Third Year Admissions
We know that the application process for senior school varies quite widely and we welcome you contacting us at any time to ask questions about Abingdon’s procedures. However, in order to assist, we have listed below the chief aspects of the Third Year entry procedure as well as the key dates for Third Year entry.
Should you have any questions or concerns please contact the Admissions Office by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0)1235 849041.
Admissions information for entry to Abingdon School in September 2019
We regret that we are unable to accept any new enquiries for Third Year (13+) entry into the School for September 2019. We continue to welcome applications for the Third Year for 2020 and beyond.
Should you have any questions or concerns please contact the Admissions Registrar, Mrs Marilena Kaye, by email email@example.com or telephone +44 (0)1235 849041.
Third Year boys are usually aged 13 on 1 September in the year of entry. For Third Year entry, it is helpful if boys are registered with us by May in the academic year in which they are 11 (Year 6 in the UK National curriculum).
Having first registered with us, candidates then take our entrance exam (see below), which takes place on a Saturday in October each year. The exam is taken by boys in UK National Curriculum Year 7 which is about two years prior to joining the school. There is some flexibility over dates for special cases (e.g. boys who have moved to a new school for Year 7 and the majority of overseas candidates) - anyone in this category should contact Admissions to discuss their particular case. Additional information for boys applying from overseas can be found here.
Applications from boys in Year 8 are considered if there are places still available. These boys will take a different set of entrance exams (see 13+ examination below).
In addition to the exams we will request a confidential reference from a boy’s Headteacher covering their character, academic strengths and interests.
The results of the assessment exam are carefully reviewed along with the school reference before deciding which boys are called forward to the second stage of the selection process, the interview. Those boys whose application is not being taken forward to interview will be notified.
Details on what to expect in the interview can be found below.
Following the interview, parents will receive a letter with one of the following outcomes:
- an offer of a place for their son at the school (subject to the conditions below)
- an offer to put their son’s name on a waiting list
- a decision that their son’s application will not be taken forward
Offers given to boys in Year 7 for places for the Third Year (Year 9) September 2020 onwards will be subject to boys maintaining the level of academic progress and extra-curricular profile, in Years 7 and 8 at their prep or current schools, that is deemed appropriate for Abingdon School. However the offers will no longer be conditional on passing Common Entrance or other similar exams, such as the Prep School Baccalaureate, PSB.
Offers made for Third Year 2019 places remain conditional upon a boy’s performance in the Common Entrance, Abingdon’s 13+, the PSB or Scholarship examinations.
Parents who receive the offer of a place for their son will be asked to give a firm acceptance of the place and to pay an acceptance fee. This fee will be credited to the parents’ final account when their son leaves the School.
The waiting list
The boys on the waiting list have their application reviewed when they enter Year 8 of their current school. This process involves Abingdon requesting an up-to-date reference from the boy’s Headteacher. In some cases boys may be required to undergo some further testing or interviewing, for example if their first language is not English and we wish to confirm their progress in English since their entrance exams. We start making offers to boys on the waiting list from the November of Year 8 and continue to make offers throughout the rest of the year as places arise.
Candidates sit the entrance exams in late October of Year 7 (UK national curriculum year group) with papers in English, Mathematics and Reasoning. Details of the arrangements are sent to the parents of all registered candidates in the previous May (or on registration for those registering later than this). The School does not send out copies of past examination papers, but does send sample questions.
The papers are designed to be appropriate for anyone in a school which follows/considers the UK National Curriculum, whether the school be an independent or not. There are two English papers. The first paper (45 mins) tests boys’ reading skills by asking them to respond to two prose passages via multiple choice questions. This paper also tests grammar, spelling, proof reading, punctuation and word manipulation (e.g. recalling words with particular letter formations and turning noun forms into verbs).
The second paper asks for a piece of descriptive writing (30 minutes) based on a choice of pictures. Candidates will be given an additional 10 minutes for thinking and planning before they can begin writing their piece. The most important thing about this element of the exams is that they remember to show their skills in crafting their language to have a strong and vivid effect on the reader. Part of ‘crafting’ involves accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar. Experience also tells us that overly short pieces are self-limiting, in that the candidates won’t have given themselves the opportunity to show what they can do. As a very rough guide, they might expect to be producing between 300 and 400 words in 30 minutes.
Candidates whose first language is not English are also required to take an additional English Grammar test.
The mathematics paper (50 mins) contains questions on such topics as fractions, decimals, averages, percentages, coordinates, sequences, perimeters, areas, nets, currency and ratios. Metric units will be used throughout and calculators are not allowed. The reasoning test covers the typical areas of verbal, numerical and pattern skills.
Candidates are not required to wear school uniform. Lunch and snacks are provided.
Candidates are selected for interview at the School following the written papers alongside a confidential report from their current school. The interview is a friendly affair, providing the School with an opportunity to assess a candidate’s personality and interests outside the classroom. On such an occasion it is quite in order for candidates to bring something with them, such as an object of interest or an example of their work, to provide talking points. Under certain circumstances some candidates may be asked to attend a second interview.
This examination consists of papers in English (reading comprehension and an essay), mathematics and reasoning. Candidates will also be expected to prepare for interviews in their modern language or languages, the sciences as well as a general interview. In addition we will ask his current school to supply a confidential report.
Scholarships and exhibitions
Overseas admissions to Third Year
Subject to satisfactory progress in the previous 2 years, and a good reference from their current school in Year 8, entrants are invited to the School for an induction day in late June. There is a further induction day when the boys join the school in September.
Key dates for Third Year entry to Abingdon in September 2019
|By Spring 2017||Register|
|14 October 2017||Pre-Test|
|Late November 2017||Offers sent by Abingdon, subject to Common Entrance / Scholarship / 13+ examination / Prep School Bacc|
|December 2017||Acceptances to be received, with acceptance fee|
|29 September 2018||Open Day|
|30 November 2018||Scholarship entry form deadline|
|7 February 2019||Music Scholarship|
|13 February 2019||13+ examination|
|w/c 4 March 2019||Academic Scholarship|
|March 2019 (date tbc)||Art, Design and Technology, Drama, and Sport Scholarships|
|w/c 3 June 2019||Common Entrance / Prep School Bacc|
|25 June 2019||Induction Day|
Key dates for Third Year entry to Abingdon in September 2020
|By Spring 2018||Register|
|June 2018||Receive details of entrance exams|
|29 September 2018||Open Day|
|1 October 2018||Deadline for completed bursary applications|
|13 October 2018||Entrance exam (9.15am – 3.00pm approx.)|
|w/c 5 November 2018||Interviews|
|21 November 2018||Discover Abingdon - booking form|
|28 November 2018||Discover Abingdon - booking form|
|Late November 2018||Offers|
|December 2018||Acceptances to be received, with acceptance fee|
|November 2019||Scholarship entry form deadline|
|February 2020||Music Scholarship|
|w/c 2 March 2020||Academic Scholarship|
|March 2020||Art, Design and Technology, Drama, and Sport Scholarships|
|June 2020||Induction Day|
Key dates for Third Year entry to Abingdon in September 2021
|19 January 2019||Taster Morning|
|31 January 2019||Discover Abingdon - booking form|
|16 March 2019||Taster Morning|
|20 March 2019||Discover Abingdon - booking form|
|2 May 2019||Discover Abingdon - booking form|
|18 May 2019||Taster Morning|
|By Spring 2019||Register|
|13 June 2019||Discover Abingdon - booking form|
|June 2019||Receive entrance exam details|
|Saturday 28 September 2019||Open Day|
|October 2019||Bursary deadline|
|Saturday 12 October 2019||Entrance exams (9.15am – 3.00pm approx.)|
|w/c 4 November 2019||Interviews|
|20 November 2019||Discover Abingdon - booking form|
|27 November 2019||Discover Abingdon - booking form|
|Late November 2019||Offers|
|December 2019||Acceptances to be received, with acceptance fee|
|November 2020||Scholarship entry form deadline|
|February 2021||Music Scholarship|
|March 2021||Academic Scholarship|
|March 2021||Art, Design and Technology, Drama, and Sport Scholarships|
|June 2021||Induction Day|