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.



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.

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):    

Y2 Entrance: B1 level


60 minute test - calculator required, formulas will be given


Round numbers to the required number of decimal places or significant figures

Use index notation and index laws for multiplication and division of positive and negative integer powers

Write a number in standard form

Calculate squares, square roots, cubes and cube roots

Carry out calculations using money, including converting between currencies

Perform distance-speed-time calculations

Perform calculations involving ratios and direct proportion

Convert fractions/decimals to and from percentages

Find percentages of quantities

Evaluate % increase and decrease

Evaluate percentage profit or loss given cost and sale prices

Solve problems involving reverse percentages


Convert between different units of length and area

Calculate the area of a triangle, square, rectangle, parallelogram, rhombus  and trapezium

Know the terms; radius, diameter, circumference, pi

Calculate area and circumference of a circle

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

Use pythagoras’ theorem to find missing lengths in right angled triangles


Recognise simple sequences, find further terms and find the rule

Apply operations to negative numbers

Simplify algebraic expressions

Substitute into formulae

Multiply out a single bracket

Solve linear equations

Construct formulae

Change the subject of a simple formula

Solve a pair of equations by elimination or substitution (simultaneous equations)

Expand the product of two brackets, simplify expressions and collect like terms

Square a bracket

Factorise simple algebraic expressions by taking out a common factor


Read and use information from a graph or table

Write down the gradient of a line segment

Find the equations of vertical or horizontal lines

Draw a graph within a given range, given a linear equation

Find the equation of a line given the graph

State the gradient and y intercept of a line from the equation


Find the average of a set of numbers

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