Advice Relating to the Entrance Tests


The Selective Eligibility Test (hereafter SET) is made up of two papers; a multiple-choice Maths paper and a multiple-choice English paper. Candidates record their answers on a separate answer sheet by filling in a lozenge-shape for answer A, B, C, D or E. You can see an example of the answer sheet here. If candidates change their mind about the answer, they need to rub out as fully as possible the wrong answer and replace it with the new answer. The exam papers take between 40 and 50 minutes each and there is a rest and toilet break between the two.

You can find examples of the sorts of questions asked for both the English and Maths Selective Eligibility Tests by clicking on the links below:

English SET Sample Questions

Maths SET Sample Questions

Candidates are mainly seated in one of two large venues, either the sports hall or the main hall. On the Admissions video our Head Girl team (2018 – 19) shows you the two venues set up for exams. You can view the video by clicking on the Admissions Video tab on the left hand side of this page.


Those candidates who reach the minimum qualifying mark in the SET are invited back to sit the Second Stage Test. This is held at Nonsuch and its outcome is valid for applications to Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls.

The venues used are similar to those used for the SET at Nonsuch. There are two tests, one in Maths and one in English. Neither of them is multiple choice. They last between 40 and 50 minutes and there is a rest and toilet break between the two. Candidates do all of their working out on the question paper for Maths. They also have some planning time for the English paper. In line with common practice at Primary School, candidates are expected to use pencil for the Maths paper and black biro or pen for the English paper.

You can find some examples of the sorts of questions which might be set in the Second Stage tests by clicking on the links below:

Second Stage English Sample Questions

Second Stage Maths Sample Questions and Second Stage Maths Sample Answers

The questions set in both parts of the entrance examinations (the SET and the Second Stage) broadly match what is commonly covered at Key Stage 2 at Primary School. Candidates will need to adapt their learning to tackle some of the questions but should not be confronted with material which is totally new to them.

Girls sometimes come to the Second Stage test with an English composition that they have learned by heart. However, they must write about the subject as shown on the question paper. If they write about another subject, which they have prepared in advance, they will be given a much lower mark.

There is no comprehension paper for English in the Second Stage test.