11 plus (11+) Exam – King’s College Lower School – What you need to know

King’s College Lower School 11 plus (11+) exam for Year 7 entry


Entry Level Eleven Plus (11+) exam

School Name: King’s College (Lower School)

Description: Boys; day school

Age range: 11-18 (of which Years 7 and 8 are known as the Lower School)

Fees: £5,530 – £6,125 per term

Address Southside, Wimbledon Common, London, SW19 4TT

Email (general enquiries)hmjssec@kcs.org.uk

Website www.kcs.org.uk

Telephone (general enquiries): +44 (0)20 8255 5300

Head Andrew Halls

Head of Lower School Dr Sarah Hendy

Admissions Telephone +44 (0)20 8255 5336

Bursar Mr David Armitage




King’s College School is an independent day school for boys aged 7-18 and girls aged 16-18. Founded in 1829 by royal charter, it is a school of over 1,300 pupils.


Children entering at 11+ (Year 7) will join the Lower School, which is part of the Senior School.


Years 7 and 8 are very much a part of the Senior School and make use of all the school’s outstanding facilities for sport, drama, music, science and activities. As boys move through the school, they will be the beneficiaries of the new music school, an additional sports hall, and a new swimming pool. Having been taught by senior school staff since their arrival at 11, boys in year 8 do not sit a transition exam to move up into Year 9 (13+), where they are joined by both prep school and King’s College Junior School boys.


Admissions Process for King’s College Lower School Eleven Plus (11+) for Year 7 entry


Boys will sit entrance tests in English, maths and verbal reasoning in the January of the year of entry. Candidates who perform sufficiently well will then be invited to interviews shortly afterwards. Following the interviews some candidates will be offered places for entry in September.


Open Days


A series of open events take place in June, September and October. Please click here for key dates.




Boys will need to be registered for the entrance examinations for 2018 entry by November 2017, (see the school’s website for the deadline) when they are in Year 6 at their current school. It is not necessary to register a long time in advance but do be aware of the deadline. Registration is online.


Entrance Exams


English comprises:

Comprehension paper – 35 minutes

Grammar paper – 10 minutes

Essay paper – 30 minutes, choice of 4 questions


Maths comprises-

Section A & B, total 50 minutes


Verbal Reasoning


Sample papers maths and English papers can be accessed on the school site. There are no King’s sample verbal reasoning papers available, see below for some suggestions on how to prepare for this.


10+ Deferred Entry


There are approximately four places available for 10+ deferred entry to Year 7 for boys of exceptional ability, currently at primary schools, although the number of places offered will depend on the calibre of candidates.


The assessment for 10+ deferred entry is through written tests in English, maths and reasoning and are taken in January of Year 5.


Take a look at this article which has more information about the 10+ entry route.


Recommended Materials


English practice papers, ideal for KCS eleven plus (11+) exam preparation:


11+ English Pack 1

11+ English Pack 2 

11+ Spelling Pack 1

11+ Spelling Pack 2


Maths practice papers, ideal for KCS eleven plus (11+) exam preparation:


11+ Mathematics Pack 1

11+ Mathematics Pack 2

11+ Mental Arithmetic


Reasoning practice papers, ideal for KCS eleven plus (11+) exam preparation:


11 + Verbal Reasoning Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3





Following the tests, boys who have shown promise and potential will be invited back for interviews at the end of January.




Assistance of up to 100% of tuition fees is available, depending on the relevant circumstances of applicants. Further information on bursaries (assistance with fees) is available here  or by contacting either the admissions office (020 8255 5320) or the accounts office (020 8255 5435 – Mrs Astrid Spencer) for further information. All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.


Other Entry Points: 7+ , 8+, 9+, 10+ and 13+

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