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Year 9 Entry

1. Registration - by end of Year 5

Please register your son for a place at Harrow by 1 July of Year 5. Registrations received after the end of Year 5 will be considered Late Applicants. Late Applicants will be competing for fewer places but follow the same application procedure. Please see the Key Dates page for specific details. 

Please visit Section 8 below to access our online registration form. We strongly advise parents to read sections 1-6 carefully prior to completing the registration form. Applicants at school in Hong Kong and China, please refer to the section directly below.  

2. Reference - Autumn term of Year 6

We request a confidential reference from an applicant’s current school at the very beginning of Year 6. If he registers after this point, we will request a reference for him immediately. 

3. ISEB Common Pre-Test - Autumn term of Year 6

We require all boys to sit the ISEB Common Pre-Test (CPT). This is a standardised, age-adaptive measure of ability and attainment, meaning that an applicant is not disadvantaged by sitting it early in Year 6 or by being young for his year. The Pre-Test is an online assessment consisting of multiple-choice questions in verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, English and Mathematics. It takes approximately two and a half hours to complete and its components can be taken together or at separate times. All standard applicants should sit the ISEB CPT between 1 October and the end of November in Year 6. All Late Applicants should sit the test as soon as possible after registration.  

Please visit the ISEB website for more information on the test and how to register your child. We will contact you when the ISEB Guardian Portal is open and ready to receive registrations for the applicant's proposed year of entry. In the meantime, please visit the ISEB website for more information. 

4. The Harrow Test - Spring term of Year 6 (standard applicants)

If an applicant passes the ISEB CPT, we will invite him to sit the Harrow Test at the School in the Spring term of Year 6. The Harrow Test consists of one 20-minute interview with a House Master, a computerised English, Maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning assessment (one hour in total) and a classroom-based group activity (20 minutes). 

5. Results - Summer term of Year 6

In late April/early May of Year 6 having completed the Harrow Test, an applicant receives one of the following results: 

  • A1 List - the offer of a place at the School in a specific House; 

  • A2 List - the offer of a place at the School with a House to be confirmed at a later date; 

  • B List - the offer of a place on our Waiting List;

  • or C List - no offer.

All offers are subject to sitting either the Common Entrance (CE) or our Academic Scholarship examinations in Year 8.

6. House Master meetings - Summer term of Year 6 onwards

Applicants holding offers of places in a specific House will be invited to a one-to-one meeting with the House Master from the Summer term of Year 6 onwards. Other applicants holding offers will be allocated a House at a later date, after which a visit can be arranged directly with the House Master.  

Many parents leave their son’s House allocation to the Registrar. Those families who do indicate a House preference on the registration form often have a pre-existing relationship with the House via Old Harrovian connections. Click here to explore the Houses and to learn more about their history and House Masters. Alternatively, speak to your son's current Head or to a House Master at one of our Open Mornings.  

7. Common Entrance (CE) or Academic Scholarship - Year 8

8. Registration Form

Register your son by completing the Year 9 online registration form

Please access the online form using the link from this page only and not those offered by a third party.  

  • Registration will be complete on payment of the non-refundable Registration Fee of £350. If making this payment might be difficult, please contact our admissions team.

  • An applicant who would only accept a place at Harrow on receipt of a means-tested bursary will be able to indicate this on the form. 

  • You will also be required to upload a copy of the ID page of your son’s passport.