Home > Applying for Schools > Common Entrance Examination

Common Entrance Examination

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 16 May 2016 | comments*Discuss
 
Common Entrance Examination Common

The Common Entrance Examination (CEA) is used as a method of determining entrance to a particular private or independent school in the United Kingdom. These examinations are the only examinations in the United Kingdom school system which are standardised for Independent schools prior to the sitting of GCSE examinations.

It is worth noting at this point that most fee-paying schools will test and interview their pupils before admitting them.

Also important to note is that most independent schools will set out their own timetable of examinations twice a year in a bid to assess pupil performance and accurately identify those areas - or subjects - where help is needed.

Subjects Covered

The Common Entrance Examination (CEA) has a variety of subjects that can be covered. These subjects are normally made up of the following:

Compulsory Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Additional Subjects

  • History
  • Geography
  • Latin
  • French
  • German
  • Religious Studies

Prep Schools (Preparatory Schools)

As the name might suggest the idea of a Preparatory School (Prep School) is to prepare your child for the move to an independent - or private school - and also to prepare them for the examinations that will allow them to gain admittance. Many preparatory schools will offer the chance of preparing their pupils for the chance of admittance into one of a number of designated schools whilst some will work solely in conjunction one independent school in the area.

Preparatory (Prep) schools are for eight to thirteen year olds and at the age of thirteen they will take the 13+ Common Entrance Examination (CEA) which will allow them to attend a fee-paying school.

Sitting the Exam

The examination itself is taken at Preparatory School (Prep School) on a fixed date but the papers are marked by the preferred senior school. At this time if there are insufficient marks to warrant admittance to the preferred school, the school in question will then forward these papers to a second choice school for their perusal. The examination is used by many schools offering bursaries - or scholarships - and is accompanied by their own interviews and possible further tests or examinations.

Admissions

As we have already mentioned the Common Entrance Examination (CEA) can be used as a means of allowing admittance to a preferred school - but as this examination is only used in private sector schooling the schools in question may have additional criteria which must be met before a place is granted.

You should consult with your preferred school before setting your child on the route to independent school education in order to establish their criteria and also so that you can allocate a second choice school in the event that admission is refused.

All schools will be happy to discuss with you their entrance procedure and can offer you practical advice on how best to prepare your child for the Common Entrance Examination (CEA).

In addition your Local Education Authority (LEA) will be able to offer practical advice and can provide you with a list of private tutors if you wish for your child to have additional teaching for such an exam.

Also there are websites offering past Common Entrance Examination (CEA) papers so that you and your child can see what the examination might consist of but it is by no means a certainty that previous topics will be applicable at the next sitting.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
i need the of the report of these site and what it required of me
johnd - 7-Dec-12 @ 1:48 PM
could you please put some past papers on the sight??!!
kk - 14-Oct-12 @ 9:32 AM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • BecsB
    Re: What to Include in an Appeal
    @Sewa - unfortunately, there is nothing you can do until but wait :(
    18 June 2018
  • Sewa
    Re: What to Include in an Appeal
    Hello, I did appeal to my son for secondary school. My appeal was heard on the 11/05/2018 until now I'm waiting for appeal success…
    16 June 2018
  • Mari
    Re: Placing a Foreign Student in a UK School
    Hi we are considering the idea of relocating to the UK with a 6 years old boy that is starting primary school in…
    15 June 2018
  • annb
    Re: Helping Your Child Fit in Abroad
    My 3 grandchildren are coming to live in UK from Australia my granddaughters birthday is 31August, she should go into yr 8…
    15 June 2018
  • Syd
    Re: Placing a Foreign Student in a UK School
    Hi I'm looking for some guidance on bringing my nephew to complete the rest of his studies in Glasgow, He is from…
    14 June 2018
  • Liv
    Re: School League Tables
    @mumtoowen - yes, I don't like the no phone contact either, but I suppose it is for a reason which is to stop homesickness digging in :(
    8 June 2018
  • Jassie
    Re: Placing a Foreign Student in a UK School
    I shall be studied in uk in high school
    7 June 2018
  • mumtoowen
    Re: School League Tables
    I am dreading my child's first school trip to be honest. I think no phone contact is outrageous. I also do not agree with not giving out the…
    6 June 2018
  • Bec22
    Re: Pupil Referral Units
    Hi my son is 14 and is in his last chance in school, I have found a academy unit to put him in but the school said they cannot fund it, where…
    5 June 2018
  • GetTheRightSchool
    Re: What is Flexi-schooling?
    Flex-Parent - Your Question:I am keen to set up Flex-schooling for my 6 year old girl who struggles with a full day at school.…
    5 June 2018
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the GetTheRightSchool website. Please read our Disclaimer.