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.

Please note the test date and the date for sending results may need to be changed if there are any restrictions due to Covid in place at the time. Once your child is registered to sit the test, you will be informed of any changes.

Frequently Asked Questions


Parents receive a separate test result for each of the schools with which they have elected to share their child’s result (at the point of Test Registration). Results are issued before parents have to submit their Common Application Form to their Local Authority.*

The test results are standardised by CEM to take into account the age of the child and the difficulty of the paper. CEM provide more information on the standardisation process on their website.

The pass mark is not a pre-established one; it is determined each year by the School Governors Admissions Committee shortly before the results are issued, with reference to the relevant cohort. The School use testing to ensure applicants are capable of coping in the academic environment of the School.

* This year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, Schools were unable to send parents the results before they submitted their Common Application Form.

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.