Address: Downe House, Cold Ash, Thatcham RG18 9JJ
Admissions Office: [email protected] or 01635 204701
Downe House School opens its doors to families twice each term, allowing them to learn more about the ethos from staff members and current pupils. Spots for Open Mornings can be booked via an online form.
Alternatively, you can schedule an individual visit, during which you & your child will tour the school with a member of staff on hand and meet the Headmistress. Booking is made via the Registrar.
Downe House School | The Pretest: CEM Select
As part of the assessment process to join in Year 7, your child will be asked to complete an online assessment called CEM Select, which measures your child’s Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Reasoning abilities. It is created by the Centre of Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), which is a part of Cambridge Assessment.
Here are some key facts about the CEM Select assessment:
– It contains a number of unusual question formats that your child is unlikely to have encountered before. These include drag and drop digits and auto-completes.
– It is divided into a series of highly time-pressured sections. Your child doesn’t necessarily need to complete all the questions to do well.
– The Verbal Reasoning section of the test assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using words, with a special focus on depth and breadth of vocabulary.
– The Non-Verbal Reasoning section requires your child to solve problems using shapes and patterns with a main focus on one specific question type.
– The Numerical Reasoning section assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using numbers and arithmetic.
Click here to view a list of schools that use the CEM Select test as part of their admissions process.
Downe House School Pretest: CEM Select | Preparation Tips
At Pretest Plus, we believe that a little preparation can go a long way to improving a student’s confidence and performance in entrance examinations.
We provide online practice tests which focus on helping students familiarise themselves with the exact types of questions that they will be asked in their assessment.
There’s no doubt that familiarisation with the CEM Select format, question types and timings will increase your child’s confidence ahead of their actual assessment.
Our CEM Select practice tests are highly accurate, ensuring that your child’s preparation is targeted and efficient.
Each timed module is marked automatically. Your child will then be able to review every question in detail with clear step-by-step explanations.
Statistical averages, based on the scores of other students who have taken the same practice test, are provided so you can get an idea of your child’s relative performance against their peer group.
We also provide the option to take our CEM Select practice tests with 25% extra time. However, we only recommend choosing this option if you are sure your child will qualify for this extra time in the actual test.
We have five full-length CEM Select practice tests available. Each of them is pitched at the same difficulty level so you can use them to benchmark your child’s progress over time.
They are available to use online immediately after purchase.
👇 Click on the links below to learn more!
Online Practice Tests
📈CEM Select Practice Test 1
📈CEM Select Practice Test 2
📈CEM Select Practice Test 3
📈CEM Select Practice Test 4
📈CEM Select Practice Test 5
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If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch here. We are always happy to help and advise!
The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of 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 CEM Select or any other test publisher.