Archives February 2015


  • Entrance Exams: Take stock at Half Term

    Feb. 14, 2015.

    Entrance Exams: Take stock at Half Term

    Finally, some time to breath and take stock on the year to date.  Are things going to plan on the study front?  This is a great time to reflect as, being half way through the academic year, most children have done some form of exams or tests by now.  Furthermore, they will all have had at least one report or parents’ evening for feedback. 

    For those readying themselves for pre-tests, 11+ entrance exams, 13+ or Scholarship exams, they will know how they sit in comparison to their peers and the fear maybe setting ...

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  • What might be asked at the 11+ exam interview?

    Feb. 10, 2015.

    'Expect the unexpected’ is clearly the safest guideline as schools differ and the senior staff interviewing differ as well.

    All things being equal, the interview will start softly with some warm up questions along the lines of ‘What are your favourite subjects?’ or simply, ‘Tell me about your hobbies’.  Slightly tougher might be ‘What are your ambitions?’ or ‘Do you have any siblings? Describe their best and worst traits’.

    The line of questioning might then become quite closed and knowledge based, with mental Maths questions disguised as History, for example, ‘The Battle of Hastings happened in 1066, it is 2015 ...

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  • A guide to the different entrance exams used by UK private schools

    Feb. 7, 2015.

    Part 3

    13+ exams 

    13+ exams relate specifically to the private sector.  Children at Prep Schools will target their studies towards taking 13+ Common Entrance Exams in Year 8.  Children who are applying to a secondary independent school but who are not at a Prep School will usually sit specific papers set by the senior school.  These children are not usually expected to take Common Entrance papers but it is worth checking with the relevant school or looking at our schools directory for more information.

    There are a growing number of pupils who choose to start their education in a ...

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  • A guide to the different entrance exams used by UK private schools

    Feb. 2, 2015.

    Part 2

    11+ exams 

    11+ exams exist in both the private and state sector in the UK, but they differ in format.  Here, the focus is on the private sector but refer to 11+ exams in the state sector for detail on Grammar School entry. 

    In the private sector, 11+ exams are set by the Independent Schools Examinations Board and are referred to as 11+ Common Entrance.  These exams are generally, but by no means exclusively, for entrance to senior independent girls’ schools but some boys’ secondary independent schools have an 11+ entry as well.  If concerned about the 11 ...

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