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  • Entrance Exams

  • We have been successfully preparing children for independent schools entrance exams for nearly 10 years and many of our students have obtained scholarships or assisted places. Choosing a school for your child can be overwhelming. We can provide impartial advice and feedback on many schools. We can also help you identify schools with specific strengths which could suit your child's needs and interests. Entrance tests vary considerably, so we will give you advice on the entrance procedures for different schools.

    We will draw up a tutoring programme tailored to the school(s) your child is applying for. Children who are educated in a state school may not be taught the skills necessary to pass examinations. We will ensure they aren’t disadvantaged compared to children who have been to a preparatory school. Using a wide range of learning resources and past papers, we will ensure your child is fully prepared.

    Sometimes the test is written by the school or the school may use a standard test set by the Independent Schools Examination Board (ISEB). Some schools (eg Harpur Trust Schools ) use CEM computerised tests, oral comprehension and essay.

    Tests are likely to include Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Maths or English. The Perse School has added a Humanities paper. Not all subjects would necessarily be covered - it depends on the school. Details can usually be found on the schools’ websites.

    Verbal reasoning is the testing of problem solving skills using words and mathematical skills. Non-verbal reasoning tests problem solving using visual reasoning in identifying relationships, differences and similarities between diagrams and shapes.

    Maths usually covers KS2 National Curriculum. However, some of the questions are more challenging and can be up to KS4 (GCSE) level. Children who attend a state primary school will not have covered some of the maths topics.

    English usually includes essay writing and a comprehension test. In our experience, the texts chosen are challenging for this age group.  Most comprehension tests require a written response. Again, the expectation is beyond what would normally be taught in state primary schools.