Assessment Day

What Happens on the Year 7 Assessment Day?

Interviews and auditions will be held between Wednesday 16 and Friday 18 January 2019 inclusive. The assessment day is Saturday 19th January 2019.

A suggested timetable for the entrance assessment could be:                                                   

8.45 Registration
9.15 - 9.20 English Reading time
9.20 – 9.50 Reading and understanding exercise
9.50 – 10.00 Short break
10.00 – 10.30 Writing exercise
10.30 – 10.50 Break
10.50 - 11.35 Mathematics
11.35 – 11.45 Short Break
11.45 – 1.15pm Reasoning Test (verbal and non-verbal)
1.00pm Collection

As it is likely that the girls in each of the rooms used for the assessment will complete the sections at different times, parents should anticipate that their daughters will not leave the assessment rooms at precisely the same times.

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  • A comprehension exercise is set lasting half an hour, plus 10 minutes reading time. Questions test candidates’ comprehension of fictional or factual passages, their ability to deduce information and to express ideas succinctly and accurately, demonstrating relevant use of detailed information.
  • A writing task lasting 30 minutes is set. It is designed to demonstrate candidates’ ability to write in a lively, interesting and relevant way. Consideration is given to the appropriate use of vocabulary, expression, paragraphing, spelling and punctuation. The task could be a story, a piece of persuasive writing or a speech for example.

Candidates would be expected to demonstrate knowledge and skills appropriate to the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum guidelines for Year 6.


One paper of 45 minutes is set.  All working and answers are to be shown on the paper.  Candidates need a ruler, pen and pencil. Calculators are not needed. 

The following ideas and skills are likely to be tested:

  • Handling of whole numbers
  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division (though not long division)
  • Understanding of simple fractions
  • Fundamental ideas of shape, size and position and area
  • The idea of a right angle
  • Calculation of the area of a rectangle
  • Ability to see and to continue a pattern
  • Measurement of mass, length and time
  • Solving of simple problems involving one or more steps of reasoning as well as computation

The level of knowledge assumed approximates to Key Stage 2 National Curriculum guidelines for Year 6 

Standardised Reasoning Test

Standardised Reading Tests are used. The Verbal Reasoning lasts 45 minutes and the Non-Verbal 25 minutes: girls for whom English is not their first language will be asked to do a Non-Verbal Reasoning Test.

Special Educational Needs

In line with National Key Stage testing policy, we allow extra time for girls who are dyslexic or have another Special Educational Need. If you feel your daughter could benefit from this extra time, we will need a letter from her Headteacher or from a recognised Dyslexic Centre confirming that she has been diagnosed and needs extra time.