Expressly Academic Testing

What is Expressly Academic?

Children that apply to Poole High School will be admitted without reference to ability or aptitude. Parents also have the opportunity to apply for a place within the 'Expressly Academic Class' (10% of intake). These children are selected on the basis of ability and are required to take a series of tests.

Our Expressly Academic route is intended for students with high ability. 

As a general guide, if your child is regularly at or above age related expectations or has an NVR or CATS score greater than 115, then it is appropriate.

The test is in three parts: 

Part 1 – Reasoning Test 

Part 2 – English Test

Part 3 – Mathematics Test

The reasoning test is multiple choice and has elements of  both verbal and non-verbal reasoning.  The English and Mathematics tests are based upon the KS2 curriculum.


2024 Testing for September 2025 Entry

Applications for testing to take place in September are now open. Please complete the form at the bottom of this page.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 15th September 2024 at 23:59hrs.

No late applications will be accepted after this time.

The date of the test is on the morning of Saturday 28th September 2024, with exact timings to follow.

Once you have applied you will recieve an immediate email to confirm receipt of application.

We shall contact all candidates the week beginning Monday 16th September to confirm the exact timings and procedures for the testing day.

Letters with the results of the test will be sent out between Monday 14th October and Friday 18th October.

The deadline for applying for a secondary school place via BCP Council is 31st October 2024.