Year 9

Boys applying to enter Year 9 can sit the pre-tests in either Year 7 or Year 8, via the 12+ and 13+ pre-tests.

The 12+ and 13+ assessments will take place in January. All candidates are invited for interview, places are offered following the interview. 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. All the assessment papers are supplied by GL Assessment and are standardized papers for each age group. For overseas candidates we can provide an online version of the tests, which can be completed remotely. 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 Progress test in Mathematics measures mathematical skills and knowledge in areas such as number, shape, data handling and algebra, as well as their mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills. There is a short mental arithmetic section, followed by longer mathematical questions. The Mathematics test is a non-calculator paper.

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

Verbal Reasoning assessments are used to reveal skills in verbal thinking. Covering areas such as vocabulary, verbal analogies and logical reasoning, the assessments are used to measure the ability to engage with language and understand how new information is learned. Familiarisation tests are also included to help candidates understand what types of questions to expect.