Chelmsford County High School for Girls Year 8 (12+) Entry Exam Information

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Chelmsford County High School (CCHS), located in Essex, is a highly respected grammar school for girls aged 11-18. It opened in 1907 and has been providing girls with an excellent education in a stimulating learning environment ever since. This means places at the school are in high demand.


Chelmsford County High is proud to place an emphasis on academic excellence, wanting all pupils to be passionate about learning and to fulfil their potential in every subject. Its curriculum is broad,  encompassing everything from maths, English and science to drama, classical languages and psychology. Syllabuses are regularly reviewed by dedicated teachers to ensure that students receive the best education possible. Unsurprisingly, given the school’s commitment to providing top-quality teaching, an impressive 88.33% of recent GCSE grades were in the 9-7 range.


Extra-curricular activities are also considered important at CCHS, which is why girls are encouraged to get involved in clubs and societies. Pupils can choose from a diverse range of pursuits, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, dance and music ensemble. The school also creates opportunities for girls to attend lectures given by guest academics and visit places of interest. This all helps to ensure that pupils develop into confident, well-rounded young adults.


Pastoral care is exemplary at Chelmsford County High, with the well-being of each pupil being at the heart of all the decisions CCHS makes. The aim is to keep all students safe and happy. To this end, girls have access to art therapy, mental health first aiders, a counselling service, a school nurse and young carer support. Furthermore, an ‘open door’ policy means girls can promptly discuss any concerns they have with an array of staff, who will listen and take their concerns seriously. Regular training means staff are in a strong position to offer appropriate support. The message given to the school community is that asking for help is a good thing because it can lead to positive changes.


Chelmsford County High School Year 8 (12+) Entry Admissions Process


Prospective students and their families are encouraged to visit the school to learn more about the school community. This provides an ideal opportunity to meet members of staff and explore the facilities. You can contact the school directly to arrange this. Contact details are given below.


If you want your daughter to enroll at the school in Year 8, which is not a standard entry point, you should fill out the registration form for in-year applications, which will result in your daughter being put on a waiting list. If a place becomes available, all applicants on the waiting list will be invited to sit a test at CCHS to determine who will be offered the place. (Please note that the test will not be the same test sat by girls applying for a place for the start of Year 7.)


The in-year exam is designed to see which applicant will best be able to keep pace academically with their peer group; hence, the vacancy will be offered to the girl who achieves the highest score in the exam (an age-related weighting will be applied). If more than one girl gets the highest score, preference will be given in the following order:


1. to a looked after child or a previously looked after child

2. to a child in receipt of pupil premium

3. to whoever lives closest to the school


Chelmsford County High School Contact Details and Exam Information for Year 8 (12+) Entry


Address: Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1RW
County: Essex
Admissions info: [email protected] or 01245 352592
School type: Grammar school for girls
Exam date: To be arranged when a place becomes available


The exam that applicants will take for Year 8 (12+) entry is the CEM Select. It is an online assessment that measures your child’s Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical reasoning abilities and is produced by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), which is part of Cambridge University Press & Assessment.


The Verbal reasoning questions assess your child’s ability to solve problems using words, with a focus on the maturity of their vocabulary.


The Non-Verbal reasoning questions require your child to solve problems by analysing visual information.


The Numerical reasoning questions assess your child’s ability to solve problems using numbers and arithmetic.


The CEM Select online assessment has the following methods to answer questions, which your daughter may not have come across before:


● Drag and drop: this involves using the mouse or trackpad to drag and then drop an answer into the correct place on the computer screen.

● Auto-complete: this involves starting to type your answer into the space on the screen. If you start typing the correct answer, the computer will finish it for you, meaning you can move on to the next question.

● Multiple-choice: this involves using the mouse or trackpad to select the correct answer from a group of answer choices.


As part of the exam, your child can expect to encounter, amongst other things, a comprehension exercise, missing word questions, anagrams and shuffled sentences.


How to Prepare for the Chelmsford County High School Year 8 (12+) Entry Online Assessment


At Pretest Plus, we believe that considered preparation will significantly boost a student’s confidence and enhance their performance in entrance examinations. Working their way through our CEM Select Practice Tests will help your daughter be prepared for the CEM Select online assessment in the following ways:


● They will become familiar with the format of the CEM Select online assessment, meaning there are no surprises on the day.

● They will get better at answering questions quickly and accurately when under time pressure.

● Looking at the answers and detailed explanations for each question, they will learn from any mistakes they make and avoid repeating them in the actual exam.

● They will be able to identify their strengths and weaknesses, meaning they can then focus on any areas that require improvement.


Chelmsford County High School Year 8 (12+) Entry Online Practice Tests


These full mock tests are designed to provide your child with highly accurate practice ahead of their CEM Select assessment. Each practice test covers Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical reasoning, replicating the modules, timings and question types used in the actual exam.


Each test contains unique content, but they are all pitched at the same difficulty level as the actual assessment. This means you can easily benchmark your child’s progress as they work through the practice tests, quickly identifying their strengths and weaknesses. The practice tests contain six timed modules. These can be completed individually. Once a module is complete, it is marked automatically. Your child will then be able to review it in detail, with answers and explanations provided for every question. Statistical averages based on the scores of other students who have taken the practice test are also provided.


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Online Skill Practice


Each of our Skill Practice Tests is designed to focus on one specific question type that can come up in the CEM Select exam. They are ideal for targeted practice and an efficient way to quickly improve your child’s scores in each area.


Verbal Reasoning


CEM Select – Comprehension Pack 1

CEM Select – Comprehension Pack 2

CEM Select – Missing Words Pack 1

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CEM Select – Related Words

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CEM Select – Shuffled Sentences

CEM Select – Letter Connections

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Non-Verbal Reasoning


CEM Select – Pictures


Numerical Reasoning


CEM Select – Arithmetic

CEM Select – Data Problems


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If you have any questions about any of our resources or need any help with them, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


The information in this post was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of possible future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Please note that Pretest Plus is an independent publisher of practice tests and not affiliated with or endorsed by the publishers of the CEM Select test or any other test publisher.

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