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 the wrong answer as fully as possible 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



Those candidates who reach the minimum qualifying mark in the SET are invited back to sit the Nonsuch & Wallington Second Stage Entrance Examination (hereafter NWSSEE). The outcome of the NWSSEE is valid for applications to Nonsuch High School for Girls and Wallington High School for Girls.

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. 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.

The questions set in both parts of the entrance examinations (SET and NWSSEE) 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.

Candidates sometimes come to the NWSSEE 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. Click here for some further information about the NWSSEE English paper.

There is no comprehension paper for English in the NWSSEE.

You can find examples of the sorts of questions which might be set in the NWSSEE by clicking on the links below:

NWSSEE English Sample Questions

NWSSEE Maths Sample Questions & Answers