Year 7 2021 Entrance Examination FAQs

The 2021 Entrance Examination is nearly here and we look forward to welcoming all candidates in January.

Information about our Entrance Examination Day has been emailed out to all candidates however, please find below the answers to a number of general questions you may have about the arrangements.

May we take this opportunity to wish your child every success in their examination. Should you have any further questions, please contact the Admissions Department on 020 8439 1309.

WHAT PAPERS WILL CANDIDATES SIT?

There are two papers, English and Mathematics with a short break between the papers.

Maths (Time allowed: 1 hour)
The Maths paper covers Number, Shape and Space, Measurement and Data Handling and we expect candidates to be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, simple fractions and decimals. We are looking for candidates to have the ability to reason and apply these basic skills in solving problems including the use of charts, diagrams and tables. Fluency and accuracy and knowledge of multiplication tables are very important and candidates will need to be proficient in all of these skills in order to work quickly and accurately without a calculator.

English (Time allowed: 1 hour)
We expect candidates to be thoughtful readers and fluent, confident writers.  Both the Reading and Writing sections of the entrance exam will be in response to a single unseen text which could be fiction or non-fiction. Candidates are advised that the Writing task will be connected to the unseen text so pre-learned creative writing should not be used.

WHAT HAPPENS IF CANDIDATES USUALLY GET EXTRA TIME FOR AN EXAMINATION?

If you have already informed the School of any additional requirements for the exam, the arrangements will be detailed in the email sent to you prior to Christmas. Candidates needs will be accommodated to ensure they receive the relevant support required. This will include working in a classroom with pupils with similar needs.

WHERE DOES THE EXAMINATION TAKE PLACE?

Candidates will sit the exam either in a large, well ventilated classroom with approximately 10 other pupils or in a large exam room, to ensure the correct social distancing measures in place. A member of staff will be present, if candidates have any questions they may put up their hand and the staff member will help them.

IS THERE A BREAK?

Candidates will have a short break between examinations to go to the toilet and have a snack and drink. Your daughter may like to bring her own nut free snack and a drink as we are unable to provide refreshments due to COVID-19 restrictions.

WHAT SHOULD CANDIDATES WEAR?

Candidates should wear clothes that they will feel comfortable in to take the examination. They do not have to wear their school uniform.Candidates should bring a clear pencil case that contains a pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener, blue or black pen, and a ruler. They will not need a calculator or any other mathematical equipment.

WHAT SHOULD CANDIDATES BRING TO THE EXAMINATION?

Candidates should bring a clear pencil case that contains a pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener, blue or black pen, and a ruler. They will not need a calculator or any other mathematical equipment.

PARKING AND BUILDING LOCATIONS

We are sorry that we are unable to offer parking on site. There is plenty of pay and display parking on nearby residential roads and public car parks in Surbiton. Please ensure you leave enough time to park your car and walk to School.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM DELAYED OR CANNOT MAKE THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION DAY?

Our Entrance Exam starts promptly at 9.00am, please ensure that you leave enough time for your journey and arrive promptly, not before or after your allocated time slot.

Any candidates with symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend the Entrance Exam and are required to email Admissions (admissions@surbitonhigh.com) to advise them so an alternate date to sit the Entrance Exam can be arranged.

In addition, if a candidate must self-isolate on the day of the exam, please contact Admissions and an alternate date for your daughter to sit the Entrance Exam can be arranged.

WHEN DO CANDIDATES HEAR IF THEY HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR APPLICATION?

All candidates will receive a letter by post, by the end of January, regarding the outcome of their Entrance Examination.

All Scholarship assessment candidates will be informed at the same time of the outcome of their scholarship application. Please note Academic Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a candidate’s performance in the Entrance Examination and their school report.