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About the 7+

Are you thinking about an independent prep school for your child? It’s important to know what to expect from application through to test day.

Private tuition for the 7 Plus exam in the UK provides significant advantages. It delivers personalised instruction focused on English, Maths, and reasoning skills, along with expert guidance. Tutors can address individual needs, enhance core competencies, and build confidence. This targeted approach ensures students are thoroughly prepared for this competitive assessment.


About the  7 Plus exam

For many independent prep schools – those that typically admit pupils at the beginning of Year 3 – children who are applying for a place take assessments known informally as the 7+.

There are a number of reasons schools test at this stage - it sits between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum (known as Infants and Juniors or pre-prep and prep in the past). 

It is also the first time a reasonably accurate judgement can be made as to a child's ability.

7+ tests are generally set by the school to which you are applying and can be made up of various components of maths, English and verbal or non-verbal reasoning.

As there is no standard, my sessions will be tailored to suit the school to which your child is applying.

Find out more about my approach to 7+ exams.

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Have a go!

Here are some examples of 7+ papers courtesy of If you'd like to look through 7+ standard tests, example 7+ papers are available for Westminster Cathedral Choir School in London, who offer 7+ maths papers and 7+ English papers for parents to look through. Other specimen papers include King's College Wimbledon's.

Find out more about the subjects


The 11 Plus Maths exam in the UK assesses the mathematical abilities of Year 6 students for secondary school entry. It includes topics such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and problem-solving. The test evaluates students' understanding of mathematical concepts, numerical reasoning, and their ability to apply these skills in various contexts, aiding in school placement decisions.


The 11 Plus English exam in the UK assesses the language skills of Year 6 students for secondary school entry. It includes comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and writing tasks. The test evaluates reading understanding, language usage, and the ability to articulate ideas clearly, helping determine suitable school placements.

Verbal Reasoning 

Verbal reasoning involves understanding and analysing written information to solve problems and draw logical conclusions. It includes interpreting texts, identifying relationships between concepts, and evaluating arguments. This skill is essential for effective communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving, relying heavily on language proficiency and comprehension.

Non Verbal Reasoning

Non-verbal reasoning involves understanding and solving problems using visual information. It includes identifying patterns, recognizing shapes, and analyzing sequences. This skill is essential for spatial tasks like interpreting diagrams and assembling objects. Non-verbal reasoning tests assess abstract thinking, problem-solving, and visual processing without relying on language skills.

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