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11+ St Paul’s Girls’ School Stage Two Exam Information 2024

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What is the St. Paul’s Girls’ 11+ Stage Two Exam?

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St. Paul’s Girls’ Stage Two is the second round of two exams that children must sit to gain entry into St. Paul’s Girls’ School in Year 7. This school is located in Hammersmith and has a reputation for outstanding academic results.

To gain a place at St. Paul’s Girls’ School, children must first pass the Stage One exam (a cognitive ability/CEM Select test). If they pass Stage One, they will be invited to sit the Stage Two exam. There are three papers covering three subject areas – Maths, English and Comprehension. The papers are in standard format, so require written answers.

St. Paul’s Girls’ school is very competitive, and its entrance exams reflect this. The Maths, English and Comprehension skills and topics covered are similar to those in other 11+ tests, but St. Paul’s Girls’ Stage Two has a higher level of difficulty than some other 11+ tests, since candidates who sit this exam will have already shown their potential by passing Stage One. Read on to find out all you need to know about applying to St. Paul’s Girls’ and preparing for Stage Two.

Application information 2024

The Stage Two exam is sat by Year 6 students in January 2024, after the results for Stage One are sent out in December 2023. Make sure you check the school website for any updates to key dates.

Application process and upcoming dates for 2024 entry:

  • Apply for your preferred schools by completing your Local Authority application form: October 2023
  • Submit registration forms for the application process: November 2023
  • Sit the Stage One exam: November 2023
  • Invitations to the Stage Two exam: mid-December 2023
  • Stage Two exam date: Monday 8 January 2024
  • Interview dates: Saturday 20 and Sunday 28 January 2024
  • Final decision: Friday 9 February 2024
  • Deadline for accepting place offers: early March 2024

The St. Paul’s Girls’ Stage Two Exam Format

The St. Paul’s Girls’ Stage Two papers are in standard format, meaning that they require written answers, and there are three papers in total – Maths, English and Comprehension.


The Maths paper is 1 hour and 15 minutes long and is composed of three 25-minute sections. The first section tests straightforward and fundamental arithmetic concepts; the second section tests problem solving; and the third section may contain multi-part questions on content unfamiliar to the students.


The English paper is 1 hour and 15 minutes long and contains around ten questions based on comprehension of a passage of prose. The questions will test extraction of information and analysis of literary meaning and effect. The questions may also involve creative writing.


The Comprehension paper is 1 hour and 15 minutes long and is slightly unusual compared to other 11+ tests. The papers may be themed around a particular topic and include questions on visual, numerical and written material. This paper encourages students to demonstrate a wider variety of skills including logical reasoning, identifying patterns, and organising, evaluating and drawing conclusions from new information.

Top Tips for Taking the St. Paul’s Girls’ Stage Two Exam

  • For the Maths paper:

– Make sure you are familiar and confident with the KS2 Maths syllabus, as this is what the questions will be based on. This is especially important for the St. Paul’s Girls’ exam, since this is a very challenging test. You will need to apply your knowledge of KS2 Maths to unfamiliar situations.

– Make sure you write down your workings out. Even if you do not end up with the correct answer, you may get some marks for using the correct method.

  • For the English paper:

– Spend as much time reading as possible before the exam. This will help you get used to reading and understanding texts quickly, build up your vocabulary, and give you practice at working out the meaning of unfamiliar words. Reading widely will also improve your creative writing skills.
– Practise writing creatively within a time limit, and spend some time planning your creative writing piece before you begin. This will help you structure your writing and reduce the possibility of running out of time and leaving your work unfinished.

  • For the Comprehension paper:

– Make sure you are familiar with KS2 scientific enquiry skills, such as the presentation and evaluation of data, as these will be tested in this paper.

– Whenever you are faced with an unfamiliar question or scenario, remember to read all the information carefully; you are being tested on your ability to read and handle new information, not your pre-existing knowledge of a subject.

  • For all papers:

– Pay attention to the time! Read and listen to any instructions about timings carefully. This means that you should move on if you are stuck. These are challenging and time-pressured exams, so it is important not to spend too long on one question. You should aim to answer every question, but don’t worry if you have to guess a couple. For any creative writing exercises, make sure you divide your time sensibly between planning and writing. Spend no more than 5-10 minutes planning.

How to Prepare for the 2024 St. Paul’s Girls’ Stage Two Exam

The most useful way to prepare for St Paul’s Girls’ School’s Stage Two 11+ entrance exam is to use practice tests to familiarise your child with the exam content and format.

These tests can help your child to build their confidence and improve their performance in the exam.

For St Paul’s Girls’ School 11+ preparation, we recommend the following packs: 

Key Recommendations for Stage 2

Targeted Skills

Mock Exams

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