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Sevenoaks School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Selective Entrance Test Information

Sevenoaks is a co-educational day and boarding school for 11 to 18 year olds. Surrounded by a 100-acre campus, the school is located in the Kent countryside.

 

Sevenoaks’ curriculum is built around the International Baccalaureate. The school says of its learning and character: ‘We are modern, progressive, unstuffy, co-educational and international, and so is the education we provide.’

 

Sevenoaks was rated ‘exceptional’ for teaching and learning in its most recent ISI report and won The Sunday Times Independent School of the Year Award for 2018.

 

No boarding is available in Years 7 and 8.

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Sevenoaks School

 

Address: Sevenoaks School, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1HU

County: Kent
Admissions info
: regist@sevenoaksschool.org, 01732 467703

School Type: Co-educational independent day and boarding school

Number of Pupils: 1080 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 80

Open Day Date: September and June

Exam Date: January

Exam Type / Board: School’s own

 

Sevenoaks School 11 Plus Admissions

 

Up to 80 children are admitted to Year 7 of Sevenoaks School, into four parallel forms. The school usually receives around three applicants for every place available.

 

The school is strongly academic and looks for students who will flourish in a fast-paced environment. All 11+ applicants are assessed through:

 

  • competitive entrance tests in Maths, English and Verbal Reasoning
  • a group interview
  • a reference from a previous school.

 

The selection process is designed to identify students who are able to benefit from Sevenoaks School’s approach to learning and who will make a positive contribution towards the life of the school.

 

Academic and music scholarships are available at 11+. Details of the procedures and criteria for all scholarships can be found on the school’s website.

 

Sevenoaks also has a bursary programme. Bursaries are means-tested in accordance to the criteria published on the school’s website.

 

A copy of the full Sevenoaks admission policy can be downloaded from the school website.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Sevenoaks School

 

Before applying for a place at Sevenoaks School, parents and children are advised to attend one of the school’s open mornings, which are held in September and June. The June open morning is the larger event and attendance should be booked in advance.

 

For admission into Year 7 at Sevenoaks, application should be made by 1st September of the year prior to entry using the online application form. The registration fee, which is non-refundable, is £100.

 

Reports will be requested from applicants’ schools in October and the entrance exams and interviews will take place in January. Results are sent out by email in mid-February.

 

The school has put together a list of frequently asked questions about entry at 11+ and a comprehensive booklet about the application process, timings and fees called ‘The Detail’, which can be downloaded from their website.

 

For further information on admissions to Sevenoaks School, please contact: regist@sevenoaksschool.org or 01732 467703.

 

Sevenoaks School 11 Plus Exam Format

 

The Sevenoaks entrance exam consists of three tests: English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning.

 

English (1 hour)

 

  • No dictionaries allowed.
  • Section A (35 minutes): comprehension
  • Section B (25 minutes): creative writing / composition
  • All answers must be written in full sentences, paying attention to both spelling and punctuation.

 

Maths (1 hour)

 

  • No calculators allowed.
  • The paper is a general test in mathematics and problem solving. A list of topics covered can be downloaded from the school’s website. It covers a fairly wide range of topics that most 10-year olds should have come across, including:
    • addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions and decimals
    • directed numbers
    • number sequences
    • simple percentages
    • ratio
    • problem solving with fractions and integers
    • balance equations
    • angle properties
    • areas
    • volumes of prisms
    • symmetry
    • averages and range
    • distance
  • Candidates should show all their working. They may be awarded marks for correct working even if their final answer is incorrect, and an unsupported correct answer may not receive full marks.

 

Verbal Reasoning (1 hour)

 

  • Questions will be similar to those featured on GL Assessment (NFER) Verbal Reasoning papers.

 

In addition, there is a 40-minute group interview. During the interviews, candidates are given tasks to complete in small groups of five or six. They will be observed by two members of staff, who are looking for candidates who are good team-players and are willing to contribute ideas and listen to others. No preparation is necessary.

 

How to Prepare for the Sevenoaks School 11 Plus Exam

 

Our practice papers can be used to prepare for all aspects of Sevenoaks School’s 11+ entrance exam. They are designed to challenging to reflect the demands of a competitive 11+ independent school’s entrance exam. The papers provide practice in all the key skills and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work before the exam and help build confidence.

 

To prepare for the Sevenoaks School 11+ Mathematics paper, we would recommend using the following practice papers:

 

11+ Mathematics (Independent Schools) Pack 1

11+ Mathematics (Independent Schools) Pack 2

11+ Mathematics (Independent Schools) Pack 3

11+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

 

To prepare for the Sevenoaks School 11+ English paper, we would recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension, spelling and vocabulary:

 

11+ English (Independent Schools) Pack 1

11+ English (Independent Schools) Pack 2

11+ English (Independent Schools) Pack 3

 

11+ English: Writing Prompts

11+ Spelling Pack 1

11+ Spelling Pack 2

 

The following practice papers will provide useful preparation for the Sevenoaks 11+ Verbal Reasoning paper:

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 4

 

 

The information provided about Sevenoaks 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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