What are the 13 plus exams?

The 13 plus exams are exams which children partake in to gain entrance into a school at year 9.

There are generally 2 ways to gain entrance at 13 plus. The first method is by taking exams in Year 6: This falls around the same time as 11+ exams, and it is really a chance to give students deferred entry at year 9. The tests can include online ISEB, written maths and English, non-verbal reasoning, verbal reasoning, school report, interview and group activity. If children pass the assessment, they are offered a space for the school, this is usually a conditional offer of children passing the Common Entrance or similar exams in year 8.

The second method is by children sitting exams in year 8. Most schools ask children to sit Maths, English and Science exams; however, there are some schools who may assess other subjects such as non-verbal reasoning and verbal reasoning. Schools are also likely to interview the children and take a headmaster’s report into account. If children are successful, they will gain an offer to attend the school at the start of year 9.

Finally, most schools offer ‘occasional places’ which simply means candidates are put on a waiting list, and if an open place does by chance arise, they will be asked to participate in the entrance exam procedures.

13+ Schools list

We understand how confusing and time-consuming researching for the entrance exams may be. Planning ahead is critical for success in the 13 plus exams as some schools only offer pre-tests at year 6 for 13 plus entry- this means deciding at year 7 to prepare for the 13 plus exams could mean half of your options are no longer available. This is why we have created an easy to read 13 plus schools list below, with important details you may need to consider when preparing to apply to the schools of your choice.

Please note, most schools offer occasional places and it may be worth contacting the schools of your choice and adding your child’s name on their waiting list.

If you need any assistance with preparing your child for the 13 plus exams, we would be happy to assist you. Please contact us by email at info@11pluslondon.co.uk or by telephone 0203 488 1278.

Please check the information on the websites of the schools as there may be amendments and adjustments which have not been reflected in the table below. 

BOROUGHSCHOOL NAMEGENDERSpaces availableDEFERRED ENTRANCE FOR YEAR 6ENTRANCE FOR YEAR 8 BURSARIES/SCHOLARSHIPS
SurreyReed's SchoolBoysRegistration deadline: Tuesday, 31st October 2023

Stage 1: ISEB online test in English, maths, verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning

Stage 2: Common Entrance tests, English, Maths Science, with a score of 60% +
Bursary - means tested up to 100%

Academic and non-academic scholarships available
SurreyCaterham SchoolMixed40-50Registration deadline: Monday 6 November 2023

Stage One: ISEB online test in English, maths, verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning (November/December 2023)

Stage Two: interview (Monday 13 Tuesday 14, Thursday 16, Monday 20, Tuesday 21, Thursday 23 and Friday 24 November 2023)

Stage Three: Written tests in maths and English, group activity/problem solving tasks (Saturday 13 January 2024)
Bursary - means tested up to 100%

Academic and non-academic scholarships available
CroydonRoyal Russell SchoolMixed-English and maths assessment, interview-
CroydonTrinity SchoolBoysRegistration deadline: Monday 9 October 2023

STAGE ONE: ISEB online assessment

STAGE TWO: Interview (Late January to February 2024)
Registration deadline: Monday 30 October 2023

STAGE ONE: English comprehension and essay – 1 hour
Mathematics – 1 hour
Verbal reasoning – 1 hour (Saturday 2 December 2023)

STAGE TWO: Interviews (January 2024)
Bursary - means tested up to 100%

Academic and non-academic scholarships available
CroydonWhitgiftBoysRegistration deadline: Friday 3 November 2023 at midnight

STAGE ONE: English, Maths, Critical thinking skills
(Thursday 4 January 2024 (Morning))

STAGE TWO: interview
(Tuesday 16 January - Wednesday 24 January 2024 (inclusive))
Registration deadline: Friday 6 October 2023 at midnight

STAGE ONE: English, Maths, Science
(Saturday 11 November 2023 (Morning))

STAGE TWO: interview
(Wednesday 22 - Tuesday 28 November 2023 inclusive)
Bursary - means tested up to 100%

Academic and non-academic scholarships available - up to 50%
SouthwarkDulwich CollegeBoys60 places available

Registration deadline: Friday 29 September 2023, midday

STAGE ONE: written English, maths and reasoning (Saturday 13 January 2024)

STAGE TWO: Interview and report from the headteacher (Monday 15 January - Friday 19 January 2024)
30 places available

Registration deadline: Monday 30 October 2023 midday

STAGE TWO: Interview and headteacher report (Tuesday 23 January 2024
)
Bursary - means tested and up to 100% available

All boys who sit the entrance examinations are automatically considered for an academic scholarship; Scholarships are not means-tested. Scholarships range in value from 10% to one third of tuition fees.

Art - one place awarded up to 10%

Sport - 10% -33.3% awarded

Music Scholarships - up to 33.3% of the tuition fee
KingstonKingston Grammar SchoolBoys10Stage 1: English and Maths (16th January 2024)

Stage 2: Interview (February 2024)
Bursary - means tested and up to 100% available
City of London City of London SchoolBoys25 places available

Registration deadline: Friday 6 October 2023

STAGE ONE- ISEB Common Pre-test & headteacher's report : by end of November 2023

STAGE TWO: written assessments in Maths and English: Friday 1 December 2023

STAGE THREE - Written non verbal and verbal reasoning tests: Wednesday 13 December 2023

STAGE FOUR -Interviews : January 2024
Music, Academic, sports Scholarships are worth £250.

Bursary - means tested and up to 100% available
Wandsworth
Ibstock Place SchoolMixedsubject to availability for 12+, 13+ & 14+)Registration deadline: Tuesday 31 October 2023


Interview and English and maths test (January 2024)
Music, sports, arts, drama scholarships available

Bursary - means tested and up to 100% available
EalingSt Benedict's School (catholic)MixedSubject to availability
Registration deadline: Friday, 17 November 2023 at 12pm

STAGE ONE -
Maths, English, Verbal and Non verbal

STAGE TWO - Interview (January)
Busary - means tested

Academic, Sports, Music and Art Scholarship available
MertonKing's CollegeBoysRegistration deadline: late October

STAGE ONE: English, maths and verbal reasoning tests: Saturday 3rd December 2022

STAGE TWO: Interviews: 19th to 23rd January 2023

CONDITIONAL OFFER GRANTED

STAGE THREE: Y8 pass of 65% in both the core subjects (English, Mathematics (level 3), Science and French) and the total (additionally History, Geography, Latin (level 3), and RS or school report
Bursary - means tested up to 100%
LewishamSydenham High SchoolGirlsSubject to availability
N/a
LewishamSt Dunstan's CollegeMixedEnglish, Mathematics and Reasoning tests, interviewExams - Thursday 6 January 2022

Interview - Thursday 27 & Friday 28 January 2022
Bursary - means tested up to 100%

Academic, drama, music, sports, Scholarships - up to 25% per year
GreenwichBlackheath High SchoolGirlssubject to availability/occasional placesRegistration deadline: Friday 10 March 2023

STAGE ONE - Exams in maths, English, Vr and NVR (17th March 2022)

STAGE TWO - Interview (24th March 2022)
Scholarship - up to 30% available

Bursary - means tested up to 100%
Richmond upon ThamesHarrodian Mixed12-15Registration deadline: TBC

STAGE ONE: ISEB Common Pre-Test: Online Maths, English, Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning, interview

STAGE TWO: satisfactory headmaster's report and interview (TBC)
Registration deadline: Friday 6 October 2023

STAGE ONE: assessments
(Saturday 4th November 2023)

STAGE TWO: Interview (24th November 2023)
Bursary - means tested and up to 100%

Scholarships available
SouthwarkJames Allen Girls' SchoolGirlssubject to availability/occasional placescat4 reasoning online tests, maths and english papers, interview (January)Bursary - means tested and up to 100%

Scholarships available
BarnetNorth London Grammar SchoolMixedCAT4 test: maths, english, reasoning
( March 2023)
N/a
WestminsterWestminster SchoolBoysSTAGE ONE -ISEB online common pre test in Maths, English, reasoning : (October to November 2022)

STAGE TWO: English and maths written tests (January 2023)

STAGE THREE: interview and school reference
(February 2023)
Bursary - means tested up to 100%

Academic, drama, music, sports, Scholarships
WestminsterPortland Place SchoolGirlsStage 1: Interview

Stage 2: Mathematics and English, Science tests
Stage 1: November 2021

Stage 2: Saturday 15 January 2022
WestminsterWetherby SeniorBoysRegistration deadline- Friday 13th October 2023

STAGE ONE - online bespoke test in maths, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning

STAGE TWO - Interview (February 2024)
STAGE ONE - online bespoke test in maths, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning (June 2023)

STAGE TWO - Interview
Scholarships for art, drama, music, academics are available

Bursary - means tested and up to 100%
MiddlesexHarrow SchoolBoys160Registration deadline: May Year 6

STAGE ONE: ISEB pre test in maths, reasoning, English

STAGE TWO: Interview, computerised maths/Enlgish test, group interview

HillingdonMerchant Taylor SchoolBoysRegistration deadline: 30th June 2023

STAGE ONE: Interview (September/October 2023)

STAGE TWO: written English, maths and MTS Exam (Saturday 2nd December 2023)
Bursaries are available at any point of entry up to 100% of the fee
LambethStreatham & Clapham High School
GirlsEnglish, Maths, Science and tbc (2023)Bursary - means tested up to 100%

Academic, drama, music, sports, Scholarships
RichmondHamptonsBoys
Registration deadline: Wednesday 1 November 2023

STAGE ONE: written English, reasoning, maths tests (Early December 2023)

STAGE TWO: Interview (January 2024)
NOTE: this is for YEAR 7 ENTRY:

Registration deadline:
Monday 2 October 2023

STAGE ONE: written maths, English and reasoning tests (January 2024)

STAGE TWO: Interview (January 2024)
Bursary - means tested and up to 100%

Academic, Art, Chess, Music, Performing Arts and Sport Scholarships - 5% and 25% of tuition fees
RichmondSt Paul's SchoolBoysRegistration deadline: 9 January – 20 September 2023

STAGE ONE- ISEB online pre-test, headteacher report in October or November of Year 6: Between 2 October – 24 November 2023

STAGE TWO - English and maths written test: 8 January 2024

STAGE THREE - Interview: January – June 2024
Scholarships for art, drama, music, academics are available

Bursary - means tested and up to 100%
EpsomEpsom CollegeMixedRegistration deadline: Friday, 17 November 2023 at 12pm

Year 6 tests: Verbal Reasoning (30 minutes - GL),
Non-Verbal Reasoning (30 minutes - GL),
Creative Writing (30 minutes),
Mathematics (30 minutes), school interview, school reports

Year 8 tests: papers in Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning.

Subject to availability of places, children may be able to sit the Epsom College 13+ entrance examination. These take place in the autumn of Year 8.

Children must complete maths, English and verbal reasoning.
Scholarships are awarded for excellence in academic study, Drama, Music or Sport. These will take place in February and March
WandsworthThomas's PutneyMixed22Registration deadline: Friday, 17 November 2023 at 12pm

Online test in verbal, maths, English and non-verbal, interview and group activity, headteacher's report from current school
Occasional places may be availableBursary - means tested and up to 100%
WindsorEton CollegeBoys120Registration deadline: For 2026 entry a boy needs to be registered by 30 June 2023

STAGE ONE- ISEB online pre-test, headteacher report in October or November of Year 6: Between 2 October – 24 November 2023

STAGE TWO - individual interview and an online predictive test of academic ability and potential on a computer
SurreyCharterhouseMixedRegistration deadline: 30th September

STAGE ONE- ISEB online pre-test, headteacher report in Spring Term

STAGE TWO - individual interview, creative writing test, written comprehension test, group interview

Assessment taken in Year 7!

Registration deadline: 30th September

STAGE ONE- ISEB online pre-test, headteacher report in Spring Term

STAGE TWO - individual interview, creative writing test, written comprehension test, group interview
Bursary - means tested and up to 100%

Scholarships available: Sport, Music, Dance, Drama, Art & Design, Design Engineering and
Academic