Year 9

Boys applying to enter Year 9 have a number of different options:

  1. To sit 11+ exams when they are in Year 6
  2. To sit 12+ exams when they are in Year 7
  3. In the likelihood that places are still available candidates can sit 13+ exams in Year 8.

The 11+ examinations will take place in January or May (please state preference upon registration). The 12+ will take place in January. An interview will also take place before any offer can be made. If the offer of a place is made, acceptance paperwork and a deposit is sought to secure the place for eventual entry.

There are three exams: Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning. The English and Verbal Reasoning papers are supplied by GL Assessment and are standardized papers for each age group. The Mathematics paper is our own internal paper. Extra time is available for all eligible candidates, full reports must be supplied upon application. 

English (1 hour)

Progress Test in English assesses key aspects of English knowledge appropriate to the age of the pupils. The test includes phonic knowledge and skills, spelling, punctuation and grammar, and reading comprehension. The paper includes the following:

  • Spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Two comprehension exercises.

The test will be a mixture of written and multiple choice answers in a pre-printed booklet. It is a standardized test against a nationwide sample of pupils in the appropriate age band, the results will be a standardized age score based on the age of the candidate.

Mathematics (1 Hour)

The Mathematics exam consists of standard maths problems familiar to the respective age groups. The 11+ paper assumes a knowledge of times-tables, four orders of calculation (adding, subtraction, multiplication and division), factors, multiples and primes, simple fractions, basic decimals, percentages, metric system, perimeter, area and volume, 12 and 24 hour clock, graphs, symmetry, number patterns, angles and two-dimensional regular shapes, coordinates and some simple problems. The 12+ and 13+ papers will introduce additional topics such as simple algebra, fraction problems and some basic geometry. This is a one hour non calculator paper.

Verbal Reasoning (15 minutes practice, 45 minutes test – 1 hour)

The Verbal Reasoning assessment measures a pupil’s verbal skills and is produced by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). In effect, it demonstrates the pupil’s ability to employ logic and reason in the English language. Students are given a practice paper first, during which they can ask questions and seek assistance with the answers. Following this, they complete the test paper. A raw score is given, which is standardized according to a national scale relating to age. They are normally distributed with a mean of 100; so the national average Verbal Reasoning Quotient (VRQ) is 100.