Entrance tests

Registration for entrance tests

We expect students in the UK to come to Sevenoaks School to sit their tests in mid-October. Overseas applicants are also welcome to come on that day, although some may prefer to take the tests in their home country, either at their school or the British Council. It is the candidate's responsibility to arrange a suitable venue and invigilator beforehand. 

Please write the invigilator's email address accurately: otherwise we will not be able to send the tests. We also request that all invigilators use an official school or institution email address rather than a personal one. 

The Tests

All candidates will be required to take four exams; English (HL or SL depending on the candidate's IB subject choices), Maths (with additional 30 minutes for HL candidates), a Critical Thinking Skills test and a fourth test of their choice in one of the Higher Level subjects. As far as possible we will test potential but some factual knowledge will be required in most subjects. Past papers are not available, but a document outlining preparation for the tests will be sent to all candidates prior to the tests. English Language: Applicants should be competent in English, at Upper Intermediate level or above, equivalent to at least B2 (CEFR); ALTE level 2/3; or IELTS levels 4.5-6.

All tests are one hour long. Sevenoaks School welcomes students from all educational backgrounds. As a consequence, our tests are broad and where possible do not require knowledge of specific topics (eg History, English, Languages etc). For Maths and the Sciences we ask a range of questions, most of which should be accessible to all candidates. There is a list of recommended textbooks in some subjects for those who wish to prepare for our tests. They may also be of help to those who have been taught in a language other than English.

Every candidate receives a document giving advice for the individual entrance tests. This information is necessarily brief but is intended to help the candidates prepare.

We regret that the Admissions office is unable to give further information regarding the content of the tests.

Offers

Offers of places are sent by postal mail and email at the beginning of December. Around 80 students per year can be accepted: in recent years we have received many more applications and have therefore been obliged to turn down good candidates.

We hope to keep a small number of candidates in reserve, in case a place is not accepted or arises for other reasons. Unfortunately it is impossible to predict the chances of a place arising in the future. We are aware of the difficulties this may present to parents considering other offers, but we feel that keeping a candidate's details on file is preferable to a straight rejection. We encourage you to contact us if you are facing a deadline from another school. We consider our reserve candidates as a pool, not a list: there is no ranking order or priority. When a place becomes available, we offer to the most suitable candidate given the vacancy.

Please note that we are unable to give feedback on our entrance tests as they are designed only for our internal use and do not correspond to any external criteria. Please refer to the candidate's current school for detailed study advice.

For more information, please contact us.