Epsom College 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details

NOTE: Due to Covid, the 11+ Admissions Process for 2021 entry to Epsom College has changed. Click here to learn how to prepare for the new assessment.



Epsom College is an independent day and boarding school for students aged 11–18. It is situated in the market town of Epsom in Surrey, on the beautiful Epsom Downs, approximately 15 miles south-west of London.  The college has been fully coeducational for over 40 years. However, as part of its pastoral care programme, each student is assigned to a single-sex house on joining the college.


Epsom College began life in 1855 as The Royal Medical Benevolent College, which was founded to provide housing and education to the orphans of medical families. The Royal Medical Foundation is still based at the college and continues to support medical families today.


The Lower School (Years 7 and 8) at Epsom College is still relatively new, having only been open since 2016. It follows a broad curriculum with a strong focus on equipping students with learning skills that will benefit them throughout their career at Epsom and beyond.  Co-curricular activities are timetabled from 4 p.m. onwards each day. The college offers over 100 clubs and activities, including over 22 sports, which are catered for in excellent specialist facilities on the 85-acre campus.


In 2018, 77% of all Epsom College GCSE grades were in the 9–7 (A*–A range), placing it at number 20 in The Times’ GCSE rankings for coeducational independent schools.


11 Plus Exam Information for Epsom College


Address: Epsom College, College Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 4JQ

County: Surrey
Admissions info
: admissions@epsomcollege.org.uk or 01372 821234

School Type: Coeducational independent boarding and day school

Number of Students: 900 (approx.)

Open Day Date: October and March

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: School’s Own + CAT4


Epsom College 11 Plus Admissions


Epsom College has a strong academic focus. However, it states that it is looking for ‘well-rounded’ students and that its admissions process is designed to assess potential.


Offers of places in the Third Form (Year 7) at Epsom College are made based on an interview, a competitive entrance exam and a reference from the candidate’s current school.


Interviews are in the autumn term preceding the exam and are carried out by the Head of Lower School or a senior member of staff. The entrance exam takes place in January and consists of tests in English, maths and verbal reasoning.


Offers of places are sent out at the beginning of February and a decision is required by early March.


A copy of the Epsom College Admissions Policy can be downloaded from the college’s website.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Epsom College


The college recommends that all prospective families make a personal visit prior to registration. It holds two open mornings, in October and March, plus some smaller ‘Discover Epsom’ mornings throughout the school year.  Details of the open events, including online booking forms, can be found on the college’s website. Individual tours can be arranged through the Admissions Registrar: lynn.watkins@epsomcollege.org.uk or 01372 821007.


Parents wishing their child to be considered for a place in Third Form (Year 7) at Epsom College must complete and return a registration form, which can be downloaded from the college’s website. A non-refundable registration fee of £100 (£150 for overseas applicants) is required at the time of registration. The deadline for registration is at the end of October in the year preceding entry (whilst the child is in Year 6).


Scholarships and bursaries are available. All candidates entering into the admissions assessment process are automatically considered for an academic scholarship and there are no separate exams. A separate assessment is required for sports and arts scholarships. Application forms for these scholarships are sent out to all registered candidates.


Bursary funds are limited, so parents interested in financial assistance are encouraged to apply 6–12 months ahead of enrolment. Details of bursaries and additional sources of financial support can be found on a dedicated section of the college’s website.


For further information on admissions, applications and financial assistance, please contact the admissions department at Epsom College directly: admissions@epsomcollege.org.uk or 01372 821234.


Epsom College 11 Plus Exam Format


The Epsom College entrance exam consists of:


  • English paper – essay
  • CAT (Cognitive Abilities Test)


The English paper examines writing skills, including spelling, vocabulary and grammar. Marks will be awarded for good use of imagination, creativity, form, purpose, organisation, cohesion and sentence structure.


The CAT test aims to assess developed abilities via modules testing Verbal, Non-Verbal, Spatial and Quantitative Reasoning.


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Epsom College 11+ entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the Epsom College 11 Plus Exam


One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students to familiarise themselves with the format and question types they will encounter in the actual test in an efficient and effective manner. They also provide an excellent opportunity for students to practise working under time pressure.


Our practice papers, which are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation for the Epsom College entrance exam. They cover all the key skills and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam and to help build confidence.


Our 11+ practice papers are thoroughly researched and up to date. Every year, they are used successfully by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of such an exam.


English paper: essay


To prepare for the Epsom College English paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help improve writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:


11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2




11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



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Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4)


The following Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) online practice tests and courses are highly recommended for successful preparation for the Epsom College 11+ CAT test. They will familiarise your child with the various modules and question types that will come up in the exam:


CAT Practice Test 1


CAT Practice Test 2


CAT Practice Test 3


CAT Practice Test 4



CAT Quantitative Reasoning Course


CAT Non-Verbal Reasoning Course


CAT Spatial Reasoning Course


CAT Verbal Reasoning Course



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