Queen’s Gate School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details




Located in South Kensington, Queen’s Gate School was founded in 1891 as an independent day school for girls aged 4-18 years. With a strong academic reputation, the school is relatively small in size, with just over 500 girls attending at any one time.


While the school promotes a love of learning, it also actively encourages its girls to push themselves when outside of the classroom, with a variety of extracurricular activities. Many of the girls participate in charitable work, both in their local community and further afield, while maintaining their academic curriculum.


Queen’s Gate School Cognitive Abilities Test, 11 Plus Exam Information


Registration Closing Date: November

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Board Type: CEM

Results Date: February


Queen’s Gate School Admissions Criteria


Queen’s Gate is one of the 12-member schools that make up the London 11 Plus Consortium. As such, Queen’s Gate must follow the Consortium’s formal Code of Practice.


Year 7 is a main entry point to Queen’s Gate School and admission is determined by student performance in the school’s entrance test, which takes place in January of the year of entry. Students are also required to attend an interview after the exam date, which gives them an opportunity to showcase their intelligence and creativity in a conversation with school staff. A reference is also requested from the girl’s current school.


It is The London Consortium’s policy to offer places based on a student’s overall performance in the cognitive test, interview and reference. Therefore, entry to Year 7 entry is not determined by performance in the exam alone. Queen’s Gate School will consider all three elements before deciding on place allocation.


If you have any further questions about Queen’s Gate School’s Year 7 admissions process, simply contact the Registrar on 020 7594 4982, or email registrar@queensgate.org.uk.


How to Apply for 11 plus Entry to Queen’s Gate School


The London Consortium has made applying to Queen’s Gate relatively easy for those applying for a Year 7 place. However, before a registration form is submitted, Queen’s Gate encourages parents to book a place on one of their Open Events, which take place September to November. You can register for a place at one of these events via the school’s website.


After attending an event, if parents feel that Queen’s Gate is the right learning environment for their daughter, they should download and complete the registration form for the Cognitive Abilities Test.


For all outstanding application questions, please refer to Queen’s Gate FAQs section online.


Queen’s Gate School 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 Gate School 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 Gate School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Queen’s Gate 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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