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Westminster School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Entrance Exam Information


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Westminster School is an independent school for boys in Westminster, London. Occupying the precincts of Westminster Abbey, it is regularly featured among the top-performing schools nationally. Westminster has produced three Nobel laureates and three UK prime ministers, boasting the highest national Oxbridge rate. [1]


The comprehensive programme of relevant subject options underpins the culture of success pervading the school’s community. Learning at Westminster typically extends well beyond the syllabus and includes thorough research and intellectual inquisitiveness, empowering boys as they approach the next stages of their educational journey. 


To balance the often rigorous academic offering, the school provides a wide variety of extracurriculars, ranging from robotics and mythology to rugby and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Through the Options Programme, pupils get to study an optional language (such as Sanskrit or Arabic), while the Cultural Perspectives programme maximises their understanding of human experience across a plethora of social and cultural contexts. [2]


Westminster encourages open-mindedness and inspires informed decisions, securing students’ seamless progression into adulthood. Its ethos engages boys intellectually, morally and culturally, providing numerous opportunities for free and articulate expression, rooted in healthy scepticism and active efforts to perpetuate one’s individuality.


Westminster School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Exam Information


Address: 17A Dean’s Yard, London SW1P 3PB

County: Greater London

Admissions info: or +44 (0)20 7963 1003

School type: Independent day and boarding school for boys

Open day: In the Spring and Summer terms 

13+ Exam date, Stage 1: October/November of Year 6

13+ Exam date, Stage 2: January of Year 6

13+ Exam type / Board: ISEB Pretest & School’s own 


Open Events for Westminster School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Entry


Open Days offer prospective families the ideal opportunity to explore the school’s offering through tours and informal meetings. Members of the senior and admissions staff will be on hand to answer any questions of interest to your child. 13+ Tours can be arranged throughout the academic year. Please click here to make an initial enquiry. 


Westminster School 13 Plus (13+) Admissions                   


Following the visit, you may wish to register your son for the 13+ examinations. This will require payment of a £200 fee, which is non-refundable. The registration deadline is in September of Year 6. 


Westminster has a 2-stage examination process. The Stage 1 exam covers an online pretest, and, based on strong performance and quality references from your son’s current school, he may be invited to Westminster to sit a second round of exams. There will also be an interview.


Offer letters are sent out in February. To accept the place, you will be asked to pay a £5,000 deposit. 


Westminster School 13 Plus (13+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Westminster offers Queen’s Scholarships to boarders based on overall performance in the 13+ admissions process and results in The Challenge papers. These awards carry a 20% deduction of boarding fees, but they can be coupled with a means-tested bursary to cover further expenses. 


Music Scholarships are awarded to applicants with exceptional musical ability. These are valued at 10% of fees and cover costs for tuition on up to two instruments. 


The school’s philanthropic ethos underpins a broad bursary programme, awarding top-performing applicants in the 13+ admissions process. Parents will be asked to complete a financial statement form, based on which the level of support will be determined. 


Bursaries range from 10–100% of fees and cover costs for the uniform, equipment and some extras. More details are available in the Bursary Policy


Westminster School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Exam Format


The Westminster School Stage 1 13+ entrance examination consists of the following test:


  • ISEB Common Pretest


The Pretest is an online assessment that assesses skills in Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.



The Westminster School Stage 2 13+ entrance examination consists of the following assessments:


  • English
  • Mathematics 
  • Interview 


The English paper examines both comprehension and writing skills, including inference, spelling, vocabulary and punctuation. 


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


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Westminster School 13+ entrance examinations.


How to Prepare for the Westminster School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Exam


At Exam Papers Plus, we recommend that students follow a structured approach towards preparation for the 13+ entrance exam. Such an approach includes practice tests, which consist of thoroughly researched and up-to-date questions that reflect a competitive examination format.


By covering all the key skills and the range of question types your child will encounter in the actual test, our practice tests will help them get used to answering questions quickly and effectively. More importantly, they will help identify any weaker areas that require additional work and attention. In this way, our practice tests will assist in boosting your child’s confidence. 


Practice tests ensure that candidates find the preparation process easily manageable and less demanding, and help parents and tutors come up with a carefully thought-out revision plan for their child that focuses on studying ‘little and often’.


Every year, tens of thousands of students make use of our practice tests in order to gain an advantage over peers ahead of competitive and highly selective entrance exams. Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the Westminster School 13 plus entrance examination can be found below.


Westminster School 13 Plus (13+) Exam Practice Papers


Recommendations for each section of the Westminster School 13 Plus exam can be found below:


Stage 1 Exam


ISEB Pretest


To help your child prepare for the ISEB Pretest, we recommend the following online resources, covering all key question types known to come up in the exam:


Full Practice Tests


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 1


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 2


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 3


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 4


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 5


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 6


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 7


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 8


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 9


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 10


ISEB Pretest Practice Tests Bundle


Video Courses


ISEB Pretest English Course


ISEB Pretest Maths Course


ISEB Pretest Non-Verbal Reasoning Course


ISEB Pretest Verbal Reasoning Course


ISEB Pretest Video Courses Bundle


Skill Practice


ISEB Pretest English – Comprehension


ISEB Pretest English – Sentence Completion


ISEB Pretest English – Spelling & Punctuation


ISEB Pretest Mathematics


ISEB Pretest Non-Verbal Reasoning


ISEB Pretest Verbal Reasoning


ISEB Pretest Skill Practice Bundle



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ISEB Pretest-Style Material


Our multiple-choice material provides ideal preparation for the ISEB Common Pretest. Click here to view our recommendations to drill down on the specific topics that are tested in the ISEB Common Pretest.


ISEB Pretest Workbooks


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Stage 2 Exam


*As the Westminster School exam is taken in Year 6 as opposed to Year 8, we highly recommend the following 11+ practice papers to help your child prepare. 




We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the Westminster School 13+ English paper:




11+ English Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Inference Skills Pack 1 


11+ Inference Skills Pack 2


11+ Poetry Comprehension


11+ Complete Comprehension Guide


11+ Reading Workbook




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Rewrite & Improve


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2


11+ English Bundle


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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 Westminster School 13 Plus 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+ 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


11+ Mathematics Bundle




11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide


Scholarship Exam


If your child decides to apply for a scholarship, he will be asked to take The Challenge papers. The following mark schemes will help him successfully prepare: 


The Challenge: Science Mark Schemes, ’14-’16


The Challenge: Science Mark Schemes, ’17-’19


The Challenge: Maths Mark Schemes, ’14-’16


The Challenge: Maths Mark Schemes, ’17-’19


The Challenge: English Mark Schemes, ’15-’19


The Challenge: French Mark Schemes, ’15-’18


The Challenge: History Mark Schemes, ’17-’19



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Westminster School 13+ past papers. The information provided about Westminster 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.


Other entry points for Westminster Under:


Click here to learn about Year 3 entry via the 7 Plus (7+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 4 entry via the 8 Plus (8+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 7 entry via the 11 Plus (11+) Exam

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