As you may have read or heard, The North London Girls’ Schools’ Consortium are changing their entrance examination from January 2019. You can read their statement here.
Who are The North London Girls’ Schools’ Consortium?
The Consortium represents two groups of girls’ schools that have gathered together to manage their own admissions arrangements.
It makes for an easier admissions process for parents and children who often apply to more than one of these schools. Schools in the same group set common papers, using the same mark scheme and the papers of the two groups are of a similar academic standard. This results in candidates sitting a maximum of two examinations if they have applied to schools across the two groups.
Francis Holland (Sloane Square)
Francis Holland (Regent’s Park)
Notting Hill and Ealing High School
St. Helen’s School
South Hampstead High School
Queen’s Gate School
St. James Senior School
The Godolphin and Latymer School.
What do the current exams look like?
This year’s (2017) examinations consisted of an English and Maths paper:
- Example Group 1: Francis Holland, Sloane’s Square
- Example Group 2: Godolphin & Latymer School
What will the new exam look like in 2019?
At the moment, nobody knows definitively. The consortium have said that the exams will be as follows in their statement: “a one-hour long bespoke cognitive ability test including reasoning and Maths.”
Given that the new exam will be taken online and is to be comprised of reasoning and maths, it is likely that this test will not be all that dissimilar to the current Pre-Tests in existence, e.g. ISEB Common Pre-Test. Please see our blog entitled, ‘A Guide to Computerised Pre-Tests’ for more information on their structure, content and recommended preparation.
What else is changing in 2019?
The Consortium have said that the reduction in time spent examining will afford schools the opportunity to develop a more comprehensive interview process: “There will be no further written assessments at our Schools, and we will develop the creativity of our interview processes.”
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