Welcome to our 5+ Exams practice for 2023 prep School Entry.
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So, why are 9+ school exams used?
Prep school 5+ exams practice papers
|Child’s age||Year||Key stage||Assessment|
|3 to 4||Early years|
|4 to 5||Reception||Early years||Assessment of pupils’ starting points in language, communication, literacy and maths and teacher assessments|
|5 to 6||Year 1||KS1||Phonics screening check|
How best to use School Entrance Tests‘ past papers 5+ exams practice
Step by step guide to using 5+ School Entrance Tests’ past papers
- You need to search the School Entrance Tests‘ Index to access the type of school entrance test which your child will be taking.
- Download those 5+ past papers which are the latest versions of those listed.
- Schedule revision sessions for your child to familiarise themselves with the 5+ exam format and question styles.
- As they complete more 5+ practice papers your child will perfect their exam technique.
Our notes for using 5+ past school entry papers
Firstly, the above Guide to using past papers may occur alongside your child’s tutor.
Also, we also offer more challenging past 5+ papers for revision. These are supplied by our practice 5+ exam partners because of their reputaiton for providing high quality and engaging online (mock) exams. We recommend incorporately these at the asterisked step 5. *
Key Points about 5+ Exams School Entrance
- Some parents wait until the end of Year 6 to move their children to a secondary school.
- Other parents move them earlier, particularly if you are considering moving your child from a state primary school to an independent preparatory school.
- Such prep schools primarily admit pupils at the beginning of Key Stage 2. Thus, the 7+ admissions tests are taken at the end of Year 2.
Example London schools using 5+ exams
- Alleyn’s Junior School
- City of London School for Girls
- Dulwich College Junior School
- Eltham College
- Haberdasher’s Aske’s School for Girls
- Hampton School
- Highgate School
- Ibstock Place Prep School
- James Allen’s Preparatory School
- King’s College Wimbledon
- Lady Eleanor Holles
- North London Collegiate School
- St Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court)
- Westminster Under School
- Westminster Cathedral Choir School
- University College School
Interesting independent school facts
Some independent schools also appoint learners as what they call a ‘Don’. A ‘Don’ will give feedback to the teacher on what they (and those in their class) are learning and how they are learning. A Don is, therefore, a student leader in important departments of the school. They are usually associated with academic departments. You would, therefore, get a Don for Maths or Biology, but there may also be a Don for other departments like Library. These Dons can then do the following
- Lead activities for younger learners
- Organise external speakers and organise extracurricular societies
- Pop up at A level choices fairs to tell potential subscribers “what it’s really like”
- Offer heads of department feedback on lessons and curriculum
- Lobby for changes in what and how they are taught
Typical 5+ exams school entrance
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.
School Entrance Tests advice for parents
In our opinion, the best way to prepare for any Exam is to believe that your children can do it. Secondly, to manage their expectations openly. They should see the chance to get into a school as a possibility. And not a necessity. So if they don’t get in, it Is because the school was not right for them. Promote a growth mindset by avoiding the belief that your child has failed somehow.
London Pre-schools Feature
Verity’s children started their Early Years education in their local village at the primary school. This primary school had a pre-school associated with it, so they were able to start there, aged two.
The pre-school had the same terms as the primary school. The days were a little shorter though, 9 am – 3 pm. If Verity had had a full-time job at this time she may well have looked to send her children to an independent pre-school associated with a prep school. Schools such as these often offer school days which runs from 8 am – 6 pm. Their terms are sometimes significantly shorter though.
Independent Guide: Prep School
Have a look at our London Prep menu. From there you will find links to Admission Info as well as Entrance Exams for Prep Schools in London.
5+ Mental Maths example questions
Word Problems 5+ sample questions
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Our Other Prep School Entrance Exams
School Entrance Tests‘ Year 1 maths test pdfs; year 1 maths papers; and year 1 maths tests with answers.