Northwood College 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information >> 2021/2022 Entry




Northwood College for Girls is an independent school in Northwood, London, which is part of the GDST network of girls’ day schools. Founded in 1870, it produces excellent examination results, and has recently outperformed 95% of all UK schools for core subject GCSE results. [1]


Learning at Northwood College encompasses a rich selection of disciplines, including Classics, humanities, MFL, mathematics and computer science, allowing girls to access further education with a broad range of qualifications. Comprehensively preparing them for the challenges ahead, the school provides Emotional Resilience and Cognitive Learning programmes, designed to instill techniques and skills to serve this purpose. 


Northwood College regularly organises day excursions and expeditions, familiarising girls with various cultural contexts and aesthetic settings. Far-off destinations have included Borneo, Peru and the US, while trips closer to home regularly feature visits to museums, theatres and galleries. [2]


Known as a facility that ignites intellectual curiosity, Northwood College produces young individuals who progress through the school with integrity and resilience. This typically results in excellent academic outcomes, which ensure that students access top universities in the country and abroad. 


Northwood College 11 Plus Exam Information


Registration Closing Date: November

Exam Board Type: ISEB Common Pretest

Deadline for taking the ISEB Pretest: December 10th

Results Date: February


Northwood College Admissions Criteria


Northwood College is a member of the London Consortium and as such, follows its Agreed Code of Practice for all admissions. Year 7 is one of the college’s main points of entry and admission is determined by student performance in the entrance test. As per the other schools in the Consortium, the deadline for taking the entrance test is in early December of the year preceding entry.


Pupils are required to sit the entrance exam and attend an interview at the college. In this interview, the teaching staff will assess each child’s general intelligence and potential. Students must also be able to provide a character reference from their current school.


Year 7 places are offered based on a student’s overall performance in the entrance test, interview and reference.


For further information on Northwood College’s Year 7 admissions process, please contact the Registrar on 01923 845007 or email.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Northwood College


Northwood College hosts a small number of open events for parents. These events give students and parents the opportunity to meet the college’s Headteacher and view the Senior School on a normal school day. As places are strictly limited, parents are advised to reach out to the school to book a place.


To register your daughter at Northwood College, complete this application form in the first instance. Parents should receive an acknowledgment of their daughter’s registration, which enables them to take the entrance test. For more information about the application process, please visit the school’s website.


Northwood College Year 7 Entry, 11 Plus Assessment


The London Consortium has replaced its bespoke Cognitive Abilities Test with an online test called the ISEB Common Pretest, assessing English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning skills.


The Pretest lasts approximately 2.5 hours: the English section lasts 25 minutes; the Maths section lasts 50 minutes; the VR section lasts 36 minutes, and the NVR section lasts 32 minutes.


There will be no written assessments. The Consortium has implemented this new assessment to identify pupils’ overall academic potential, rather than their ability to retain knowledge for a particular exam.


Students can take the test at any school in the Consortium, or at their current school if it uses the Pretest.


How to Prepare for the Northwood College 11 plus Entrance Test


Whatever a student’s current attainment level, investing additional time for preparation in the lead-up to the entrance test will likely improve her confidence ahead of the actual exam. All our Pretest practice tests, courses and skill-specific resources include answers and comparative rankings so you can quickly identify where your daughter might need to focus and improve. Please click the link below to learn more.



Click here to view our full list of recommendations specifically designed to help students prepare for the new London Consortium 11 plus exam.



We hope you find this article useful. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need some advice or if you have any questions or queries.



Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Northwood College 11+ past papers. The information provided about Northwood College 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 Northwood College:


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

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