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Reading School | Late Transfer (Mid-Year 12+ and 13+) Entry Information

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Reading School is a grammar school for boys with academy status in Berkshire. Founded as part of Reading Abbey, it is considered one of the oldest schools in the country. Its list of notable alumni includes a Former Prime Minister of the UK, a Victoria Cross recipient and an impressive number of university professors. [1]


Benefitting from a broad curriculum which spans across a number of disciplines, pupils at Reading grammar tend to surpass their academic potential and develop into articulate and proficient individuals. The programme of lessons includes art, science, Classics, computer science, humanities and MFL, among others, allowing boys to discover their strengths and minimise their weaknesses throughout their educational journey. 


Co-curricular activities range from chess, drama and animation to coding, Book Club and bush craft, ensuring that students learn beyond the classroom, develop practical skills and explore their passions while growing in an understanding of their own abilities. These and many other enrichment opportunities profoundly impact the learning experience at Reading grammar, making it memorable, effective and thoroughly engaged in helping boys mature both independently and responsibly. [2]


According to OFSTED, the school features an outstanding quality of education, supported by qualified staff who ensure that boys feel secure, valued and respected within the close knit community. In the report, pupils’ attitudes to learning are characterised as extremely positive, complementing the sense of purpose and the commitment to excellence that flourish both in and out of Reading School’s classrooms. [3]


Reading School In-Year Entry (12 Plus & 13 Plus) Admissions Information


Besides its standard point of entry (11+), the school also accepts late entry applications. The Late Entry exam consists of two parts:


  • Part one: CEM Select
  • Part two: English comprehension


Your child’s results in the online CEM Select assessment will be combined, standardised and placed in rank order, on the basis of which his comprehension skills will then be assessed. Results from both exams will be combined and will determine his overall rank order.


Please note that the school will assess applicants only if there are places available. If there are more applications than there are places available, Reading grammar will apply their oversubscription criteria, based on which priority will be given to:


  • A looked after child or previously looked after child;
  • Pupil premium recipients (service premium for boarders);
  • Applicants who live within the school’s designated area (for day places);
  • Applicants who have a boarding need (for boarding places).


Reading School Late Transfer (In-Year Entry) Exam Information


Address: Erleigh Road, Reading RG1 5LW

County: Berkshire

Admissions info: or 0118 9015600

School type: Grammar school for boys

Number of students: 870 (approx.)

Open Day date: In the Spring and Autumn terms

Exam type / Board: CEM Select and school’s own


As part of the assessment process for late transfer entry, your child will be asked to complete the CEM Select assessment and an English comprehension paper. 


CEM Select contains a number of unusual question formats that your child is unlikely to have encountered before. These include drag and drop digits and sentence auto-completes.


The assessment will be divided into a series of highly time-pressured sections. Your child doesn’t necessarily need to complete all the questions in each section to do well.


Reading School Late Transfer (In-Year) Exam Format


The CEM Select assessment will cover the following areas:


  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Numerical Reasoning


The Verbal Reasoning section of the test assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using words, with a special focus on depth and breadth of vocabulary.


The Non-Verbal Reasoning section requires your child to solve problems using shapes and patterns with a main focus on one specific question type.


The Numerical Reasoning section assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using numbers and arithmetic.


The English paper will examine your child’s comprehension skills through standard format questions.


Reading School Late Transfer (In-Year) Practice Tests


Our practice tests help students become familiar with the style and layout of the Reading School exams, which can help boost their confidence in the lead up to the big day. They cover all the question types that could be asked in the entrance exam and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work.


Once you devise a specific study schedule and a structured approach towards exam preparation, you will be able to remove unnecessary stress from the preparation process and make it more manageable for your child.


We highly recommend that students take our practice tests under timed conditions to get used to answering questions quickly and under time pressure.


Our practice tests are age-appropriate, yet still challenging, corresponding perfectly with the demands of a competitive entrance exam. Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the Reading School Late Entry examination can be found below.


CEM Select 


The following full practice online tests are specifically designed to help your child become familiar with the demands of the Reading School CEM Select assessment:


CEM Select Practice Test 1


CEM Select Practice Test 2


CEM Select Practice Test 3


CEM Select Practice Test 4


CEM Select Practice Test 5


CEM Select Practice Test 6


CEM Select Practice Test 7


CEM Select Practice Test 8


CEM Select Practice Test 9


CEM Select Practice Test 10


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The following resources consist of focused tests that allow students to target specific question formats that appear in CEM Select:


Skill Practice: Verbal Ability


CEM Select – Comprehension Pack 1


CEM Select – Comprehension Pack 2


CEM Select – Missing Words Pack 1


CEM Select – Missing Words Pack 2


CEM Select – Related Words


CEM Select – Anagrams


CEM Select – Shuffled Sentences


CEM Select – Letter Connections


CEM Select – Multiple Meanings


CEM Select – Selected Letters


Skill Practice: Non-Verbal Ability


CEM Select – Pictures


Skill Practice: Numerical Ability


CEM Select – Arithmetic


CEM Select – Data Problems


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English comprehension (12+)


We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the Reading School 12+ English paper:


Full Practice Tests


12+ English Pack 2


Comprehension Skills


12+ English: Vocabulary & Grammar


12+ English: Punctuation


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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Reading School 12+ past papers. The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.

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