Entrance Exams for Malvern St James

Entrance Exams

MSJ Pre-Prep and Prep (Nursery - Year 6)

Girls attend a ‘Two-Day Taster’ at Malvern St James including informal assessment. Applicants who are non-UK residents can be assessed remotely. In addition, Key Stage 2 applicants are informally interviewed.

MSJ Seniors (Year 7 - Year 10)

Entrance Examinations take the form of  online Cognitive Ability Tests (CAT4) and a written English Comprehension examination (or online Oxford Placement Test for non-native English speakers).

CAT4 is the most widely used test of reasoning abilities in the UK. It measures the four principal areas of reasoning – verbal, quantitative, non-verbal and spatial ability tasks. The CAT4 may be used to predict future educational attainment and helps to build understanding of individual potential and learning styles.

If a pupil has completed a recent UKISET assessment, the results from this can be submitted in place of completing the aforementioned CAT4 and OPT. 

MSJ Sixth Form (Year 12)

For Sixth Form entry, in addition to meeting general entry requirements, pupils are required to take written papers in three of the subjects that they intend to study at A Level, to ensure that they are able to successfully access the courses. Pupils whose first language is not English are also required to take an online Oxford Placement Test (OPT) in addition to the subject papers. If a pupil has completed a recent UKISET assessment, the results from this can be submitted in place of completing the OPT. 

GCSE results will be requested by the Admissions Team in the August prior to entry.

Entrance Examinations may be completed at MSJ at a convenient time in your daughter's schedule. Alternatively, we can invigilate them remotely. For international applications, Entrance Examinations can be invigilated by an educational agent (if appointed) or remotely by our Admissions Team. 

Offer of a Place

Following the successful completion of our Entrance Exams (if applicable) and interviews your daughter will be offered a place at Malvern St James Girls’ School.

To confirm your daughter’s enrolment we require the following:

  • Completed Parent Contract Acceptance Form, signed by both parents/legal guardian
  • Completed New Starter Forms
  • Payment of the Acceptance Deposit (£800 UK residents/one term’s fees for non-UK residents*)
    • The Acceptance Deposit is held in the School bank account and is refunded after your daughter’s final term at Malvern St James, less any extra costs for that final term. The deposit is non-refundable in the event that your daughter does not take up a place previously accepted.

We understand each family’s circumstances are different and are here to support you every step of the way. At any stage of the process our Admissions Team, is happy to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the process. 


* Y1-Y12 entrants