Magdalen College School (MCS) 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information
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Magdalen College School, founded in 1480, is an independent day school for boys aged 7–18 with a co-educational sixth form. The school consistently achieves high exam results and, in 2018, 84% of A-level entries and 96% of GCSE entries achieved A*–A.
The quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements at Magdalen College School and the quality of pupils’ personal development were both deemed ‘excellent’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) during its most recent inspection in 2017.
Sport plays an important part of life at Magdalen College School and its location in Oxford means that it has access to a range of first-class college and university sports facilities. Sports scholarships are available at 13+ and 16.
11 Plus Exam Information for Magdalen College School
Address: Magdalen College School, Oxford, OX4 1DZ
Admissions info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01865 253430.
School Type: Independent day school for boys
Number of Pupils: 900 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: Unknown
Open Day Date: Throughout year
Exam Date: January of Year 6
Exam Type / Board: School’s own
Magdalen College School 11 Plus Admissions
Candidates take tests in English composition (fiction and non-fiction), Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning. After the tests, most candidates are invited back for an interview.
In assessing applicants, the school looks for potential and not just current attainment. The school’s exam papers and interviews are designed to explore the way in which each candidate thinks so that i can assess overall promise. They also take into consideration a reference from the pupil’s current school, the wider interests of the pupil and any other applicable information.
The school has put together a booklet of admissions information, which can be downloaded from its website. The school’s Admissions Policy is also available to download.
For further information on Magdalen College School’s admissions procedures, please contact the registrar, Mrs Barberine Mallett, at email@example.com or 01865 253430.
How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Magdalen College School
Before applying for a place at Magdalen College School, you are advised to attend one of the school’s open mornings or afternoons, which take place throughout the year.
You must register your son for the entrance exam. A registration form can be downloaded from the school’s website. The completed registration for must be received by the school by the end of October in the year preceding entry.
In November, Magdalen College School will email all those who have registered for the entrance exam, formally inviting candidates to attend. This email contains a reply slip for parents / guardians to complete and return. A second email providing details of the day itself, including the timings of the different tests, is sent in December.
Magdalen College School 11 Plus Exam Format
The 11+ entrance exam is held at the school in January of the year of entry. It consists of three tests:
- 45 minutes
- written responses (no multiple-choice questions)
- before the test starts there is the opportunity to work through sample questions and answers with a member of staff and to raise any queries.
- 1 hour
- no calculator
- based on the National Curriculum Year 5 Programme of Study, plus some topics from the Year 6 Programme of Study.
- 1 hour
- a fiction composition and a non-fiction composition
- there is a choice of questions within each section
- attention is paid to spelling, punctuation, handwriting, as well as ability to write lucidly and effectively and with creativity and flair.
Candidates are invited back for an interview on the basis of their performance in the entrance exam. Interviewees will be asked to read and comment on a short passage and to take an object to talk about. The interview lasts about 30 minutes.
An information sheet about the school’s 11+ entrance exam is available on their website.
How to Prepare for the Magdalen College School 11 Plus Exam
Our practice papers cover all the key skills for English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning. They are designed to challenging to reflect the demands on an 11+ independent school’s entrance exam. They can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work and help build confidence before the exam.
For the Magdalen 11+ Verbal Reasoning test, we would recommend the following resources:
Skill specific practice
The following topic specific packs will help your child prepare for the various question types that could come up in the Magdalen College School 11+ Verbal Reasoning exam:
For students preparing for the Magdalen College School 11+ Mathematics paper, we would recommend using the following practice papers:
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Skill Specific Practice
For students preparing for the Magdalen College School 11+ English paper, we would recommend using the following practice papers to help improve spelling, vocabulary and writing skills:
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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Magdalen College School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Magdalen College 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.