Entrance Tests

Entrance Testing in 2020 for 2021 Entry

Local Entrance Testing on Campus – 8am

  • Saturday March 7th – 8am – For Lower Forms and IBDP (including UWC National Committee scholarship places at sister colleges)
  • Saturday March 14th – 8am – For Lower Forms only

Regional Entrance Testing

May 9 – 9am

  • Dar es Salaam – Protea Courtyard
  • Gaborone – Avani
  • Harare – Bronte
  • Kampala – Golden Tulip
  • Nairobi – Sarova Pan Afric

June 6 – 9am

  • Maputo – VIP

Admissions 2021 – UPDATE (JUNE)

We trust that this message finds all our prospective applicants for January 2021 across the continent safe and well.

We remain committed to recruiting a range of students from across the region. We want to reassure everyone that there is still time to apply and that deadlines have been extended. We set out the various scenarios below. They will be confirmed by the end of June for the processes to take place in July or August. We trust that this timeline will still give interested families time to plan for entrance testing and for 2021 schooling – including giving notice at their current school by the start of next term - as offers will be confirmed by the end of August.

  1. We hope that WK staff will still be able to get to some venues (most likely those accessible by road like Gaborone and Maputo) in July/August on a date to be confirmed at the end of June.
  2. We hope that applicants from South Africa and Lesotho, who were originally planning to visit campus for entrance testing, will be able to do this effectively in July or August – by appointments to be set at the start of July
  3. For venues that remain inaccessible to us we will endeavour to run entrance testing days with the support of "in-city" current parents/students, alumni and National Committees in Harare, Nairobi and Dar (and possibly Gaborone and Maputo) – in line with local guidelines. Again dates will be confirmed at the end of June.
  4. As a last resort we will run virtual assessments/interviews by appointment in July/August for those that are not able to meet us in person – for whatever reason – especially if 1,2&3 above can't happen.

We thank you for your patience at this complex time and once again reassure you that places will remain available until the end of August. Please do check back into the website around July 1 for an update and new dates. As always please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Admissions – John Storer – careers@waterford.sz - should you have any queries.

Admissions 2021 – UPDATE (JULY)

We trust that this message finds all our prospective applicants for January 2021 across the continent safe and well.

We remain committed to recruiting a range of students from across the region. We want to reassure everyone that there is still time to apply for January 2021 entry and that deadlines have been extended. We trust that this timeline will still give interested families time to plan for entrance testing and for 2021 schooling – including giving notice at their current school by the start of next term - as offers will be confirmed by the start of September.

To give clarity and certainty at this ambiguous time we have now decided to run virtual assessments/interviews via Zoom by appointment in August for those that have not been able to meet us in person. Even though lockdowns are being eased we cannot be sure that they won't be re-imposed and we don't want to put any applicants at risk. Please contact John Storer at careers@waterford.sz by the end of July to make an appointment for August. We will require all applicants to complete the application form below and to include a full school reference with their application as well as their latest report and proof of application fee payment (bank details also below) before the interview is arranged.

We thank you for your patience at this complex time and once again reassure you that places will remain available until the end of August.

Admissions 2021 – UPDATE (October)

WK is now full for 2021 – applicants from the latest round of regional entrance interviews will be notified of our decision by the end of October. Any late applicants, who can get to campus for an in-person assessment, can still make an application for a place on a waiting list if they wish (given the prevailing uncertainties) by contacting Mr. Storer via email on careers@waterford.sz

Thank you for your interest in WK and UWC.

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 a 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 applicant 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 as well as the ability to interpret information and 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 concentrate on the 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.

Topics

  • Place value.
  • Units of length, area and mass/weight. Conversions eg metres to millimetres.
  • Addition, subtraction and multiplication of whole numbers (including the long multiplication of a 3-digit and a 2-digit number).
  • Systematic counting strategies.
  • Operations with simple fractions, decimals and percentages and conversion between these forms. Simplifying fractions. Practical applications, including money or shopping.
  • Time: 12 and 24 hour clocks.
  • Interpreting and drawing bar charts.
  • Spotting and using number patterns.

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

Entrance testing dates for 2021 entry are available here

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