Candidates may normally be entered for Common Entrance only if: they have been offered a place at a senior school subject to their passing the examinations or they are entered for internal marking, in which case the papers are marked by the candidate’s prep school.
The examinations are usually taken in the candidate’s current school. 11+ candidates sit examinations in English, Mathematics and Science when they are in Year 6, usually for girls’ schools. 13+ candidates also sit examinations in these core subjects, alongside papers selected from a wide range of humanities, languages and classical subjects.
The 11+ examinations may be taken in the autumn or spring term of Year 6 prior to entry to senior school the following September. The 13+ examinations are taken in the autumn, spring or summer term of Year 8, again prior to entry to senior school the following September. Senior schools decide at which stage in the year the examinations are to be taken.