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Different Entry Exams for Boarding Schools

Different Entry Exams for Boarding Schools

By Uktong Team 10/16/2017

Almost every boarding school in the UK requires an entry test to be taken in order for you to be considered for admission. What kind of test you should be taking depends on your age, the school and if you’re a domestic or an international student. Some schools use a common entrance tests, while others choose to make their own tests.

The Common Entrance Test

Some of the schools required a candidate to take an exam set by the Independent Schools Examinations Board (ISEB) that focuses on English, Mathematics, and Science. There are different exams for 11+ (Year 6), 12+ (Year 7), and 13+ (Year 8). Students taking the 13+ can sit exams in a range of subjects, such as Geography, History, Religious Studies, etc. School set their own pass mark, which is higher in more selective schools. The exam is usually taken at the student’s current school. Most tests are taken in late autumn or early January (for 11+), or in February/March and May (senior school) for September entry.

16+ (Year 11)

Students whose age is 16+ (Year 11) are taking Sixth Form Entrance. To be able to get into a school, most of them will require a minimum of 6 grade Bs at GCSE (or the equivalent) and some will insist on As in the subjects to be taken at A level. Student chooses to take exams in three subjects that he/she prepares to study in the sixth form (A level).


If you’re an international student you are required to take the test where your knowledge of English, Mathematics, Non-Verbal Reasoning, and Verbal Reasoning will be tested. The test is also taken by students who want go to a language school or an international study centre. Test can be taken in more than 130 countries, in partnership with The British Council and Cambridge English.

Scholarship Tests

Scholarship candidates normally have to take more advanced papers than the normal entrance exams, usually in March/May. Further information have to be obtained at schools.

By UKtong Team 10/16/2017UKtong Info