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Admission Tests

Candidates for testing will take tests in Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and English with a total of the three tests taken determining whether the pupil is of the required standard. The scores for the entrance tests are adjusted (or “standardised”) according to age.

Mathematics (GL Assessment)

Time allowed: 50 minutes

The Mathematics paper is based on work which candidates would normally cover during Key Stage 2 of the national curriculum.  It covers most aspects of Key Stage 2 up to level 5, with some questions aimed at level 6.

English (GL Assessment)

Time allowed: 45 minutes

The English paper tests comprehension, vocabulary and punctuation.

Verbal Reasoning (GL Assessment)

Time allowed: 50 minutes

This test is designed to analyse a pupil’s academic potential and indicate areas of strengths or weakness.  As this paper has been produced in order to be sat without prior knowledge there is an integral practice element.

GL Assessment papers

For the three GL Assessment (Granada Learning Assessment) papers, questions are of a multiple-choice style with candidates entering their answers on a pre-printed sheet.  Scores achieved in these papers are standardised against national criteria by age.

All GL Assessment tests are designed to be taken to very strict time limits.  Many students within a wide range of ability will be able to answer most of the questions, given sufficient time; our tests show a student’s ability to work accurately at speed, a vital aspect of their future work in a selective school.  For this reason, no variation in this timing is permitted unless the applicant has a relevant Education Health Care Plan or Special Educational Need, in which case a maximum of 25% additional time may be permitted.

GL Assessment produces packs of practice papers for the tests used, which are sold at major bookstores, packs are also available to purchase from school and can also be bought on-line from GL Assessment.

GL Familiarisation Papers

We recommend children familiarise themselves with the multiple-choice layout of the test, content and examples of some types of questions they will face.  We want to give all children the opportunity to experience sample questions across a range of question types in advance of the test.  This is particularly true with the verbal reasoning tests as they may not have encountered these types of questions before.  GL Assessment provide free familiarisation materials (you may need to scroll down when accessing the page to view the materials).

This is the link to the GL Assessment page.


Should you have difficulty in accessing the link, please contact the Admissions Registrar either by email; pgsadmissions@poolegrammar.com or by telephone; 01202 692132 to request a hard copy.