13+ Entry Examinations

Our 13+ Entry Examinations, for entry to Year 9, will take place on Saturday 13 January 2018.

If it’s a last minute decision please just come along to the dining hall at 8.30am where you will be met by our Registrar who will ask you to register your daughter (and pay a £75 registration fee) there and then. Your daughter will then be able to sit the papers alongside the other candidates.

13+ Entrance Examination – The Big Day!

On the day you will bring your daughter to the school at 8.30am. She should report to the dining hall. Your daughter should wear home clothes.

Your daughter will be greeted by the Deputy Head (Pastoral), Miss Deb Freeman on arrival and we would then be grateful if parents could leave the school returning at 12.45pm.

The Examination

All girls sit the same papers. Examination papers include questions covering a range of difficulty: the most taxing elements are designed to enable us to choose the girls to whom academic scholarships may be offered. We do not provide past papers as we are keen to see what the girls know rather than what they have been coached to know!

Your daughter will need to bring a pencil, pen, ruler, eraser, protractor and a pair of compasses.

There are two parts to the Examination:

1. English Examination – One hour
The entrance examination for English is designed to assess the candidate’s ability in attainment targets as designated by the National Curriculum, i.e. reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and presentation.

The examination consists of a comprehension piece and an essay. Candidates will be required to read a passage and answer questions on it to test their understanding. Specific questions on vocabulary may be included. Girls will then be asked to choose an essay from a list of topics and write as much as they can in the time available. Although there are no formal questions on grammar, spelling or punctuation included in the examination, all these aspects are taken into account when marking the work, in order to determine the candidate’s overall level of achievement.

2. Mathematics Examination – One hour
Candidates will be asked to sit a single paper. All the questions will conform with the National Curriculum in Mathematics. Calculators will not be permitted. While it is not possible to examine all aspects of the National Curriculum, questions will be chosen from the following:

  • Sequences
  • Finding the rule of a sequence
  • Averages of small and large data sets
  • Simplifying algebraic expressions
  • Factorising algebraic expressions
  • Expanding single and double brackets
  • Calculating angles
  • The 4 rules with fractions
  • Solving equations
  • Pythagoras Theorem
  • Trigonometry
  • Time
  • Using fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Probability of 2 events
  • Tree diagrams
  • 2d and 3d shapes
  • Rounding estimating
  • Nets of shapes
  • Area, surface area and volumes of shapes

For further information please contact our Registrar, Miss Catie Shaw on 01872 272904 or email registrar@trurohigh.co.uk.