Exeter School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information



Exeter School is an independent day school for children aged 7–18 located in the cathedral city of Exeter, which is the administrative centre for Devon. The school, which has been fully coeducational since 1997, was named ‘South-West Independent School of the Year 2018’ by The Sunday Times.


Exeter School started life in 1633 as the Exeter Free Grammar School. It has stood on its current 25-acre site since 1880 and many of its impressive red-brick buildings date back to that period.


In 2018, 98.6% of GCSE grades achieved by Exeter School entrants were A*–C and 74.9% were in the top A*–A range. The school states that its aim is ‘to realise the academic, personal and physical potential of each pupil.’ To this end, its broad and challenging curriculum is supplemented by many additional opportunities for academic development, including lectures and masterclasses. It is complemented by a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including 25 different sports, which are supported by excellent facilities.


11 Plus Information for Exeter School


Address: Exeter School, Victoria Park Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4NS

County: Devon
Admissions info
: admissions@exeterschool.org.uk or 01392 498 144

School Type: Coeducational independent day school

Number of Pupils: 920 (approx.)

Open Day Date: July / September

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: School’s own and CEM Select


Exeter School 11 Plus Admissions


Exeter School is academically selective and looks for pupils from the local area who have broad academic potential. Places are offered based on a report from the candidate’s current school and their performance in an entrance exam and interview.


The entrance exam is usually held in January and consists of written papers in English and maths, plus a computer-based assessment that tests English, maths and non-verbal reasoning skills.


All pupils must live in the local area at the time of application and for the duration of their time at the school.


A limited number of bursaries are available and are means-tested each year. Application forms are available from the Registrar: admissions@exeterschool.org.uk or 01392 498 144.


Entrance scholarships and exhibitions are awarded to top performers in the entrance exams.


A copy of Exeter School’s full Admissions Policy can be viewed on its website.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Exeter School


Parents of prospective pupils should address an initial enquiry to the Registrar’s Office at Exeter School. This can be made via the online prospectus request form or by post.  The school will then send out an information pack, which includes a prospectus and information about registration, bursaries and scholarships.


Exeter School holds a number of events throughout the year for prospective pupils and their parents. These include two open evenings – in July and September – and a taster morning for 10–11 year olds in November.  No reservations are required for the open evenings, but booking is required for the taster morning and can be made via the ‘Visiting the school’ page on the school’s website.


To be eligible for the entrance exam and considered for a place at Exeter School, parents must register their child. The registration form is included in the prospectus or can be downloaded from the school’s website. The completed form must be returned to the school by the registration deadline at the very beginning of December, along with a passport-sized photograph and a non-refundable registration fee of £100.


Exeter School 11 Plus Exam Format


The entrance exam for Exeter School consists of two written papers and a computer-based assessment:


  • English Paper – reading comprehension and creative writing
  • Mathematics Paper – arithmetic and problem solving
  • Computer-Based Assessment – English, maths and non-verbal reasoning.


The questions in the computer-based assessment will include multiple-choice, drag and drop and complete the word formats. It measures verbal, non-verbal and numerical reasoning skills and is designed to allow candidates to demonstrate their academic potential.


How to Prepare for the Exeter School 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 Exeter School entrance exam written papers and computer-based assessment. They cover all the key skills and question types 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.




To prepare for the Exeter School written English paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:




11+ English Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Inference Skills


11+ Complete Comprehension Guide


11+ Reading Workbook




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2




To prepare for the maths written paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:


Full Practice Tests


11+ Mathematics Pack 1


11+ Mathematics Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4


Skill Specific Practice


11+ Problem Solving


11+ Mental Arithmetic 


11+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




11+ Estimation & Place Value


11+ Factors & Multiples


11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages


11+ Measurements


11+ Operations


11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume


11+ Position & Direction


11+ Probability


11+ Properties of Shapes


11+ Ratio & Proportion


11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry


11+ Sequences


11+ Special Numbers


11+ Statistics




11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



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CEM Select


To prepare for the computer-based assessment, which will have been supplied by CEM (the Centre for Evaluating and Monitoring), we highly recommend using the following full practice and skill practice online tests:


Full Practice Tests


CEM Select Practice Test 1


CEM Select Practice Test 2


CEM Select Practice Test 3


CEM Select Practice Test 4


CEM Select Practice Test 5


Skill Practice


CEM Select – Missing Words



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Exeter School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Exeter School was believed to be 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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