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.

 

13+ Schools list

We understand how confusing and time-consuming researching and planning for entrance exams may be; this is why we have created an easy to read 13 plus schools list below with the important details you may need to prepare for the 13 plus exams. 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. 

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 availableREGISTRATION DEADLINEYEAR 6 TEST DETAILSYEAR 8 TEST DETAILSBURSARIES/SCHOLARSHIPS
SurreyReed's SchoolBoysStage 1: Written test: multiple choice questions in verbal reasoning, non- verbal reasoning, English and Mathematics,
creative writing task based on a picture, an interview


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 SchoolMixedFriday 5 November 2021
Stage One: ISEB online test in English, maths, verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning (November/December 2021)

Stage Two: interview (Monday 15, Wednesday 17, Friday 19, Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 November 2021)

Stage Three: Written tests in maths and English, group activity/problem solving tasks (Saturday 8 January 2022)
Bursary - means tested up to 100%

Academic and non-academic scholarships available
CroydonTrinity SchoolBoysMonday 1 November 2021
English comprehension and essay – 1 hour
Mathematics – 1 hour
Verbal reasoning – 1 hour, interview (Saturday 4 December 2021)
English comprehension and essay – 1 hour
Mathematics – 1 hour
Verbal reasoning – 1 hour, interview (Thursday 6 January 2022)
Bursary - means tested up to 100%

Academic and non-academic scholarships available
CroydonWhitgiftBoysFriday 8th October 2021For boarding:
Stage 1: English, Maths, Critical thinking skills
(Saturday 4 December 2021)

Stage 2: interview
(Saturday 8 – Wednesday 26 January 2022)
Stage 1: English, Maths, Science
(Saturday 6 November 2021)

Stage 2: interview
(Week commencing Monday 15 November 2021)
Bursary - means tested up to 100%

Academic and non-academic scholarships available - up to 50%
SouthwarkDulwich CollegeBoys85 spaces - 60 spaces given to boys who sit ISEB in Year 6 and remaining 25 spaces given to those who sit exams in year 8Y6 entry: Friday 1 October 2021, midday

Y8 entry:
Monday 1 November 2021 midday

Stage 1: ISEB pre-test in Michaelmas term 2021 at their Prep schools.

Stage 2 (Monday 31 January 2022 - Saturday 5 February 2022) : interview for 20 minutes, English composition test, and will be asked one or two Mathematics questions

A Headmaster's report will contribute to admission decision.
Stage 1: Written papers in English and Mathematics and online Reasoning tests -Saturday 22 January 2022

Stage 2: Interview - Friday 4th February 2022

A Headmaster's report will contribute to admission decision.

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 SchoolBoys101st October 2021Stage 1: English and Maths (10th November 2021)

Stage 2: Interview
Bursary - means tested and up to 100% available
City of London City of London SchoolBoys40 Friday 8 October 2021Stage 1: ISEB Common Pre-test

Stage 2: short written assessments in Mathematics and English and an interview

Stage 3: Mathematics, English, French and, if chosen as a subject Latin - to sit in Year 8 with a score of 70% +
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+)Interview and English and maths test (12th - 14 January)Music, sports, arts, drama scholarships available

Bursary - means tested and up to 100% available
Hammersmith and FulhamFulham SchoolMixed31 October assessment and interview
EalingSt Benedict's School (catholic)MixedSubject to availability
Friday, 19 November 2021

Mathematics (1 hour)
English Composition & Use of English (1 hour)
Verbal Reasoning (45 minutes)

Non-Verbal Reasoning (30 minutes) (12+ only)
Verbal Reasoning (45 minutes)

Non-Verbal Reasoning (30 minutes) (12+ only)
Stage One - Thursday, 6 January 2022

Stage Two - 26, 27 and 28 January
Busary - means tested

Academic, Sports, Music and Art Scholarship available
MertonKing's CollegeBoysMonday 1st November 2021Stage 1: school report from current school

Stage 2: Maths, English, Verbal reasoning tests

Stage 3: interview

Stage 4: 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 i
Bursary - means tested up to 100%
LewishamSydenham High SchoolGirlsSubject to availability
N/a
LewishamSt Dunstan's CollegeMixedFriday 26 November 2021English, 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 placesFriday 11 March 2022English, Maths and non-verbal reasoningFriday 18 March 2022
Scholarship - up to 30% available

Bursary - means tested up to 100%
Richmond upon ThamesHarrodian Mixed12-15Y6 - Friday 5 November 2021

Y8 -Friday 28 January 2022
Stage 1: ISEB Common Pre-Test: Maths, English, Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning, interview (November 2021)

Stage 2: satisfactory headmaster's report in y8
Stage 1: headteacher report

Stage 2: assessments tbc

Stage 3: interview
Bursary - means tested and up to 100%

Scholarships available
SouthwarkJames Allen Girls' SchoolGirlssubject to availability/occasional places31 Octobercat4 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
(5th of March 2022)
N/a
WestminsterWestminster SchoolBoys30 SeptemberStage 1: ISEB online common pre test in Maths, English, reasoning

Stage 2: English and maths written tests

Stage 3: interview and school reference
Stage 1: October-November

Stage 2: January

Stage 3: February
Bursary - means tested up to 100%

Academic, drama, music, sports, Scholarships
WestminsterPortland Place SchoolGirlsFriday 26 November 2021Stage 1: Interview

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

Stage 2: Saturday 15 January 2022
WestminsterWetherby SeniorBoysFriday 14th October 2022ISEB online pre testScholarships for art, drama, music, academics are available

Bursary - means tested and up to 100%
LambethStreatham & Clapham High School
GirlsEnglish, Maths, Science and tbc (Thursday 13 January 2022)Bursary - means tested up to 100%

Academic, drama, music, sports, Scholarships
Waltham ForestForest SchoolMixedMonday 17 January 2022 – 12 noon
Stage 1: Maths and English tests (Tuesday 1 February 2022)

Stage 2: interview (9th - 10th Feb 2022)
Bursary - means tested up to 100%

Scholarships are currently awarded for sport, music and academic excellence at 13+- maximum 20%
Waltham ForestNormanhurst schoolMixedStage 1: English, Maths, Non-verbal reasoning tests

Stage 2: Interview with parents and student, headmaster's report from current school
Scholarships for art, drama, music, academics are available
RichmondSt Paul's SchoolBoys1 December 2021 – 21 September 2022
Stage 1: ISEB online pre-test, headteacher report in October or November of Year 6

Stage 2: interview, English and maths written test (January – July)
Scholarships for art, drama, music, academics are available

Bursary - means tested and up to 100%
EpsomEpsom CollegeMixedYear 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.
5-7 January 2022

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.
Scholarships are awarded for excellence in academic study, Drama, Music or Sport. These will take place in February and March
WandsworthThomas's BatterseaMixed132 Online test in verbal, maths, English and non-verbal, interview and group activity, headteacher's report from current schoolJanuary 2022Bursary - means tested and up to 100%
WandsworthThomas's ClaphamMixed70 Online test in verbal, maths, English and non-verbal, interview and group activity, headteacher's report from current schoolJanuary 2022Bursary - means tested and up to 100%
KentThe King's School Canterbury120 boarding/ 30 day placesStage 1: ISEB Common Pre-Test

Stage 2: Common Entrance tests, English, Maths Science, with a score of 55-60%


Stage 3: Pupil school report
January 2023Bursary - means tested and up to 100%

Scholarships for art, drama, music, academics are available