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Entry at 13+ Pre-Test 2023

The recommended route for 13+ applications

There are two routes for entry to Reigate Grammar School at 13+. Candidates may either sit the entrance examination whilst they are in Year 8 or sit the 13+ pre-test whilst they are in Year 6.

13 + Pre-Test Entrance Procedure
(for candidates in Year 6)

Candidates wishing to join the school at 13+ in September 2023 may sit the Entrance Examination whilst they are in Year 6. Boys and girls who will be 13 years old on the 1 September of the year of proposed entry sit an Entrance Examination in the Spring Term of Year 6. Three areas will be assessed: Mathematics, English and Reasoning. Please see links at the bottom of this page for sample papers.


REVISED EXAM DAY FORMAT*

At RGS our philosophy has always been to understand children and not measure them. We also know that this year that is more important than ever. For the 13+ pre tests entrance assessments, we are making the following changes:

  • We will now run assessment sessions over 2-3 days on: Thursday 7 January and Friday 8 January 2021 (and potentially also Saturday 9 January 2021)
  • Assessment sessions will be shorter to limit time in school and will include shortened Maths, English and Reasoning papers, a fun activity and delicious RGS food
  • A guaranteed interview for all candidates on: Saturday 23 January 2021 OR Saturday 30 January 2021
  • Scholarship assessments will run on: Saturday 23, Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Saturday 30 January 2021

*In light of the current situation, all dates and plans (even revised plans) are subject to change and format alteration.  We continue to follow Government guidance with the safety of our community and visitors our principle priority at all times.


KEY DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Monday 16 November 2020 – Closing date for applications
If you have missed this date and still wish to apply, please contact the Admissions Registrar, Mrs Philippa Watkins on 01737 222231 or email: admissions@reigategrammar.org

[REVISED]: Thursday 7 January and Friday 8 January 2021 (potentially also Saturday 9 January)
During the day, prospective pupils also have the opportunity to sample one of the many activities that are on offer. All candidates will automatically be considered for academic scholarships.

Saturday 23 January and Saturday 30 January 2021 – Interviews
Candidates are interviewed by a member of staff, and will be asked to talk about their hobbies and interests. Candidates will also have a group interview with the Headmaster.

Offers of places
Offers of places for 13+ pre test entry will be sent to parents during February 2021, in line with other local independent schools.


ENTRANCE EXAM GUIDANCE

English Paper
This year we have altered the English entrance exam (for children applying for 11+ 2021 entry/13+ 2023 entry), reducing the paper time from 60 to 30 minutes. The revised format will focus on understanding children’s writing skills.

The time for the writing task is the same as it has been in previous years. However, we have also added some support for students to plan out their ideas this year. We hope that this will help all students to flourish during their assessment. Please do not worry if you have spent time practising comprehension as these are excellent skills as is reading which remains very important. We encourage all future Reigatians to read, read read! The sample included here will give your child an indication of how the paper will be laid out and what they can expect from the RGS English assessment in January.

Maths Paper
This year we have altered the Maths entrance exam (for children applying for 11+ 2021 entry/13+ 2023 entry), reducing the paper time from 45 to 30 minutes. The revised format will help us to see children’s understanding of KS2 maths. The content will be same, there will simply be less of it! We understand that different schools will cover different topics at different times and the papers are marked with this in mind.

The sample included here will give your child an indication of how the paper will be laid out and what they can expect from the RGS maths assessment.

Reasoning Paper
All children will be asked to sit a Reasoning Paper (by hand). We are reducing the time of this from 60 to 30 minutes. The paper will include a combination of verbal and non-verbal questions.

The computerised example here provides a sample of the types of questions that will appear in the RGS paper assessment.


For more information or if you have any queries please contact the Admissions Registrar, Mrs Philippa Watkins on 01737 222231 or email: admissions@reigategrammar.org

References
In advance of any entrance examination or interview, we will always ask each candidate’s current school for a written report. It is therefore important that parents inform their child’s current school that they have lodged an application with us.

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