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Magdalen College  School 11 Plus School Information

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Magdalen College School
Cowley Place

T    01865 242191

  • Headmistress: Miss H L Pike
  • Type: Co-educational Independent day boys 7-18 girls 6-18
  • Number of pupils: Approx. 926
  • Admissions:   Age 7+ (Year 3), Age 8+ (Year 4), Age 9+ (Year 5), Age 11+ (Year 7), 13+ (Year 9), Sixth Form 16+ (Year 12)
  • Age: Range 7 to 18
  • ISI Report:Magdalen College School ISI Report

Magdalen College  School 11 Plus Exam Information

The 11+ and pre-test entrance tests

The 11+ Entrance Examination for entrance into Year 7 is held at the school in the January preceding entry in September. The deadline for registration is 31st October when boys are in Year 6 at their current school.

In our exams, we look carefully for potential, and not simply at current attainment. Our entrance tests involve a combination of written papers and interviews for most candidates. We will also take the school reference into consideration as well as your son’s wider interests and any other relevant information.

Boys take tests in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning. The English test lasts one hour and comprises two composition questions, one fiction and one non-fiction. The Maths paper is also an hour long and is based on the National Curriculum up to and including Year 5. The Verbal Reasoning test lasts 45 minutes and there will be an opportunity to work through sample questions before the test starts. There are breaks between the papers, and an activities session after lunch where boys are encouraged to relax and have fun.

No special preparation is expected or required for the 11+ tests, but we would recommend familiarising your son with the format of our papers by looking at our sample English and Maths papers. Admissions at 11+ gives some friendly guidance on what to expect on the 11+ day to answer some of the questions your son might have before coming for the tests.


Candidates are invited back for interview on the basis of their performance in the entry tests. They will be asked to read and comment on a short passage and to bring in an object to talk about. Occasionally they may be given a few short Maths questions. We will also ask about hobbies and extra-curricular activities and we are keen to hear about what the boys are really excited about and love doing. The interview lasts about 30 minutes and we aim to make the boys feel as much at ease as possible so they enjoy the experience.