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North London Collegiate School Dubai | Grade 8 Entry Information

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North London Collegiate School Dubai, also known as NCLS Dubai, is a co-educational school for students from ages 3 to 18. Founded in 2017, it provides extensive and aspirational education alongside top-quality pastoral care. [1]


The curriculum broadly addresses the school’s ambition to secure pupils’ access to the world’s best universities. It thus features a number of relevant disciplines, including science, humanities, drama, art and languages, complementing a broad academic and non-academic programme that centres on excellence as a rule. 


Over 170 extracurricular activities are on offer, allowing children to develop competitive sporting skills and an exemplary understanding across a range of creative pursuits. The cohort enthusiastically engages in everything from Martial Arts, horse-riding and coding to taekwondo, sailing and mural painting, thus their outcomes in this domain never fail to impress. [2]


Grade 8 Entry, Admissions Information | North London Collegiate School (NCLS) Dubai


The school’s application form can be accessed through this page. In this stage of the admissions process, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable fee of AED 525. 


Please note that all prospective pupils will be assessed prior to entry, using an online test also known as CEM Select.


If your child receives an offer of a place, you will be asked to reserve it with a payment of a deposit (10% of the tuition fee).


Grade 8 Entry, Exam Information | North London Collegiate School (NCLS) Dubai


Address: Nad Al Sheba, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City PO Box 242773

Country: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Admissions info: [email protected] or +971 (04) 319 0888

Exam type / Board: CEM Select


As part of the assessment process for Grade 8 entry, your child will be asked to complete an online test called CEM Select.


The test contains a number of unusual question formats that your child is unlikely to have encountered before. These include drag and drop digits and sentence auto-completes.


The assessment will be divided into a series of highly time-pressured sections. Your child doesn’t necessarily need to complete all the questions in each section to do well.


Grade 8 Entry Exam Format | North London Collegiate School (NCLS) Dubai


The CEM Select will cover the following areas:


  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Numerical Reasoning


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.


Grade 8 Entry | North London Collegiate School (NCLS) Dubai


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. Click the below links to learn more and purchase: 


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.

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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 topic.

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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.

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