Admissions Testing

We have over 40 years’ experience in admissions testing, providing admissions assessments to grammar schools in England, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, entrance assessments for independent schools, and fair banding assessments for schools looking to group pupils by ability and/or attainment.
For schools, local authorities or school groups that are interested in developing admissions tests, we also offer a range of options which can be tailored to create a bespoke solution.

Our admissions tests cover five core areas

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Spatial Reasoning
  • English
  • Maths

For further information on the support we provide to our Admissions Testing customers, please click here.

Reasoning tests reveal overall ability and potential, while Mathematics and English tests provide a reliable indication of current achievement. A pupil who is not currently achieving their potential can still demonstrate their true ability through scores from the reasoning questions.

Further information

If you would like to discuss your admissions requirements or have any questions relating to the above, please call 020 8996 3371 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to change my arrangements for testing this year. What should I do?

Please contact our Admissions Testing team on 020 8996 3371 or at to discuss your arrangements for autumn 2020.

My child is due to sit the 11+ exam this autumn, are alternative arrangements being made?

Please contact your local admissions authority for details of what is happening in your area

What sort of support is available for children preparing for 11+ exams?

We have free familiarisation materials across a range of subjects here. Additional practice packs are available to buy here.

We have been particularly delighted with the flexibility and ease of arrangements of taking the tests
Caroline Jordan, Headmistress, Headington School

11+ Research; support for children with vision impairment

As part on an ongoing project involving educational psychologists and qualified teachers of pupils with vision impairment, RNIB and GL Assessment have developed guidelines on the production and administration of 11+ tests for children with vision impairment.

The User Guidelines outline ways in which the 11+ tests should be modified and presented in different formats and how to decide which format to use with individual pupils.

Modified 11+ papers are not always appropriate for children with vision impairment, depending on the subject of the paper and the severity of the impairment. In the Guidelines for Educational Psychologists, RNIB have put forward suggestions about alternative methods for testing these pupils. 

Finally, RNIB, in collaboration with GL Assessment, has commissioned a case study from Kent County Council that demonstrates how a fair and inclusive assessment system for children with vision impairment operates alongside the mainstream assessment process. The Kent County Council Case Study also includes a series of case studies showing how the Special Access arrangements have been applied to individual pupils, along with the supporting documentation used by Kent to support the process (Appendices 2A,2B and 2C).

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