Each 8+ exam is slightly different, and a tutor will prepare your child for a specific school (or multiple schools) exam, rather than for a generic assessment. However, there are similarities between the exams which are worth considering.
Generally, the exam is in three parts: English, Maths and Reasoning.
English assessments often include reading aloud, multiple choice and short answer comprehension, spelling, grammar and punctuation tests, and a short piece of free writing.
Maths assessments will be based on the National Curriculum for Year 3, but will include stretch and challenge questions and are likely to be a mix of verbal questions (sometimes called mental maths) and written responses to word problems.
Reasoning is likely to include a mix of verbal, non-verbal and spatial, and is often used to assess a child’s future ability in subjects like Science. There is also often a short interview, sometimes including parents as well. It is often the case that schools will only send out subject-specific information about their 8+ exams to parents who have registered and confirmed their interest in a place. Please make sure you pass this information onto your tutorr at the earliest opportunity.