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General Entry Assessments for boys aged 11 include written tests in English, mathematics and Verbal Reasoning, together with an informal interview and a report from present school. The English and mathematics papers are largely based upon levels 1-4 of the National Curriculum. Maths and English sample papers for entry to the senior school are available from the Admissions Secretary.
The English and mathematics papers will be largely based upon levels 1-4 of the National Curriculum. (1) English (60 minutes) Candidates will have the opportunity of writing both imaginatively and in response to prose, poetry or visual material. They will be expected to show that their handwriting, spelling and presentation are adequate, and that they are familiar with simple parts of speech and basic punctuation. Straightforward questions on vocabulary, use of pronouns and conjunctions etc. may also be set. The format of the paper may vary from year to year.
(2) Mathematics (50 minutes) The maths exam will be in two parts:
The first part will be a 15 minute test consisting entirely of arithmetic questions which are to be answered without the use of a calculator. The second part will be a 35 minute test consisting of questions and problems which would cover all aspects of the mathematics curriculum (arithmetic, algebra, shape and space, handling data and applications). Candidates will be allowed to use calculators for this part. (A simple four function (+,-,x,) calculator will be sufficient.) A small number of questions (accounting for a maximum of 20% of the final assessment) may be set to test the candidate’s ability to understand and apply a new idea.
(3) A Verbal Reasoning Test (50 minutes)