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Common Entrance Tutors in London

The Common Entrance exams, sat at either 11+ or 13+, are used by senior schools (secondary) to assess pupils’ academic ability. Exams are set and regulated by the Independent Schools Examinations Board (ISEB).

Some schools, for example, St Paul’s, Wycombe Abbey and Westminster, have their own admissions test. And while the discrepancy between their tests and the standard Entrance exams are minimal, the difference is about 15%.

Many students in the UK sit Common Entrance (11+/13+) exams as part of the admission process into selective secondary schools. The exam is usually sat at 13 but can be sat at 11 years of age.

Respected and competitive public schools require students to take this exam and select students based on their results. A pass rate of 70% is usually required. The entrance exams, which include the 4+, 7+ and 8+ as well as the 11+ and 13+ are highly competitive, they require a great deal of preparation, and parents should start to make plans at least a year in advance or the exams.

The first port of call would be to find a tutor or teacher who can support your son or daughter throughout the preparation time. Make sure the tutor know what they are talking about and that they know both the standard ISEB Common entrance exams, and the tailored ones, devised by a number of schools.

Common Entrance Tuition & Exam Preparation

Exam technique and past papers are key to ensuring students have the best chance to succeed at Common Entrance.

At Tutor House we:

  • Provide structured exam training and organisation of important material to give students the best support in their preparation.
  • Offer private tuition for children preparing for common entrance. Most students will start preparation for Common Entrance two years prior to the examination.
  • Work with students to answer past paper questions and help them understand key areas within the  Entrance exams.

Our tuition covers the 11+ and 13+ common entrance exams

If you have any additional questions about the specific content of your child’s 13+ exams then please do not hesitate to contact us either via email on or if you would prefer to ring, you’ll find us on 0203 9500 320.

Exam papers are set based on a child’s ability and time spent on the specific subject. It wouldn’t be fair to give a child a Latin paper when they have only started to learn the subject the week before. Each of the compulsory exams (English, Maths, and Science) are far more in-depth than the 11+.

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Key dates for Common Entrance 2017-2018 term:

11+ CE exam dates:
6-7th November 2017
15-16th January 2018

13+ CE exam dates:
6th-9th November 2017
22rd-25th January 2018
14th-19th May 2018 & 5th-8th June 2018

Below is a list of Schools who offer their own examination (as well as Common Entrance):