What are the 7+ Examinations?
While some parents wait until the end of Year 6 to move to a secondary school, others may choose to move them earlier, particularly if you are considering moving your child from a state primary school to an independent preparatory school. These schools primarily admit pupils at the beginning of Key Stage 2 and the 7+ examinations are the assessments that happen at the end of Year 2 in order to gain entry to these schools. ‘At this age, schools feel that they can reasonably accurately assess children’s ability, and so most select on the basis of academic ability at this point. If children are any younger than this, it’s harder to predict their suitability for that school,’ states Susan Hamlyn, director of The Good Schools Guide Advice Service.
Which Schools use the 7+ Examination?
Some schools may have places available for entry in Year 3, but the schools that offer the 7+ examination in London include:
What is tested?
The admissions process varies from school to school, however usually the tests will involve English and mathematics. Some schools also include a reasoning test too, which can include both verbal and non-verbal reasoning. They can be written or computer-based tests. As with other entrance stages, schools often ask for a report from the child’s current school and those that pass the examination, will often be asked back for an interview.
When do the examinations take place?
7+ examinations take place early on in the Spring term of Year 2, for entry into Year 3 the following September.
How can Bright Light Education help?
The process of the 7+ examination can be extremely competitive in London so a tutor can help to boost confidence in areas where your child needs support, as well as practise papers together to ensure they go into the exam feeling prepared.
Past Papers Marking Service
At Bright Light Education, we have worked hard to create detailed and accurate answer schemes for many of the schools’ English and maths papers, and consequently we are able to offer a marking service for 7+ papers. With English papers, as well as marking the paper in detail, we give personal feedback for how the child can improve their comprehension and creative writing skills. With maths papers, we are able to show methods for incorrect answers, as well as suggesting topics for further revision.
Marking English Paper (comprehension and creative writing): £30
Marking Maths Paper: £20
If you would like your paper marked, please contact us to arrange it. Please note that your paper will be marked by a qualified teacher who is highly experienced at marking Entrance Examination papers. We will not use the schools’ marking schemes (as these are usually not made available) but we will mark them using our own answer schemes, which we hope are closely aligned with the school answers. This is particularly the case for English papers, where some answers can be slightly subjective.
Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
LINKS TO 7+ PAST PAPERS
Many schools publish their past papers which are freely available to download. We have provided links to many of these papers below. Occasionally, schools update their websites and so please contact us if the link no longer works, or you cannot find what you are looking for.