schools, Ilford County High School, Woodford County High School and Chelmsford County High School.
  • The test takes place on the same day and therefore your child can only sit the test at one school.

Registering for more than one school using the CEM 11+ test

  • If your child wishes to apply for Kendrick School and one of the other schools, you will need to submit an application to both schools, indicating where your child is sitting the test.  This will ensure that the raw marks are shared with the other school(s).  Your child’s scores will only be shared with the schools they are registered with so it is important that you apply to all schools you wish your child to be considered for. For example, if your child wants to apply to Kendrick or Reading and a Slough grammar school:
    • You will need to complete the Kendrick School and Slough Consortium online application form. 
    • If they are sitting the exam at Kendrick School, you will need to indicate on the Slough Consortium form that they are sitting the exam in Reading. 
    • If they are sitting the exam in Slough, you will need to indicate on the Kendrick School form that they are sitting the exam in Slough.  
  • If your child is applying to more than one school that uses the same admissions test, it is very important that you use the same details for them when registering at each school.  If you fail to do this, it could severely delay their application and risk your child’s scores not being matched and shared.  Therefore, make sure you correctly record your child’s first name, surname, date of birth, address and primary school, on each application.

FAQs About the Reading School Entrance Test

What does the Reading School 11 Plus exam include?
  • The Reading School 11 Plus entrance exam consists of three elements: English, Maths and Creative Writing. All 3 elements will be tested on one day in September and all tests will take place at Reading School.
What does the Reading School 11 Plus exam look like?

A Familiarisation booklet will be available in May 2021.

How do I register my son for the Reading School Entrance Test?
  • You need to register your child for the Reading School Admission Test by completing the online registration form on the school admissions website.
  • The purpose of registration is for your child to take the entrance test, not apply for a place at Reading School. Based on the results, you will still need to provide your child’s school preferences to your local authority on the Common Application Form (CAF).
  • Online registration for the 2021 exam opened on Saturday 1st May 2021 and closes at midnight on Wednesday 30th June 2021.

What Is Required to Pass the Kendrick School 11 Plus?

Verbal skills (approx. 50% of the mark)

  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation

Numerical Reasoning (approx. 30% of the mark)

  • Basic skills (addition, multiplication, division and subtraction)
  • Mental maths development
  • Problem solving techniques
  • Extracting information from graphs and tables
  • Averages
  • Foundation algebra concepts
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Area and volume
  • 2d and 3d shapes

Non-verbal Reasoning (approx. 20% of the mark)

  • Spatial awareness
  • Logical deduction skills
  • Mathematical concepts such as symmetry, rotation and reflection
  • Identifying relationships, similarities and differences between figures
  • Identifying sequences between shapes

What Is Required to Pass the Reading School 11 Plus?

English

  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation

Mathematics

  • Basic skills (addition, multiplication, division and subtraction)
  • Mental maths development
  • Problem solving techniques
  • Extracting information from graphs and tables
  • Averages
  • Foundation algebra concepts
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Area and volume
  • 2d and 3d shapes

Creative Writing

  • Story settings
  • Story characters
  • Story openings
  • Story events/problems
  • Story resolutions (endings)

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