When to Start Preparing for the 7 Plus Exams: A Parent’s Guide

As parents, we want the best for our children, especially when it comes to their education. The 7 Plus exams are a significant milestone, opening doors to prestigious schools. But when is the right time to start preparing? In this article, we’ll delve into the question of timing and provide insights to help you make an informed decision. Let’s explore the optimal preparation timeline for the 7 Plus exams!


Understanding the 7 Plus Exams

Before deciding when to start preparing, it’s crucial to understand the nature of the 7 Plus exams. Each school decides the subjects tested and the weighting of the assessments. Typical topics assessed include  English, mathematics, verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, listening skills and interviews in a group or individually.  The purpose of these exams is to evaluate their potential for entry into highly competitive independent schools such as City Junior School, King’s College School, Latymer Prep, Westminster, JAGS and much more. You can find a list of schools offering 7+ entrance here.


When to start preparing for the 7 Plus exams

It’s never too early to lay the foundation for academic success. By fostering a love for learning from a young age, you can provide your child with a solid educational base. Encourage curiosity, engage in educational activities, and read together regularly. Therefore, informally, we recommend ensuring your child has a solid foundation before embarking on any official preparation.

Informally, you can help your child to:

  • read fluently and independently
  • learn new vocabulary
  • practise their handwriting
  • become fluent in arithmetic and confident with reading/writing numbers
  • learn the basic shapes and their properties

Formally, we recommend children start preparation from the start of Year 1. This allows for a gradual and comprehensive approach, giving your child ample time to develop the necessary skills. Many parents seek professional tuition such as one to one tuition, group classes or courses to assist them in 7+ exam preparation.

Even though we offer all three options, we prefer to recommend children to an appropriate course of action only after discussing the child’s current ability with the parent. Remember, every child is unique, and their preparation timeline may vary. It’s important to assess their readiness, strengths, and areas for improvement and tailor their preparation accordingly. With dedication, support, and a positive mindset, your child can excel in the 7 Plus exams and secure a place in their desired school. Please feel free to contact us on info@11pluslondon.co.uk and or call us on 0203 488 1278.