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With a proven track record in preparing pupils for the 11 Plus, Marie Redmond MEd and her team of exceptional, fully qualified and experienced primary teachers (not ‘tutors’) provide specialist tuition focused on your child’s individual learning needs.

Our unique 11 Plus tuition courses in Amersham, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Burnham, Chalfont St Peter, High Wycombe, Reading (Winnersh, Wokingham), Slough, Stoke Poges and Windsor are structured to give children the confidence they need to sit and pass exams in a friendly, stress-free environment.

Introduction to the Reading School 11 Plus Entrance Test

To be eligible to apply for a place at Reading School your son will need to take the School Entrance Test (11 Plus exam). Children born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 will take the exam in September 2022 to be eligible to apply for a place for September 2023. The date of the 2022 exam has not yet been confirmed.

Prior to 2021, Reading School used the same Admission Test as a number of other Grammar Schools, including Kendrick School.  From the 2021 examination (for entry in 2022), Reading School will use its own test consisting of three elements: English, Maths and Creative Writing. Children are expected to show ability appropriate to the Key Stage 2 curriculum.

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 2022 exam will open at the beginning of May 2022. The dates for 2022 have not yet been confirmed.
What is the qualifying score for Reading School and what is the chance of my son securing a space?

It is extremely challenging to secure entry to Reading School, with over 7 boys applying for every place and less than 42.9% of those achieving a qualifying score (108 or above) likely to gain admission.*

11 plus tuition for reading schoolThe qualifying score of Reading School pupils who sat the entrance exam in 2020 for entry in 2021 is 108 (excluding those on pupil premium, service premium, or a child in care or previously in care and residing in Reading School’s designated area).

Even if your son achieves and exceeds the qualifying score, he is not guaranteed a space. The exam is highly competitive, with places offered to the highest scoring candidates.  If the number of students that meet or exceed the the qualifying score is higher than the admission number for 2021 (150), the school’s oversubscription criteria is applied. In other words, places are allocated in order priority based on the criteria set by the school. Reading School’s criteria differs slightly between day places and boarding places, but in both cases, first priority is give to pupils in care or previously in care, followed by pupils whose permanent address is in Reading School’s designated area and who are in receipt of Pupil Premium or Service Premium.  Please see the school’s admission policy for further information.

In the 2020 exam, 350 students achieved Reading School’s qualifying score of 108 or above (compared with 338 in 2019), with only 150 places available, including 138 day places and 12 boarding places. The highest scoring candidate in the 2020 exam achieved a standardised score of 127.07 (compared with 128.5 in the 2019 exam).  Reading School does not publish the lowest qualifying score of a child that was admitted until a year after the exam. The lowest qualifying score of a child that was admitted in September 2020 was 112.33 for day places (compared to 112.43 in 2019) and 108.54 for boarding places (compared to 109.07 in 2019). This does not include candidates who qualified in categories 1 to 3 of the oversubscription criteria, such as those in care or in receipt of pupil premium.

For pupils in care or previously in care (categories 1 and 2), or pupils with a permanent address in Reading School’s designated area and in receipt of Pupil Premium or Service Premium (category 3), the qualifying score for September 2020 was 103.00.  This means that pupils that achieved the qualifying score of 103 or above will be offered a place at Reading School before categories 4 and 5 are applied.

* For September 2021 entry, 1,076 boys applied to Reading School, including 826 who sat the test at the school and 250 that sat the test at another venue and requested that their results were shared with Reading School.  That is more than 7 boys applying for each of the 150 spaces available.  Only 350 of the 1,076 boys that applied achieved the qualifying score of 108.  Therefore, as some pupils may be admitted from categories 1, 2 or 3 with a qualifying score of 103, we can assume that less than 42.9% (i.e. less than 150) of the 350 boys that achieved the qualifying score of 108 will secure a 2021 place at Reading School.
When are the Reading School 11 Plus results announced?

Reading School has indicated that the 2021 results will be announced in the middle of October 2021.

When can I apply for a Year 7 Reading School place for my child?
  • If you wish your child to be considered for entry to Reading School, you are required to name the school on the Common Application Form (CAF).
  • Common Application Forms open online on Wednesday 1st September 2021 and you will have until the end of 31st October 2021 to submit it to your Local Authority.
  • School places for September 2022 will be confirmed on 1st March 2022.
  • In whichever year you are applying, you can name up to 6 schools on your CAF.
  • If you live outside Reading, you must apply through your own Local Authority – even if your child currently attends a Reading primary school.

What is required to pass the Reading 11 Plus?


  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation


  • 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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Feedback from parents

  • Amira did really well obtained 119.57 Kendrick exam and obtained 128 for the Slough grammar exam, for the Buckinghamshire exam obtained 128 too. So proud of her. Thank you your contribution towards Amira helped her a lot. Amira will hopefully be attending Kendrick school 2018.

    Year 5 parent, Reading (2017)

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    Year 6 parent, Slough (2019)

  • He achieved 122 in the CEM test - a big thank you to you and your staff for your help in preparing him for it.

    Year 6 parent, Iver (2020)

  • She is doing really well in year 6. She took both CEM and GL tests. She passed both of them. GL with a result of 125 and CEM 114. Once again thank you for your support Marie and all the best for Catherine of course!

    Year 5 parent, Uxbridge (2018)

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    Year 5 parent, Uxbridge (2018)

  • Just to let you know that Ella scored 143 in the GL and 120 in the CEM tests. I’ve a year off this year following consecutive years of 11+ prep with my other two, but I would like to sign up the next child for tuition starting in Sept 2020 when she is in Year 5 please.

    Year 6 parent, Chalfont St Peter (2019)

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    Year 6 parent, Slough (2019)

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    Year 5 parent, Reading (2021)

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    Year 5 parent, Chalfont St Peter (2018)

  • Many thanks to you and your team of tutors for all your help and advice over the last few months in preparing our son for the 11+ exams. He passed both the Slough Consortium CEM and the Buckinghamshire GL 11+ exams. He just passed the CEM exam which we knew would be a challenge for him and he passed the GL exam with a good score. All the best for the future

    Year 6 parent, Stoke Poges (2019)

  • A big thank you to all the staff at MRT, Kemi passed both the GL and CEM 11+ exams. We hope to enrol our son (who is currently in Year 4) for lessons next year when he is in Year 5.

    Year 5 parent, Slough (2018)

  • Hello Marie, she passed with 120! (CEM). Thank you for all your help and giving her the confidence boost she needed. We’ll look forward to our next Daughter attending your course in 2 years!

    Year 5 parent, Burnham (2018)

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