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With the start of the new academic year looming, many of you will already be looking ahead to the future and the next steps of your child’s education. For many of you, this will entail applications, interviews and more often than not the Common Entrance Exam.

Traditionally taken for entrance to leading independent school, the Common Entrance (CE) examination is used as a means of testing and benchmarking prospective students. Our aim is to not only support your child through preparation for the exams themselves, but to also provide you with the key dates and information you need for the CE process. The following information has been put together as a short guide to get your started on your families Common Entrance journey. If you have any specific questions, please just let us know.

First things first, at what age is the CE taken?

It can be taken in year 6 ready for year 7 entry (11+), or in year 8, ready for year 9 entry (13+). This depends on the school and of course what year your child is entering so it’s worth checking early with your top choices. The 11+ is traditionally taken by girls for entry to independent girls' schools, but, please do check with the school in question.

Do all independent schools use the CE?

Many independent schools do use the CE as their entrance exam. However, not all of them do so we highly recommend checking with the relevant senior schools to see if it is required and what papers need to be taken. For a full list of schools requiring the CE, please click here

(https://www.iseb.co.uk/getmedia/81f7c09a-7f64-4b78-8216-3d4ea4ef6449/Documentation-CE-13-Senior-Schools.pdf.aspx)

How do I know if my child needs to take the CE?

Candidates should be entered for the CE if:

  • They have been offered a place at a senior school subject to their passing the exams
  • They are entered for internal marking

 

When in the year is the CE taken and what are the timings for entries?

For the 11+ there are two sittings for the 2017/2018 year.

Written

Opening Date for Entries

Closing Date for Entries

Autumn 2017

6-7 November 2017

2nd July 2017

1st October 2017

Spring 2018

15-16 January 2018

2nd October 2017

1st December 2017

For the 13+ there are three sittings for 2017/2018:

Listening & Speaking

Written

Opening Date for Entries

Closing Date for Entries

Autumn 2017

6-9 November

6-9 November

2nd July 2017

1st October 2017

Spring 2018

22-25 January

22-25 January

2nd October 2017

1st December 2017

Summer 2018

14-19 May

5-8 June (NB Tuesday start)

2nd December 2017

1st March 2018

Senior schools make the decision as to which of the sittings they will take part in. Please, check with your chosen school for confirmation.

What subjects do the exams test?

For the 11+, there are only papers in English, Maths and Science.

For the 13+, the core subjects are also English, Maths and Science, which are all compulsory. At this age, it is expected that entrants will undertake papers in a wide range of subject, with papers available in French, Geography, German, Classical Greek, History, Latin, Religious Studies and Spanish.

Your current junior school should be able to advise you as to which level paper your child should attempt.

For a full list of the 2017/2018 syllabuses and specimen papers at both 11+ and 13+, please click here (https://www.iseb.co.uk/Schools/Examination-syllabuses-specimen-papers)

How do I prepare my child for the CE?

Most prep school pupils will be prepared for the exams by their school, to get them used to the syllabus and examination papers. However, from past experience and to get the best results from your child, we also recommend supplementing this preparation with additional private tutoring.

With the start of the new academic year looming, many of you will already be looking ahead to the future and the next steps for your child’s education. For many of you, this will entail applications, interviews and more often than not the Common Entrance Exam.

Traditionally taken for entrance to leading private institutions, more and more schools are now using the Common Entrance (CE) as a means of testing and benchmarking potential students. We aim to not only support your child through preparation for the exams themselves, but also provide you with the key dates and information you need for the CE process.

First things first, at what age is the CE taken?

It can be taken in year 6 ready for year 7 entry (11+), or in year 8, ready for year 9 entry (13+). This depends on the school and of course what year your child is entering so it’s worth checking early with your top choices. The 11+ is traditionally taken by girls for entry to independent girls schools, but, please do check with the school in question.

Do all independent schools use the CE?

Many independent schools do use the CE as their entrance exam. However, not all of them do so we highly recommend checking with the relevant senior schools to see if it is required and what papers need to be taken. For a full list of schools requiring the CE, please click here

(https://www.iseb.co.uk/getmedia/81f7c09a-7f64-4b78-8216-3d4ea4ef6449/Documentation-CE-13-Senior-Schools.pdf.aspx)

How do I know if my child needs to take the CE?

Candidates should be entered for the CE if:

  • They have been offered a place at a senior school subject to their passing the exams
  • They are entered for internal marking

When in the year is the CE taken and what are the timings for entries?

For the 11+ there are two sittings for the 2017/2018 year.

Written

Opening Date for Entries

Closing Date for Entries

Autumn 2017

6-7 November 2017

2nd July 2017

1st October 2017

Spring 2018

15-16 January 2018

2nd October 2017

1st December 2017

For the 13+ there are three sittings for 2017/2018:

Listening & Speaking

Written

Opening Date for Entries

Closing Date for Entries

Autumn 2017

6-9 November

6-9 November

2nd July 2017

1st October 2017

Spring 2018

22-25 January

22-25 January

2nd October 2017

1st December 2017

Summer 2018

14-19 May

5-8 June (NB Tuesday start)

2nd December 2017

1st March 2018

Senior schools make the decision as to which of the sittings they will take part in. Please, check with your chosen school for confirmation.

What subjects do the exams test?

For the 11+, there are only papers in English, Maths and Science.

For the 13+, the core subjects are also English, Maths and Science, which are all compulsory. At this age, it is expected that entrants will undertake papers in a wide range of subject, with papers available in French, Geography, German, Classical Greek, History, Latin, Religious Studies and Spanish.

Your current junior school should be able to advise you as to which level paper your child should attempt.

For a full list of the 2017/2018 syllabuses and specimen papers at both 11+ and 13+, please click here (https://www.iseb.co.uk/Schools/Examination-syllabuses-specimen-papers)

How do I prepare my child for the CE?

Most prep school pupils will be prepared for the exams by their school, to get them used to the syllabus and examination papers. However, from past experience and to get the best results from your child, we also recommend supplementing this preparation with additional private tutoring. For more information, please contact us at info@thinktutors.com