City of London School 11 Plus (11+) Entry | Bursary Route

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NOTE: CLS no longer offers 11+ entry through this route. Please click here to learn about the school’s standard 11+ entry process.


Located on the River Thames, City of London School is an independent day school for boys aged 10 to 18 years. City of London School was founded in 1442 and currently educates about 900 pupils.


The School, also known as City, encourages its boys to be ambitious, confident and generous, whilst emphasizing that their educational path can also be an enjoyable one.

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to City of London School

City of London School accepts around 60 boys every year at 11 Plus level. The school offers two routes of entry for Year 7 pupils – 1) A full fee-paying or Scholarship place 2) A means-tested bursary (known as a Sponsored Award) to cover all fees.


To be considered for a place, prospective pupils must be registered for City’s entrance examinations ahead of the deadline. When registering, parents or guardians are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £150 and provide a three year history of the boy’s school background. More details can be found on City’s website, here.

City of London School 11 Plus Screening Test

Before Year 7 places can be allocated, Sponsored Award candidates must complete a computerised reasoning test called CEM Select in the January of Year 6. Boys who perform well in this test will be invited to the next stage of the process, alongside all other registered candidates.


The next stage consists of examinations in Mathematics, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. You can learn how to prepare for this second stage here. Those that do well will then be invited to City for an admissions interview, which usually takes place in February.


The computerised reasoning screening test for Sponsored Award candidates is designed to give the school an overview of a pupil’s potential in an academic environment. The test is typically taken online and is age-standardised, ensuring that no one candidate has an advantage over another based on their age.

City of London School Admissions Criteria

Offers to City of London School at 11+ level are usually made based on a boy’s performance in the screening test (if applicable), a short admissions interview with staff and a confidential report from the Head of the candidate’s current school.


If your child has applied for a Sponsored Award place at City, they must satisfy all of the criteria above as well as the school’s financial eligibility benchmark.


For more information about the admissions process at City of London School, contact the Registrar on 0203 680 6300 or email [email protected].

How to Prepare for the City of London School Screening Test

City of London School uses a computerised reasoning test for Sponsored Award 11 Plus entry. At Pretest Plus, our online practice tests help students to prepare for independent school entry tests, such as the one at City of London school.


Entrance exams can be a daunting prospect for some children, so our practice tests enable them to better understand what to expect from the actual exam, in terms of style, layout and structure. Our online practice tests are also ideal for improving time management and can help you to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses well ahead of the actual exam.


If your child is preparing for the City of London School screening test, our practice tests are ideal. Taken online and under timed conditions, the practice tests will help your child familiarise themselves with the style and layout of the actual exam. Once the tests have been taken, both you and your child can review their answers and read through explanations provided for each question.

City of London School 11 Plus Screening Test Practice Tests

To prepare your child for the City of London School Screening Test, we highly recommend that you make use of the following CEM Select practice tests and skill-practice resources:

Online Practice Tests

These full mock tests are designed to provide your child with highly accurate practice ahead of their CEM Select Assessment. Each practice test covers Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Reasoning, replicating the modules, timings and question types used in the actual exam.


Each test contains unique content but they are all pitched at the same difficulty level as the actual assessment. This means you can easily benchmark your child’s progress as they work through the practice tests, quickly identifying their strengths and weaknesses.

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Skill Practice

Each of our Skill Practice tests is designed to focus on one specific question type that can come up in the CEM Select exam. They are ideal for targeted practice and an efficient way to quickly improve your child’s scores in each topic.

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The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Please note that Pretest Plus is an independent publisher of practice tests and not affiliated with or endorsed by the publishers of CEM Select or any other test publisher.

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