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Exeter School 13 Plus (13+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


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Exeter School is an independent, co-educational day school in Devon. Dating back to 1633, it occupies a 25-acre site on Victoria Park Road.


The curriculum covers art, computer science, classical civilisation, DT, drama, humanities, music, RS, Latin, MFL, English, maths, science and PE.


Exeter offers a wide range of academic societies, such as Crossing Club, Catalyst Club and Comets Club. The varied programme of extracurricular activities includes art, chess, coding, debating, Medical Society, Model United Nations and photography.


Dedicated to ensuring the academic, personal and physical growth of each pupil, Exeter is noted for its high standards of academic education and pastoral care. In line with this, the quality of life on campus, characterised by a friendly and warm atmosphere, consistently meets the expectations of both parents and students.


Exeter School 13 Plus (13+) 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: July, November

Exam date: January of the year of entry

Exam type / Board: School’s own


Open Events for Exeter School 13 Plus (13+) Entry


The school recommends that you attend an open event prior to applying for entry. The Whole School Open Evening takes place in early November, allowing you and your child to learn more about what Exeter can offer in the long run.


Individual visits can also be arranged. These typically include a meeting with the Head.


Exeter School 13 Plus (13+) Admissions


To register for Year 9 entry, you should complete a registration form and pay the registration fee. Your child will then be invited to sit entrance examinations, held in January of the year of entry.


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


Exeter School 13 Plus (13+) Scholarships and Bursaries


The school offers scholarships and exhibitions to successful candidates in the entrance examinations. 


Music Scholarships and Awards are awarded as a recognition of musical talent and achievement. If your child wishes to be considered for these awards, you should fill in the appropriate application form, available from the Admissions and Marketing office.


Means-tested awards (bursaries) are also available. 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.


As a result of donations and grants from a local charity, Exeter School offers up to eight free places in the Senior School. More details are available in the school’s Admissions Policy.


Exeter School 13 Plus (13+) Exam Format


The Exeter School 13 Plus exam consists of the following tests:


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Modern Foreign Languages


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 science paper examines knowledge in the areas of physics, chemistry and biology.


The MFL exam consists of short papers (30 mins) in French, German and Spanish. Prospective applicants will be expected to sit one of these exams.


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Exeter School 13 Plus entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the Exeter School 13 Plus (13+) Exam


Practice papers are an effective tool for preparation for the Exeter School 13+ exam. With the help of our practice tests, designed and formatted to match the actual exams, your child will learn to deal with various 13+ exam question types quickly and confidently. 


The benefits for your child are numerous: the tests provide focused practice and familiarity with a wide variety of possibilities and examples, serving as an indicator of any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam. We suggest starting early with your revision so that you have plenty of time to identify subject areas that need additional work.


Our practice tests are used successfully every year by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are age-appropriate, reflecting the demands of the actual exam.


Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the Exeter School 13 plus entrance examination can be found below.


Exeter School 13 Plus (13+) Exam Practice Papers




We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the Exeter School 13+ English paper:


13+ English Pack 1


13+ English Pack 2


13+ English: Rewrite & Improve




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 13 Plus maths test:


13+ Mathematics Pack 1




We highly recommend the following packs to help prepare your child for the Exeter School 13 Plus science exam:


13+ Biology


13+ Physics


13+ Chemistry



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Exeter School 13+ 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 8 entry via the 12 Plus (12+) Exam

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