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7/8 Plus Guide to King’s College Wimbledon Junior School

King’s College Junior School (KCJS) is a top academic school for boys in Wimbledon, South West London. Boys are offered a place based on competitive examination and assessment. The first point of entry is at 7+ for entry into Year 3 (around 55 available places) and the next is 8+ for entry into Year 4 (around only 10 places). Below you will find an entry guide as well as a list of our King’s College experienced tutors.

KCJS mostly follows the typical 7/8 Plus procedure, with a written assessment in English (a comprehension and creative writing task; 45mins), Maths (45minutes) and Reasoning (VR and NVR). The difference to other schools’ assessments is the listening test: a 25 minute test where instructions and questions are played over a loudspeaker and students have to note down their responses to what they hear.

All aspects of the assessment take place at the school.

If students are successful at the written examinations they will be invited to an activity morning and an interview.

How to prepare for the King’s College Junior School exams

Start early

Starting early offers you a chance to see where your child is in relation to where they need to be and focus on bridging the gap in a relaxed manner. You may like to get a tutor with 7 Plus experience on board at this point to do a baseline assessment and create a programme of learning.

Ensure curriculum knowledge and understanding

Using a ‘curriculum tracker’ (Owl Tutors have one on their website), the curriculum stated on the school’s website, and a suggested 7 Plus reading list can be useful to ensure your child has a secure understanding of the content and expected level of the exam. Generally the 7 Plus exam will be looking for students to be working securely at the top end of Year 2 and challenge questions will extend into the Year 3 curriculum. The 8 Plus exam will be based on the Year 3 curriculum extending into Year 4.

Read widely and daily

The importance of regular reading using a wide range of texts cannot be underestimated. This is the most helpful and efficient way a student will build vocabulary, knowledge and confidence for every aspect of the exam.

Practice for every part of the exam

The best way to prepare is to practice! Bond and CGP books are helpful for practising maths, comprehension and reasoning questions and there are plenty of examples of creative writing questions on the internet and in past papers.

Prepare for the listening test

The listening test involves listening to and following a set of instructions played over a loudspeaker. Exam Papers Plus (EPP) offer practice with the listening test, including a range of practice exercies and the audio with an automated voice for students to get used to listening to.

Use specific past papers

When your child shows sufficient understanding of the content and curriculum, practising with past papers – at least a couple of months ahead of the exam – is an essential part of the preparation process. As KCJS is a competitive, academic school, papers with a high academic level should be used. I recommend the ones by Exam Papers Plus (EPP).

 

Support with exam technique

Often students this young are not experienced with taking formal exams so they will be unaware of how they may gain or lose extra marks. Explicit instruction will be helpful here. For example, encourage your child to leave a couple of minutes at the end to read over their writing, checking for correct punctuation and spelling etc; practise reading over the instructions written on the front of the paper; encourage reading each question carefully, highlighting important words; show that they should move on if they get stuck on a question and come back to it at the end if there is time; explain the importance of showing their working out in the maths paper.

 

Practice under timed conditions

Entrance exams are often the first time students have experienced doing assessments under strict time conditions. It is essential that students get to practice the different aspects of the exam under timed, exam conditions to get a feel for how quickly they need to work and to get used to working at speed.

 

Mock exams

Set up a mock exam, have your tutor conduct one or, best of all, sign up for one at a 7 plus exam centre to give your child an experience of taking assessments with other students in an unfamiliar setting.

Interviews

If your child is invited for an interview it is helpful if they have some understanding of what will happen and some practice at interview technique. There are some practice interview questions in another article on the Owl Tutors website I have written that can be used in role plays. Basically, students should get in the habit of answering questions in an expanded form i.e. full, expanded sentences rather than one word answers. They should be encouraged to sit properly on the chair (legs down, hands in their lap), make some eye contact with the interviewer, listen carefully when the interviewer and other student are speaking, remember their manners and think of some questions they may like to ask. It’s a fine line between some practise with this and sounding like answers have been memorised – balance is key! KCJS wants to see the personality of your child shine through as well as their intelligence and academic prowess.

 

The preparation process for the 7 and 8 Plus exams for KCJS can be challenging, but armed with time, knowledge and support it can definitely be made easier. Good luck!

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Admissions to King’s College School Wimbledon

7 Plus admissions

King’s College School Wimbledon has an admissions point at 7 Plus. This means that they assess students hoping to enter the school in Year 3 and offer places based on the results of this assessment.

We have a number of qualified tutors with experience of preparing students for the 7 Plus. In this section, you can find a list of tutors who have helped prepare students for this particular school, advice on the entrance exam and some useful practice papers.

8 Plus admissions

King’s College School Wimbledon has an admissions point at 8 Plus. This means that they assess students hoping to enter the school in Year 4 and offer places based on the results of this assessment.

We have a number of qualified tutors with experience of preparing students for the 8 Plus. In this section, you can find a list of tutors who have helped prepare students for this particular school, advice on the entrance exam and some useful practice papers.

11 Plus admissions

King’s College School Wimbledon has an admissions point at 11 Plus. This means that they assess students hoping to enter the school in Year 7 and offer places based on the results of this assessment.

We have a number of qualified tutors with experience of preparing students for the 11 Plus. In this section, you can find a list of tutors who have helped prepare students for this particular school, advice on the entrance exam and some useful practice papers.

13 Plus admissions

King’s College School Wimbledon has an admissions point at 13 Plus. This means that they have an assessment for students hoping to enter the school in Year 9.

We have a number of qualified tutors with experience of preparing students across the various subjects tested at 13 Plus. In this section, you can find a list of tutors who have helped prepare students for this particular school, advice on the entrance exam and some useful practice papers.

16 Plus admissions

King’s College School Wimbledon has an admissions point at 16 Plus. This means that they have an assessment for students hoping to enter the school in Sixth Form. Students will typically sit papers in their chosen subjects for A-Level, IB or Pre-U.

We have a number of tutors who can prepare students across the various subjects tested at 16 Plus and further advice on the entrance exam can be found in this section.

"Laura tutored my son ahead of his 7+ assessments. My son thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and always looked forward to seeing Laura. Laura's positive and enthusiastic approach to his learning really inspired him. Her assessment of my son's areas of focus was on point and she did a fantastic job at improving these areas through encouragement and confidence building. My son received an offer from Kings College Junior School following Laura's tutoring. Most importantly, the process in the build up and during was a relaxed and enjoyable one for him thanks to Laura's approach."

Parent of online 7 Plus student

Tuesday, 21st December 2021

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Local authority: Merton

School's Unique Reference Number (URN): 102684

Gender: Mixed

Age range: 7 to 18

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