Entry at 13+

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Entry at 13+

13+ is a key intake for some of the most competitive, prestigious secondary schools in the country; as such, expectations are set very high. The 13+ exams take place in either January (London Day Schools) or June (Common Entrance) and are for students currently in Year 8 looking to start at a new school in Year 9. The subjects examined depend partly upon the school in question; the London Day Schools produce their own examination papers in Maths, English, Science and French, whereas the Common Entrance papers, produced by ISEB (Independent Schools Examination Board), are used by many other schools.

The Common Entrance includes papers in a range of other subjects on top of the core areas, including Humanities and possibly Classics. If you would like to discuss more specific examination requirements at 13+ for a particular school, please do get in touch.

London Day School examination papers at 13+:

  • MATHS
  • ENGLISH
  • SCIENCE – Biology, Chemistry & Physics
  • FRENCH
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Common Entrance examination papers at 13+:

  • MATHS
  • ENGLISH
  • SCIENCE – Biology, Chemistry & Physics
  • FRENCH
  • LATIN & CLASSICAL GREEK
  • HISTORY
  • GEOGRAPHY
  • RELIGIOUS STUDIES
  • OTHER MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
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NB. Students applying to UK schools from overseas at 13+ level are expected to sit examinations in English, Maths and Reasoning only.

Our 13+ tutors have extensive experience of working with students at this level and comprehensive knowledge of the entry requirements for different schools, as well as the ISEB (Independent Schools Examinations Board) specifications. We have had the pleasure of seeing students succeed in gaining entry to schools such as Alleyn’s, City of London, Dulwich College, Eton, Harrodian, Harrow, KCS Wimbledon, Latymer, Stowe, St. Paul’s and Westminster.


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Pre-Tests

Some schools, including Eton and Harrow, require that students take a pre-test in Year 6 or Year 7 in order to gauge the individual’s ability level before the 13+ is taken in Year 8. Pre-tests look at the cognitive ability of a student and, if successful, the school will make a conditional offer dependent on the 13+ results.

It can be difficult for students to prepare for the pre-tests as practice papers are not available, however we can provide tutors with the necessary experience to clarify exactly what the tests themselves will cover, as well as providing insight into what the schools are looking for from candidates.


Additional Services

Our highly qualified and experienced Educational Consultants are able to give further clarity on the British school system, including further information about the London Day Schools and the expectations of the ISEB. During the application process, our consultants can provide guidance with the best approach to applications, examinations and interviews.

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