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Entrance Examinations

Entrance at 11+ (Year 7)

Candidates for entry to Year 7 of  Warwick School are required to sit an entrance examination comprising:

1 A mathematics test
2 An English test
3 A non-verbal reasoning test

All candidates are also invited back for an interview. Where performance in the entrance examination is deemed worthy of consideration for a scholarship, this will take the form of a scholarship interview, for which a separate invite will be issued, usually one week after the entrance examination. There is no separate scholarship examination.

On the basis of these entrance tests and interview offers will be made for entrance.

Below are details of the three components of the entrance examination.

Mathematics Entrance Test for Entry to Year 7

The mathematics component will test understanding of the Year 5 and Year 6 curriculum. There will be a mixture of long and short questions, some easy, and some more challenging! Candidates should expect there to be worded questions to test your problem-solving skills. There will also be extension questions that test the ability to apply known material in unfamiliar situations. There will be no trick questions.

The mathematics test takes as a basic minimum Level 5 of the National Curriculum, but will extend many topic areas beyond that point.  
The following topics may all be tested in the examination:-  
Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions and decimals, including long multiplication and division.
Conversions between fractions, decimals and simple percentages. 
The concepts of factors, multiples and prime numbers.  
Negative numbers will only be in context.  
Extending number sequences.  
Fractional or simple percentage parts.
The construction of simple formulae involving one or two operations.
Simple problems involving ratio and direct proportion.
Simple language associated with angles will be assumed and the angle sum of a triangle and that of angles at a point .
The symmetries of 2D shapes.
Converting from one metric unit to another. 
Co-ordinates in the First Quadrant. 
Constructing reflections in horizontal or vertical lines
Formulas for the perimeter and areas of rectangles and triangles.  
Problems involving the 24-hour clock.
The mean, median, mode and range of discrete data and very simple examples of probability.

The test lasts for 45 minutes and calculators are not allowed.  The test is designed so that only the most outstanding candidates will finish, with the last few questions being designed to make them think in increasingly original situations.  A typical able candidate will complete about 85% of the paper.  Candidates are advised not to rush, but to take their time and work steadily; they should show what they can do rather than worry about what they cannot do.

English Entrance Test for entry to Year 7

The English Entrance Paper consists of two sections: comprehension and essay with each section lasting 30 minutes. The candidates are asked to answer shorter questions on a poem and a prose passage for the comprehension and are given a choice of questions for the essay. The paper is not designed to test any prior knowledge of specific terms but should be accessible to all applicants. The comprehension questions test vocabulary, inference, empathy and the ability to select appropriate information. Essay titles encourage imaginative, detailed answers and the candidates are asked to structure a response paying close attention to spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Non-Verbal Reasoning Entrance Test for entry to Year 7

This will last for 50 minutes with candidates expected to mark an optical reader answer sheet with a pencil line for each answer.

Sample papers can be found on the right hand side of this page (with the exception of non-verbal reasoning which are available to purchase from all good book shops or online).

Entrance at 12+ (Year 8)

The format for the 12+ examination is very similar to that at 11+, with tests in mathematics and English. At 12+ a verbal reasoning test is taken.

Sample papers can be found on the right hand side of this page (with the exception of verbal reasoning which are available to purchase from all book shops or online).

On the basis of these entrance tests offers will be made for entrance. Where performance in the entrance examination is deemed worthy of consideration for a scholarship, candidates will be invited back to attend a short interview, usually one week after the entrance examination. There is no separate scholarship examination.

Entrance at 13+ (Year 9)

Candidates for entry to Year 9 of Warwick School are required to sit an entrance examination comprising:

1 A mathematics test (1 hour)
2 An English test (1 hour)
3 A verbal reasoning test (45 minutes)
4 A French or German or Spanish test (45 minutes)
5 A Science test (3x20minutes = 1 hour)
6 Candidates may also take an optional Latin test and/or a practical assessment in music and art

Tests are based upon the Common Entrance Syllabus for each subject and the National Curriculum. All candidates will be interviewed. 

On the basis of these entrance tests offers may be  made for entrance. Where performance in the entrance examination is deemed worthy, a scholarship will be offered.  There is no separate scholarship examination.

Sample papers can be found on the right hand side of this page (with the exception of verbal reasoning which are available to purchase from all book shops or online).

Information for Prospective Candidates wishing to apply for Entry at 13+ via the Common Entrance Examination

Although it is expected that most candidates applying for entry at 13+ will sit the school’s own examination paper for this level, applications from candidates wishing to sit the Common Entrance Examination will also be accepted. A candidate’s own school will be able to provide further information on the process of applying though Common Entrance.

At Warwick, we would normally expect candidates to take papers in Mathematics (Papers 1 and 3), English, Science, Geography, History, Religious Studies and a modern foreign language (French, German, Spanish at Level 2). We would also welcome papers in Greek and/or Latin (again at Level 2). Candidates wishing to offer a different combination of subjects and/or levels should contact the Admissions Secretary at Warwick School before proceeding.

Entry to the Sixth Form - Warwick School

Entry to the Sixth Form is based on the outcome of an interview with the Head of Sixth Form and a report from the candidate’s current school (with an indication of predicted grades at GCSE).  An offer of a place is also dependent upon meeting the school’s academic requirements for entry to the Sixth Form, namely a minimum of 5 B grades at GCSE and an A* or A grade in the subjects (or related subjects where the subject at A level is not available at GCSE), chosen for A Level.

Candidates applying for a scholarship will be expecting to gain at least 6A* grades at GCSE. Again, evidence of this will be expected from a school report. All scholarship candidates sit two examinations, each of 1.5 hours duration, in the subjects (or related subjects where there is no GCSE available) they wish to study for AS/A2 Level. Candidates are asked to supply details with the entry form of the syllabus they are studying in the specialist subjects offered in the Examination.

Depending upon the outcome of these examinations, candidates may be invited back for an interview with senior staff from the subjects they have chosen for A Level, after which a decision on whether to award a scholarship will be made. 

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