Sutton SET 11+ Entrance Exams

About Stage 1

Multiple Choice

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About Stage 2
Open Answer

The Basics

The Sutton Selective Eligibility Test is used by six selective schools in and around Sutton as their 11+ entrance exam. Five of these schools are entirely selective grammars schools - Nonsuch High School for Girls, Sutton Grammar School, Wallington County Grammar, Wallington High School for Girls and Wilson's School - one of the schools, Greenshaw High School, is partially selective.

Although all six schools broadly share resources and follow similar criteria, there are nuances that you should be aware of depending on which school(s) you are targeting.

Student Writing

Stage 1 - Multiple Choice

All six schools require the S.E.T. Selective Eligibility Test as their first round of testing. This consists of two exclusively multiple-choice papers, one for English and one for Maths.

In most cases this first test will determine eligibility to sit Stage 2, and whilst the pass mark varies year-by-year due to peer averages, it is best to aim for at least 85% as an average across both papers, with neither paper scoring less than 80%. The reality could be lower (or higher) each year, but this is a good rule of thumb when preparing for for the big day. 


The exceptions to this rule are Greenshaw High School and Wallington Country Grammar, who in both cases measure test performance based purely on the S.E.T. multiple choice papers. It is worth noting that in the case of Wallington County Grammar, the pass mark for the S.E.T. paper is usually considerably higher than the other schools.

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Things to remember

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English, Multiple Choice

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Maths, Multiple Choice


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 S.E.T. 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 will almost definitely be 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!

Adult Students


Sutton S.E.T. Stage 1 Mock Papers

Click below to download multiple choice papers for Sutton S.E.T. Stage 1. Each paper is a full 45-minute mock exam, designed to look and feel like a real 11+ paper with a separate answer sheet to mimic the real thing.

English & Grammar: Timed multiple-choice with separate answer sheet

Maths & Numeracy: Timed multiple-choice with separate answer sheet