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Scholarship Exams / 13 plus Exams (Common Entrance Exam)
Below you will find a great
- Selection of scholarship exams.
- Set of premium 13 plus exams (common entrance exams).
Or, our 11 plus Common Entrance exams.
Common Entrance Exam Schools Part 1
- Adcote School
- Ampleforth College
- Ashford School
- Bedford School
- Bethany School
- Bloxham School
- Blundell’s School
- Bradfield College
- Bryanston School
- Cardiff Sixth Form College
- Cheltenham College
- Cheltenham Ladies’ College
- Cobham Hall
- Culford School
- Dauntsey’s School
- Eastbourne College
- Edinburgh Academy
- Epsom College
- Eton College
- Felsted School
- Framlingham College
- Glenalmond College
- Harrogate Ladies’ College
- Leighton Park School
- Loughborough Grammar School
- Marlborough College
- Oakham School
- Oundle School
- Padworth College
- Pangbourne College
- Princess Helena College
- Prior’s Field School
- Queen Anne’s School
- Q Elizabeth’s Hospital
- Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate
- Q Margaret’s School, York
- Redmaids High School (formerly Redlands High School for Girls)
- Scarborough College
- Sevenoaks School
- Sherborne Girls
- School for Boys
- Sherborne International College
- Shiplake College
- St Edmund’s College
- St.Edward’s School, Oxford
- St Lawrence College
- St.Mary’s, Cambridge
- St Swithun’s School
- Strathallan School
- Stover School
- The Leys School, Cambridge
- Royal Hospital School
- Tudor Hall School
- Uppingham School
- Walden School
- Woodbridge School
- Winchester College
- Westonbirt School
- Worth School
- Wycombe Abbey School
13+ Entrance Exams
Some Independent Schools set and mark their own 13+ Entrance Exams, rather than use the ISEB Common Entrance Exam. These exams are taken in Year 8, usually in January, though sometimes taken in November or early summer May/June. The core subjects of English, Maths and Science are compulsory and can be offered at more than one level. In addition to these, papers can be taken in a range of subjects such as History and Geography; Spanish, French and German; Latin, Classical Greek and Religious Studies. Modern Languages and the Classics can also be taken at different levels.
The fee for Common Entrance Exam Entry is £115. The fee for other 11+ Entrance Exams and 13+ Entrance Exams is £125.
Or, our 11 plus Common Entrance exams.
Private school scholarship exams 13+
13+ History (St Edward’s Scholarship 2016).
History (St Edward’s Scholarship 2015).
13+ History (St Edward’s Scholarship 2014).
History (St Edward’s Scholarship 2013)
13+ History (St George’s College Scholarship)
13+Religious Studies (St Edward’s Scholarship 2016).
Religious Studies (St Edward’s Scholarship 2015).
13+Religious Studies (St Edward’s Scholarship 2014)
Religious Studies (St Edward’s Scholarship 2013)
Private school scholarships exams – 11+ Non-verbal Reasoning
11 Plus Non-verbal Reasoning 1
Non-verbal Reasoning 2
11 Plus Non-verbal Reasoning Test 1
Non-verbal Reasoning Test 2
11 Plus Non-verbal Reasoning Test 3
Non-verbal Reasoning Test 4
11 Plus Non-verbal Reasoning Test 5
Non-verbal Reasoning (IPS 2006)
Private school scholarships exams – 11+ Verbal Reasoning
11Plus Verbal Reasoning Test 1
11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Test 2
11Plus Verbal Reasoning Test 3
11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Test 4
Verbal Reasoning Test 5
11Plus Verbal Reasoning Test Eight
Verbal Reasoning Test Five
11Plus Verbal Reasoning Test Four
Verbal Reasoning Test Nine
11Plus Verbal Reasoning Test Seven
Verbal Reasoning Test Ten
11Plus Verbal Reasoning Test Three
Verbal Reasoning Test Two
Private school scholarships exams – Biology, Chemistry etc
Independent School Bursaries Advice
Most Independent Schools now divert their funds towards Bursaries, to encourage talented children of less well-off families to join their school. Bursaries can be worth up to 100% of school fees, though most are much less than this.
The value of the Bursary is determined by means-testing a family’s financial circumstances (including income and assets). The threshold for family income, in order to award a Bursary, can be quite high, around £50 to £60k.
Bursary Interviews take place throughout the year before entry. Be very honest in answering all the questions and providing all of the detailed information required. A Bursary awards are reviewed annually and can flex up and down a little.
Although the agreed intention is to keep the student at the school for the long-term. Be reassured that schools do not publish lists or identify those students who hold Bursaries. Confidence is kept throughout the process.
Private School Scholarships Advice
Most Independent Schools offer Scholarships to attract the most talented pupils to their school. These Scholarships can be focused around academic, sporting, musical or artistic achievement; or some combination of these. Scholarships awarded by the more established and bigger brand schools (Eton, Winchester, Harrow, …) who have large foundations, can be financially significant. The majority of Scholarships are:
- Less about financial value and more purely honorary, resulting in a status within the school or a name on the honours board.
- Worth between 0% and 10% in fee discount.
Be honest … if your child is doing well, above average in their current good State Primary School, but not the outstanding academic, sports star or musician, then they are probably not destined to become a Scholar. If your child was reading at three, knew all their times tables at four and was reading demanding books at six, then you may wish to have them assessed by a teacher, to give a view on their current achievement and future potential as a Scholar.
Scholarships are highly competitive. You will need to be informed and to have done your research into the various schools. You will also need to invest in time and expertise to help prepare your child towards their Scholarships Exams and Assessments. Do not pressure your child, who of course will want to do well and succeed. Approach it with an attitude of “Let us give it a go!”
ISEB Common Entrance Exam Intro
- ISEB, or the Independent School Examination Board, provides sets of Common Pre-tests for senior school students in year 6 or 7, when the students are aged 10 to 12.
- While candidates who are aged 6 take the 11+ Common Entrance Exam, those who are aged 8 years take the 13+ Common Entrance Exam for admittance to the senior school of their choice.
- The ISEB tests are considered entrance tests for students by many prep or senior schools and the marks achieved therein help students to gain admittance to independent schools.
- As these tests are age-standardised exams, students start to prepare for them at a very young age in readiness for joining their senior school.
- ISEB tests are held online by the school administration in which the pupil currently studies. They include multiple choice questions in English, mathematics, non-verbal and verbal reasoning.
- As it is the responsibility of the senior school students to inform the parents about the Common Pre-tests, parents do not need to register.
- The ISEB is taken once a year for those children applying to several senior schools.
What happens to my ISEB results?
The scores for the ISEB tests are shared with all the senior schools that the candidate is registered with.
Hence, the parents need to inform the administration of each senior school about the test their child took before admission.
How long is the ISEB common entrance test?
The total time:
- Given to complete the test is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
- This is allotted as follows:
- 25 minutes for the English section.
- , 50 minutes for the Maths section.
- 32 minutes for the Non-verbal reasoning section.
- And the remaining 36 minutes for the verbal reasoning section.
Students can take the tests together or separately. However, each section needs to be completed within the given time allotted to the respective section.
Overseas candidates can take the exam at the testing centres accepted by the senior schools.
What sort of questions are in each section of the ISEB Common Entrance Exam?
- The questions under the English category comprise reading comprehension, sentence forming, punctuation and spelling.
- In the Maths section, the ISEB Maths questions align with the National Curriculum. Hence, students need to address the topics taught on the National Curriculum up to 5 years of age.
- For the verbal reasoning part, questions are asked based on common words, word combinations, antonyms, number codes and letter transfer.
- Lastly, in the non-verbal reasoning section, questions focus on geometry, horizontal codes and classes.
Based on the syllabus for the Common Pre-test, it is suggested that students do not need any special preparation as the test is designed to identify the potential and attainment of candidates. A brief syllabus of the ISEB test can be downloaded from its official website.
If a student is interested in undertaking special preparation, parents can visit the online ISEB website and download the previous year’s question papers and several textbooks endorsed by ISEB.
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