What Are Common Entrance Exams?
Common Entrance Exams are a set of tests that students have to pass to be accepted in to certain independent schools in the UK. Entry in to these schools is usually in Year 7 (11+) for girls’ schools, and Year 9 (13+) for boys’ and mixed schools, although this isn’t always the case. Either way, most students end up taking the exams at ages 11 or 13.
At 11+, students sit exams in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. At 13+, students also sit exams in the same core subjects, however they may also be tested in Humanities and Languages. The syllabuses for the exams each year are developed by the Independent Schools Examinations Board (ISEB), although the tests are marked by the school themselves, and some schools may decide to devise their own exams.
When Are The 11+ and 13+ Exams?
Common Entrance Exams at 11+ are sat in the autumn or spring of Year 6, before entry in to the potential school in September the following school year.
Common Entrance Exams at 13+ are sat in Year 8, and can be sat during either the autumn, spring or summer terms.
For schools following the ISEB syllabuses, there is a full timetable of examination dates on their website.
Which Schools In Surrey Require Common Entrance Exams at 11+ or 13+?
Below we have compiled a list of the majority of independent schools in Surrey that carry out entrance exams at either 11 plus or 13 plus. In most cases, you can find some great resources and information on their websites, including past papers and exam day advice.
City of London Freemen’s School, Ashtead.
Claremont Fan Court School, Esher.
Cranleigh School, Cranleigh.
Epsom College, Epsom.
Frensham Heights, Farnham.
Guildford High School, Guildford.
King Edward’s, Witley.
Manor House, Bookham.
Notre Dame, Cobham.
Prior’s Field, Godalming.
Reed’s School, Cobham.
Royal Grammar School, Guildford.
St Catherine’s, Bramley.
St George’s, Weybridge.
St John’s School, Leatherhead.
St Teresa’s School, Effingham.
Sir William Perkins’s School, Chertsey.
Tormead School, Guildford.
Where Can I Find 11 Plus And 13 Plus Practice Papers?
If you go to the ISEB website (linked above), they will direct you to several places that supply past papers and sample materials endorsed by themselves. A lot of schools also provide practice questions on their websites, which you can get to using our list of schools above.
In addition, Common Entrance Exams at 11+ are usually considered to be equivalent to level 4 to 5 when compared to Key Stage 2 SATs. Some papers may include harder material, closer to level 6, especially if it is a paper written by the school themselves. This means that using Key Stage 2 SATs papers as practice can be a very effective way of preparing for Common Entrance Exams. You can find lots of papers from previous years on this site too.
Let us know if you have any questions of comments, and good luck with the exams!