Entrance Tests

Local Entrance Testing for 2023 entry

Please be notified that Local Entrance Testing dates for 2023 entry have been confirmed and all being well will happen on the Waterford campus as follows:

Saturday March 5th – 8am – For IBDP (including Eswatini National Committee) and Lower Forms
Saturday March 12th – 8am – Lower Forms only.

Applicants should come on the day with something to write with, completed application form, latest report and test fee.Please make a booking with Martha Dlamini by emailing martha.dlamini@waterford.sz or calling 24220867

Regional Entrance Testing

All being well, we plan to be in Nairobi on Saturday May 14th 2022 at 9am at the Sarova PanAfric Hotel for Regional Entrance Testing.

Depending on how the pandemic evolves we may add other venues too as per previous years. Please do monitor this page or contact Mr. Storer for updates at careers@waterford.sz . We continue to welcome boarding candidates by appointment to campus on weekdays.

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.

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