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Selective Stream Test

Registration for Selective Stream testing is now open for applicants entering Year 7 in September 2025. Testing will take place on Saturday 5th October 2024 and registration closes at noon on Friday 27th September.

At Reading Girls' School we have a 'Selective Stream' providing a more intensive academic education. This is unashamedly designed to enable intelligent and adaptable girls to progress through the National Curriculum to achieve the highest grades in public examinations of which they are capable.

The school aims to provide the highest quality education for all girls. We believe that education should cater for students of all abilities, including the academically able. Reading Girls' is committed to providing a broad and challenging academic education suited to the ability and needs of each girl in a disciplined and orderly environment where she will be actively encouraged to attain her personal best.


As a parent, it is your right to choose the very best education for your daughter and at Reading Girls' School we are pleased to be able to offer you this opportunity. This is an academically demanding route, and it would be unfair to admit your daughter if she were not able to cope with the pressure and the high standards of work and behaviour expected. 

Education involves a partnership — an enormously exciting and challenging relationship between the school and the home. At the centre of this partnership is your daughter. At Reading Girls’ School it is our privilege and responsibility to enable her to develop into a confident and successful young woman. It is vital that we have your fullest support to allow this to happen. Should you wish your daughter to be considered for a place in the Selective Stream, you will need to take a personal interest in her work and ensure that she follows a rigorous homework programme. If you can give us this assurance, we would be delighted for your daughter to apply.         

Registration closes at noon on Friday 27 September 2024.

Invitation letters will be sent out via email from the 23rd September 2024 to the email address provided at registration. We strongly recommend you check your spam/junk email folders as well as your inbox after that date, to make sure you do not miss your invitation with details of the test arrangements.

The Selective Stream test is provided by Cambridge CEM. The CEM Select Entrance Assessment covers three core areas: Numerical, Verbal and Non-verbal ability. Your daughter will complete the assessment independently, working at a computer guided by on-screen instructions. The average duration is 60-minutes.  CEM Select computer assessments, supported by the University of Durham, are designed for selective state schools. They enable children to demonstrate their academic potential and ability, ensuring a fair school admissions process. 

If your daughter has any special educational needs, please provide written evidence from her primary school. This would need to indicate that she is entitled to 25% extra time for tests and is likely to receive it for her Key Stage 2 SATs tests at the end of the academic year. 

Familiarisation materials can be found on the CEM website