St. Helen’s School, London 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information


NOTE: Due to Covid, the 11+ Admissions Process at St. Helen’s School, London, was changed. The school opted to use the online ISEB Common Pretest for 2021 entry and has decided to continue using this assessment going forwards. To learn more about this exam and how to prepare, please click here.



Located in Northwood, London, St. Helen’s School was founded in 1899 as an independent day school for girls aged 3-18. Situated on a 21-acre estate, St. Helen’s offers high quality, spacious facilities to its 1,100 pupils.


Students are strongly encouraged to engage in new experiences and take advantage of the school’s extensive co-curricular opportunities, which include an array of sports, music and drama. From Year 10 upwards, girls can also join a local Combined Cadet Force, opting for Royal Navy, Army or RAF Section.


St. Helen’s School London Cognitive Abilities Test Information


Registration Closing Date: November

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Board Type: CEM

Results Date: February


St. Helen’s School London Admissions Criteria


As one of the 12 schools that currently make up the London Consortium, St Helen’s School, London follows its Agreed Code of Practice.


The main entry point to St. Helen’s School is in Year 7 and students must take the school’s entrance test, which takes place in January of the year of entry. Students are also required to attend an interview with senior staff members at the school. The interview aims to give staff a better of idea of whether a pupil is suited to St Helen’s.


A reference is also requested from the pupil’s current school.


Year 7 entry is not determined by performance in the exam alone. The school considers a student’s overall performance in the cognitive test, interview and reference.


For further information on St. Helen’s School Year 7 admissions process, please contact the Admissions team on 01923 843230, or email


How to Apply for 11 plus Entry to St. Helen’s School London


St Helen’s School encourages parents and prospective pupils to attend one of its open events before registering for the entrance exam. If parents are unable to attend one of the events in June or September, individual visits can be arranged. At these events, parents can meet the Headteacher, staff members and current pupils. A tour of the school’s extensive facilities is also offered.


To register for the Cognitive Abilities Test, download and complete this form. Parents will receive an acknowledgement of their daughter’s registration, which enables them to take the entrance test. For more information on the registration process, consult the school’s FAQs section.


St. Helen’s School London Year 7 entry, 11 plus exam


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 St. Helen’s School London 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 St. Helen’s School, London 11+ past papers. The information provided about St. Helen’s School, London 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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