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How to prepare your child to sit the 7 Plus (7+)

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What is the 7 Plus (7+)?

The 7+ is an entrance exam for Year 3 entry into independent schools which are highly selective. This exam is usually held in January for entry in the following September. 

The 7+ primarily tests a child’s ability in maths and English, however, an increasing number of schools are now including a reasoning paper (containing a combination of non-verbal and verbal reasoning questions). 

The tests are usually in written format, however, some schools choose to include verbal assessments to test the child’s diction, mental arithmetic, spelling, and social skills.

It is important to note that some schools will include an interview as part of their assessment process. This will usually involve an informal chat with a senior member of staff and some group tasks to assess how your child socialises and works with other children.

Top Tips to help your child prepare for the 7 Plus (7+)

  • Start Preparing Early

The 7+ exams are often a child’s first experience with formal testing and this can be extremely overwhelming for some children. It is vital that you introduce your child to the content included in the 7+ exam early so they can familiarise themselves with these questions. This is particularly important if their 7+ exam includes reasoning questions as it is likely they would have never tried those styles of questions before. 

  • Familiarise yourself with the school’s exam format

It is important to note that whilst many schools use the 7+ exams, not all schools use the same exam. It is, therefore, very important that you familiarise yourself with the format of the 7+ exam for the school your child is applying to.

  • Create a Study Plan 

A well-balanced study plan can ensure your child is prepared for the exam and prevent them from becoming overworked. By scheduling in time to cover English, maths, and reasoning questions, whilst also including regular breaks and rewards, you can help your child build a healthy routine. 

  • Introduce Timed Practice

For some children, the 7+ is their first experience of taking a test and for most children, it is their first experience with timed assessments. Close to the exam date you should give your child some practice papers to complete under exam conditions so they have experience managing their time under pressure. Furthermore, being able to mark your child’s papers and see how they answer questions under pressure will give you an insight into their progress. 

  • Create a Rewards System and Encourage your child

A great way to motivate your child to study for their 7+ exam is to introduce a rewards system to celebrate your child’s progress. This could range from small rewards like a sticker chart to larger treats like a day trip. This will help your child stay motivated and help you keep track of their study habits.

It is also important to instil confidence in your child throughout this process, making sure they know that it is okay to make errors whilst learning.

How to prepare your child for the 7 Plus (7+) exam

The best way to start preparing for the 7+ exams is to get some relevant study materials and use practice papers to familiarise your child with the exam content and format.

On our website, you can purchase practice papers specifically tailored for the 7+ exam, including individual maths and English packs, as well as a discounted complete bundle with all of our 7+ practice papers (8 maths papers and 4 English papers). These are available in both physical and downloadable formats. 

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