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Royal Grammar School, Guildford, 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Exam Information




Royal Grammar School, Guildford, is an independent day school for boys in Guildford, Surrey. One of the oldest schools in the country, it dates back to 1509 and currently caters for approximately 900 pupils. Due to its effective educational strategy, RGS has recently opened a campus in Qatar. [1]


Pupils at RGS Guildford are both challenged and inspired through expert teaching and a varied curriculum, comprising mathematics, science, MFL, digital learning and DT, among others. As a result, they achieve excellent academic and non-academic outcomes, placing the school among the top-performing boys’ facilities nationally. 


With over 70 clubs and societies to choose from, the school’s activities programme ensures that students thrive across a wide range of abilities. Everything from judo, Economics Society and fencing to drama, ski racing and CCF is on offer, facilitating pupils’ capacity for making independent choices as they develop into rounded and balanced individuals. [2]


A sense of personal responsibility for one’s actions is actively promoted within the school’s vigorous community, adding up to its harmonious character and culture of success. The ethos has inclusivity at its heart, providing a safe haven to pupils’ from a range of backgrounds who approach learning with a commitment to hard work and high levels of self-discipline. 


Royal Grammar School, Guildford, 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Exam Information


Address: High Street, Guildford GU1 3BB

County: Surrey

Admissions info: or 01483 880 600

School type: Independent day school for boys

Open day: In the Summer and Autumn terms

13+ Exam date: November of Year 6

13+ Exam board: ISEB Pretest & school’s own


Open Events for Royal Grammar School, Guildford, 13 Plus (13+) Entry


The school welcomes visitors in the Autumn and Summer terms, providing them with the opportunity to explore the school’s campus through guided tours and learn about the extensive offering through informal meetings with key staff members, including the Head. Please follow this link to book a spot. 


Royal Grammar School, Guildford, 13 Plus (13+) Admissions


13+ applicants have to be registered with the school in order to be considered for entry and the entrance assessments. The registration deadline is in the beginning of November of Year 6 and the fee of £100 is non-refundable. 


Your son will be tested using an online assessment and a written paper, alongside an interview with a senior staff member. If he performs well, he will be invited back to the school in January to attend a second interview.


RGS sends out offers in February of Year 6, to be accepted with a payment of an acceptance deposit. 


RGS Guildford 13 Plus (13+) Scholarships and Bursaries


RGS offers Academic and Music Scholarships to 13+ applicants. Academic Scholarships are awarded on the basis of further assessments, typically taking place in the beginning of May. 


Music Scholarships are offered on the basis of audition and informal interview. To be considered for the award, your child should perform at a Grade VI–VII standard on the principal instrument. 


The school also offers bursaries, which are means-tested awards that can cover up to 100% of fees. Please note that only families who earn less than £26,000 per annum will be considered for a free place. 


Bursaries are reviewed annually and will increase/decrease if your financial circumstances change. More details are available on this page


RGS Guildford 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Exam Format


The RGS Guildford 13+ examination consists of the following assessments:


  • ISEB Common Pretest 
  • Creative writing


The online ISEB Pretest examines your child’s ability in skills such as numeracy, problem solving and vocabulary, with emphasis on how he thinks and responds to the curriculum. The test consists of modules testing Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.


The creative writing paper examines writing skills, including spelling, vocabulary and punctuation. Marks will be awarded for good use of imagination, creativity, form, purpose, organisation, cohesion and sentence structure.


The interview aims to provide an insight into your son’s interests and his level of compatibility with the RGS Guildford ethos.


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the RGS Guildford 13+ entrance examinations.


How to Prepare for the RGS Guildford 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Exam


To successfully prepare your child for the selective RGS Guildford 13+ entrance exam, we recommend using practice tests. Our resources fully reflect the actual 13+ exam by covering all the question types that could come up, whilst helping your child become familiar with the exam layout. 


Coupled with a structured study plan, our practice tests will help you define any weak areas that require additional work at the earliest. They will also help you recognise your child’s strengths, resulting in a significant boost of their confidence in the lead up to the big day.


Furthermore, your child will get used to answering questions quickly and effectively, under time pressure.


Our resources are designed to be age-appropriate, yet challenging, and, as such, they are used successfully by tens of thousands of students every year. Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the RGS Guildford 13 plus entrance examination can be found below.


RGS Guildford 13 Plus (13+) Exam Practice Papers


ISEB Common Pretest 


RGS Guildford uses the online ISEB Pretest for their 13+ entrance exam. We therefore recommend the following online practice tests, which are specifically designed to help students familiarise themselves with the online test format in all four key subjects:


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The following video courses cover everything your child needs to know to do well in the ISEB Pretest:


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Our Skill Practice products consist of focused tests that allow your child to improve targeted skills ahead of the ISEB Pretest:


ISEB Pretest English – Comprehension


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GL-Style Material


The ISEB Common Pretest is created by a company called GL Assessment. This company also creates the 11+ exam for many schools. There is a lot of overlap between these tests. As such, GL-style material often provides ideal preparation for the ISEB Common Pretest.


Click here to view our recommendations to drill down on very specific topics that are tested in the ISEB Common Pretest.


ISEB Pretest Workbooks


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Creative Writing


We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the RGS Guildford 13+ English paper, sat in Year 6. They will help improve your son’s writing skills, including spelling, vocabulary and punctuation:




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Rewrite & Improve


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2




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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in RGS Guildford 13+ past papers. The information provided about RGS Guildford 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.


Other entry points for Royal Grammar School, Guildford:


Click here to learn about Year 3 entry via the 7 Plus (7+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 4 entry via the 8 Plus (8+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 7 entry via the 11 Plus (11+) Exam

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