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James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) 13 Plus (13+) Entrance Exam Information


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James Allen’s Girls’ School, also known as JAGS, is a day school in Dulwich, South London. The oldest independent girls’ school in the county, it performs outstandingly well in public examinations. JAGS is a highly selective facility, which has produced many notable figures in the areas of arts, literature and science. [1]


The academic provision is underpinned by staff’s efforts to encourage cross-curricular learning and place research at the centre of pupils’ current and further education. Asking questions and expressing ideas are considered fundamental to learning, grounding the educational experience in a comprehensive understanding across a range of disciplines, such as science, languages, humanities and mathematics. 


The activities programme is also progressive, fostering a can-do approach among girls who benefit fully from the vast selection of available pursuits. Taught to embrace their talents and creativity, they engage in everything from choir and gardening to chess and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, maximising their resilience and versatility through both individual effort and teamwork. [2]


JAGS girls regularly visit local museums, galleries and theatres as part of their educational journey. As a result, they develop a profound aesthetic and cultural sensibility, which perfectly blends with their competitive academic qualifications and thus moulds the pursuit of their personal goals into a genuinely pleasant and productive experience. 


James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) 13 Plus (13+) Exam Information


Address: 2 Dulwich Village, London SE21 7AL

County: Greater London

Admissions info: or 020 8693 1181

School type: Independent day school for girls

Open day: In the Spring and Autumn terms

13+ Exam date, deferred entry: November/January of Year 6

13+ Exam date, chance vacancy entry: January of Year 8


Open Events for James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) 13 Plus (13+) Entry


Open Mornings offer prospective families the perfect opportunity to explore the school’s facilities and learn in-depth about the teaching provision. Meetings with key members of staff are held informally, preceded by an introductory speech from the Head. Taster days can also be arranged. More details are available on this page.  


James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) 13 Plus (13+) Admissions


13+ entry into JAGS is through two routes: deferred entry and chance vacancy entry. Deferred entry applicants are assessed while they are in Year 6 and are expected to stay at their current school till Year 8. As chance vacancies sometimes arise, applicants who wish to apply for Year 9 places through this route will sit entrance examinations while in Year 8. 


The application deadline for deferred entry is in October of Year 6, and for chance vacancies, the deadline is in the same month of Year 8. 


  • The deferred entry route includes an online exam, prior to which candidates will be invited to attend a Welcome Morning (in Autumn). On the day, they will complete a writing task, partake in a group activity and attend an interview. 


  • The chance vacancy admissions process includes a different type of online exam alongside papers in Mathematics and English. Those who do well in the tests will be invited to the school to be interviewed. JAGS will also obtain a reference form your daughter’s current school.


James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) 13 Plus (13+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Means-tested bursaries are available to all Senior School applicants whose parents struggle with paying the fees. They are reviewed annually once awarded and may increase/decrease in value, subject to changes in your finances. 


In order to be considered for this award, you should indicate your interest in the registration form so that JAGS can send you a bursary form. Please note that, as part of the evaluation process, the school will look closely at your finances, for which you will be asked to provide supporting documentation. 


Deferred 13+ entry applicants can also apply for Art, Music and Sports Scholarships. Academic Scholarships are awarded on the basis of performance in the entrance examinations, while the others are offered on the basis of auditions/trials. All scholarships are worth £1000 per annum and can be coupled with a bursary.


James Allen’s Girls’ School 13 Plus (13+) Deferred Entry Exam Format


The JAGS 13+ deferred entry examination consists of the following assessments:


  • Welcome Morning English writing task 
  • ISEB Common Pretest 


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


The online ISEB Pretest examines your child’s ability in skills such as numeracy, problem solving and vocabulary, with emphasis on how they think and respond to the curriculum. The test consists of modules testing Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.


There will also be an interview, aiming to provide an insight into your daughter’s interests and her level of compatibility with the JAGS ethos.


James Allen’s Girls’ School 13 Plus (13+) Chance Vacancy Entry Exam Format


The JAGS 13+ chance vacancy examination consists of the following assessments:


  • Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4)
  • Mathematics
  • English


The CAT4 test aims to assess developed abilities via modules testing Verbal, Non-Verbal, Spatial and Quantitative Reasoning.


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


The English paper examines comprehension and writing skills, including inference, vocabulary and punctuation. 


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the JAGS 13+ entrance examinations.


How to Prepare for the James Allen’s Girls’ School 13 Plus (13+) Exam


To successfully prepare your daughter for the JAGS 13+ entrance exam, we suggest that you make use of our targeted resources. Our practice tests enable familiarisation with the types of questions and the format of the actual exam, which will help your daughter gain confidence in the lead up to the big day.


With the use of our practice tests, you will be able to precisely identify your daughter’s strengths and weaknesses, which will guide you in devising a carefully thought-out revision plan that focuses on studying ‘little and often’.


Moreover, our practice tests will help your daughter get used to answering questions quickly and under time pressure. 


Our thoroughly researched and up to date resources enable a structured approach towards exam preparation that results in a significant advantage over other candidates. Due to their practicality and effectiveness, they are used successfully by tens of thousands of students every year. 


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


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JAGS 13+ Deferred Entry Exam


English writing


We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the JAGS English paper, taken in Year 6. They will help improve your daughter’s writing skills, including spelling and punctuation:


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JAGS 13+ Chance Vacancy Exam




We highly recommend the following packs to successfully prepare your daughter for the James Allen’s Girls’ School 13+ English paper:


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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 JAGS 13+ CAT test. They will familiarise your child with the various modules and question types that will come up in the actual exam. The practice tests are specifically designed for CAT4 Level E, which is taken for Year 9 (13+) entry.


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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in James Allen’s Girls’ School 13+ past papers. The information provided about James Allen’s Girls’ 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 James Allen’s Girls’ School:


Click here to learn about Year 1 entry via the 5 Plus (5+) Exam

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

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

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