Entrance Tests

How to Prepare

Entrance Testing for the Forms

There are 3 parts to the assessment.

  • A 30 minute Mental Agility Multiple choice paper
  • A 30 minute Maths paper – see topics covered below
  • A one hour English paper involving a reading comprehension and written composition.

Entrance Testing for the IBDP

There are 4 parts to the assessment.

  • A 30 minute Mental Alertness multiple choice paper
  • 30 minute papers in the 3 subjects that the applicants hopes to pursue at Higher Level.

Candidates will also have an interview.

Information for Teachers and Parents preparing students for the Mathematics Entrance Test (Form 1 to 4 entry)

The topics on the Waterford Mathematics Entrance Test are as listed below. The questions are designed to test basic arithmetic skills, ability to interpret information and to solve simple problems. Forms 1 to 4 write the same test, with ramped pass marks for the higher year groups. Younger students will inevitably encounter some questions, especially towards the end, that they do not understand; we therefore encourage everyone to search for and to concentrate on questions they feel most confident about. A simple but important point is to ensure that students know that the test is one piece of A4 paper with questions on both sides! They may ask for scrap/working paper if required.


  • Place value; rounding numbers to the nearest tenth, unit, ten, hundred, thousand.

  • Addition, subtraction and multiplication of whole numbers (including the long multiplication of a 3 digit and a 2 digit number).

  • Operations with simple fractions, decimals and percentages and conversion between these forms. Simplifying fractions. Practical applications, often including money or shopping.

  • Time: 12 and 24 hour clocks.

  • Units of length (mm, cm, m, km), area (mm² and cm²), capacity (litre/millilitre) and mass/weight (g and Kg). Prefixes milli, centi, deci, kilo.

  • Interpreting and drawing bar charts.

  • Spotting and using number patterns.

  • Measuring scales for length, estimating distances between points.

Not covered

  • Negative numbers

  • Coordinate grids

  • Area

  • Volume

Calculators may not be used. The time allowed is 30 minutes. Please contact the Head of Admissions, John Storer, for enquiries about testing arrangements.

Entrance testing dates for 2017 are available here:

Entrance testing dates for 2018 are available here