Radley College Common Pre-Tests 11+ Funded Admissions Information



Radley College (formerly St Peter’s College, Radley) is a prestigious independent boarding school for boys with a history that dates back to 1847. It is one of just four boys’ independent senior schools in the UK that are boarding only. Its impressive red-brick buildings sit on a huge, 800-acre estate just four miles from the historic, university city of Oxford.


In terms of its academic curriculum, Radley states that it encourages ‘the idea of the Renaissance man’ and prepares boys for the realities of life and work in a global economy. It publishes extensive information about its aims and curriculum on its website.


Sport plays an important part of life at the college and it has a particular strong tradition in rugby and rowing. The campus boasts extensive sports facilities, including a swimming pool, diving pit and rowing tank, an athletics track, all-weather pitches, a golf club and Real Tennis court (one of only four school courts in the country).


Radley College educates boys from age 13 to 18 and the two main entry points are at 13+ and 16+. However, the college does run an 11+ entry process for funded places, which are means tested and can be up to 100% of the fees. If successful, 11+ boys are given the option of a funded place in a prep school for Years 7 and 8 before joining Radley in Shells (Year 9) at 13+.


11 Plus Exam Information for Radley College


Address: Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR

County: Oxfordshire
Admissions info
: admissions@radley.org.uk or 01235 543 174

College Type: Boys’ independent boarding school

Number of Pupils: 685 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 16 (Funded Places Only)

Open Day Date: November

Exam Date: October / November of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: ISEB Common Pre-Test


Radley College 11 Plus Admissions


Radley College offers sixteen 11+ funded places each year.


Applications are open to boys at state primary schools or boys with a funded place at an independent prep school.  Candidates are expected to be academically able and have other aptitudes, such as in music, sport or the arts.


Successful candidates from state primary schools will be given an unconditional offer of a funded place at Radley College in Shells (Year 9) and receive financial support for Years 7 and 8 at a prep school.


Successful candidates with a funded place at an independent prep school will continue at their current prep school with an unconditional offer of a funded place at Radley College in Shells. Others may be offered a place but asked to enter for a scholarship in the year of entry.


Candidates are invited to Radley in November of Year 6 to sit the ISEB Common Pre-Tests (CPT) and have an interview with the Warden (head teacher) or a senior master.


Full details of the admission process for 11+ funded places are published on the college’s website and a copy of the Radley Admissions Policy can also be downloaded.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Radley College


To enquire about a funded place at Radley College for a boy currently in a state school, parents should start by completing the online Funded Places Enquiry Form.


Having completed the enquiry form, the school invites prospective pupils and their families to attend an informal Funded Places Open Day, held in November, or to arrange an individual visit through the admissions office: admissions@radley.org.uk or 01235 543 174.


To formally apply for a funded place, parents must complete the Application Form for 11+ Funded Places, which includes a confidential statement of financial circumstances. The deadline for applications is in November whilst the child is in Year 6.


On receipt of the application form, Radley will send full details of the assessment day, which normally takes place at the end of November (Year 6). Results are posted by the end of January (Year 6).


The process is slightly different for a boy currently at an independent prep school with a funded place. Parents should still start by completing the online Funded Places Enquiry Form. However, the open day for these families takes place in October and they will be sent an Open Entry application form by the college towards the end of Year 5. Following the Open Entry process, parents will be notified in May of Year 6 if their son has been shortlisted for assessment.


Radley College 11 Plus Exam Format


Candidates applying to Radley College for an 11+ Funded Place sit the ISEB Common Pre-Tests (CPT). These are age-standardised tests, which assess ability and attainment.


The tests, which are multiple-choice, are carried out online and consist of:


  • English (25 minutes)
  • Maths (50 minutes)
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning (32 minutes)
  • Verbal Reasoning (36 minutes).


Candidates cannot skip questions and cannot return to previous questions.


The English questions assess skills such as reading comprehension, sentence completion, spelling and punctuation.


The maths questions are aligned with the National Curriculum and assess topics on the Programmes of Study up the end of Year 5.


How to Prepare for the ISEB Common Pre-Test


One of the best ways of preparing for the common pre-tests is to use online practice tests. These help pupils to familiarise themselves with the content, format and style of the pre-tests in an efficient and effective manner. They also provide an excellent opportunity for pupils to practise answering questions online and working under time pressure.


Our online practice tests, which are available for immediate use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation for the CPT. They cover all the assessed subjects in four separate modules and provide solutions and ranking statistics on completion.


We have five unique practice tests available to allow pupils the opportunity to implement the feedback they receive on their first test. All of our practice tests are pitched at the same difficulty level, to reflect the actual pre-tests. However, each one contains unique content and questions to ensure pupils are exposed to a many of the different question types as possible, helping to build confidence and improve performance. Feedback and explanations are provided for every question. We also supply statistical data such as mean and range so you can get an idea of your child’s relative performance.


Our pre-test practice tests are thoroughly researched and up to date. Since their launch, they have been used successfully by thousands of pupils entered for the pre-tests.


To prepare for the CPT for 11+ funded places at Radley College, we would highly recommend using the following practice tests:


ISEB Common Pretest



ISEB Pretest Practice Test 1


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 2


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