Northwood College 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details

NOTE: Due to Covid, the 11+ Admissions Process for 2021 entry to Northwood College has changed. Click here to learn how to prepare for the new assessment.



An independent day school for girls aged 3-18, Northwood College was founded in 1870. Located in Northwood, in the London Borough of Hillingdon, over 900 girls attend the school. The school has an excellent academic record and, in 2017, outperformed 95% of all UK schools for core subject GCSEs results.


The college places significant emphasis on growing each student as an individual, preparing them for leadership roles and teaching them how to take responsible risks. The college operates a house system with four houses –  Briary, Buchan, Endsleigh and Heathfield. Each house goes head-to-head in a variety of sporting and academic events throughout the year.


Northwood College Cognitive Abilities Test Information


Registration Closing Date: November

Exam Date: January

Exam Board Type: CEM

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 school’s entrance test. As per the other schools in the Consortium, the Northwood College entrance test takes place in January of the year of entry.


Pupils are required to sit the entrance exam and attend an interview at the college. In this interview, 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 cognitive 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 call 01923 825446 to book a place.


To register your daughter at Northwood College, complete this application form in the first instance. Parents should receive an acknowledgement 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, eleven plus Assessment


The London Consortium has replaced its traditional eleven plus exam with a bespoke Cognitive Abilities Test. The test assesses Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. This test has been created for the London Consortium by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM). It’s worth noting that the CEM definition of Verbal Reasoning includes question types, such as comprehension, that you would usually find in an English test.


Some of the questions will be in a multiple-choice format. Students will be required to mark their answers on a separate answer sheet. The test lasts for approximately 75 minutes, with a 30-minute break midway. CEM tests tend to consist of shorter timed sections, each focusing on a specific question type. These sections are then taken in a mixed order rather than one subject after another. So, for example, a 5-minute Verbal Reasoning comprehension section could be followed by a 10-minute Maths LNR section, followed by a 6-minute Verbal Reasoning cloze section.


There will be no other written assessments. The Consortium has implemented this new cognitive test 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 and parents will receive test results in February.


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 their confidence ahead of the actual exam. As the assessment focuses on Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning, we would recommend our selection of eleven plus papers that are designed in the CEM style. All our packs include answers so you can quickly check your child’s work and identify where they might need to focus and improve.


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.



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