Updated: Wed 28 Nov 2012
Parents are required to declare, in a letter attached to their registration application, any medical condition or learning difficulty which may affect performance in the examinations. In some circumstances we may be able to arrange additional time for completion of at least some papers in the entrance examination. We may also be able to arrange for the use of a word processor for the 13+ English paper should this be judged appropriate. In such cases notification, supported by a report from the candidate’s educational psychologist, is required well in advance of the exam day.
The entrance examination is in two parts and is taken in the January when the candidate is in Year 6. The first part of the examination is an on-line test, which examines potential cognitive ability including elements of mathematics and vocabulary. The on-line test is designed to identify potential rather than ‘taught’ skills. It will be conducted in one of the School’s computer suites but boys do not need to have any ICT skills in order to complete it. A pre-test example can be viewed by visiting the following website: www.intuproject.org/CEMdemo/entrance
There is also a short test of creative writing which will be completed by hand. The whole process lasts approximately one and a half hours.
A selection of 11+ candidates is invited for interview prior to the examination. Once the results are available the Registrar will then make arrangements for any 11+ candidate who needs an interview to be called in if they have not already been seen. The offer letters are sent out in accordance with the date set by the North London Consortium of Schools.
Selection is based upon: performance in our entrance examinations, school reports, and interview. We take special note of potential and achievement in music and the creative and performing arts and of the capacity of any candidate to contribute fully to the extra-curricular life of the School. We are an academically selective school and potential and achievement in at least one major academic subject is required of all successful applicants.
There are compulsory papers in mathematics, English, French and science as well as optional papers in history, geography and religious studies. Candidates who do not take the optional papers will not be disadvantaged, nor will a poor performance be penalised in any way. However, candidates may be given credit for good or very good performances in these optional papers, especially in cases where weaknesses are evident in the compulsory papers.
Please click here to view specimen 13+ entrance examination papers and syllabuses.