Grammar Schools that use the CEM format for their 11 Plus (11+) Exam

The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), part of Cambridge Assessment, produce 11+ exam papers which assess skills in Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Reasoning.


A number of grammar schools opt for this particular exam provider. Some of the common characteristics of CEM 11+ exams include:


  • Questions presented in a mixed order within one test, rather than one paper per subject.
  • Short, time-pressured sections.
  • A strong focus on the breadth and depth of a student’s vocabulary.
  • Unique formats for how students need to mark their responses to certain questions.


The CEM 11+ exam helps schools determine a candidate’s potential and overall capacity to successfully respond to the secondary school curriculum.


Here is a list of Grammar Schools that use the CEM exam for Year 7 (11+) entry:


Adams’ Grammar School

Alcester Grammar School

Altrincham Grammar School for Boys

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls 

Beths Grammar School

Bexley Grammar School

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Bishop Wordsworth’s School

Chatham Grammar School for Girls

Chelmsford County High School for Girls

Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School

Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Galmpton 

Colyton Grammar School, Colyford

Denmark Road High School

Fort Pitt Grammar School, Chatham

Handsworth Grammar School for Boys

Heckmondwike Grammar School

Herschel Grammar School

Holcombe Grammar School, Chatham

Ilford County High School

Kendrick Girls’ Grammar School, Reading

King Edward VI Aston School

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

King Edward VI Five Ways School

King Edward VI Handsworth School

King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon

Langley Grammar School

Lawrence Sheriff School

Marling School, Stroud

Newport Girls’ High School

Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith

Queen Mary’s Grammar School

Queen Mary’s High School

Rainham Mark Grammar School, Rainham

Reading School for Boys 

Ribston Hall High School, Gloucester 

Rochester Grammar School

Rugby High School for Girls, Rugby

Sale Grammar School

Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School, Rochester

Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Longlevens

St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School

Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls

Stretford Grammar School

Stroud High School, Stroud

Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

The Crypt School, Gloucester 

Torquay Boys’ Grammar School

Torquay Girls’ Grammar School

Townley Grammar School

Upton Court Grammar School

Urmston Grammar School

Wolverhampton High School for Girls

Woodford County High School



Please note that this list is subject to change and it is worth checking the specific requirements of the schools you are interested in. If you are still unsure, get in touch and we can advise.

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