At primary level, 7+ and 8+ examinations determine school entry for children going into Years 3 and 4 respectively and are carried out by many of the top London day schools.

The examinations include papers in Maths, English and Reasoning, covering a broad sweep of subjects in the primary curriculum. Top schools often use their own examination papers, so having a tutor with specific experience of the schools in question can be a real advantage.

Our 7+ tutors and 8+ tutors are experts in preparing children for these prep school examinations are able to cover all of the necessary topics, as well as tailoring their tuition to help children gain entry to specific schools. Our specialist tutors have an excellent track record of success, and they nurture a child’s strengths, as well as recognising and addressing any weaknesses.

Elizabeth Hill - Ivy Education
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Schools Consultant

"Elizabeth finds that 1:1 support can be hugely beneficial for students to help focus on individual learning needs and promote confidence. While working as Head Teacher of Westminster Under and Deputy Head of Dulwich Prep, Elizabeth prepared many students for entry into future schools, and provided families with the information and guidance needed to make the best educational choices."

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Examination Papers at 7+ & 8+:

  • MATHS – Using the main operations (+, -, x and ÷), measurement, shapes, fractions, decimals and data handling.
  • ENGLISH – Reading comprehension, grammar, spelling and written composition.
  • REASONING – Verbal and non-verbal reasoning.

Additional Services

Our highly qualified and experienced Schools Consultants are also on hand to give families a comprehensive view of potential schools, as well as leveraging their knowledge of the school system to provide guidance with the best approach to applications, examinations and interviews.

Exam Papers

Our handpicked 7+ & 8+ tutors and consultants have their own experience in helping clients through School Entrance processes. We regularly use Exam Papers Plus for schools with the toughest entrance requirements. We strongly recommend the use of these papers alongside tuition.

To find out more, please see our Partners, Exam Papers Plus.

Meet our Senior Tutors

Our 7+ tutors and 8+ tutors are specifically trained in competitive entrance exams and are ideally placed to support students for 7+ & 8+ school entry.

xx Modupe
Educational Assessment

Modupe has been involved in education for over seven years, having worked exclusively as an educator since his second year of University. Since graduating ...

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xx Joe
Educational Assessment

Joe has built a wide range of knowledge and experiences through his academic studies and 11 years working in education. He has a Post-Graduate Certificate ...

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xx Caroline
Entrance exams, University level studies, SEN

Caroline has worked in education since graduating from the University of St Andrews in 2004. During that time, she has worked as an educational consultant ...

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xx Anna
Primary Education and Assessment

Anna has 25 years’ experience as a class teacher, SENCO/Inclusion Manager and Reading Recovery teacher, as well as being a member of the Senior Leadership ...

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