Sevenoaks School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details




Sevenoaks School 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
:, 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 of Year 6

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 where you can learn more about entry at 11+.


For further information on admissions to Sevenoaks School, please contact: 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:


Full Practice Tests


11+ Mathematics Pack 1


11+ Mathematics Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4


Skill Specific Practice


11+ Problem Solving Pack 1


11+ Problem Solving Pack 2


11+ Mental Arithmetic 


11+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




11+ Estimation & Place Value


11+ Factors & Multiples


11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages


11+ Measurements


11+ Money


11+ Operations


11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume


11+ Position & Direction


11+ Probability


11+ Properties of Shapes


11+ Ratio & Proportion


11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry


11+ Sequences


11+ Special Numbers


11+ Speed, Distance & Time


11+ Statistics




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 Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Inference Skills


11+ Complete Comprehension Guide


11+ Reading Workbook




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Rewrite & Improve


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2


Verbal Reasoning


Practice Tests


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


Skill specific practice


The following topic specific packs will help your child prepare for the various question types that could come up in the Sevenoaks School 11+ Verbal Reasoning exam:


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Anagrams


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Codes


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


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Codes


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Move a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Shuffled Sentences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Synonyms


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Completion


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Match


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Opposites


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Pairs


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Puzzles


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Relationships




11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Sevenoaks School 11+ past papers. 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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