Independent Schools Entrance Exam Preparation at ARK

We provide guidance for the preparation for Independent Selective School Entrance Exams at 7+, 11+ and 13+ stages. The lessons are delivered specific for the age group and we are aware of the requirements which the child needs to be met for each Independent Selective School Entrance Exams.

Selective Independent Schools concentrate on all or some of the areas as of Grammar Schools or may have additional requirements. A child is prepared as per the requirements of the school they have chosen to apply.Children preparing for Selective Independent schools may benefit from the ARK 11 Plus Programmes from Year 3 onwards however it is essential that parents discuss their intentions for the child so that we can provide the best possible combination of programmes to suit the child. It may be that the best option for the child is to receive private one to one tuition in the subject areas tested. In addition parents need to be aware that certain Selective Independent Schools focus on “the whole child”, rather than just being highly academic which need to be identified before applying.

We can help prepare children for following, but not limited to, Selective Independent Schools Entrance Exams.

What is the 7+ entrance exam?

The 7+ entrance exam is a competitive selection exam used by an increasing number of top independent schools in London for entry into Year 3. Your child will sit the exam whilst in Year 2. Most schools run the exam in January.

What is tested in the process?

The 7+ exam mostly tests Maths and English. Some schools now also include a Reasoning paper containing Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The tests are usually in a written or computer based form but there can be verbal sections testing mental arithmetic, spelling, memory and dictation.

If your child passes the examination stage, they may be asked for your child for an interview. (Some schools conduct the interviews beforehand or on the same day as the written tests). The interview process will usually include a one-on-one chat with the Headmaster/Headmistress and some group tasks.

How to prepare your child?

English (Comprehension, Grammar, story writing) The main focus should be around comprehension Grammar and story-writing skills. For comprehension, responses must be provided in full sentences unless otherwise stated. The key to doing well in this exam is to have a solid technique, wide-ranging vocabulary and practice.

Some schools also test spelling, grammar, memory and dictation. For example, they may be asked to correct a sentence or there may be a spelling test. Some exam may contain written test in English, collaborative activities and a reading test.


Most papers contain mental mathematics and could be tested in both a verbal and written form. There will also be longer word problems that require two or three-step solutions as well as mathematical puzzles and more abstract questions that require deeper understanding. The key is doing a small amount of practice consistently and regularly.


Some of the schools test Reasoning and so it is worth checking whether it will be examined by the schools you are interested in. Both Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning could be included in the exam.

What happens during interviews and assessment days?

Interviews are generally rather informal and relaxed. Your child will likely be asked about their hobbies, sport, holidays and interests and their responses and input will likely guide the conversation.

Bancroft School

When to register for Bancroft 11 Plus selection test

Closing date: 1 December 2018

Bancroft School is a private school, where a non- refundable fee of £60 needs to be paid for the entrance exams. However, if candidates are applying for a scholarship or Means Tested Award, please check through the official Bancroft school website for further information.







Candidates are required to complete two sections of the paper

Section A: Reading and understanding (45 minutes)

Section B: Writing (5 minutes planning and 15 minutes writing)


Candidates are expected to complete a 75 minutes examination, consisting of two sections.

Section A test candidates for: numeracy, problem solving shape and space.

Section D test for candidates who are willing to excel themselves in Maths. This section should only be completed, unless they have completed Section A. Due to the difficulty of this section, examiners would not expect a significant high score but it is necessary to attempt this section as evidence for being recognised into the scholarship programme. Also, it is recommended for candidates to attempt this section that will provide a better indication of whether candidate has a higher chance of being selected.

Forest School of London

This independent school offers 120 places who are aged 11 before 1 September, for both boys and girls.

Forest School of London provide tour for candidates who are taking the 11 plus, between September and December 2017. Families are permitted to attend for the tour as well as candidates. This tour provides an insight of the school life that children will be experiencing in an independent school.

Key dates for candidates applying on September 2019

Open Day (including 7+ Talk by Head of Prep School) Saturday 22 September 2018

Closing date for registrations Monday 5 November 2018

7+ Initial assessments Monday 12 November – Friday 23 November 2018

7+ Entrance exam Saturday 12 January 2019

Offers posted Thursday 21 February 2019

Deadline for acceptance of offer Thursday 7 March 2019

Date of the 11 plus selection test

Saturday 13 January 2018

What will I be tested for the examination?

Maths (1 hour) – Candidates are tested on numerical skills and reasoning

English (1 hour 15 mins) - Candidates are required to complete two sections for this examination:

Section A assesses for reading and comprehension

Section B assesses for writing

It is recommended that candidates are spend 10 minutes to read a short passage and 35 minutes to answer questions about the passage.

In section A, candidates should demonstrate that they have clearly understand the text in the passage and comprehend multiple layers of meaning mentioned on it.

It is recommended that candidates are to spend 30 minutes in Section B, where they can answer question from the choice of 2 questions.

In section B, examiners are looking for candidates to have clear and accurate writing skills. Candidates are also expected to express their imagination through using varied vocabulary.

Chigwell School


It is highly recommended that registration forms for Chigwell School to be completed by the end of October because of details for entrance exams, interviews and specimen papers are planned during this time.

However, official deadline for registering Chigwell School is on 12:00 on Friday 30th November 2018.

7+ interviews will be held in the week beginning 15th October and again in the week beginning 19th November 2018.

The 7+ classroom experience sessions will be held on Saturday 17th November and Saturday 1st December 2018.

The 7+ entrance examination will take place on Saturday 26th January 2019. Parents will be notified of their appointments in writing.

Results of the 7+ entrance examination will be posted on Thursday 21st February 2019. Acceptances must be received by 14:00 on Thursday 7th March 2019.

Exam : English, maths and non-verbal reasoning

11 Plus and 13 Plus Scholarships - Forest School

11+ Scholarships

Up to the equivalent of 14 places may be awarded annually to candidates at 11+ following scholarship assessment in January of the year of entry. The number of places allocated includes both scholarship and bursary awards.

13+ Scholarships

Up to the equivalent of 2 places may be awarded annually to candidates at 13+ following scholarship assessment. The number of places allocated includes both scholarship and bursary awards. These awards are available to new entrants and internal candidates who do not already hold an award amounting to 50% fee remission.

11 Plus and 13 Plus Scholarships - Chigwell School

11+ Scholarships

Academic scholarships are awarded on the basis of performance in the entrance exam as well as an extra afternoon of Maths, English and general interviews with group activities. Music scholarships are awarded on the basis of an audition but candidates need to have achieved a minimum of grade 4 in their first instrument and grade 2 in their second instrument

13+ Scholarships

Academic scholarships are awarded on the basis of performance in the entrance exam including science, and an extra interview. Music scholarships are awarded on the basis of an audition. Candidates are expected to have achieved a minimum of grade 6 in their first instrument and grade 4 in their second instrument.

11 Plus Scholarships - Bancroft's School

Academic Scholarships (including Drapers’ Scholarships) each covering up to one tenth, one quarter, one third or one half of the full school fee are awarded on the basis of academic distinction in the 11+ entrance exam and at interview, without reference to parental income. Competition for Scholarships is high. There is no separate examination for those wishing to be considered for Scholarships