Entrance Test Information

At the beginning of December 2013, the seven Gloucestershire Grammar Schools made a joint decision to start using Durham University (CEM) for the admissions test. CEM are one of the largest independent providers of educational assessment and monitoring systems in the world. They have been developing selection assessments since 1999, and provide tests for a number of grammar schools in other counties.

The schools are concerned by the amount of tutoring that currently takes place and CEM design their tests to enable all children to demonstrate their academic potential without excessive preparation. CEM do not produce commercially available practice materials and they advise that the best preparation for their tests is to read books and use mathematics on a regular basis. However, familiarisation material is available below to enable parents to give guidance on the style of questions.

  • Friday 1 June 2018 - Online registration for 2018 entry opens at noon
  • Saturday 30 June 2018 - Registration closes at noon
  • Saturday 15 September 2018 - Test day
  • After 3.30pm on Friday 12 October 2018 and by end 15/10/18 at the latest - Results sent to parents

Frequently Asked Questions Gloucestershire Familiarisation Booklet


This information is produced by Sir Thomas Rich’s School based on the most up-to-date information available at the time and may be subject to change. Parents are responsible for checking that this information is still correct at the time of application with the relevant grammar schools and the Local Authority.