11 plus (11+) Exam – St. Paul’s Girls’ School (SPGS) – What you need to know


Entry Level Eleven Plus (11+) exam

School Name St Paul’s Girls’ School (SPGS)

Description Girls; day school

Age range 11-18

Size 740 approx.

Fees £7,978 per term

Address St Paul’s Girls’ School, Brook Green, Hammersmith, London, W6 7BS

Email (general enquiries)frontoffice@spgs.org

Website www.spgs.org

Telephone (general enquiries): +44 (0) 207 603 2288

High Mistress Clarissa Farr

Admissions Officer Claire Richardson

Admissions Tel +44 (0) 207 605 4882

Admissions Email (for prospective student enquiries) admissions@spgs.org




St Paul’s Girls’ School fosters academic excellence, high aspirations and independence of mind. In 2016, it was top of the A-level league tables, with pupils scoring an average 54.52 points (A+) per academic entry, with a total of 89.6 percent of pupils obtaining AAB.


As a school, it embraces what is termed ‘a liberal ideology’ in which the girls are given freedom to grow and pursue their own passions and studies. Rules are described as ‘few’ and ‘relationships are relaxed, yet respectful’. There is no uniform.


Admissions Process for St Paul’s Girls’ School Eleven Plus (11+) for Year 7 entry


Entry to St Paul’s Girls’ School is by competitive examination and interview. The school suits some girls but not all and it actively invites families to visit to find out if it is right for them.


Open Days


The best way to get a feel for St Paul’s Girls’ School is to visit on an open day, where you can look round the facilities and meet some of the staff and students. The open day includes an address by the High Mistress together with a tour of the school led by current students. Upcoming dates can be found on the website.


You will need to book a ticket to attend. Click here for the SPSG 11+ booking form.




You can submit an application at any time up until the registration deadline, which is in the November before the proposed year of entry. Check out the website here for current dates and deadlines.


Click here for the SPGS registration form.


Entrance Exams


In the first instance, all candidates are asked complete an online cognitive ability pre-test, testing verbal reasoning, maths and non-verbal reasoning to identify potential. Practice materials are not provided but you can get a flavour of using the test on a computer here.


Our sister company, www.pretestplus.co.uk, also offers online practice tests which will help familiarise students with the process of taking online assessments. Further details can be found below in our recommended materials section.


Girls that perform well on this test will be informed in December and invited back to take the 11+ exams in January. Papers are set in maths, English and comprehension. This last paper is a multi-disciplinary paper, unique to SPGS, and incorporates source-based questions.




The maths paper is designed to identify potential. The paper has three 25-minute sections. The first section features questions that are fairly straight-forward ‘sums’. The second section covers problem-solving questions. The third section often has multi-part questions based on material the girls may never have seen before.

Questions are based on a range of topics all of which are part of the National Curriculum up to KS2. The papers aim to test technique and insight.

It is essential that candidates show their working out. (A wrong answer cannot be given any credit if it is not supported by working – this way, girls may pick up some marks even if the final answer is incorrect).




The English paper involves the close reading of a passage of literary prose (comprehension) and creative writing. Questions will involve the extraction of information; some will ask for comment on the meaning and effect of individual words and phrases and others will be extended imaginative writing tasks, based on the passage. Careful inference and sensitivity to linguistic effects and evidence of a wide vocabulary will attract high marks.




The SPGS 11 plus comprehension paper is based around a theme and is designed to test comprehension in its broadest sense. Questions allow for the demonstration of the skills of deduction, inference, extraction and organisation of information as well as evaluation, comparison, identification of patterns and links, and logic. No prior knowledge is required although KS2 scientific enquiry skills may be needed in the evaluation of material and presentation of data.

There are some sample papers available on the school website. Furthermore, here’s an older sample comprehension paper that is no longer available on the school’s site.


Recommended Materials


For the November pre-tests:


Online practice pretest preparation: The St. Paul’s Girls’s School pre-test will have a different structure and form to the tests below but they will provide good practice of taking online timed assessments:


Pretest Practice Test 1

Pretest Practice Test 2

Pretest Practice Test 3

Pretest Practice Test 4

CAT Practice Test 1

CAT Practice Test 2


The SPGS pre-test is created by a company called CEM. We have a number of CEM practice resources available. Feedback from those who have taken the SPGS pretest in previous years suggests that the question types in these CEM practice papers are quite similar to the ones in the SPGS pretest:


Verbal Reasoning – specific skill development



Numerical Reasoning – specific skill development



Full Practice Tests – Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Reasoning




For further Reasoning practice:


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3



For the January written tests:


English practice papers, ideal for St Paul’s Girls School (SPGS) eleven plus (11+) exam preparation:


11+ English Pack 1

11+ English Pack 2

11+ English Pack 3

11+ Spelling Pack 1

11+ Spelling Pack 2


Maths practice papers, ideal for St Paul’s Girls’ School (SPGS) eleven plus (11+) exam preparation:


11+ Mathematics Pack 1

11+ Mathematics Pack 2

11+ Mathematics Pack 3

11+ Mental Arithmetic





Following success in the entrance examinations, girls are invited back to the school for an interview that will last about 15 minutes.


Scholarships and Bursaries


Music scholarships and means-tested bursaries are available for 11+ entry. Please visit the school’s website for further information or email businessdirector@spgs.org if you have a specific question.


Other Entry Points: 16+

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