S1 Assessment Day

Assessment Day will be held on Thursday 13 January, 2022

Entrance assessments are usually held in January for entry that year. We are excited to let you know that the entrance assessment for S1 for August 2022 entry will take place on Thursday 13 January 2022.

What to expect on Assessment Day

For overseas applicants or those based some distance from Edinburgh, please note that we are able to send out entrance papers to be administered in the applicant's current school.

Our assessment

The assessment for both The Mary Erskine School and Stewart's Melville College will include papers in Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning. More details about the papers can be read below:

  • Spelling - This assessment consists of approximately fifty words which will be read out.  This can help us identify pupils who may need support to improve their spelling. The score is not included in the overall assessment.
  • English Writing Task - The candidates will be given three titles from which they must choose one on which to write a short essay.
  • Mathematics - This assessment tests skills in numeracy.  Most Primary 7 pupils should be familiar with the topics covered.
  • Verbal Reasoning - Candidates are given a standardised verbal reasoning paper which asks them, for example, to complete sequences, work out codes and solve logic problems.  Before beginning this assessment, the boys and girls will be given a short practice paper.
  • Reading and Comprehension Assessment  - This is a paper which is made up of multiple choice questions.  The questions test vocabulary and the ability to extract the meaning from a number of short passages.

How to book your child's place

We hope that you will decide that an ESMS education is right for your child. If you would like to apply, parents/guardians are asked to complete our online application form via the link below to book your spot at Assessment Day.  Our Admissions Managers will then be in touch to invite you to join us on the day. They will also provide more information about the assessment papers, scholarship availability and bursaries. 

Apply now

Meet Mrs Fitzgerald

The Head of Admissions at The Mary Erskine School would like to talk to families about what our Assessment Day will look like this year.

Further information

If you have any questions before making your application, our Admissions Managers would be happy to hear from you. Please contact Mrs Wright at Stewart's Melville College on smcadmissions@esms.org.uk or Mrs Bryan at The Mary Erskine School on mesadmissions@esms.org.uk.

Please note that applications should normally be received by 15 December.