ENTRY TO YEAR 1

English

90 minute test

There is a single common entrance exam for Years 1-3, for both native speakers and learners of English. It consists of grammar, reading and writing sections.

Grammar:

- Prepositions of location & time, prepositional phrases (eg travel by tram) & dependent prepositions (eg. look up, look over, look round)
- Tenses: Present & past simple, continuous, perfect & perfect continuous. Future forms & conditionals
- Sentence transformation exercises ranging from B1 to C1 level (PET exam to CAE) (passives, conditionals, comparative/superlative, reported speech

Information on these language levels (B1, B2, C1) and on the Cambridge exams PET, FCE, CAE and practice exercises can be found at:

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/qualifications/

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/cambridge-english-scale/

Reading:

There are 3 reading comprehension texts and candidates complete a different task for each text: multiple choice, true/false questions and a matching exercise.

The language level of the texts are B1 (PET) & B2 (FCE) level.

Writing:

The short task writing task is graded for range and accuracy of grammar and vocabulary, organisation and use of linking devices, and style of writing and relevance to the question. It only tests the student’s ability to write in English.

Recommended literature:

R. Murphy: English Grammar in Use

The Good Grammar Book: Michael Swan and Catherine Walter

Minimum expected level of English needed for Entrance according to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages):

Y1 Entrance: Grammar knowledge use A2, Reading & Listening comprehension B1

Mathematics

60 minute test - no calculator

NUMBER

Add/multiply/subtract and divide fractions and whole numbers without a calculator

Perform operations with negative numbers and understand order of operations and brackets

Round numbers to the required number of decimal places

Find factors and multiples of numbers and recognise square numbers, cube numbers and prime numbers

Understand powers of numbers

Perform calculations involving ratios, direct proportion and inverse proportion

Convert between fractions/decimals and percentages

Find percentages of quantities

Evaluate percentage increase and decrease

Use reverse percentages

Solve problems involving distance, speed and time

GEOMETRY

Convert between different units of length and area

Calculate the area of a triangle, square, rectangle, parallelogram

Find the height from the area

Find the area and perimeter of compound shapes

Know the angle rules for line, point, opposite and parallel lines and use them to find missing angles

ALGEBRA

Recognise simple sequences, find further terms and find the rule

Use logical thinking to solve problems.

GRAPHS

Use coordinates

Read information from a graph or table

DATA

Use averages of a set of numbers

Practice questions:

http://www.cimt.org.uk/projects/mepres/book8/bk8_4.pdf

http://www.cimt.org.uk/projects/mepres/book8/bk8_7.pdf

http://www.cimt.org.uk/projects/mepres/book8/bk8_9.pdf

http://www.cimt.org.uk/projects/mepres/book8/bk8_11.pdf

http://www.cimt.org.uk/projects/mepres/book7/bk7_5.pdf

http://www.cimt.org.uk/projects/mepres/book7/bk7_7.pdf

http://www.cimt.org.uk/projects/mepres/book7/bk7_9.pdf

http://www.cimt.org.uk/projects/mepres/book7/bk7_22.pdf