Admissions Guidance

Please note that the below guidance is designed to assist candidates through each stage of admissions once their initial application has been reviewed.

For candidates yet to apply to Harrow School Online, we recommend familiarising yourself with the application process of which the first stage is to complete the online application form

Entrance Tests

As part of our admissions process, we require all applicants to take an online entrance test in each subject that they intend to study. We set these tests to ensure that our pupils are able to cope with the rigours of the programme and will thrive in an academically-demanding setting.

Entrance tests will be set, upon successful completion of the Academic Interview. 

We currently have 7 separate entrance tests in line with the subjects offered:

  • Maths;
  • Further Maths;
  • Physics;
  • Chemistry;
  • Biology;
  • Economics;
  • Spanish.

The entrance tests for Maths, Physics, Biology and Chemistry are based on some of the more challenging questions set during a GCSE or International GCSE examination that would typically differentiate between candidates scoring in the 7/8/9 or A/A* range. Content is generic and not based on a single exam board. 

Please see example specification and course materials from the most recent International GCSE syllabus in these subjects:

Our Further Maths entrance test is designed to identify candidates who would cope with the challenges of the demanding Further Maths International A Level course. The Further Maths entrance test is comprised of similar questions as those set in Maths International GCSE to differentiate grade 9 candidates.

Our Economics entrance test does not require students to have studied Economics previously or to be familiar with theories and concepts of the subject. Candidates will instead be assessed on their ability to construct coherent and logical arguments in well-structured and accurate English.

The entrance tests themselves are set and marked by our expert teachers, who have carefully designed the tests and marking criteria to assess the ability of candidates at different points in the year. This ensures that a candidate sitting their entrance test at the beginning of Year 11 is in no way disadvantaged when compared to a candidate sitting their test at the end of Year 11.  

Booking the Entrance Tests

All our subject entrance tests are taken online.
 
To book the tests, candidates will be asked to indicate their availability during our testing windows. For each session, candidates must find a quiet testing location, free from distractions for the duration of the test. The Admissions Department will inform each candidate of the length of each test, depending on the subject combination.
 
At the beginning of the testing session, our online test supervisor will carry out checks on your testing environment and device to ensure against any cheating and fraudulent exam practice. This may take up to 15 minutes. 


To pass the verification test, candidates must ensure that:
 

  • They will be in a silent room for the duration of the test.
  • They are alone in their testing room and that no other person will enter the room for the duration of the test.
  • They have no study materials, textbooks, other electronics devices, or written notes in the room during the test.
  • That they have a working webcam and microphone headset to carry out the room verification and communicate with the online test supervisor.

 
Note: Candidates who do not pass the verification test will not be able to progress with the tests.
 
Candidates may bring with them: 
 

  • A calculator; 
  • A4 Paper (without notes).

Academic Interview

Overview:

The Academic Interview is the first interview in our Admissions Process and will be held with a subject specialist in one of the subjects candidates are applying for. This interview will be held after candidates sit the entrance tests.

During this interview, the Academic Interviewer will ask questions to assess candidates' knowledge, understanding and interest in their subject choices. Candidates will also be set some questions during the interview to see how they work through problems, arrive at solutions and think analytically.

Our Academic Interviews will look for evidence of intellectual curiosity, independent learning and a desire to contribute to the school community.  

Details: 

Language: English;
Duration: 30 minutes;
Format: One-to-one;

Interview Link: Candidates will receive a personalised video conference link from the Admissions Office prior to the call;
Technology RequirementsZoom client, a headset with a microphone, a laptop or computer, a webcam;

Guidance: Preparation

  • The Academic Interviewer may ask questions on the entrance tests. It might be helpful to have a think about what you thought you did well in and less well;
  • The Academic Interviewer may ask you about your current schooling, interests, ambitions and positions of leadership and responsibility; 
  • The Academic Interviewer may ask you about your broader ambitions.

Guidance: During the Interview

  • Find a quiet room where you will not be disturbed for the duration of the interview;
  • Log onto Zoom at least 5 minutes before the interview to ensure you are ready to start at the agreed time;
  • Test your microphone and video settings before starting the interview;
  • There is no strict requirement for formal dress but please wear appropriate clothing. School uniform is usually suitable.

Principal Interview

Overview:

The Interview with the Principal is the second and final interview in our Admissions Process and will be held with the Principal of Harrow School Online, Ms Heather Rhodes.

Details: 

Language: English;
Duration: 30 minutes;
Format: One-to-one or groups of two/three applicants;
Interview Link: You will receive a personalised video conference link from the Admissions Office prior to the call;
Technology RequirementsZoom client, a headset with a microphone, a laptop or computer, a webcam.

Guidance: Preparation

  • The Principal may ask questions on some of the answers you have given in your previous interview;
  • The Principal may ask you about what you would bring to the school community;
  • The Principal may ask you about your broader ambitions beyond Harrow School Online;
  • The Principal may ask you how you have demonstrated the Harrow School Online values of courage, honour, humility and fellowship.

Guidance: During the Interview

  • Find a quiet room where you will not be disturbed for the duration of the interview;
  • Log onto Zoom at least 5 minutes before the interview to ensure you are ready to start at the agreed time;
  • Test your microphone and video settings before starting the interview;
  • There is no strict requirement for formal dress but please wear appropriate clothing. School uniform is usually suitable.

Frequently Asked Questions