Entrance Examinations

Entrance Examinations

What are entrance examinations?

Many good schools in the UK require potential students to pass an entrance test/exam and an interview in order to consider them for admission. The entrance exam may be a standard test set by ISEB (the Independent Schools Examination Board), called the Common Entrance Exam, or one set individually by the school. In both cases each school sets its own pass mark – the more selective a school is the higher the pass mark will be.

If your child already attends an independent junior school (a preparatory school), then the school should have given your child some coaching for the exam but they may still benefit from additional support. If your child attends a state school and is hoping to move to an independent or grammar school, then it would be sensible to prepare your child for what is ahead.

What is in the entrance examination?

If the exam is written by the school, it is likely to include:

  • verbal reasoning – the testing of problem solving skills using words and maths
  • non-verbal reasoning – the testing of problem solving using visualreasoning in identifying relationships, differences and similarities between diagrams and shapes
  • maths and/or English.

Sometimes part of the exam is referred to as a ‘reasoning’ test (verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and mathematical reasoning) or ‘quantitative reasoning’ (the testing of problem solving questions using mathematical skills).

If schools use the Common Entrance Exam, core subjects are maths, English and science. Students at 13+ may also be required to take a paper from a variety of other subjects – French, German, Spanish, geography, history, religious studies.

How can Gabbitas Education help?

At Gabbitas Education, established in 1873, our tutors have a proven track record of successfully preparing children for entry into leading grammar and independent schools. We provide an entrance examination programme and tuition for all entry points including 7+, 8+, 11+ and 13+. We can also help provide advice and guidance on the most suitable school for your child.

Our highly qualified tutors will guide and support your child by preparing them for all elements including verbal and non-verbal reasoning and interview practice. Our unique programme includes:

• an online test to assess quantitative, verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills
• a mock interview and feedback
• a plan of tutoring action to address your child’s needs and achieve their potential
• advice and guidance on finding the best school to match your child’s character and potential, if required.

Do you run an 11+ Preparation Course?

We have a week-long summer holiday 11+ preparation course for Years 5 and 6 which will be held in and around our prestigious Westminster offices. Running from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th July, it will offer a combination of academic and extra-curricular activities with testing, interview practice and a tailored assessment report with age-related, standardised scores. Lessons will be active and fun utilising local parks and cultural experiences where possible. Breakfast and supper clubs are also available.

Price £695 including VAT. Class sizes are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Phone: ‪+44 (0) 20 7734 0161‬ and ask for Kirsty Reed

Why should I choose Gabbitas Education?

Established in 1873, Gabbitas Education has tutored everyone from young actors in the Harry Potter films to members of the Royal Family. We only work with tutors who have a passion for education and a strong academic background (often already qualified teachers or Oxbridge graduates), are security checked, demonstrate strong organisational skills and punctuality, are engaging and dynamic and so have the ability to inspire the talent with which they work. We are a member of The Tutor’s Association and fully comply with their codes of practice.

We also work alongside experienced education consultants have a detailed personal knowledge of leading British independent schools from a range of perspectives, allowing us to provide you and your child with the best support and advice. We take time to understand your needs before guiding you through the complex choices and entrance processes involved.

How can I contact Gabbitas Education?

To speak to a friendly and experienced Gabbitas Education consultant about how we can help, please complete the Contact Us form within this page or:

Phone:+44 (0) 20 7734 0161‬ and ask for Kirsty Reed

Please note that existing Gabbitas Education clients are exempt from paying the tutoring registration fee.

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