Tiffin School & Tiffin Girls' School

About Stage 1

Multiple Choice

Mock Papers

About Stage 2
Open Answer

The Basics

The Tiffin School and Tiffin Girls' School are amongst the most competitive selective entrance schools in the country. The papers are not shared with other schools and consist of a Stage 1 multiple choice exam and a Stage 2 open answers exam. In all cases the Tiffin exams assess English and Maths, with no assessment of Verbal or Non-Verbal Reasoning.

Student Writing

Stage 1 - Multiple Choice

Entrance to either school begins with registration for the Stage 1 multiple choice test. 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 higher each year, but this is a good rule of thumb when preparing for the big day. 


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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, similarly to the Sutton S.E.T., Tiffin Stage 1 contains roughly 45-50 questions and lasts about 45-50 minutes. Get  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.

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


Tiffin Stage 1 Mock Papers

Click below to download multiple choice papers for Tiffin 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