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Exeter School 12 Plus (12+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


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Exeter School is an independent, co-educational day school in Devon. Occupying a 25-acre site with numerous facilities, it was rated ‘excellent’ in all eight areas in its most recent ISI inspection.


The curriculum covers art, classical civilisation, drama, design technology, computer science, humanities, music, Latin, religious studies, MFL, English, maths, science and PE.


Exeter School regularly organises cross-border expeditions, including visits to the World War One battlefields in Belgium and northern France, as well as geography trips to Iceland, Switzerland and Sicily.


Together with the architecture firm Squires and Brown, the Governors of Exeter School have developed a ‘masterplan’ to support their aspirations for the future, which include a complete refurbishment of the Science block and an expansion of the school’s green space. In this way, they aim to ensure that Exeter is always ahead of the curve, especially when it comes to providing pupils with a competitive, first-class education.


Exeter School 12 Plus (12+) Exam Information


Address: Victoria Park Road Exeter, EX2 4NS

County: Devon

Admissions info: or 01392 273679

School type: Independent, co-ed day and boarding school 

Number of students: 922 (approx.) 

Open day: Each term

Exam date: January of Year 8

Exam type / Board: School’s own & CEM Select


Open Events for Exeter School 12 Plus (12+) Entry


If you wish to learn more about life at Exeter, you should attend their open events. The school’s Open Mornings, held termly, include tours of facilities and meetings with members of the staff.


Individual visits, which typically include a meeting with the Head, can also be arranged. You can view the school’s exact location on the map below:



Exeter School 12 Plus (12+) Admissions


To register your child for a place in Year 8, you should complete a registration form and pay the registration fee by the end of December of the year preceding entry. Entrance exams are held in the following January.


Based on successful performance throughout the admissions process, your child may receive an offer of a place. Offer letters are sent out by post, including a copy of the parent contract and an acceptance form.


Exeter School 12 Plus (12+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Scholarships in the areas of Academic ability, Art, Drama, Music and Sports are available to 11+ applicants. Academic awards are offered following success in the entrance examinations, while specialist scholarships are allocated on the basis of further assessments, such as auditions, workshops and trials.


Means-tested awards (bursaries) are also on offer. These are awarded following your child’s successful performance in the entrance examinations and require that you submit a verified statement of financial circumstances.


The bursary application form can be obtained from the Registrar. Please note that only families with an annual income below £60,000 will be considered eligible.


Exeter School 12 Plus (12+) Exam Format


The Exeter School 12 Plus exam consists of the following tests:


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Online CEM Select test


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


The maths exam assesses your child’s problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills. The paper may include questions on number, measurement, geometry, algebra and statistics.


The CEM Select test assesses Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Ability through a series of short, online modules. 


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Exeter School 12 Plus entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the Exeter School 12 Plus (12+) Exam


One of the best ways to prepare for a competitive entrance exam is to use our practice tests. Getting to know the types of questions and the format of the actual exam will help boost your child’s confidence. Aside from becoming familiarised with the exam format, our practice tests will ensure that your child responds to the questions in an efficient and effective manner. 


They also provide an excellent opportunity for your child to practise working under time pressure. Whilst doing the tests under timed conditions, children can get used to answering questions quickly, with close attention to detail.


Our 12+ practice tests are thoroughly researched and up to date and are successfully used by tens of thousands of students every year. Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the Exeter School 12  plus entrance examination can be found below.


Exeter School 12 Plus (12+) Exam Practice Tests




We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the Exeter School 12+ English paper:


12+ English Pack 1


12+ English Pack 2


12+ English: Spelling


12+ English: Rewrite & Improve


12+ English: Vocabulary & Grammar


12+ English: Punctuation


12+ English: Inference Skills


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We highly recommend the use of the following pack to help develop your child’s arithmetic and problem-solving skills within the examination context of the Exeter School 12 Plus maths test:


12+ Mathematics Pack 1


12+ Mathematics Pack 2


12+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic


12+ Mathematics: Problem Solving



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CEM Select


The following full practice online tests are specifically designed to help your child become familiar with the demands of the Exeter School CEM Select assessment:


Full Practice


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


CEM Select Practice Test 6


CEM Select Practice Test 7


CEM Select Practice Test 8


CEM Select Practice Test 9


CEM Select Practice Test 10


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The following resources consist of focused tests that allow students to target specific question formats that appear in CEM Select:


Skill Practice: Verbal Ability


CEM Select – Comprehension Pack 1


CEM Select – Comprehension Pack 2


CEM Select – Missing Words Pack 1


CEM Select – Missing Words Pack 2


CEM Select – Related Words


CEM Select – Anagrams


CEM Select – Shuffled Sentences


CEM Select – Letter Connections


CEM Select – Multiple Meanings


CEM Select – Selected Letters


Skill Practice: Non-Verbal Ability


CEM Select – Pictures


Skill Practice: Numerical Ability


CEM Select – Arithmetic


CEM Select – Data Problems


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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Exeter School 12+ 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.


Other entry points for Exeter School:


Click here to learn about Year 3 entry via the 7 Plus (7+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 4 entry via the 8 Plus (8+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 7 entry via the 11 Plus (11+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 9 entry via the 13 Plus (13+) Exam

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