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CEM is the Centre of Evaluation & Monitoring at Durham University and is an independent research group devoted to the improvement of teaching and learning for children and young people across the world. The CEM 11+ has been designed to be less predictable than other types of 11+ examination.

Widely adopted by schools seeking to use “tutor-proof” 11+ entry assessments, CEM papers are NOT generic and are developed in line with the individual local authorities / schools requirements. They are frequently changed and can be either computer or paper based.

CEM – Key Information

  • Practice materials are not provided directly from CEM but our extensive experience with these examinations has enabled us to develop our own materials and examinations which are consistent with what we know from previous years.
  • Familiarity Sheets are generally available directly from the schools that use CEM examinations and it is essential that all pupils go through these carefully to understand the types of questions that they will be asked.
  • CEM exams are known to have very challenging vocabulary and tough time limits.
  • Historically, CEM tests have consisted of Two 45 minute papers both of which include:
    • Verbal Ability (Comprehension, reading and vocabulary skills)
    • Non Verbal reasoning,
    • Maths

    Each assessment is divided into specifically timed sections and each individual section is introduced by an example.

How can S6 help?

Despite CEM examinations being notoriously difficult to prepare for, S6 have a huge amount of experience in ensuring that pupils are in the best possible position to tackle the examination process. We offer a variety of services to assist your child including the following:

One-to-One Tuition

Our exceptional One-to-One tuition process has been personally developed by Stephanie Williams. With a 97% success rate and 13 years experience, Stephanie has been able to ensure that almost all of her pupils gain a place in their first choice of school.

Mastering CEM examinations is not just about practice. Questions can vary in style from year to year and so as well as ensuring that your child is academically competent across all key 11+ areas, our tutors will ensure that their pupils have the practical skills and techniques to approach unfamiliar types of questions.

To find out more about our premium One-to-One services, please see One-to-One Tuition

Group Tuition

We run a number of group tuition sessions in various centres across London Essex and Kent. To find out more, please go to:


If availability is limited for your time / locations, please email enquiries@s6tutoringacademy.co.uk to be added to the waiting list and to be kept informed of new course dates and times.

Mock Examination Courses

S6 run CEM style mock exam courses throughout the summer period. These courses will give your child invaluable experience of examination conditions which can help enormously with nerves on the day of the actual 11+. The mock exam courses also enable our tutors to identify any areas of weakness that may still need further reinforcement.

To find out more, please see CEM Mock Exam Course.

S6 Online Hub

The S6 Hub is an online testing environment that has been carefully developed by our team to ensure that your child gets plenty of practice. With over 14,000 questions and testing across all key competencies, the hub ensures that your child will never be short of practice material.

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Free Revision Pack

Our FREE revision pack can be downloaded here: