Queen’s College London 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details

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



Founded in 1848, Queen’s College London is an independent school for girls aged 11–18 and is located in the City of Westminster. In 1853, the College received a Royal Charter from Queen Victoria and, since then, the Patron of the College has always been a queen.


The College educates over 500 girls and provides a liberal education. The College aims to provide each of its pupils with the skills to be self-confident and authoritative. Queen’s offers an extensive co-curricular timetable, including art, music and drama and takes full advantage of being situated in the heart of the UK’s capital.


Queen’s College London Cognitive Abilities Test, 11 plus exam information


Registration Closing Date: November

Exam Date: January

Exam Board Type: CEM

Results Date: February


Queen’s College London Admissions Criteria


Queen’s is a member of the London Consortium and follows its Agreed Code of Practice.


The main point of admission to Queen’s College is at 11+, where there is a three-form entry.


Year 7 admission is determined by student performance in the school’s entrance test, which takes place in January, prior to entry in September the same year. All candidates are invited to attend an interview and a reference is requested from the candidate’s current school.


In line with the London Consortium’s policy, the College offers places based on exam results, interview performance and the school reference. The College looks at all three of these areas to gauge a candidate’s potential.


For further information on Queen’s College London’s Year 7 admissions process, please contact the Registrar on 0207 291 7070, or email admissions@qcl.org.uk.


How to Apply for 11 plus Entry to Queen’s College London


Before applying for an eleven plus place at Queen’s College, parents should attend one of the Open Days, which take place throughout the academic year. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the Principal, speak to staff members and take a tour of the College.


Parents can download and complete the registration form for the Cognitive Abilities Test from the school website. The completed form should be returned to the school with a registration fee of £150, a passport photograph and a copy of your daughter’s birth certificate.


For more information on the registration process, please refer to the school’s FAQs document.  


Queen’s College London Year 7 entry, 11 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 Queen’s College London 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 Queen’s College London 11+ past papers. The information provided about Queen’s College London 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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