7+ / 8+ SEVEN PLUS/ EIGHT PLUS
The 7+ is taken in year 2 for entry into year 3. It is comprised of three papers, English, Maths and reasoning based on the year 2 syllabus. Pupils are assessed on comprehension, writing and problem-solving.
The 8+ follows a similar structure to the 7+ with a higher attainment level. Content follows the KS1 Curriculum and early stages of KS2. It is comprised of a reading comprehension, writing, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning.
Evaluation is based on the above tests, alongside an assessment day where a pupil’s ability to interact with peers and staff, to work independently and as part of a group are evaluated.
11+ ELEVEN PLUS (PRE-TESTS AND ENTRANCE TESTS)
Set by girls schools and London day schools commonly in January of the year of entry, the 11+ exam encompasses four disciplines, as set out by ISEB. An 11+ tutor will prepare pupils in the following areas:
Verbal reasoning- tests ability to work with words and language
Non-verbal reasoning- involves solving problems with pictures, diagrams and patterns
Mathematics- includes problem solving and mental maths
English Skills- assesses grammar, vocabulary, comprehension and creative writing
13+ THIRTEEN PLUS COMMON ENTRANCE
The 13+ Common Entrance exam is fiercely competitive. Compulsory papers are centred on English, Maths and Science. In addition, candidates may be required to sit papers in a wide range of subjects chosen from: French, Geography, German, Classical Greek, History, Latin, Religious Studies and Spanish. The core subjects, most modern languages, Latin and Classical Greek are offered at more than one level.
16+ SIXTEEN PLUS
Due to the limited availability of places at Sixth Form, the 16+ exam is set by independent schools as part of an extremely competitive selection procedure for year 12 entry. This exam usually takes place in Autumn of the school year before entry, in October or November.
Examination papers are centred on each subject looking to be pursued at A level, varying from 45 minutes to an hour in length. Each paper tests candidate subject knowledge, but most importantly, the ability to apply this knowledge to a new context and framework.