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Sample Papers and Guidelines

We advise that you do not prepare too much for the Entrance Assessments at City of London Freemen's School. However, we appreciate that you may want to have a sense of what papers you are likely to be asked to sit. Here are the guidelines:

We do not have sample Non-Verbal Reasoning papers. You can find these at most good retailers or online.

 

Applying for Year 3 guidelines
 

TESTS TO BE TAKEN JANUARY OF YEAR 2

Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

The examinations will take place on Saturday 11th January 2020. If you are unable to make this date, due to an exam clash with another school, we have a reserve examination date on 15th January 2020. We will send more detailed information and confirmation of timings nearer the time, but the day is likely to run as follows:

Proposed Year Year 3 (7+)
Registration 9:25 am / 9:45am
Mathematics 30 minutes
English 45 minutes
Break  
Non-Verbal Reasoning 30 minutes
Collection 12:30pm
 
Please note the order and timings are subject to change. We will send confirmation nearer the date.

Those students that require additional time may have different start times. If your child is entitled to extra time, or special considerations, or has any Special Educational Needs, Please inform us as soon as possible and supply any supporting information.

The entrance procedure is comprised of three main elements: tests, interview and confidential report from the Head Teacher of the current school.

During the morning of the test, candidates will sit papers in Maths (30 minutes), English (30 mins)  and complete a Non-verbal reasoning standardised intelligence test (40 minutes).  The format of the tests is based heavily on National Curriculum Tests.  The whole procedure should take about two hours.  For these tests children should bring a pencil, rubber, 30cm ruler and a sharpener.  They are encouraged to wear their school uniform.

All children at this age group are asked to come for interview on a weekday soon after the entrance tests.  At interview the children will be asked to read aloud from a passage selected by the School, answer questions on this passage, and to converse about their interests, likes and dislikes.  The interview will be approached as a conversation and not simply as a question and answer session.

Sitting Overseas

If applicants can sit the papers at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the regular entrance exams in January. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance exams at their current school, at your agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  If the exams are being taken overseas they will need to take place between 11th – 15th January 2020. Interviews can be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Please make it clear on the Exam Confirmation Form or Registration Form that you intend to sit overseas.

Coaching for these tests is not encouraged.  However, it is suggested that parents and teachers explain the concept of completing a task within a set time limit.

English

The English paper assesses the pupils' ability to write creatively demonstrating ability to structure their writing effectively.  Grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary will be marked according to levels expected of a Year 2 pupil.

Mathematics

Children will be tested on concepts linked to the year 2 National Curriculum.

No sample papers will be available and the above guidance is the only information circulated to schools and parents.

Applying for year  4 Guidelines
 

TESTS TO BE TAKEN JANUARY OF YEAR 3

Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

If places are available, the examinations will take place on Saturday 11th January 2020. If you are unable to make this date, due to an exam clash with another school, we have a reserve examination date on 15th January 2020. We will send more detailed information and confirmation of timings nearer the time, but the day is likely to run as follows:

Proposed Year Year 4 (8+)
Registration 8:30am
Non-Verbal Reasoning Paper 30 minutes
Mathematics Paper 50 minutes
Break  
English Paper 75 minutes
Lunch  
Interviews  
Collection 1:45pm
 
Please note the order and timings are subject to change. We will send confirmation nearer the date.

Those students that require additional time may have different start times. If your child is entitled to extra time, or special considerations, or has any Special Educational Needs, Please inform us as soon as possible and supply any supporting information.

The entrance procedure is comprised of three main elements: tests, interview and confidential report from the Head Teacher of the current school.

During the morning of the test, candidates will sit papers in English (75 minutes), Maths (50 minutes) and complete a Non-verbal reasoning standardised intelligence test (30 minutes).  The format of the tests is based heavily on National Curriculum Tests. For these tests children should bring a pencil, rubber, 30cm ruler and a sharpener.  They are encouraged to wear their school uniform.

All children at this age group will be given an interview. At interview the children will be asked to read aloud from a passage selected by the School, answer questions on this passage, and to converse about their interests, likes and dislikes.  The interview will be approached as a conversation and not simply as a question and answer session.

Sitting Overseas

If applicants can sit the papers at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the regular entrance exams in January. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance exams at their current school, at your agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  If the exams are being taken overseas they will need to take place between 11th – 15th January 2020. Interviews can be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Please make it clear on the Exam Confirmation Form or Registration Form that you intend to sit overseas.

Coaching for these tests is not encouraged.  However, it is suggested that parents and teachers explain the concept of completing a task within a set time limit.

English

There are two English papers.  One will test reading comprehension and the other one will be a piece of creative writing in which grammar, punctuation and the wide use of descriptive vocabulary will be assessed. 

Mathematics

Children will be tested on concepts linked to the year 3 National Curriculum.

No sample papers will be available and the above guidance is the only information circulated to schools and parents.

applying for Year 5 Guidelines
 

TESTS TO BE TAKEN JANUARY OF YEAR 4

Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

If places are available, the examinations will take place on Saturday 11th January 2020. If you are unable to make this date, due to an exam clash with another school, we have a reserve examination date on 15th January 2020. We will send more detailed information and confirmation of timings nearer the time, but the day is likely to run as follows:

Proposed Year Year 5 (9+)
Registration 8:30am
Mathematics Paper 40 minutes
English Paper 70 minutes
Break  
Non-Verbal Reasoning Paper 30 minutes
Lunch  
Interviews  
Collection 1:45pm
 
Please note the order and timings are subject to change. We will send confirmation nearer the date.

Those students that require additional time may have different start times. If your child is entitled to extra time, or special considerations, or has any Special Educational Needs, Please inform us as soon as possible and supply any supporting information.

The entrance procedure is comprised of three main elements: tests, interview and confidential report from the Head Teacher of the current school.

During the morning of the test, candidates will sit papers in English (70 minutes), Maths (40 minutes) and complete a Non-verbal reasoning standardised intelligence test (30 minutes).  The format of the tests is based heavily on National Curriculum Tests. For these tests children should bring a pen, pencil, rubber, 30cm ruler and a sharpener.  They are encouraged to wear their school uniform.

All children at this age group will be given an interview. At interview the children will be asked to read aloud from a passage selected by the School, answer questions on this passage, and to converse about their interests, likes and dislikes.  The interview will be approached as a conversation and not simply as a question and answer session.

Sitting Overseas

If applicants can sit the papers at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the regular entrance exams in January. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance exams at their current school, at your agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  If the exams are being taken overseas they will need to take place between 11th – 15th January 2020. Interviews can be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Please make it clear on the Exam Confirmation Form or Registration Form that you intend to sit overseas.

Coaching for these tests is not encouraged.  However, it is suggested that parents and teachers explain the concept of completing a task within a set time limit.

English

There are two English papers.  One will test grammar, punctuation, spelling and comprehension and the other one will be a piece of creative writing in which structure of writing and a wide use of descriptive vocabulary will be assessed.

Mathematics

The Mathematics paper will include:

  • The 4 rules of number Addition; Division; Multiplication; Subtraction;   } terms associated with these e.g. decrease
  • Multiplying by 10 and 100
  • Fractions – simple identification; fraction of a number e.g. ¼ of 12 = 3
  • Number patterns e.g. _, 12, 12, _, 27, 32
  • Length, mass (weight) and capacity – knowledge of the units
  • Ability to read and interpret a simple graph
  • The examination may well include simple problems using any of the above procedures

No sample papers will be available and the above guidance is the only information circulated to schools and parents.

applying for Year 6 Guidelines
 

TESTS TO BE TAKEN JANUARY OF YEAR 5

Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

The examinations will take place on Saturday 11th January 2020. If you are unable to make this date, due to an exam clash with another school, we have a reserve examination date on 15th January 2020. We will send more detailed information and confirmation of timings nearer the time, but the day is likely to run as follows:

Proposed Year Year 6 (10+)
Registration 8:30am
English Paper 70 minutes
Break  
Mathematics Paper 45 Minutes
Break  
Non-Verbal Reasoning Paper 30 minutes
Lunch  
Interviews  
Collection 1:45pm
 
Please note the order and timings are subject to change. We will send confirmation nearer the date.

Those students that require additional time may have different start times. If your child is entitled to extra time, or special considerations, or has any Special Educational Needs, Please inform us as soon as possible and supply any supporting information.

The entrance procedure is comprised of three main elements: tests, interview and confidential report from the Head Teacher of the current school.

During the morning of the test, candidates will sit papers in English (70 minutes), Maths (45 minutes) and complete a Non-verbal reasoning standardised intelligence test (30 minutes).  The format of the tests is based heavily on National Curriculum Tests.  For these tests children should bring a pen, pencil, rubber, 30cm ruler and a sharpener.  They are encouraged to wear their school uniform.

All children at this age group will be given an interview. At interview the children will be asked to read aloud from a passage selected by the School, answer questions on this passage, and to converse about their interests, likes and dislikes.  The interview will be approached as a conversation and not simply as a question and answer session.

Sitting Overseas

If applicants can sit the papers at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the regular entrance exams in January. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance exams at their current school, at your agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  If the exams are being taken overseas they will need to take place between 11th – 15th January 2020. Interviews can be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Please make it clear on the Exam Confirmation Form or Registration Form that you intend to sit overseas.

Coaching for these tests is not encouraged.  However, it is suggested that parents and teachers explain the concept of completing a task within a set time limit.

English

There are two English papers.  One will test grammar, punctuation, spelling and comprehension and the other one will be a piece of creative writing in which structure of writing and a wide use of descriptive vocabulary will be assessed.

Mathematics

The Mathematics paper will include:

  • Place value up to a million
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Long multiplication by a 2 digit number e.g. 474 x 38
  • Long division by a 1 digit number e.g. 2889 ÷ 3
  • Brackets – order of working
  • Multiples of 10, 100, etc
  • Rounding to nearest whole number, ten or hundred
  • Averages – to find average of a given set of numbers
  • Time – use of 12 and 24 hour clock. Simple time problems
  • Equivalent fractions e.g. 4/8 = 12/?
  • Area and perimeter of rectangles
  • Volume of a cube
  • Symmetry – mirror symmetry
  • Probability – recognise probability on a scale of 0 to 1
  • Simple co-ordinates – understand and use simple co-ordinates in the first quadrant
  • Graphs – interpret and draw bar or line graphs
  • Drawing of angles using a protractor

No sample papers will be available and the above guidance is the only information circulated to schools and parents.

applying for Year 7 Guidelines (and year 6 pre-test for year 9)
 

TESTS TO BE TAKEN IN YEAR 6

Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

The examinations are scheduled to take place on the 9th or 16th November 2019. Once you have registered, we will send you details of how to book your preferred date. We will send more detailed information and confirmation of timings nearer the date, but the day is likely to run as follows:

Schedule  
Arrival and Registration  
Online BUSSATs  Assessments 2 hours
Break (Drink & Snack) 20 minutes
Non-Verbal Reasoning 40 minutes
Break 5 minutes
Written English exercise 30 minutes
Collection  
 
Those students that require additional time will have that factored into their results. If your child is entitled to extra time, or special considerations, or has any Special Educational Needs, please inform us as soon as possible and supply any supporting information.

Coaching for these tests is not encouraged.  

Interviews

Interviews will take place on Saturday 11th January 2020 and will be by invitation only. There will be two interviews to find out more about your child. One will be a group interview, where they will be asked to do a task. And the second will be an individual interview to find out a little more about your child, what they enjoy at school, their hobbies and interests and also some questions to see how they think about things. Interviews for candidates residing overseas can be conducted via Facetime or Skype.

School Report

In the Autumn term, we will request a school report from your child's current school. This school reference and report are an integral part of our assessment for each candidate as they help us get to know your child a little better and to build the wider picture of their academic and non-academic abilities and interests. We may also contact your child’s current Head for more information.

In accordance with HMC Guidelines, Freemen’s will not be able to reach a decision on an application for entry until we have received this report.

Please also be aware that for children attending maintained schools, parents may be charged a fee for this report by their child’s school.

Sitting Overseas

If applicants can sit the papers at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the regular entrance exams in November. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance exams at their current school, at their agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  If the exams are being taken overseas they will need to take place between 8th – 16th November 2019. Interviews can be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Please make it clear on the Exam Confirmation Form or Registration Form that you intend to sit overseas.

English 11+ (Total 60 marks)

Comprehension: Candidates will be asked to read a short extract from a book and then answer a series of multiple-choice questions about what they have read. (32 marks)

Punctuation: They will be given a short paragraph without any punctuation and be asked to correct it with the appropriate punctuation marks. We will only be using the most common ones – Capital Letters, Full Stops, Commas, Apostrophes and Question Marks. (24 marks)

Word Meaning: Many words in English have similar meanings and candidates will be asked to identify various words from a list that mean or do the same thing. (4 marks)

Mathematics 11+ (Total 298 marks)

Number: Operations (multiply, divide, add and subtract), Fractions (simplify, add, subtract, multiply), Decimals (add, subtract, multiply, rounding), Negatives (add, subtract, divide, multiply), Percentages.

Shape: Perimeter, Area (triangles, rectangles), Angles (triangles).

Data: Probability.

General Knowledge 11+ (Total 60 marks)

Questions will be on subjects that an interested, outward-looking student of this age from anywhere in the world could be expected to know about and answer confidently. Subjects covered in this section are History, Geography, Science, Current Affairs and Sport. The questions will cover topics from around the world and will not be based purely on the United Kingdom.

Click below to download sample questions:

There will also be a short 30-minute written English Exercise.

We do not have sample papers for Non-Verbal Reasoning. These can be found at most retailers. 

applying for Year 8 Guidelines (and year 7 pre-test for year 9)
 

TESTS TO BE TAKEN IN YEAR 7

Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

If places are available, the examinations are scheduled to take place on 9th or 16th November 2019. Once you have registered, we will send you details of  how to book your preferred slot. We will send more detailed information and confirmation of timings nearer the date, but the day is likely to run as follows:

Schedule  
Arrival and Registration  
Online BUSSATs  Assessments 2 hours
Break 20 minutes
Non-Verbal Reasoning 40 minutes
Break 5 minutes
Written English Exercise 30 minutes
Collection  
 
Those students that require additional time will have that factored into their results. If your child is entitled to extra time, or special considerations, or has any Special Educational Needs, please inform us as soon as possible and supply any supporting information.

Coaching for these tests is not encouraged.  

Interviews

Interviews will take place on Saturday 11th January 2020 and will be by invitation only. There will be two interviews to find out more about your child. One will be a group interview, where they will be asked to do a task. And the second will be an individual interview to find out a little more about your child, what they enjoy at school, their hobbies and interests and also some questions to see how they think about things. Interviews for candidates residing overseas can be conducted via Facetime or Skype.

School Report

In the Autumn term, we will request a school report from your child's current school. This school reference and report are an integral part of our assessment for each candidate as they help us get to know your child a little better and to build the wider picture of their academic and non-academic abilities and interests. We may also contact your child’s current Head for more information.

In accordance with HMC Guidelines, Freemen’s will not be able to reach a decision on an application for entry until we have received this report.

Please also be aware that for children attending maintained schools, parents may be charged a fee for this report by their child’s school.

Sitting Overseas

If applicants can sit the papers at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the regular entrance exams in November. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance exams at their current school, at their agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  If the exams are being taken overseas they will need to take place between 8th – 16th November 2019. Interviews can be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Please make it clear on the Exam Confirmation Form or Registration Form that you intend to sit overseas.

English 12+ (Total 60 marks)

Comprehension: Candidates will be asked to read a short extract from a book and then answer a series of multiple-choice questions about what they have read. (32 marks)

Punctuation: They will be given a short paragraph without any punctuation and be asked to correct it with the appropriate punctuation marks. We will only be using the most common ones – Capital Letters, Full Stops, Commas, Apostrophes and Question Marks. (24 marks)

Word Meaning: Many words in English have similar meanings and candidates will be asked to identify various words from a list that mean or do the same thing. (4 marks)

Mathematics 12+ (Total 298 marks)

Number: Operations (multiply, divide, add and subtract), Fractions (simplify, add, subtract, multiply), Decimals (add, subtract, multiply, rounding), Negatives (add, subtract, divide, multiply), Percentages.

Shape: Perimeter, Area (triangles, rectangles), Angles (triangles).

Data: Probability.

General Knowledge 12+ (Total 60 marks)

Questions will be on subjects that an interested, outward-looking student of this age from anywhere in the world could be expected to know about and answer confidently. Subjects covered in this section are History, Geography, Science, Current Affairs and Sport. The questions will cover topics from around the world and will not be based purely on the United Kingdom.

Click below to download sample questions:

There are no specific sample questions set for the 12+, but they will be a version of the questions set at 13+.These will give you an idea of the types of questions you will be asked.

There will also be a short 30-minute written English Exercise.

We do not have sample papers for Non-Verbal Reasoning. These can be found at most retailers. 

applying for Year 9 Guidelines
 

TESTS TO BE TAKEN IN YEAR 8

Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

If places are available, the examinations are scheduled to take place on the 9th or 16th November 2019. Once you have registered, we will send you details about how to book your preferred date. We will send more detailed information and confirmation of timings nearer the date, but the day is likely to run as follows:

Schedule  
Arrival and Registration  
Online BUSSATs  Assessments 2 hours
Break (Drink & Snack) 20 minutes
Written English Exercise 30 minutes
Collection  
 
Those students that require additional time will have that factored into their results. If your child is entitled to extra time, or special considerations, or has any Special Educational Needs, please inform us as soon as possible and supply any supporting information.

Coaching for these tests is not encouraged.  

Interviews

Interviews will take place on Saturday 11th January 2020 and will be by invitation only. There will be two interviews to find out more about your child. One will be a group interview, where they will be asked to do a task. And the second will be an individual interview to find out a little more about your child, what they enjoy at school, their hobbies and interests and also some questions to see how they think about things. Interviews for candidates residing overseas can be conducted via Facetime or Skype.

School Report

In the Autumn term, we will request a school report from your child's current school. This school reference and report are an integral part of our assessment for each candidate as they help us get to know your child a little better and to build the wider picture of their academic and non-academic abilities and interests. We may also contact your child’s current Head for more information.

In accordance with HMC Guidelines, Freemen’s will not be able to reach a decision on an application for entry until we have received this report.

Please also be aware that for children attending maintained schools, parents may be charged a fee for this report by their child’s school.

Sitting Overseas

If applicants can sit the papers at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the regular entrance exams in November. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance exams at their current school, at their agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  If the exams are being taken overseas they will need to take place between 9th – 16th November 2019. Interviews can be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Please make it clear on the Exam Confirmation Form or Registration Form that you intend to sit overseas.


English 13+ (Total 35 marks)  

Comprehension: You will be asked to read two extracts which are each approximately 300 words long and answer multiple choice questions about them. (22 marks)  
 
Punctuation: You will be given a short paragraph without any punctuation and be asked to correct it with the appropriate punctuation marks. We will be using Capital Letters, Full Stops, Commas, Apostrophes and Question Marks. (6 marks)  
 
Word Meaning: Many words in English have similar meanings. You will be asked to identify several more words than the 11+ exam from a list that mean or do the same thing. (7 marks)  
 

Mathematics 13+ (Total 316 marks)  

Number: Decimals (add, subtract, multiply and divide), Fractions (add, subtract, multiply and divide (including mixed numbers), Lowest common multiples, Highest common factors, Prime factors, Percentages, Converting between fractions and decimals, Standard form.  
 
Algebra: Collecting like terms, Expanding algebraic brackets, Factorising, Substitution of variables, Solving linear equations, Linear graphs (gradient, y-intercept and line equations).  
 
Shape: Perimeter, Area and Surface Area, Volume, Polygons (interior/exterior angles, sum  of interior angles etc.)  


General Knowledge 13+ (Total 60 marks)  

Questions will be on subjects that an interested, outward-looking student of this age from anywhere in the world could be expected to know about and answer confidently. Subjects covered in this section are History, Geography, Science, Current Affairs and Sport. The questions will cover topics from around the world and will not be based purely on the United Kingdom.  

Click below to download sample questions:

There will also be a short 30-minute written English Exercise.

We do not have sample papers for Non-Verbal Reasoning. These can be found at most retailers. 

applying for Year 10 Guidelines
 

TESTS TO BE TAKEN IN YEAR 9

Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

The examinations are scheduled to take place on 9th, or 16th November 2019. Once you have registered, we will send you details about how to book your preferred slot. We will send more detailed information and confirmation of timings nearer the date, but the day is likely to run as follows:

Schedule  
Arrival and Registration  
Online BUSSATs  Assessments 2 hours
Break 20 minutes
Written English Exercise 30 minutes
Collection  
 
Those students that require additional time will have that factored into their results. If your child is entitled to extra time, or special considerations, or has any Special Educational Needs, please inform us as soon as possible and supply any supporting information.

Coaching for these tests is not encouraged.  

Interviews

Interviews will take place on Saturday 11th January 2020 and will be by invitation only. There will be two interviews to find out more about your child. One will be a group interview, where they will be asked to do a task. And the second will be an individual interview to find out a little more about your child, what they enjoy at school, their hobbies and interests and also some questions to see how they think about things. Interviews for candidates residing overseas can be conducted via Facetime or Skype.

School Report

In the Autumn term, we will request a school report from your child's current school. This school reference and report are an integral part of our assessment for each candidate as they help us get to know your child a little better and to build the wider picture of their academic and non-academic abilities and interests. We may also contact your child’s current Head for more information.

In accordance with HMC Guidelines, Freemen’s will not be able to reach a decision on an application for entry until we have received this report.

Please also be aware that for children attending maintained schools, parents may be charged a fee for this report by their child’s school.

Sitting Overseas

If applicants can sit the papers at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the regular entrance exams in November. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance exams at their current school, at their agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  If the exams are being taken overseas they will need to take place between 8th – 16th November 2019. Interviews can be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Please make it clear on the Exam Confirmation Form or Registration Form that you intend to sit overseas.


English 14+ (Total 35 marks)  

Comprehension: You will be asked to read two extracts which are each approximately 300 words long and answer multiple choice questions about them. (22 marks)  
 
Punctuation: You will be given a short paragraph without any punctuation and be asked to correct it with the appropriate punctuation marks. We will be using Capital Letters, Full Stops, Commas, Apostrophes and Question Marks. (6 marks)  
 
Word Meaning: Many words in English have similar meanings. You will be asked to identify several more words than the 11+ exam from a list that mean or do the same thing. (7 marks)  
 

Mathematics 14+ (Total 316 marks)  

Number: Decimals (add, subtract, multiply and divide), Fractions (add, subtract, multiply and divide (including mixed numbers), Lowest common multiples, Highest common factors, Prime factors, Percentages, Converting between fractions and decimals, Standard form.  
 
Algebra: Collecting like terms, Expanding algebraic brackets, Factorising, Substitution of variables, Solving linear equations, Linear graphs (gradient, y-intercept and line equations).  
 
Shape: Perimeter, Area and Surface Area, Volume, Polygons (interior/exterior angles, sum  of interior angles etc.)  


General Knowledge 14+ (Total 60 marks)  

Questions will be on subjects that an interested, outward-looking student of this age from anywhere in the world could be expected to know about and answer confidently. Subjects covered in this section are History, Geography, Science, Current Affairs and Sport. The questions will cover topics from around the world and will not be based purely on the United Kingdom.  

Click below to download sample questions:

There are no specific sample questions set for the 14+, but they will be a version of the questions set at 16+.These will give you an idea of the types of questions you will be asked.

There will also be a short 30-minute written English Exercise.

Applying for Year 12 (not taking 8 or more gcses)
 

TESTS TO BE TAKEN IN YEAR 11

Guidance for prospective parents and current teachers

2020 Entrance Examinations

The examinations are scheduled to take place in October 2019. Once you have registered, we will allocate you with an exam date and time. We will send more detailed information and confirmation of timings nearer the date, but the day is likely to run as follows:

Schedule  
Arrival and Registration  
Online BUSSATs  Assessments 2 hours
Break (Drink & Snack) 20 minutes 
Non-Verbal Reasoning 40 minutes
Break  5 minutes
Written English Exercise 30 minutes
Collection  
 
Those students that require additional time will have that factored into their results. If your child is entitled to extra time, or special considerations, or has any Special Educational Needs, please inform us as soon as possible and supply any supporting information.

Coaching for these tests is not encouraged.  

Interviews

Interviews will take place in November 2019 and will be by invitation only. Interviews for candidates residing overseas can be conducted via Facetime or Skype.

School Report

In the Autumn term, we will request a school report from your child's current school. This school reference and report are an integral part of our assessment for each candidate as they help us get to know your child a little better and to build the wider picture of their academic and non-academic abilities and interests. We may also contact your child’s current Head for more information.

In accordance with HMC Guidelines, Freemen’s will not be able to reach a decision on an application for entry until we have received this report.

Please also be aware that for children attending maintained schools, parents may be charged a fee for this report by their child’s school.

Sitting Overseas

If applicants can sit the papers at Freemen’s, we will invite them to join us for the regular entrance exams in November. Otherwise, we can either arrange for candidates to sit entrance exams at their current school, at their agents’ office, if appropriate, or at a local British Council Office.  If the exams are being taken overseas they will need to take place in October 2019. Interviews can be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Please make it clear on the Exam Confirmation Form or Registration Form that you intend to sit overseas.

English 16+ (Total 60 marks)  


Comprehension: You will be tested on how well you read and understand both implicit and explicit meanings from an extract of approximately 1500 words. (40 marks)  
 
Punctuation: You will be given a longer paragraph than the 13+ exam without any punctuation and be asked to correct it with the appropriate punctuation marks. We will be using Capital Letters, Full Stops, Commas, Apostrophes and Question Marks. (12 marks)  
 
Word Meaning: Many words in English have similar meanings. You will be asked to identify more difficult words and also more in quantity than the 13+ exam from a list that mean or do the same thing. (8 marks)  


 
Mathematics 16+ (Total 240 marks)  

Number: Surds (simplify and rationalise), Indices (fractional and negative).  
 
Algebra: Expressions (simplify and expand), Subject of formulae, Simultaneous equations, Quadratics (factorising, solving, completing the square etc.), Linear graphs (straight line equations, parallel and perpendicular), Algebraic Fractions (adding and simplifying).  


 
General Knowledge 16+ (60 marks)  

Questions will be on subjects that an interested, outward-looking student of this age from anywhere in the world could be expected to know about and answer confidently. Subjects covered in this section are History, Geography, Science, Current Affairs and Sport. The questions will cover topics from around the world and will not be based purely on the United Kingdom

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There will also be a short 30-minute written English Exercise.

We do not have sample papers for Non-Verbal Reasoning. These can be found at most retailers. 

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