CEM 11 Plus

Medway 11+  -  Children's Educational Material 11+ TM

Medway has seven selective schools and schools use tests from GL Asessment.®  The 11+ tests are not tutor-proof and are one of the easiest to prepare for.  The Chatham Grammar Schools also use the Kent 11+ test. Complete solutions are available using WordBuilder.co.uk and CoolCleverKids.co.uk

The Medway11plus website provides advice and information about 11 plus exams and Children's Educational Material (CEM) for the 11+.

2024 Year 7 Entry for Medway Grammar Schools

Registration 30th May 2023 to 26th June 2023
Test Dates Tuesday 12th September, 2023, Wednesday 13th September, 2023 and Saturday 16th September, 2023.
The same test is used on each day, so later sitters may know content in this compromised test.
Results October 2023
If you registered online you will be sent an email after 4pm on this date. If you registered on paper you will be sent a letter by first class post on this date.
Test Supplier GL Assessment
Verbal Reasoning and Mathematics.

There is also an extended writing test.

The Medway Test is for Medway grammar schools only. If you live in Medway but you're considering grammar schools in another area, for example Kent, your child will need to take their test. Contact the relevant local authority for more information. If you live outside of Medway, but are considering Medway grammar schools you need to register your child for the Medway Test. The Medway Test is sat by children who are in Year 6, before they go to secondary school. All children who go to Medway schools (except Kings School, Rochester) will sit the test in their own school.

All children who go to non-Medway schools will sit the test in a test centre on Saturday 16 September 2023

Invitations to sit the test will be sent at the end of August to all registered children and will confirm your child's test details.

The following schools will sit the Medway Test on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 13 September 2023:

  • All Faiths' Children's Academy
  • All Saints CE Primary School
  • Allhallows Primary Academy
  • Balfour Junior Academy
  • Barnsole Primary School
  • Brompton Westbrook Primary School
  • Bryony School
  • Burnt Oak Primary School
  • Byron Primary School
  • Cedar Children's Academy
  • Chattenden Primary School (Peninsula Gateway Academy Trust)
  • Cliffe Woods Primary School
  • Cuxton Junior School
  • Deanwood Primary School and Children's Centre
  • Delce Academy
  • Elaine Primary Academy
  • Fairview Community Primary School
  • Featherby Junior School
  • Gordon Junior School
  • Halling Primary
  • Hempstead Junior School
  • High Halstow Primary School
  • Hilltop Primary School
  • Hoo St Werburgh Primary School and Marlborough Centre
  • Kingfisher Primary School and Children's Centre
  • Lordswood School
  • Luton Junior School
  • Maundene School
  • Meredale Independent Primary School
  • Mierscourt Primary School
  • Napier Community Primary and Nursery Academy
  • New Road Primary School
  • Oaklands School
  • Oasis Academy Skinner Street
  • Park Wood Schools Federation - Juniors
  • Riverside Primary School and Children's Centre
  • Saxon Way Primary School
  • St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary School
  • St Helen's CEP School
  • St James' CE Primary Academy (at All Hallows site)
  • St Margaret's at Troy Town CE Primary School and Children's Centre
  • St Margaret's CE Junior School
  • St Mary's Island CE Primary School
  • St Michael's RC Primary School
  • St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School
  • St William of Perth Catholic Primary School
  • Stoke Community School
  • Temple Mill Primary School
  • Thames View Primary School
  • The Academy of Woodlands
  • The Bligh Federation - Juniors
  • The Pilgrim School
  • Twydall Primary School - part of the RME Trust
  • Wainscott Primary School
  • Walderslade Primary School
  • Warren Wood Primary School

 The following schools will sit the Medway Test on Saturday 16September 2023:

  • English Martyr's RC Primary School
  • Horsted School - Junior
  • Kings School Rochester (in a test centre)
  • Phoenix Junior Academy
  • St Andrew's Independent School
  • St Benedict's Catholic School
  • St Mary's Catholic Primary School
  • St Thomas More Catholic Primary School
  • Swingate Primary School
  • Wayfield Primary School

Medway Grammar Schools

Medway Grammar School PAN (Year 7)
Chatham Grammar School for Girls [CGSG] (Chatham) 142
Fort Pitt Grammar School (Chatham) 120
Holcombe Grammar School for Boys
[Formerly Chatham Grammar for Boys] (Chatham)
Rainham Mark Grammar School (Gillingham) 205
Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School (Rochester) 180
The Howard School  [Selective after entry]
Bilateral 250
25% selective
The Rochester Grammar School (Rochester) 175


Request a review

If your child hasn’t been assessed as selective (grammar) following the Medway Test and you feel this isn't a true reflection of their ability, you can request a review of their academic work. This is not a re-marking of their test.

You should discuss with your child's school whether they feel a review is right for your child.

Review requests must be submitted by Monday 9 October 2023.

Reviews take place over Thursday 13 and Friday 13 October 2023.

Once you have requested a review

Once you have requested a review we'll ask your child’s school to provide work in English, Maths and Science.

A panel will review the work to decide if it shows your child is of grammar ability, even when the Medway Test score does not.

Each year the review process can find up to two per cent of the year group to be assessed as selective (grammar).

Review decision

Review decisions are sent to parents by Wednesday 18 October 2023.

This is before the closing date for school applications on 29 October 2023, so you can name grammar schools on your application if the review is successful.

11+ Preparation

Areas tested include English (Vocabulary: synonyms & antonyms; Comprehension; Cloze passages/text; Jumbled sentences); Mathematics including data processing, and Non-verbal reasoning.

There is no evidence any 11+ tests are tutor proof, nor tuition and preparation does not confer an advantage – the opposite is true.

Recommended Preparation Material.

1. English and Verbal Reasoning is covered at WordBuilder.co.uk

  PDF downloads from the shop.



a. Ultimate Verbal Reasoning. 1,800 questions.Book 1


b. Ultimate Verbal Reasoning. 800 questions.Book 2 for GL Assessment

c. Common Synonyms and Antonyms for 11+ & KS2 Sats (over 1,000 entries).


d. Common Words With Multiple Meanings for 11+ & KS2 Sats (350 entries).


e. Common Misspelled Words at Year 6 - KS2 & 11+ (over 250 words).


2. Maths is covered at CoolCleverKids.co.uk

PDF downloads from the shop.

Lesson Notes


a: Ratio and Proportion Unit Method (Lesson Notes).


b: Percentages (simple percentages) Lesson Notes.


c: Percentage Multipliers Lesson Notes.


d: Rules for Multiples of Numbers (Lesson Notes).


3. NVR (Non-verbal Reasoning) is covered at CoolCleverKids.co.uk

Non-verbal Reasoning (NVR) Booklet


Ultimate NVR: over 30 different types of NVR familiarisation questions.


4. Mock Tests: Use Mocks in the Shop or SatsBooks.com

Mock Test (CEM style tests are still useful as content is similar to GL Assessment)


1. 11+ Progress Mock Pack 1. MF Test A & B. (Use as first test during Year 5).


2. 11+ Progress Mock Pack 2. MF Test A & B. (Use as second test during Year 5).


3. 11+ Progress Mock Pack 3. MF Test A & B. (Use as third test during Year 5).


4. 11+ Practice Mock Test Pack 1. MF Test A & B. Multi-format (MF).


5. 11+ Practice Mock Test Pack 2. MF Test A & B. Multi-format (MF).


6. 11+ Practice Mock Test Pack 3. MF Test A & B. Similar to SWW 2 Jul 13.


7. 11+ Practice Mock Test Pack 4. MF Test A & B. Multi-format (MF). 


8.  Letts GL Assessment Practice Mock Test Pack 1 [4 physical books]. Maths, English, VR & NVR {Click here to purchase with FREE P&P}


9.  Letts GL Assessment Practice Mock Test Pack 1 [4 physical book]. Maths, English, VR & NVR {Click here to purchase with FREE P&P}


11+ Testing
Each paper is marked to provide `raw` scores.

  • Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning are marked on the number of correct answers
  • Extended Writing is marked against specific criteria
The raw scores are then standardised (weighted) to reflect the child’s age at the time they sit the test. This is to make sure no child is disadvantaged because they're born later in the school year. But the same test is used repeatedly, so people will know content.

The minimum score for this year will not be known until after the test has been sat and the scores calculated.

The score for the last few years were:

2022: 487,   2021: 483,  2020: 490,   2019:  492;    2018: 495;   2017: 513;   2016: 521;   2015: 525,   and   2014:  528
Kent Medway 11+ Test
This is a compromised test as the same test is used on all three days. Later sitters will know content.

There will be two test papers containing a mixture of questions on verbal reasoning and comprehension and mathematical reasoning.

Each paper is approximately 50 minutes in duration and will be divided into timed sections, and instructions will be given on an audio soundtrack.

Most questions are multiple choice and all answers are marked on a separate machine-readable answer sheet. There will be a short break between the two test papers.

Free familiarisation booklets are available from this site and practice mocks are available from the shop.
CEM Centre for Evaluation
& Monitoring® CEM 11+ ® Tests


GL Assessments®
(NFER®) 11+ Selection Tests
  • Practice papers available
  • Kent County Council provides a long familiarisation paper
  • Multiple choice format.
  • No claim that children do not need to prepare or practice or claim test is tutor-proof
  • Similar to tests from CEM Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring®
  • Prepare using WordBuilder & CoolCleverKids
  • Practice mock papers from the shop
11+ Children's Educational
Material Recommendation

English and Verbal Reasoning:

Maths &
Non-verbal Reasoning (NVR):


11+ Practice Papers from
Children’s Educational Material for the 11+
are available from the shop.
Word lists, lesson notes and `Ultimate NVR` questions are available from the shop.

Free material on this website.

11+ Tourism: Free Mock Tests

Under the Greenwich ruling all children, of the appropriate age, have a legal right to take any 11+ exam set by any authority and cannot be denied the opportunity to sit an exam solely on the basis of their address.

The Office of the School Adjudicator (OSA) confirmed the right to use tests as free mocks and the right to take tests late. A Head Teacher of a grammar school has confirmed in writing: `Legally I cannot stop you entering your child for our test.'  Late testing is also a legal right.

Many regions do not have catchment areas. Taking 11+ exams outside home catchments does not prejudice the balance and fairness of the testing, as tests are different. To make such a claim would imply a defunct testing process.

Note: Taking a "free mock" will cost the school money. But one would expect financially astute schools to consider the financial implications of setting an early test date. Common sense dictates an earlier test is likely to be used as a "free mock" and this has been well known to occur for many years. . The University of Durham® object to this strategy when it is a legal right. We cannot image why, as if the test is resistant to prepping, what difference would free mocks make? We believe there is no evidence that any 11+ test is resistant to prepping and practise will simply improve performance.

Cambridge University have now withdrawn CEM  paper based 11+ tests. Cambridge spent hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal fees to refuse to answer basic questions including which schools shared the same tests. They answered such questions to a Caucasian women after refusing to answer the same question posed by an Asian man. They were aware of the ethnicity of both.

11+ Maths and NVR

The Maths site with NVR (Non-verbal reasoning) for Sats and 11+ preparation. Ideal for primary school education and selective school exams. Maths lesson notes; worksheets; presentations; games, & tests auto marked with explanations.

11+ English & VR

Verbal reasoning and English for the 11+, Sats and private/independent school entrance exams as well as primary school. Spellings; definitions; meanings; synonyms; antonyms; cloze passages; jumbled sentences & comprehension.

Sats Papers
Year 2-6 & 11+

Information relating to Sats Tests. Free downloads of Sats papers covering Year 2 to 6 with no registration. Prepare for Year 6 level 3-5, level 6 & 11+ tests. Download the latest phonics tests.
ATA React
Free Android App
Google Play

Fun FREE Android App to test your thinking and reaction speed. Four fun games: colours; shapes; numbers and next letter. Stores score history. Ideal for Sats & 11+ fun whilst you prepare. Download from Google Play.


Download FREE SATs papers. No registration & no annoying popup adverts.
11+ English (Verbal Reasoning)
online preparation with

Spellings; Vocabulary; Synonyms; Antomyms; Conundrums; Cloze Passages; Comprehension, and Jumbled up sentences. Ideal for 11+ tests set at the CEM Centre, at Durham University®.
11+ Maths (Numerical Reasoning)
and NVR online preparation with

Free maths question generator
Lesson notes; presentations (videos); worksheets; games; Sats style tests from Year 2 to 6 including mental maths audio tests; private school 11+ tests, and CEM style past questions.
Now includes Non-verbal Reasoning.
Ideal for 11+ tests set at the CEM Centre, at Durham University®.

The 11+ information site
Helping children pass the 11+
Free advice and resources with
recommendations for preparation.

Children’s Educational Material 11+
Tel: +44 (0) 24 7641 6970 
Email: cemelevenplus@gmail.com
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