Boys applying to enter Year 9 have two options:
- To sit 12+ exams when they are in Year 7
- To sit 11+ exams when they are in Year 6
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.
The exams we set are Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning.
Mathematics (1 Hour)
The Maths paper is non-calculator and will consist of topics familiar to students who have studied mathematics thus far in their schooling. Typically, they are tested on number, shape, algebra and data.
English (1 Hour 30 minutes)
In the English Paper their abilities in Spelling, Grammar, Reading Comprehension and Writing will be assessed. The test starts with a 10 minute Spelling assessment, followed by 10 minutes on Grammar exercises. Boys then read two Reading Comprehensions and answer the set questions (40 minutes). Finally, students write a short creative writing piece that is thematically linked to one of the comprehension readings (30 minutes). The test takes 1 hour and 30 minutes.
The best preparation for the test is encouraging your son to broaden his reading habits – reading different types of texts. For writing, he should get used to writing creatively under timed conditions. Each student should aim at producing three well-structured paragraphs that use interesting writing techniques in the 30 minutes available. Boys with Special Educational Needs will be given the relevant extra time for the writing section, however the reading section is standardised and does not require extra time.
Verbal Reasoning (15 minutes practice; 50 minutes test)
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.
Where a student has specific needs, for example the use of a laptop or extra time, this can be catered for providing supporting documentation is provided to us.