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Haberdashers' Boys' School - Elstree

In their own words

Our purpose at Habs is to ensure that every student who comes through our school is empowered to be able to make a profound impact in the world. We want all our students to have the capacity to lead and to make a positive difference, whether that be by driving positive change in society, or simply by being a good person who makes a difference to those around them.

We are an academically ambitious school.  Students at Habs can expect to be challenged above and beyond any exam curriculum.  We encourage students to think hard and we nurture intellectual curiosity, all of which enables students not just to excel in exams and achieve their higher education goals, but also to develop an enduring love of learning.

We develop students’ personal skills and attributes.  Through our exciting curriculum and our outstanding range of co-curricular and partnership opportunities, students develop character, independence, creativity, teamwork and the ability to communicate and motivate others.  We value every individual for who they are and support our students to find happiness.

We encourage students to take responsibility and ownership. Students have opportunities to lead, in Sports, Music, the Arts, CCF, through our partnership initiatives, and in many other ways, helping them to recognise the part that they can play to make our community even stronger and more cohesive, whilst having fun along the way.

By enabling students to achieve the highest academic outcomes, to grow personally, and to invest in our community, we can be sure that they will leave us fully equipped to make their own profound impact in the world.

I very much hope you will find the opportunity to come visit us, and see our diverse, ambitious and happy school for yourself.

Mr R Sykes Headmaster

The school uses the CEM Select entrance exam to assess admissions. CEM Select includes particular questions types, covering Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Mathematics, often paired with a CEM English paper. It is particularly important to practise the Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning modules, as the precise type of question varies across different exam boards.

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What questions can I expect?

CEM Select assesses Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Mathematics. However, many schools choose to partner CEM Select with an English assessment. Every Ready Steady Pass preparation exam includes a complimentary, complete English assessment as standard.

CEM Select tests are largely multiple choice, but also include fill-in-the-blanks and drag and drop question types. Which are included in all Ready Steady Pass preparation tests.


  • Addition, subtraction and multiplication

  • Word problems

  • Place value

  • Statistics and data

  • Fractions, decimals, and percentages

  • Triangles and angles

  • Area and perimeter

  • Units and measurement

Verbal Reasoning

  • Code breaking

  • Word meanings

  • Missing letters

  • Pairing synonyms

  • Pairing antonyms

  • Word combinations

Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Visual codes

  • Missing shapes and shape sequences

  • Matching shapes

  • Net-to-cube

  • Cube-to-net


  • Reading and comprehension

  • Vocabulary and spelling

  • Literary devices

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