University College School (UCS) 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information

Introduction

 

Founded in 1830, the original University College School was based in central London and was part of University College. The school moved to its current location in Hampstead at the beginning of the 1900s. There are three schools – the pre-prep, junior school and senior school (including sixth form) – which are based on different sites.

 

University College School (UCS) is an independent day school for boys aged 4–18, but it admits girls into pre-prep and the sixth form. The senior school consistently achieves exam results that are well above the average for UK maintained schools.

 

Alongside its rigorous academic curriculum, it offers a wide and diverse range of co-curricular activities and clubs. It has its own swimming pool and a state-of-the art theatre, which contributes to its excellent reputation for drama and music.

 

11 Plus Exam Information for University College School

 

Address: University College School (Senior School), Frognal, Hampstead, London, NW3 6XH

County: Greater London
Admissions info
: ssadmissions@ucs.org.uk or 020 7433 2117/2118

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

Number of Students: 880 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 30 (approx.)

Open Day Date: September

Exam Date: January of Year 6

 

University College School 11 Plus Admissions

 

University College School (UCS) is academically selective. All external applicants sit an entrance examination, consisting of papers in English, maths and reasoning (verbal and non-verbal), in January (whilst in Year 6). A full academic and personal report is also requested from each applicant’s current school.

 

Based on the results of the entrance exam and academic reports, shortlisted candidates will be invited back for interview. The interview process includes a group activity (culminating in a discussion or presentation to a senior member of staff), group interview and personal interview with a member of the teaching staff.

 

Traditional academic scholarships are not available at University College School, although it occasionally offers prizes to candidates who put in an ‘exemplary’ performance in the entrance exam and interviews. Music scholarships are available and auditions are held shortly after the entrance exam.

 

Means-tested fee assistance is available. Parents who would like to apply for fee assistance must indicate this on the application form and they will then be contacted by the school’s finance office. If their application is successful, the registration fee will be waived.

 

A copy of the school’s full admissions policy can be downloaded from its website.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to University College School

 

As for all independent schools, it is recommended that parents visit the school with their son prior to making an application. The school holds open evenings aimed at 11+ entrants in the autumn term (booking is not necessary) and personal visits can be arranged via the admissions office.

 

Parents wishing to register their son to be considered for a place at University College School must complete the online application form. Applications close in mid-November of the year prior to entry. There is a non-returnable registration fee of £125 to be paid at the time of application (via an online payment facility).

 

The school will send a letter of confirmation on receipt of the completed application form and fee and all registered children will be entered for the entrance assessment.

 

For further information about University College School’s applications and admissions process at 11+, please contact the senior school’s admissions office: ssadmissions@ucs.org.uk or 020 7433 2117/2118.

 

University College School (UCS) 11 Plus Exam Format

 

The entrance exam for University College School comprises the following papers:

 

  • Mathematics (multiple choice, core mathematics and maths problems) – 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • English (reading comprehension and creative writing) – 1 hour and 15 minutes

 

The school does not publish past or specimen papers. However, they do state that all papers are designed to be appropriate for a child currently in Year 6.

 

How to Prepare for the University College School (UCS) 11 Plus Exam

 

One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students 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. 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 examination process. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of a competitive independent school’s entrance exam.

 

English

 

To prepare for University College School’s English paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:

 

Comprehension

 

11+ English Pack 1

 

11+ English Pack 2

 

11+ English Pack 3

 

11+ English Pack 4

 

11+ Inference Skills

 

11+ Complete Comprehension Guide

 

11+ Reading Workbook

 

Writing

 

11+ Complete Writing Guide

 

11+ Writing Prompts

 

11+ Spelling Pack 1

 

11+ Spelling Pack 2

 

Mathematics

 

To prepare for the non-multiple choice maths paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 1

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 2

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 3

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 4

 

11+ Problem Solving

 

11+ Mental Arithmetic

 

For the multiple-choice mathematics paper, we highly recommend the following suggestions:

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 1

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 2

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 3

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 4

 

11+ Problem Solving

 

 

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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in University College School (UCS) 11+ exam past papers. The information provided about University College 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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