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.

Due to the restrictions placed on the school due to COVID in 2021 we are hoping to be able to host the examinations in school in smaller socially distanced groups. In the event that we are unable to host the physical exams, online alternatives will be made available for candidates to complete at home or school.

There are two exams: Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning. GL Assessment standard papers are used for both tests.

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.

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.