Badminton School 11 Plus (11+) Exam – Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

Established 1858, Badminton School is an independent, day and boarding school for girls aged 3 to 18. The school is located in Westbury-on-Trym, in Bristol and is named after Badminton House in Clifton, where it was founded. The school has a reputation for consistently performing well in secondary school league tables and in previous years has been ranked third in the Financial Times’ Top 1000 schools. The school aims to prepare its girls for living and working in a global society.


The Badminton School Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) Information


Registration Closing Date: TBC

Exam Date: MidJanuary

Exam Board Type: CAT and set by school

Results Date: End of January

Admissions Info: Badminton School


Badminton School Admissions Criteria


Badminton school encourages all prospective students to visit the school during one of its Open Days, or to arrange a private visit.


Once parents have visited the school, they can register their daughter for the assessment, which includes an online Cognitive Abilities Test. After the test has been taken, candidates are invited to a Taster Day, where they will meet other girls in their year group and experience the school environment.


The Candidate’s current school is then contacted for references and offer letters are sent out to parents shortly afterwards.


For more information on the admissions process at Badminton School, please visit the Admissions pages on the school website. Alternatively, parents can email  admissions@badmintonschool.co.uk, or telephone 0117 905 5271.


How to Apply for 11 plus Entry to Badminton School


Before applying for a Year 7 Place at Badminton School, students and parents are encouraged to attend the Open Morning, which takes place in March (attendance also forms part of the school’s oversubscription criteria). At the event, girls and their parents will have the opportunity to take a tour of the school and meet staff members. Open Morning places can be booked in advance here.


After visiting the school, parents should complete the school’s online registration form and pay a registration fee of £50 for Day Girls and £150 for Boarders.


Badminton School Year 7 CAT Assessment


Year 7 entry to Badminton School is determined by student performance in an online Cognitive Abilities Test, as well as written exams in Maths and English. These assessments take place in January


As part of the admissions process, candidates are also invited to attend an interview with a senior member of staff. References are then requested from the girl’s current school.


Results are sent to parents by post or email and offer letters are sent out approximately two weeks after the assessment date. Parents are then asked to accept the offer and pay the acceptance deposit before the deadline.


How to Prepare for the Badminton School 11 plus Entrance Test


At Exam Papers Plus, we believe that a little preparation can go a long way to helping students pass their entrance exams. As the written element of the Badminton School entrance test focuses on Maths and English, we would recommend that students get acquainted with the types of questions they may face on test day. The following eleven plus practice papers will help students get used to answering similar questions and build the skills required to do well in 11 plus exams:


11+ English Pack 1

11+ English Pack 2

11+ English Pack 3

11+ Writing Prompts

11+ Spelling Pack 1

11+ Spelling Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 1

11+ Mathematics Pack 2

11+ Mathematics Pack 3

11+ Mental Arithmetic


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Online Practice for the Badminton School 11 Plus CAT Entrance Test


The Badminton assessment process also requires students to take an online CAT test. On our sister site, Pretest Plus, we have four online practice tests available that are specifically designed to help students prepare for online cognitive ability tests:


CAT Practice Test 1

CAT Practice Test 2

CAT Practice Test 3

CAT Practice Test 4


These online tests will help students familiarise themselves with the question types and formats that come up frequently in CAT tests. Once each module is complete, it will be marked automatically and students can then review each question with detailed explanations provided for each question.


The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


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