St Joseph’s College, Reading, 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information

11+

Introduction

 

St Joseph’s College is a co-ed, independent day school in Reading, Berkshire. It was established in 1894 by the Sisters of St Marie Madeleine Postel with the aim of providing local girls with quality education in a warm atmosphere. The school became co-educational in 2010.

 

Pupils study English, mathematics, RS, science, drama, computer science, MFL, humanities, food preparation & nutrition, ICT, PE, Latin and music.

 

A wide range of different clubs is on offer at St Joseph’s, allowing pupils to get involved in new activities and develop further interests and hobbies outside of the classroom. Adding a new dimension to academic education, the school organises exciting trips to destinations such as Uganda, Italy, Iceland and the States (New York).

 

St Joseph’s strongly encourages initiative and perseverance, instilling a life-long love of learning in pupils who then proceed to access adulthood with a passion for discovering new possibilities. Grounded in intellectual curiosity and creativity, they leave school with the academic qualifications, eloquence and skills necessary for active participation in social life.

 

St Joseph’s College, Reading, 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

 

Address: St Joseph’s College, Upper Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5JT

County: Berkshire

Admissions info: admissions@sjcr.org.uk or 0118 966 1000

School type: Independent, co-ed day school 

Number of students: 570 (approx.) 

Open days: September, October, November

Exam date: January of Year 6

Exam type / Board: School’s own

 

Open Events for St Joseph’s College, Reading, 11 Plus (11+) Entry

 

The school hosts Open Mornings throughout the year and an Open Evening in October.

 

Open Morning consists of meetings with key members of staff and a tour of the school, which concludes with a speech from the Headmaster.

 

Open Evening includes a tour of the school, interactive sessions throughout the subjects on offer at St Joseph’s and the opportunity to speak to the Headmaster and other senior staff members.

 

Click here to book your spot.

 

St Joseph’s College, Reading, 11 Plus (11+) Admissions

  

The admissions process at 11+ formally begins with registration. Available on the school’s website, the registration form should be submitted along with a non-refundable £50 fee.

 

Your child will then be invited to visit St Joseph’s for a taster day in order to get a taste of life at the school.

 

Entry is based upon successful performance in entrance examinations, taking place in January, and a satisfactory current school report. There may also be an interview with a senior staff member. 

 

To accept an offer of a place, you will be expected to pay a £500 deposit, retained until your child leaves the school.

 

St Joseph’s College, Reading, 11 Plus (11+) Scholarships and Bursaries

 

Scholarships are awarded in the areas of Academic ability, Art, Drama, Music and Sports. 

 

Academic scholarships are valued at £100 towards the cost of attending museums, exhibitions, events and lectures. All academic scholars are members of the Scholars’ Society.

 

Art, Drama, Music and Sports Scholarships carry a £100 award each towards the cost of materials, equipment and events tickets related to their subject. 

 

Bursaries are available to families in financial need. To apply for one, you should tick the appropriate box in the registration form. The Bursary Assessment Form, available on the website, should then be completed and returned to the school by the deadline in early December preceding the September entry. 

 

Your child’s academic ability is one of the criteria for awarding a bursary. Since the award is means-tested, if your household’s annual income exceeds £70,000, you will not be considered eligible.

 

Bursaries typically cover up to 90% of school fees. However, the majority of bursaries awarded are around 25%. 

 

You will be informed of the outcome of your application in early February preceding the September entry. Bursaries are reviewed annually and may vary in value, depending on your financial circumstances.

 

St Joseph’s College, Reading, 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

 

The St Joseph’s College 11+ exam consists of the following tests:

 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Verbal Reasoning

 

The English paper examines both comprehension and writing skills, including inference, spelling, vocabulary and punctuation. Marks will be awarded for good use of imagination, creativity, form, purpose, organisation, cohesion and sentence structure.

 

The maths exam assesses your child’s problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills. The paper may include questions on number, measurement, geometry, algebra and statistics.

 

The Verbal Reasoning paper is designed to test and assess their logical thinking, use of English language and vocabulary.

 

Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the St Joseph’s College 11+ entrance examination.

 

How to Prepare for the St Joseph’s College 11 Plus (11+) Exam

 

One of the best ways to prepare your child for the St Joseph’s College 11+ entrance exam is to make use of our up to date practice tests. By becoming familiar with the exam format and doing the tests under timed conditions, your child will significantly improve their skills ahead of the actual exam. 

 

With the help of our practice tests, you will be able to calm any potential nerves and stress from the preparation process through a carefully thought-out revision plan that focuses on studying ‘little and often’, and thus transform the entire preparation process into a more pleasant experience.

 

Such a methodical and structured approach towards preparation includes making a habit of responding to questions quickly and effectively, under time pressure.

 

Successfully used by tens of thousands of students every year, our practice tests are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase.

 

Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the St Joseph’s College 11 plus entrance examination can be found below.

 

St Joseph’s College, Reading, 11 Plus (11+) Exam Practice Papers

 

English

 

We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the St Joseph’s College, Reading, 11+ English paper. They will help improve your child’s comprehension skills, such as inference, and writing skills, including spelling, vocabulary and punctuation:

 

Comprehension

 

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

 

Writing

 

11+ Complete Writing Guide

 

11+ Writing Prompts

 

11+ Rewrite & Improve

 

11+ Spelling Pack 1

 

11+ Spelling Pack 2

 

Mathematics  

 

We highly recommend the use of the following packs to help develop your child’s arithmetic and problem-solving skills within the examination context of the St Joseph’s College, Reading, 11+ maths test:

 

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+ BODMAS

 

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

 

Verbal Reasoning

 

Practice tests

 

To prepare your child for the St Joseph’s College Verbal Reasoning paper, we strongly recommend the use of the following packs:

 

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 Joseph’s College 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

 

Interviews

 

11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide

 

 

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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in St Joseph’s College, Reading, 11+ past papers. The information provided about St Joseph’s College, Reading, 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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