Royal Grammar School (RGS) 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


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Founded in 1509, the Royal Grammar School (RGS) has a history stretching back over 500 years. Its original Tudor school house has survived and is a striking landmark in Guildford city centre. The school is also home to one of just a few surviving chained libraries, where important or valuable books were chained to shelves to allow controlled public access.


Originally a free school, the RGS became an independent day school as recently as 1977. It now educates around 950 fee-paying boys aged 11–18. In 2016, the school celebrated the opening of its first international school in Qatar.


The RGS has produced a couple of promotional films that give an insight into life at the school.


11 Plus Exam Information for Royal Grammar School (RGS Guildford)


Address: Royal Grammar School, High Street, Guildford, GU1 3BB

County: Surrey
Admissions info
: or 01483 880600

School Type: Boys’ independent day school

Number of Students: 950 (approx.)

Open Day Date: October

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: School’s own


Royal Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions


All applicants for entry into the First Form (Year 7) at The Royal Grammar School, must sit the school’s own entrance exams in English, maths and verbal reasoning in January of the year of entry (whilst still in Year 6).


All candidates will also be interviewed in pairs, providing an opportunity to speak about themselves and their interests.


Prior to examination day, a report will be requested from the candidate’s current school. Some candidates may be asked back for a second interview to assist with decision-making.


Following the entrance examinations, the top 25–30 candidates are invited back to sit scholarship papers in English and maths and attend an interview with the Headmaster and Head of Admissions. Decisions regarding scholarships are released in February at the same time as the main 11+ results.


Music scholarships and means-tested bursaries are also available. Parents must indicate an interest in these when they register their child.


A copy of The Royal Grammar School’s full admissions policy is available on its website. The school also publishes a list of FAQs and an ‘Admissions Supplement’ containing lots of useful information about registration, the entrance exams and admissions.


For further information on The Royal Grammar School’s admissions procedures, please contact the admissions office: or 01483 880600.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Royal Grammar School


As with all independent schools, it is advisable to visit the school prior to registering. This will help you to decide whether it is a good fit for your son. The Royal Grammar School holds one open morning in October each year for prospective students and their parents. You can register for attendance via the website. However, appointments can also be made to visit the school during the summer and autumn terms.


To be considered for a place at RGS Guildford, boys must be registered by a parent or guardian by the 1st of November in the year preceding entry (whilst still in Year 6).


The registration form can be found on the school’s website and must be returned to the school with a non-returnable registration fee of £100.


RGS Guildford 11 Plus Entrance Exam Format


The 11+ entrance exam for The Royal Grammar School consists of papers in English, maths and verbal reasoning:


English (1 hour and 15 minutes)

The English paper comprises two parts. There is a comprehension section, which tests understanding of a passage of text, and a writing section with a choice of questions.


Mathematics (1 hour)

The maths paper tests recall of relevant mathematical facts, understanding of a range of concepts and ability to apply maths skills to everyday contexts.


Verbal Reasoning (50 minutes)

The verbal reasoning paper is a standardised paper that tests ability in linguistic and numerical problem-solving and reasoning.


All papers, with the exception of the writing paper, use multiple-choice question formats.


The school writes its own tests and does not publish any specimen materials or past papers. However, it states that all tests are designed to be appropriate for boys ‘using the Year 6 Programme of study as per the National Curriculum’.


How to Prepare for the Royal Grammar School 11 Plus Entrance Exam


One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students familiarise themselves with the format and question types they will encounter in the actual test in an efficient and effective manner. They also provide an excellent opportunity for students to practise working under time pressure.


Our practice papers , which are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation for The Royal Grammar School 11+ entrance exam. They cover all the key skills and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam and to help build confidence.


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Full Practice Tests


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Verbal Reasoning


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11+ Verbal Reasoning: Compound Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Embedded Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Form a Word


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Insert a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Analogies


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11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Calculations


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11+ Verbal Reasoning: Shuffled Sentences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Synonyms


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Completion


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11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Opposites


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Pairs


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Puzzles


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Relationships




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