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Newstead Wood Mock Papers

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The Basics

Newstead Wood is a highly competitive girls-only (save for the co-ed sixth form) Grammar School in Orpington, Kent. The entrance test measure Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning only, believed by some to be the strongest indicator of raw capability and intelligent when compared to Maths and English entrance exams.

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Newstead Wood Mock Papers

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We have structured five mock papers for Newstead Wood, all of which include both a Verbal and a Non-Verbal mock papers.

​Verbal Reasoning questions include:

  • Word searches and crosswords

  • Add the missing letters

  • Add the missing words

  • Common meaning puzzles

  • Opposite meaning puzzles

  • Hidden words

  • Adjoining words

  • Anagrams

  • Letter sequencing

  • Word association

  • Code breaking 

Non-Verbal Reasoning questions include:

  • Processes & sequences

  • Cube netting

  • Odd one out

  • Rotation & symmetry

  • Visual code breaking

Stage 1
Stage 1 papers

Pen & paper wins every time

There are no online tests for any of these schools.


Don't get distracted with apps and other digital solutions. Focus your time on getting used to printed, exam-style mock papers that help familiarise with the real thing.

The closer you can get to the experience of the day itself, the better prepared your child will be when their moment arrives.

Get used to watching the clock

Timing is crucial, always have a clock in the room.

Although it varies year-by-year, the PESE contains roughly 45-50 questions and lasts about 45-50 minutes. Get your little trooper used the keeping an eye on the clock, you won't be there to help them on test day. 1 minute per question is a good rule of thumb, and by working quickly they can build up reserve time for the trickier questions later in the test.

Be careful where you put your answers

There is a separate answer sheet.

Get used to this early on, answering on a separate sheet may not be intuitive, but the consequences of letting this slip on test day are dire. There are no points for showing working and no points for anything marked on the question paper itself. It's the multiple-choice answer sheet, or nothing, so it's crucial to make this part of your revision structure.

If in doubt, guess!

Never leave a multiple-choice question blank!

There will be questions that either your superstar can't conquer, or it simply isn't worth wasting them time on for that 1 point (10 minutes on 1 question/point at the sacrifice of the time to complete 10 more, is not a good trade!).

There's a 1 in 5 chance every time you guess, so  have a go!

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