The written test typically includes an extract from a work of children’s literature, followed by reading comprehension questions and a short essay. The oral component comprises an examination from an unseen text, such as a poem, a passage from a novel, or an article, followed by a ten-minute interview with the English teachers.
The best way to prepare children for the entrance tests: ensure that they regularly read a variety of English-language texts; speak to them consistently in English; and give them opportunities to write in English whenever possible. Many children in the section have followed a more structured programme, via weekly courses or even language exchanges during the summer months. Some have previously attended school in an English-speaking country, or have been enrolled in a bilingual programme in Paris.