ENTRY TO YEAR 1
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.
Information on these language levels (B1, B2, C1) and on the Cambridge exams PET, FCE, CAE and practice exercises can be found at:
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.
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.
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
60 minute test - no calculator
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
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
Recognise simple sequences, find further terms and find the rule
Use logical thinking to solve problems.
Read information from a graph or table
Use averages of a set of numbers