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Queen’s College London 11 Plus (11+) Exam: 2024 Entry Guide

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About Queen’s College London

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Queen’s College is one of London’s leading independent schools for girls. Located in Westminster, it is one of the most high-achieving, progressive and diverse schools in London. [1]

Established in 1848 by professor and socialist thinker Frederick Dension Maurice, Queen’s College was established to provide girls with a serious education. Building upon this long-standing principle, their present-day principle is to create a community where every individual thrives. [2]

Queen’s College celebrates the achievements of every pupil and in 2022 82% of all GCSE grades were awarded 9-7. Moreover, in the same year, 85.3% of all A Level grades were awarded A*-B. [3]

Queen’s College provides its students with a broad a balanced curriculum, leaving room for pupils to discover and pursue their own interests. In Year 7, pupils undertake a term each of Italian, Mandarin and Spanish to explore which of these languages they would like to pursue further in Year 8. As well as offering the core subjects, taught by specialist teachers, such as maths and English, Queen’s College offers a selection of other subjects in Year 7, such as computer science, Latin and classical civilisation, philosophy and ethics, music, art and drama. [4]

Aside from its excellent academic record, Queen’s College also offer a range of extra and co-curricular activities, including an array of sports options and over 70 different clubs and societies, encouraging their pupils to explore their own interests and grow into well-rounded individuals. Some of these club and societies options include Eco Society; School Debate Club; Poetry Club; PE and Sports Clubs; a range of choirs and bands; and additional academic support clubs. [5]

Key information for 2024 entry to Queen’s College London at 11 Plus (11+)

  • School type: Independent school for girls 
  • Consortium: London 11+ Consortium 
  • Open event: 20, 21 September (evening) and 7 November 2023 (morning)
  • Registration deadline: 10 November 2023
  • Exam form deadline: 13 November 2023
  • Bursary application deadline: 3 November 2023
  • Exam dates: 30 November, 4 December or 6 December 2023
  • Interview date: 8-11 January 2024
  • Offers sent & acceptance deadline: 9 February- 5 March 2024
  • Contact Details: 020 7291 7000, [email protected], www.qcl.org.uk

Admissions information for 2024 entry to Queen’s College London at 11 Plus (11+)

The school strongly recommends that prospective students and their parents attend one of Queen’s College London’s open events. Queen’s College’s next open events will take place on 20 and 21 September 2023 from 5pm-7pm and 7 November 2023 from 9am-11am. You can book and find out more information about this event on the Queen’s College website. Please ensure you book these open events early, as places tend to fill up quickly.

This will give you and your child the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the facilities, meet the staff, and ensure Queen’s College is the right choice for you. 

Queen’s College is an academically selective school and every place is competitively sought after. There are three parts to their 11+ admissions process: 

  • School Reference: a confidential reference from your daughter’s current Headteacher 
  • Assessment: testing your daughter’s cognitive ability, analysis, synthesis, problem-solving and creative and critical thinking
  • Interview: face-to-face interview to explore their current skill set and intellectual ability

 

The school does not value one part of the application process over another. The reference, examination and interview are all considered equally important.

Queen’s College is part of the London 11+ Consortium and has adopted a co-ordinated approach to the 11+ examination with these other schools. When you apply to Queen’s College, you must inform them of where your daughter will sit the exam. Your daughter can sit the exam in her current school, if they are able to host it, or any of the London 11+ Consortium Schools that you have applied to.

How can I register my child for the 11 Plus (11+) exam at Queen’s College London?

To register your child for Queen’s College, you should complete the online application form which can be found here. The registration fee is £150 and is non-refundable. 

If you wish to apply for a bursary, you can find out more information about what it is and how to apply here. The deadline for bursary applications is 3 November 2023. If you wish to apply for a scholarship (academic, music or art) you can find out more information about them here.  

What is the entrance 11 Plus (11+) exam format for Queen’s College London?

The entrance exam is 100 minutes long and it is split into five distinct sections: 

  • Maths: 20 minutes. Based on the National Curriculum for Year 5 and will not test anything on the Year 6 curriculum 
  • Non-verbal reasoning: 10 minutes. Assessment of the candidate’s ability to identify patterns and think logically 
  • English comprehension: 20 minutes. Piece of fiction, written especially for the Consortium exams. No extended writing is required 
  • Verbal reasoning: 10 minutes. Assessment of a candidate’s ability to identify the correct use of standard English in context
  • Break: 30 minutes 
  • Puzzles and problem-solving: 15 minutes. Tests the ability of candidates to use words and numbers to solve multi-step problems
  • Creative comprehension: 25 minutes. Candidates have to use information from a variety of different sources to answer questions

The first part of the test, up to the break, is adaptive. This means the questions are tailored to the child’s performance. 

The second part is non-adaptive, meaning all the candidates will have the same questions. The English comprehension passage will also be the same for all candidates, but the questions will be adaptive.

How to prepare your child for the London 11 Plus (11+) Consortium exam

The most useful way to prepare for the London 11+ Consortium’s 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.

Despite the London 11+ Consortium exam being administered online, we recommend the following resources. These are tailored to help your child practise the questions types and topics expected to feature in the real test:

London 11+ Consortium 11+ Practice Tests

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