The Entrance Exam

Pupils who would like to join the Grammar Stream in Year 7 must have been offered – and accepted – their place at Swindon Academy Secondary Phase, before they are invited to take part in the Grammar Stream Entrance Exam.

The Entrance Exam enables us to accurately determine your son/daughter’s academic potential. Pupils will sit the Entrance Exam at Swindon Academy*. Usually this is on a Saturday in late April or early May. We choose the weekend to ensure pupils do not take time out from their education. The timings (subject to confirmation) are:

  • 10.00am    Registration
  • 11.20am    Exam ends
  • 11.30am    Parents collect child(ren)

We suggest that your child brings a cold drink with them in a plain bottle and a book in case they finish the exam early.  If this happens they will need to read quietly until the exam is formally concluded for all candidates.

The Entrance Exam is an automated online assessment called a cognitive ability test. It is designed to measure, as far as possible, ability and aptitude for learning rather than achievement. We strongly advise against practising before the assessment, and we do not provide nor recommend any practice materials. No extra work or tutoring is required.

Each section of the assessment will include introductory information with examples that allow students to familiarise with the style and format of questions, so they should take their time on these. The examples are not timed, and repeats are permitted. Questions will cover:

  • Vocabulary test
  • Maths test
  • Proof-reading – exercises on spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Perceptual Speed & Accuracy – comparing strings of letters, numbers and symbols
  • Non-verbal reasoning – exercises looking at cross-sections, block counting and pictures

The tests are designed to be taken without any revision or preparation so they can assess a child's potential in his or her ability to reason. The best advice we can give parents is that their child should read good quality fiction and non-fiction books regularly and that they should work hard to master their times tables and mental arithmetic skills.

Please remember, legally your child is not allowed to sit the exam unless you have accepted a place at Swindon Academy, which you are only able to do once you have been offered Swindon Academy as your child's secondary school.  The invite to sit the entrance exam will be emailed to parents approximately one week prior to the exam. 

* Swindon Academy, Beech Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1JR

The school is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB. Tel: 01832 864 444

Financial Accountability and Freedom of Information
Website Terms, Cookies and Privacy

United Learning