Senior School Entrance Exam
An indication of the scope of the Examination is given below. There are three papers.
A previous sample paper can be downloaded below.
The test lasts for 50 minutes and calculators are not allowed. The questions are designed so as to provide an increasing level of challenge. As such it is hoped that all candidates will be able to attempt the earlier questions whereas the later questions will allow the brightest candidates to really stretch themselves. Candidates are advised not to rush, but to take their time and to work steadily; they should show what they can do rather than worry about what they cannot do.
All questions will be structured around the following topics:
- Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers and decimals (including long multiplication and division)
- Rounding to a given magnitude
- Using negative numbers in context (e.g. temperature)
- Extending number sequences
- Understanding factors, multiples, square numbers and prime numbers
- Using equivalent fractions
- Adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions
- Converting between fractions, decimals and percentages
- Finding a fraction or percentage of a quantity
- Solving simple problems involving ratio, proportion and scale
- Interpreting and constructing simple formulae involving one or two operations
- Using basic properties of angles including the sum of the interior angles of a triangle and the sum of the angles at a point
- Solving problems involving coordinates (all four quadrants)
- Using the symmetries of 2D shapes (including the parallelogram, rhombus and trapezium)
- Using the properties of isosceles and equilateral triangles
- Solving problems involving the nets of 3D shapes
- Using the formulae for the perimeter and area of rectangles and triangles
- Calculating the area and perimeter of compound shapes
- Finding the mean of discrete data
- Drawing and interpreting pie charts and line graphs (including conversion graphs)
- Converting from one metric unit to another
- Solving problems involving the 24-hour clock
Copies of previous papers are not available, although specimen questions for those applying for Year 7 can be found below.
The English paper is 50 minutes long, and is divided into two sections: Reading Skills and Writing Skills. Candidates will be given a passage to read, which may be either fiction or non-fiction.
In the Reading Skills section, candidates will be asked several questions which will assess their understanding of the vocabulary, ideas, structure and tone of the passage. Of these questions, the first two or three will test retrieval skills, the rest will test inference skills. Candidates are advised to spend 30 minutes on this section.
In the Writing Skills section, candidates will be asked to produce one piece of writing in response to the passage in the Reading Skills section. Candidates are advised to spend 20 minutes on this section.
3. Verbal Reasoning Paper
The Verbal Reasoning Paper is 50 minutes long, candidates are advised to work as quickly and as carefully as they can. This paper is not specific in content, but designed to test understanding, awareness and aptitude.
Practice 11+ Verbal Reasoning Papers are widely available from educational publishers, all major bookshops and online.