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Prep School Entrance Assessments 

Admission to the Prep School is by entrance assessment.

Candidates for admission into Reception are invited to attend on a Friday in October or a Saturday in January, when they and their parents are welcomed to the College. Applicants are then supervised and supported by staff and spend one hour being assessed in a friendly and informal manner. 

Assessment date for October  is Friday 19 October 2018

Candidates for admission into Prep 3 are invited to attend on a Saturday in January when they and their parents are welcomed to the College. Applicants are similarly supervised and supported by staff, and take the following assessment tests:

  • A mathematics and mental arithmetic test.
  • A perceptual reasoning test.
  • A standardised reading accuracy and comprehension assessment.
  • A creative story writing exercise.

Candidates may also be assessed for entry to the Prep School during the course of the academic year, subject to places being available in particular year groups.

Assessment date for next January is Saturday 12 January 2019



Senior School Entrance Examinations

11+  external candidates will be invited to arrive at 9.00am on one of two alternative Saturdays in January 2019 when they are welcomed, together with their parents, by the Headmaster. Refreshments are provided and every attempt is made to create a relaxed atmosphere. Candidates then make their way, under the supervision of invigilating staff, to a number of classrooms (maximum of twenty boys per room) to sit their tests.

Firstly, there is an English paper of sixty minutes, consisting of a comprehension, followed by a linked and structured exercise in imaginative composition. Those marking the test will be looking for a number of qualities, in addition to creative ability and imagination, including fluency and range of language, as well as basic linguistic and presentation skills (punctuation, sentence structure, etc.).

After a short break, there is a thirty-minute test in verbal and non-verbal reasoning.

After a further break, during which time refreshments will be served to the boys, there is a Mathematics paper, which lasts for forty-five minutes. This requires calculations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (including decimals and fractions), as well as problems, which require such calculations, including elementary graphs, tables and geometry. We are fully aware that applicants will have covered different skills in Mathematics, from one school to another,thus we concentrate on looking for potential, rather than simply for the highest overall score. 

Exam dates : Saturday 12 January 2019 or Saturday 19 January 2019

Interview date : Tuesday 22 January 2019, 6-8.30pm

 13+ candidates will arrive at 9.30am on the designated date and will take exams in English (one and a half hours), Maths (one and a half hours) and Reasoning (45 minutes). The interviews will also take place during the course of the day.  Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Exam and interview date: Friday 1 February 2019



As part of both the 11+ and 13+ entrance assessment procedures, all boys will attend an interview. For boys sitting the 13+ assessment, interviews will take place during the course of the exam day. These will be conducted by experienced members of our teaching staff in an informal setting and every attempt will be made to put the boys at ease. For external candidates sitting the 11+ assessment, interviews will take place on a weekday evening, following the Saturday entrance tests. Parents will also be invited to attend. At this stage, the test results will not be known to the members of staff who are conducting the interviews. Boys (and their parents) will be put at ease by the interviewing member of staff.

For both 11+ and 13+ candidates, the interview will focus on the interests of the boys and what they feel they can both gain from and offer to St Columba’s College.


Registration Form

When applying for an Entrance Test, two forms need to be completed: the Registration Form and the Entrance Test Application Form.

Please download and fill in the Registration Form and the Entrance Test Application Form below and return them to the Admissions Department, at

Registration Form

Entrance Test Application Form for entry in September 2019

Music Scholarship Application Form for entry in September 2019