Since 1999 CEM has developed assessments with the aim of creating a fair selection process and have achieved this by drawing from research identifying the best predictors of later achievement.

The tests measure verbal, numerical and non-verbal skills and are available as paper and computer-based services to schools, trusts and authorities, for children predominantly of ages 10 to 11 years.

CEM strives to make the selection process fair for all candidates with assessments designed to enable all children to demonstrate their academic potential without excessive preparation. In order to maintain the fairness of the tests, CEM does not provide any commercially available practice materials, nor recommend any other commercially available materials.

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Selection Assessment Packages and Services


 CEM Select ChallengeCEM Select EvaluateCEM Mid-Year Transfer (MYT)
(Grammar Schools only)
CEM bespoke E.A.*
Price range£520+pupil cost**£520+pupil cost**From £2500p.a**Variable**
Suitable for entry into Years 7, 8, 9 (age 11-14yrs)
Annually refreshed content    
National norms    
Standardised age norms  
Literacy, numeracy, verbal and non-verbal sections
Average time to complete under 1hr  
+25% time for SEN pupils
Unique content tailored to school’s requirements      
Year-on-year comparisons***  
Raw scores, sub section scores, and total scores

*CEM bespoke Entrance Assessments offer a range of feedback and can be provided in electronic or paper formats. Services offered vary according to individual contracts.
**Pupil costs for 2015-2016 are as follows; £9.20 per pupil for the first 120 pupils, £7.20 per pupil for up to 210 pupils, £4.20 every additional pupil. All prices are subject to VAT.
*** Year-on-year comparisons are not offered as standard on CEM bespoke assessments, this service would depend upon individual school contract.


BASE Reception Baseline Assessment

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