Throughout its 600-year history, Eton College, known globally as ‘Eton’, has cultivated a reputation as the most prestigious school in the world – the benchmark for independent schools. Originally opened to school 70 boys but now home to 1340 students, Eton has an extraordinary reputation befitting its long and storied history. Naturally, entrance is demanding. There are two entrance points, at age 13 and 16; since there are only a very small number of places at 16, this blog is going to focus on entrance at 13.

Registration: Stage One

The first stage is to register online, pay the registration fee and upload a selection of key documents. As soon as you are considering Eton entrance, our team of education advisors can devise a bespoke attainment plan – including elite tuition. We have a 100% success rate for school entrance when we begin tuition six months or more before Stage One.

Pre-Test: Stage Two

In the autumn term of Year 6, all boys are required to sit the ISEB Common Pre-Test. The ISEB Common Pre-Test involves four tests, English, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, designed to paint a picture of a child’s academic standard. The tests are undertaken online, and are in a multiple choice format. Each child has to only sit one test, with the results accessible for all schools they are registered to, not just Eton. With results published in December, successful boys will be offered a confirmed place conditional to passing the Common Entrance, Eton Assessment or King’s Scholarship when they reach Year 8. Unsuccessful applicants at this stage will either be reassessed after the summer term of Year 7 through another interview and online test or rejected outright.

Assessment: Stage Three

Boys who meet the desired criteria will be invited to an interview in front of a panel, and sit an online test in the spring or summer term of Year 6. At this stage, applicants will be tested by a wider range of questions across the curriculum, and are expected to perform highly in response to a challenging combination of interview questions. Results are published six weeks after the assessment at the latest, and successful candidates are granted a place to study at Eton.

Post Assessment: Stage Four

All applicants who reach this stage are guaranteed a place at Eton. Students and their parents are encouraged, once the entrance assessments are completed, to meet with a variety of housemasters to determine which boarding house is most appropriate for them.

The Kings Scholarship

Operating alongside the typical route to entrance is the King’s Scholarship. Granted to a  maximum of 14 students each year, King’s Scholars (known as a ‘colleger’ or ‘tug’) can be distinguished from Oppidans (non- King’s Scholars) by their black academic gown, and will join a tradition of intellectuals including Aldous Huxley, John Maynard Keynes and Sir Robert Walpole.

The examinations are demanding, and the questions notoriously challenging. Candidates must take English, Creative Writing, Mathematics A, Science, and General I and at least three optional papers (French, Latin, Greek, Mathematics B, General II and History-Geography-Divinity). It is important to note that the King’s Scholarship is designed intentionally to find the top candidates in the country, and, as a result, each year truly excellent students do not make the cut.


In sum, entrance into Eton is a challenge which requires a considerable amount of prior preparation. At Think Tutors, we are award-winning providers of school entrance tuition, and have a community of elite tutors, mentors and education advisors who are ready to support your family with each step of the journey.