MOCK Tests

  • Comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

Given the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation and Government guidelines on social distancing, it is not feasible to organise mock tests while ensuring social distancing and safety of pupils, parents, staff and volunteers.
We are now cancelling all 2020 mock test sessions.
We are contacting parents/carers via email and will be providing a full refund.
We will keep reviewing the Government and School guidelines on reopening and if we have any opportunity to organise the tests then will publish and communicate it via this website.

Familiarisation Mock Tests for St. Olave’s SET (Selective Eligibility Test)

Each year, St. Olaves’ Parents’ Association organises familiarisation (mock) tests to give year 5 pupils the opportunity to practise the St. Olave’s Stage 1 Entrance Test (SET). The whole test experience is designed to be as similar to the actual SET as possible, both in terms of the school environment and the content of the test. We provide personalised information to parents/carers detailing their child’s performance and where their child places within the cohort. From this, parents/carers can identify any areas in which their child may benefit from further support.

This year the PA is introducing two test papers A and B. The tests will be held as per following schedule:

  • Test Paper A: 9th May and 16th May 2020
  • Test Paper B: 6th, 13th and 20th June 2020
  • Please visit the FAQ and Booking pages for more information and booking.

    How are the sessions organised?

    Pupils are taken through the process of:

  • arrival and organisation into groups;
  • being escorted into the examination hall;
  • seating arrangements, listening carefully to and understanding instructions;
  • how to fill in the multi-choice answer grid correctly;
  • expectations concerning behaviour.
  • Each session is the same length as the real SET.

    What is the test like?

    Our test has the same degree of difficulty as the St. Olave’s SET entrance paper. The format is identical, with four sections covering:

                English Comprehension         Mathematics         Verbal Reasoning         Non-verbal Reasoning

    Pupils will have controlled amounts of time for each section, as in the real test. All papers will be collected in at the end of the mock test.

    What happens afterwards?

    We send results to the parent’s/carer’s registered email address about two weeks after the test. To give parents a very clear picture of their child’s performance in comparison to other potential grammar school applicants, we include the following:

  • whether their child attempted each question and if so, whether he or she answered correctly or incorrectly
  • their child’s percentage score for each section and in total
  • their child’s percentile ranking within the cohort taking the test that week, for each section and overall
  • similar percentile rankings within the same sex cohort taking the test that week
  • After all the mock tests have been run, we send a further email with similar percentile rankings showing their child’s performance compared to all the pupils who sat the test this year.

    How much does the mock test cost?


    What if I can’t afford it?

    Everyone should have the opportunity to gain admission to a Grammar school, regardless of financial circumstances. We therefore have a limited number of free places available to those who would otherwise be unable to afford the mock test. To apply for one of these, please write in confidence to the PA via email to: assistance@saintolavespa.net .

    Is this test suitable for applicants to other selective schools?

    As it is open to both boys and girls, and ‘within sex’ results are given, we believe this test—which we think is the most rigorous of the local ‘preparation’ tests—will be very helpful, regardless of which school you finally decide to apply to.

    Please note that the Mock Tests are organised and run exclusively by the St. Olave’s Parents’ Association. Therefore, please direct any queries to the PA at mocktests@saintolavespa.net and not to the School.