Entrance Exam Process

Bishops Entrance Examination

Once you have registered your son for Grade 8 at the College, you will need to enter him for the Bishops Entrance Examination in his Grade 7 year in order for him to be eligible for admission. Please note, if he has applied previously to the school he is already on the waiting list, so please do not re-apply. You are welcome to verify his registration with the Admissions Office.

Entries for the examination will close on Thursday 1st February 2024.

Examination Details

Candidates will be examined in English and Mathematics. The exam will be held in the Mallett Centre at Bishops on Wednesday 7th February 2024 (candidates from Bishops Prep School and WPPS will write at their own schools).

Please note, registration for the exam is essential. Boys who have not registered will not be permitted to participate.

Candidates from outside the Cape Town area may apply to the Admissions Office to write the examination at their own schools by arrangement with their school principal.

An exam fee of R400 is payable.

Examination Subjects
Wednesday 7th February Commencing 08h45
Mathematics 90 minutes
English 90 minutes

1. Please complete the electronic entrance exam entry form which will be emailed to you.

2. Then scan the following supporting documents to the Admissions Office:

  • A copy of your son’s birth certificate
  • A copy of his December 2023 school report
For further details regarding the Entrance Exam, please contact the Admissions Secretary at (021) 659 1014 or admissions@bishops.org.za.

We will email you in due course to confirm your son’s participation in the exam. Please contact the Admissions Office if you have not received written confirmation by 2nd February 2024.

Place offers will be made in April, based on the results of the Entrance Examination and a school's record of the boy's involvement in the academic, sporting, leadership and cultural fields.

Experience Bishops

We will be opening the College to prospective students in their Grade 7 year and their parents on Friday 26th January 2024 in order to give them a clear idea of what Bishops stands for and offers as an option. This will involve boys attending classes and seeing for themselves the many innovations and facilities at Bishops, and meeting key people on the academic staff. Should your son wish to attend, please register for the day here.

Please note that attendance at this event does not constitute registration - the online application form and exam entry form have to be completed in order for your son to be considered for admission.

Academic Scholarships

A limited number of academic scholarships are awarded on the basis of performance in the Entrance Examination.


  • The Bishops Scholarship & Theron Scholarship worth up to 50% of tuition fees;
  • Other scholarships ranging from 20% - 33% of tuition fees.
  • The Hoffman Stempel Bursary, awarded each year to the son of an OD who is a talented all-rounder and who has performed well in the Entrance Exam. Financial need will also be taken into account for this award.


These scholarships are awarded on academic performance only, except that for the Bishops Scholarship qualities such as character, leadership potential, cultural and sporting ability are also taken into consideration.

All awards are for the scholar's whole career at Bishops up to Grade 12, provided conduct and industry are satisfactory. The right not to make awards, or awards to the full amounts stated, in any year, is reserved.

Successful candidates will be informed in writing by 18th March 2024 (we regret individual results are not made available).