City of London School (CLS) – 11+, Year 7 Entry – Online Assessment

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City of London School, also known as City or CLS, is a prestigious independent school for boys located in the heart of the country’s capital. A top-performing institution, CLS boasts a long and impressive list of notable alumni, including a Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist, a distinguished structural engineer and a number of politicians and philosophers. [1]


Aimed at maximising pupils’ creative and independent thought, City offers a forward-looking curriculum. Subjects range from science and computing to MFL and CLaSS, the latter referring to the school’s bespoke Core Learning and Survival Skills course. The teaching provision helps boys grow in intellectual curiosity by encouraging research and inquisitiveness in the classroom, placing personalised attention at the centre of its philosophy. 


The co-curricular offering is as extensive as it gets, encompassing numerous clubs and societies alongside trips and community-related pursuits. Recent destinations have included Nepal, Cuba, China, Spain and Ecuador, allowing the cohort to explore their cultural understanding in a breathtaking setting, where they can also familiarise themselves with different lifestyles and develop firm friendships. [2]


The facilities on offer showcase the school’s distinguished reputation among local establishments. With a 25-metre swimming pool, a 4G artificial grass football pitch, six tennis courts and ten smaller football pitches, the campus fully accommodates students’ needs, making their learning experiences as memorable as they are relevant. [3]


City aspires to be a school that equips respectful, optimistic and enthusiastic pupils for the swiftly evolving demands of the twenty-first century. Education there is understood in the broadest sense, melding academic excellence with unparalleled pastoral care, and fostering the holistic development of children by encouraging them to make a positive difference in the world they inhabit, despite its often daunting complexities.


City of London School 11 Plus (11+) Admissions Process


City is an academically selective school and prospective families are strongly encouraged to attend its open events prior to applying for a place. These typically take place in the Autumn term (September and October) and include a guided tour of the facilities and meetings with key members of staff.


All students must be registered for the 11 Plus exam prior to the November deadline. The exam takes place in December, assessing pupils’ skills using an online test and a creative writing task. Successful candidates will be invited back to the school later in the same month to take Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning assessments. Interviews are held in January.


If your son qualifies for entry to CLS, he will be offered a place in February, to be accepted by the March deadline. On acceptance, you will be asked to pay a deposit, refunded at the end of your son’s career at City. 


To gifted 11+ applicants, the school offers Scholarships and Prizes valued at £35. Those awarded a Scholarship or Prize may also qualify for a bursary covering up to 100% of fees. Academic Prizes are offered on the basis of entrance exam results and an interview, at which students are expected to showcase high academic promise without specific preparation.


Music Scholarships, valid until the end of Year 11, are granted based on auditions, an interview and academic achievement. They cover all orchestral instruments. Singers must be able to play an instrument, since voice cannot be offered as a first study. A Grade 5 proficiency is required for piano and strings. Besides the scholarship’s monetary value, recipients will also get free lessons on two instruments.


Sports Prizes are awarded to skilled team players, particularly in football. These prizes are granted after a sports trial, given the academic criteria are met. Prize recipients get funds from the Sports Prize Fund and are expected to represent the school and actively participate in its sports programmes year-round. 


Small bursaries can be awarded to families with a net household income of £70,000 per annum. Full bursaries, which cover 100% of fees, are available to families with limited assets whose joint net income is less than £45,000 per annum. There are a restricted number of bursaries available though, due to the limited financial resources of the school. Please note that your son’s performance throughout the admissions process will also be taken into consideration. More details are available here


City of London School 11 Plus (11+) Online Test Information


Address: Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 3AL

County: Greater London

Admissions info: [email protected] or 020 3680 6300

School type: Independent day school for boys

Open days: September, October

Exam type / Board: Bespoke online test and written test


As part of the admissions process for 11+ entry to CLS, your child will sit an exam made up of two parts. The Part 1 assessment consists of an online test, which evaluates a broad range of areas and lasts 95 minutes. The Part 2 assessment consists of a Creative Writing paper and lasts around 30 minutes. 


Read on to learn more about the format of the City of London School 11+ online assessment.


City of London School 11+ Online Test Format 


The City of London School 11+ online assessment consists of the following sections: 


⦿ Mathematics


This 20-minute section assesses students’ proficiency in various mathematical domains, including arithmetic and problem-solving. Questions will include diagrams and/or charts.


⦿ English


This 20-minute section consists of multiple-choice questions designed to assess students’ reading comprehension, grammar and punctuation skills.


⦿ Non-Verbal Reasoning


This 10-minute section assesses students’ spatial and visual reasoning through multiple-choice questions.


⦿ Verbal Reasoning


This 10-minute section assesses students’ vocabulary and their ability to discern context-based meanings.


⦿ Puzzles & Problem Solving


This 15-minute module includes interactive puzzles and diagrams, with each accompanied by a multiple-choice question for students to answer.


⦿ Creative Comprehension


This 20-minute test requires responses to multiple-choice questions sourced from various materials, including texts, maps, diagrams, timetables and charts.


City of London School 11 Plus (11+) Practice Tests & Preparation Tips


Our City of London School 11+ online practice tests are very accurate, ensuring that your son’s preparation is targeted and efficient. After completion, each module is marked automatically, providing your son with feedback and explanations for every question. This allows him to identify his strengths and weaknesses and further improve his understanding of the material. Furthermore, each module can be completed independently, offering flexibility in his learning process.


CLS 11+ Online Practice Tests

These full mock tests are designed to provide your son with highly accurate practice ahead of his online assessment. Each practice test replicates 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 son’s progress as he works through the practice tests, quickly identifying his strengths and weaknesses.


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Our Skill Practice exercises are designed to focus on one specific question type that will come up in the City of London School 11+ exam. They are ideal for targeted practice and an efficient way to quickly improve your child’s scores in the relevant topic.


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CLS 11+ Creative Writing Exercises 

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CLS 11+ Exam Preparation Tips

Incorporating our practice tests into your son’s preparation can notably enhance his confidence ahead of the upcoming assessments. Here are our Top Three Tips for maximising the benefit of our resources:


1. Utilise the precision of our practice tests: Crafted to closely resemble the actual test, our resources allow your son to focus his preparation in line with the assessment’s structure, targeting essential exam topics.


2. Deepen comprehension through thorough explanations: Every question in our practice tests is paired with a detailed explanation. This not only assists your son in understanding the correct answers but also deepens his grasp of the subject matter.


3. Highlight strengths and pinpoint areas for improvement: By reviewing feedback and scores from each module, you can discern areas where your son excels and where he may need additional work. Armed with this knowledge, you can tailor his study schedule more effectively.


By utilising these strategies, your son will be positioned to excel in his assessment.


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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.


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