South Hampstead High School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information

NOTE: Due to Covid, the 11+ Admissions Process for 2021 entry to South Hampstead High School has changed. Click here to learn how to prepare for the new assessment.




Founded in 1876, South Hampstead High School is an independent day school for girls, situated in north west London. The school educates approximately 900 girls aged 4-18 and is one of the UK’s most successful schools.


Alongside a challenging, stimulating academic timetable, students are encouraged to be creative and tenacious. The school offers pupils a wide extracurricular timetable, enabling its pupils to pursue activities that boost their overall wellbeing.


South Hampstead High School Cognitive Abilities Test Information


Registration Closing Date: November

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Board Type: CEM

Results Date: February


South Hampstead High School Admissions Criteria


South Hampstead High School is part of the London Consortium alongside 11 other independent schools. Each school administers the same entrance test paper and releases the results on the same day. South Hampstead High School also adheres to the Consortium’s Agreed Code of Practice.


For 11+ entry from September 2019 onwards, all schools in the London Consortium now use a Cognitive Abilities Test, replacing the previous English and Mathematics 11+ entrance examinations. The CAT lasts for 75 minutes and is designed to identify academic potential and reduce the reliance on learning by rote.


Admission to South Hampstead High School isn’t determined by exam results alone. prospective pupil must also attend an interview at the school after the exam date. This interview is an important part of the school’s selection process and aims to identify whether a pupil will thrive at the school. Places are then offered on the basis of their performance in the Cognitive Abilities Test and interview, as well as the reference from their current school.


For further information on South Hampstead High School’s Year 7 admissions process, please call the main office on 020 7435 2899, or email


How to Apply for 11 plus Entry to South Hampstead High School


Before applying for a place at South Hampstead High School, parents and students are encouraged to attend one of the school’s Open Events. At these events, parents can take a tour of the school and attend a talk from the headteacher. To book a place at one of the Open Events, parents should apply online, via the school’s website.


To register students for the Cognitive Ability Test, download and complete the registration form available on the school’s website. The form should be returned ahead of the deadline in November, alongside a non-returnable examination fee of £125. Once parents receive an acknowledgement of their daughter’s registration, she will be eligible to take the entrance test in January.


For more information on the registration process, the school website has a useful FAQs section.


South Hampstead High School Year 7 entry, 11 plus Assessment


The London Consortium has replaced its traditional eleven plus exam with a bespoke Cognitive Abilities Test. The test assesses Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. This test has been created for the London Consortium by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM). It’s worth noting that the CEM definition of Verbal Reasoning includes question types, such as comprehension, that you would usually find in an English test.


Some of the questions will be in a multiple-choice format. Students will be required to mark their answers on a separate answer sheet. The test lasts for approximately 75 minutes, with a 30-minute break midway. CEM tests tend to consist of shorter timed sections, each focusing on a specific question type. These sections are then taken in a mixed order rather than one subject after another. So, for example, a 5-minute Verbal Reasoning comprehension section could be followed by a 10-minute Maths LNR section, followed by a 6-minute Verbal Reasoning cloze section.


There will be no other written assessments. The Consortium has implemented this new cognitive test to identify pupils’ overall academic potential, rather than their ability to retain knowledge for a particular exam.


Students can take the test at any school in the Consortium and parents will receive test results in February.


How to Prepare for the South Hampstead High School 11 plus Entrance Test


Whatever a student’s current attainment level, investing additional time for preparation in the lead-up to the entrance test will likely improve their confidence ahead of the actual exam. As the assessment focuses on Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning, we would recommend our selection of eleven plus papers that are designed in the CEM style. All our packs include answers so you can quickly check your child’s work and identify where they might need to focus and improve.


Click here to view our full list of recommendations specifically designed to help students prepare for the new London Consortium 11 plus exam.


We hope you find this article useful. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need some advice or if you have any questions or queries.



Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in South Hampstead High School 11+ past papers. The information provided about South Hampstead High 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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