Magdalen College School (MCS) 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information

Introduction

 

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

County: Oxfordshire
Admissions info
: registrar@mcsoxford.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.

 

Bursaries, scholarships, exhibitions, All-Rounder Awards and Governors’ Presentation Awards are available. Further information can be found on the Scholarships page of the school’s website.

 

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 registrar@mcsoxford.org 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:

 

Verbal Reasoning

 

  • 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.

 

Maths

 

  • 1 hour
  • no calculator
  • based on the National Curriculum Year 5 Programme of Study, plus some topics from the Year 6 Programme of Study.

 

English

 

  • 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.

 

Verbal Reasoning

 

Practice Tests

 

For the Magdalen 11+ Verbal Reasoning test, we would recommend the following resources:

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 4

 

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:

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Anagrams

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Analogies

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Codes

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Compound Words

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Embedded Words

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Form a Word

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Insert a Letter

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Calculations

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Sequences

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Move a Letter

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Calculations

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Sequences

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Shuffled Sentences

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Synonyms

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Completion

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Match

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Opposites

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Puzzles

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Relationships

 

Mathematics

 

For students preparing for the Magdalen College School 11+ Mathematics paper, we would recommend using the following practice papers:

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 1

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 2

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 3

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 4

 

11+ Problem Solving

 

11+ Mental Arithmetic

 

Mark Schemes

 

Magdalen College 11+ Mathematics Sample Paper

 

English

 

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:

 

Comprehension

 

11+ English Pack 1

 

11+ English Pack 2

 

11+ English Pack 3

 

11+ English Pack 4

 

11+ Inference Skills

 

11+ Complete Comprehension Guide

 

11+ Reading Workbook

 

Writing

 

11+ Complete Writing Guide

 

11+ Writing Prompts

 

11+ Spelling Pack 1

 

11+ Spelling Pack 2

 

 

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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.

 

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