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CEM Select

Introduction

CEM Select computer assessments are designed for selective independent schools, selective state schools, and over-subscribed non-selective state schools. They enable children to demonstrate their academic potential ensuring a fair school admissions process.

This guide will help you to better understand the purpose and requirements of the CEM Select. 

Essential Information

  • The test is taken by pupils aged between 10 and 12 years old, during Year 6 or 7.
  • It comprises six individual components; Comprehension, Anagrams, Missing Words, Shuffled Sentences, General Mathematics and Pictures.
  • The individual tests must be completed in one sitting, but each test can be taken separately.
  • The tests are taken online with multiple choice answers.
  • The tests are timed. It takes approximately 1 hour to complete all six tests.
  • Pupils are registered for the test by the senior school for which they are entered.
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Taking the CEM Select

The CEM Select comprises six individual tests. Each test must be completed in one sitting, but they can be taken separately and in any order.

Each assessment has a different time limit. The time remaining will be shown at the top of the screen during the test, as well as a progress bar which shows how many questions have been answered. 

The time limit does not include the time taken to set up and log in to the test, but does include the time taken for the candidate to read the instructions for the test. Familiarity with the test in advance can therefore leave more time for completing the questions.

The candidate is given a choice of five different answers for each question. They must click on their chosen answer and click ‘Next’. Once they have clicked ‘Next’, they are unable to return to previous questions to change their answers.

The test will be taken under formal exam conditions. Candidates will be required to complete the test in silence. Teachers will help to ensure that the test is being completed correctly but will not be able to assist with answering the questions.

Comprehension  | 25 minutes 50 seconds

  • In this section, you are required to read a passage and then answer some questions about it.
  • The passage will be on the left and the questions will be on the right.
  • You can use your mouse or trackpad to scroll through the passage.
  • For each question, choose the correct answer choice by clicking on it.
  • You can change your answer by clicking on another answer choice.
  • If you wish, you can skip questions and come back to them later.
  • Use the NEXT and PREVIOUS buttons to move to the next or previous question.
  • There are 23 questions in total. Answer as many as you can.

If you finish answering the questions before the time is up, go back and check your answers.

Anagram | 9 minutes 50 seconds

  • In this section, you are required to read a passage and then answer some questions about it.
  • The passage will be on the left and the questions will be on the right.
  • You can use your mouse or trackpad to scroll through the passage.
  • For each question, choose the correct answer choice by clicking on it.
  • You can change your answer by clicking on another answer choice.
  • If you wish, you can skip questions and come back to them later.
  • Use the NEXT and PREVIOUS buttons to move to the next or previous question.
  • There are 23 questions in total. Answer as many as you can.

If you finish answering the questions before the time is up, go back and check your answers.

Missing Words | 3 minutes 15 seconds

  • This section focuses on missing words.
  • You will be shown two passages. Some of the words in these passages are incomplete, with only the first few letters of the word provided.
  • You must type in the next two letters of the word. It will then auto-complete.
  • If you do not type in the correct two letters, the word will not auto-complete.
  • The first passage has 25 missing words. The second passage has 20 missing words.
  • You don't have to complete the words in order.
  • You can skip a word and come back to it later, if you have time.

Each passage is timed individually. Once the allocated time for the first passage is up, the second passage will be shown with a new timer.

Shuffled Sentences | 8 minutes

  • This section focuses on shuffled sentences.
  • In each question, you will be shown a series of jumbled words. These words can be rearranged to form a correct sentence.
  • However, there is one extra word that is not required to form the sentence.
  • Use your mouse or trackpad to drag this word into the Word Bin.
  • If you would like to change your answer, drag the word out of the Word Bin and back to the row of words. You can then drag another word into the Word Bin.
  • If you wish, you can skip questions and come back to them later.
  • Use the NEXT and PREVIOUS buttons to move to the next or previous question.

There are 20 questions in total. Answer as many as you can.

General Mathematics | 12 minutes 50 seconds

  • In this section, you are required to answer some maths questions.
  • To answer the questions, you will need to use your mouse or trackpad to drag numbers or signs into the correct boxes.
  • You can change your answers by dragging new numbers or signs into the boxes.
  • If you wish, you can skip questions and come back to them later.
  • Use the NEXT and PREVIOUS buttons to move to the next or previous question.
  • There are 30 questions in total. Answer as many as you can.
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Picture | 9 minutes 

  • This section focuses on non-verbal reasoning.
  • Each question contains a set of nine pictures. One of these pictures is missing, shown by a question mark.
  • You must choose the picture that completes the set correctly from the four options on the right.
  • Select your answer by clicking on the correct picture on the right.
  • If you would like to change your answer, simply click on the new picture that you wish to select.
  • If you wish, you can skip questions and come back to them later.
  • Use the NEXT and PREVIOUS buttons to move to the next or previous question.
  • There are 25 questions in total. Answer as many as you can.

 

Schools that use the CEM Select

The CEM Select is being used by a growing number of Independent Schools as part of their 11+ and 13+ admissions process. These schools include:

Brentwood School

City of London School for Girls

Downe House

Exeter School

Exeter School (12+)

Farnborough Hill School

Guildford High School

Heathfield School Ascot

Heathfield School Ascot (13+)

Holme (Eaton) Grange School

Hulme Hall Grammar School

Hymers College

King's Ely Junior School

Millfield School

Mill Hill School

Mill Hill School (Belmont)

Moreton Hall

Mount St. Mary's College

Newcastle High School for Girls

Nottingham High School

Princethorpe College

Prior Park College

Queen Anne's School

Reading Blue Coat

Rendcomb College

Royal Russell School

Sherborne Girls

Shrewsbury High School

St. Edmund's College

St. Edward's School, Cheltenham

St. George's Weybridge

St. John's Leatherhead

St. Joseph's College, Ipswich

St. Mary's Calne

St. Michael's School

St. Nicholas'™ School

St. Paul's Girls'™ School

Sutton High

The Cathedral School

The Grange School

The King's School, Gloucester

The Royal Masonic School

Uppingham School

Warwick School

Woldingham School

Worth School

Wycombe Abbey

Wycombe Abbey (13+)

CEM exams used by other schools

Some schools use a custom version of the CEM assessment, often produced by the school itself. These schools include:


Abingdon Prep

Bishop's Stortford College

Clifton College

Cranford House School

Croydon High School

Eltham College

Eton College

Harrow School

Ibstock Place School

Junior King's School

Myddelton College

Newcastle-under-Lyme School

Oakham School

Pangbourne College

Shiplake College

The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School

West Buckland School