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Eton College has up to 70 King’s Scholars who board in College, the House of the scholars, under the care of their House Master, the Master-in-College, and his pastoral team. Every boy has his own study-bedroom, and apart from a few ceremonial differences, his life at Eton is very similar to that of boys in other Houses.

Approximately 14 scholarships are awarded annually.

You have teachers that have an immense amount of experience, so it all plays into your hands.

Stephen, pupil

The King’s Scholarship Examinations

The examinations for potential King’s Scholars are held at Eton in late April and/or early May for entry in September. Candidates must either be aged 13 on Monday 1 September of the year of entry or have turned 14 during August that year, where Eton has previously agreed that the boy may defer his entry by a year due to an August birthday. Applications must be returned to Admissions by the date shown in the current Prospectus: a candidate does not need to be registered in order to apply. The application form is relevant only for the current year of entry, as shown on the website.

Admissions offer some open afternoons for boys in Year 8 to give potential candidates and their parents the opportunity to learn about the College House environment and details of the King’s Scholarship examinations.


King’s Scholars at Eton College.

Since the King’s Scholarship examination is designed to find the most able candidates, it is intentionally very demanding. In most papers of the examination there is a wide range of questions so that any clever boy has the opportunity to prove his capability; the examiners are keen to reward boys who show real ability, even if in only a limited field. In particular, the General papers allow candidates who may have received limited tuition to demonstrate their potential. Every candidate must take several compulsory papers (currently these are English, Creative Writing, Mathematics A, Science, and General I) and at least three of the optional papers (French, Latin, Greek, Mathematics B, General II and History-Geography-Divinity). The examiners assess a candidate on his performance in the compulsory papers and his best three optional papers.

Conditional Offers

Boys already holding a conditional place who do not achieve a place in College may do well enough in the King’s Scholarship examination to be exempted from the Common Entrance examination as a final qualification for entry, but this is not automatic. A boy’s present Head Teacher is the key adviser on whether an attempt at a scholarship is appropriate as a means of entry, in preference to Common Entrance, on the basis of his abilities.

Scholarship Prospectus and Application Documents

The 2023 King’s Scholarship application form will be available from September 2022 – candidates with a conditional place will be provided with a shortened version of the application form.

2022 King’s Scholarship prospectus

2022 King’s Scholarship application form

King’s Scholarship Syllabus supplementary details

Minor Change of KS compulsory papers for 2021 onwards

Election Roll 2021

King’s Scholarship Past Papers