UK Schools entrance exams

UK School Entrance Exams – Format

  • For entry into Year 7-10, all schools test both English and Maths. Some also test verbal and non-verbal reasoning, sciences, humanities, modern languages and Latin.
  • For entry into Year 12 (Sixth Form), all schools test English and some/all of the chosen A-Level or IB subjects. These tests more closely resemble A-Level and IB style questions and require a higher level of subject knowledge, reading comprehension and writing ability.
  • Common standardised entrance exams for UK boarding school admissions include:

Ampla’s ​UK Common Entrance Exam​ – Preparation Courses

Following our initial assessment, students will receive a customised plan based on the following curriculum which is designed to imitate UK school assessments.

Course Overview:


  • Reading Comprehension: fiction, non-fiction, poetry and literary devices
  • Writing: creative, descriptive, persuasive, various techniques and styles


  • Key concepts and formulae
  • Terminology 
  • Familiarity with different types of questions

Verbal Reasoning

  • Identify and practice techniques to use
  • Improve vocabulary skills

Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Shape analogies, classes, horizontal codes
  • Abstract and inductive reasoning
  • Spatial ability

Other Subjects

We offer a diverse range of subjects including:

  • Sciences
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Economics/ Business Studies
  •  Humanities
    • History
    • Geography
    • Politics
  • Latin
  • Modern Languages:
    • Chinese
    • French
    • German
    • Spanish


  • Mock interviews taught by experienced boarding school-educated consultants

  • Equip students with the skill sets that are crucial to the success of both individual and group interviews

  • Content: common questions and improvised responses

  • Delivery: eye contact, body language, speech

  • Provide comprehensive feedback detailing a list of actions 


  • It may help to keep up with current affairs as news articles sometimes appear in exams. You can practice by writing a summary of news articles.
  • Essay planning and structuring: submit your essay plan along with your essay wherever possible. If you run out of time and do not finish writing, you may still get marks from your essay plan.

Ampla’s UK Common Entrance Exam​ Course Highlights

Following our initial diagnostic test, students will receive a personalised study plan:

Strategic Plan

A week-by-week study plan specifically designed for you.

Targeted Approach

Review each topic with a focus on weaker areas, with condensed notes and study materials provided.

Practical Skills

Cover test-taking strategies including time management, making informed guesses and how to handle stress.

Exam Drill

Familiarise with different exam styles/ techniques/ mark schemes through practice papers.

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UK Schools Admissions

Ampla's UK Boarding School Admissions Services range from consultation, school selection, applications essays guidance to exam preparation, interview coaching and extra support.

Consulting Services

Admissions Success

Our consultants have helped students gain admission to Badminton, Benenden, Cheltenham Ladies’, Eton, Harrow, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Wellington, Westminster​, Winchester, Wycombe Abbey and more.

UK Boarding School Applications

Entrance Exams

Designed and delivered by Ampla's Oxbridge tutors, our customised courses provide excellent preparation for students taking ISEB pre-test, Common Entrance 11+/ 13+/ 16+ and UKiset.

Exam Prep

Complimentary Consultation

Contact us now to schedule a mock test and arrange a complimentary meeting with our dedicated 

UK boarding school specialists.