The Entrance Examination for entry to Year 7 consists of written papers in English and Mathematics and a computer assessment analysing a range of subjects and skills.
The ability to understand written passages is tested by means of comprehension questions. These will require, for example, the explanation of the writer’s meaning, the drawing of reasonable inferences and understanding and explaining the meanings of words. This paper lasts 50 minutes.
The ability to write well is tested by means of a composition. Qualities looked for are the ability to convey meaning clearly, to write in an interesting manner, and to show evidence of liveliness, originality, imagination and thoughtfulness. The use of a wide vocabulary, a variety of sentence structure and a reasonable standard of spelling and punctuation will be expected. This paper lasts 40 minutes.
The questions are intended to test the candidates’ powers of reasoning and their ability to apply mathematical concepts. This is a non-calculator paper and the paper takes 60 minutes.
We use a national computer assessment lasting around 45 minutes, analysing a range of subjects and skills. There is no need to prepare for this assessment.