St. Albans School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information



Having been established in 948 by Abbot Wulsin, St. Albans School has strong links to the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, known locally as ‘the Abbey’.


Since its foundation, the school has gone through many changes, however the links to the Abbey remain strong.  The school has occupied its current location in the Abbey Gateway for nearly 150 years and holds assemblies in the cathedral twice a week.


St. Albans School is an independent day school for boys aged 11–18 years, with a coeducational sixth form. The school offers a broad academic curriculum offset by a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities. In 2018, 99.4% of GCSE results were grades A* to C (9–4) and 82% were A* to A (9–7).


The school has a Combined Cadet Force, which represents both the Army and RAF and provides military training in areas such as field craft, survival skills and tactics. The RAF cadets gain air experience flying at local RAF bases and work towards their Part One and Part Two certificates.


Competition for places at St. Albans School can be fierce at 11+, with on average 300 boys contesting just 72 places.


11 Plus Exam Information for St. Albans School


Address: St. Albans School, Abbey Gateway, St. Albans, Herefordshire, AL3 4HB

County: Hertfordshire

Admissions info: or 01727 515182

School Type: Boys’ independent day school (coeducational sixth form)

Number of Pupils: 860

Number of Places in Year 7: 72

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: School’s own


St. Albans School 11 Plus Admissions


There are two stages to the St. Albans selection process. All candidates who register for 11+ entry must sit the school’s own entrance exam, comprising papers in English, maths and verbal reasoning, and attend a short interview with a senior member of staff on the same day. Boys who are successful in this first stage of assessment are notified within one week and invited to a call-back session, where they take part in group activities and a couple of trial lessons.


St. Albans School is part of the North London Consortium, so all offers are posted on the Consortium’s agreed date (usually the Thursday before February half term).


The school publishes an Additional Information Booklet, which contains further information about admissions policies and procedures.


There is also an Information Booklet for prospective parents, which provides in-depth information about the programme of education, co-curricular activities and the school in general.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to St. Albans School


To be considered for a place in First Form (Year 7) of the Lower School at St. Albans you can register your son at any time up to the end of November in the year preceding entry. To register, you need to complete an online registration form and pay the non-refundable registration fee of £100.


Information about the entrance exam is sent out to all registered candidates in November.


The school holds four open mornings each year and prospective parents are encouraged to visit the school before registering their son. Dates are published on the ‘Admissions’ page of the school’s website. Places, which can be booked through the admissions office: or 01727 515182, are often oversubscribed so it is advisable to book as far in advance as possible.


A limited number of means-tested bursaries are available for up to 100% of the fees. The paperwork for bursary applications must be returned by mid-December.


All candidates are automatically considered for academic scholarships, which are awarded based on the results of the entrance assessments.


Choral scholarships can also be applied for at 11+. They are awarded on the basis of an audition and are subject to satisfactory entrance exam results being achieved.


St. Albans School 11 Plus Exam Format


The St. Albans 11+ entrance exam consists of the following papers:


  • English: reading comprehension and writing (80 minutes)
  • Maths: arithmetic, problem solving and logic (60 minutes)
  • Verbal Reasoning (60 minutes).


Calculators are not permitted in the maths exam.


How to Prepare for the St. Albans School 11 Plus Exam


One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students to 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 St. Albans 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.


Our 11+ practice papers are thoroughly researched and up to date. Every year, they are used successfully by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of such an exam.




To prepare for the St. Albans English paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including 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+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2




To prepare for the maths paper, we would highly 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


11+ Mental Arithmetic 


11+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




11+ Estimation & Place Value


11+ Factors & Multiples


11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages


11+ Measurements


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+ Statistics


Verbal Reasoning


Practice Tests


To prepare for the Verbal Reasoning paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:


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 St. Albans 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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