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The 10 Plus exam (10+)

There are around over 2,500 private schools in the UK. Unlike state schools, these schools charge parents a fee for their child to attend, and most of them have some criteria that need to be met for the child to attend. The exam will be taken mostly when the child is in year 6, but some schools will have more entry points than just into secondary schools.

The 10 plus exam is when a child will sit an exam in year 5 for entry into year 6, and usually, straight in secondary school for that same school.

Most private schools will have an academic selection process. This will almost certainly include maths and English tests, but may also include verbal reasoning and/or non-verbal reasoning tests.

In most cases, alongside the entrance exam, there will be an interview. This interview is usually to make sure that the child is able to fit into that particular school environment.


The 10 Plus Maths Exam

The questions in the maths exam will range from basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) to more complicated 2 step problem-solving questions.

For English, there is usually a comprehension passage where answers are a mixture of short and long answers, and then a short writing exercise. This may be to continue the story or a completely unrelated topic (fiction or nonfiction).


Sample 10 Plus Exam Papers:

We have downloaded several 10 plus papers to make it easier for you. Click on the following link for copies of past 10 plus exam papers.

Below is a list of schools that run the 10 plus exam. (Please note this list is not exhaustive)

  • Bishop’s Stortford College
  • Brighton College
  • City of London Freemen’s School
  • City of London School
  • Colet Court (now known as St Paul’s juniors)
  • Emanuel School
  • Hampton School
  • King’s College School
  • Kingston Grammar School
  • Old Palace School
  • Trinity School
  • Whitgift School

How can Redbridge Tuition help my child with the 10 plus exam?

At Redbridge Tuition, we have many years of experience in preparing children for entrance exams, including 7 plus, 10 plus, 11 plus and 13 plus.

Our experienced tutors will help you to navigate the 10 plus exam through working with your child, filling in knowledge gaps, extending their vocabulary and improving their writing skills. 

We work in partnership with parents, to ensure that work at home is an extension of work we have done with your child in the class to achieve the best outcome.


How can I help my child with the 10 plus exam?

There is plenty that you can do at home to help your child gain a  secure foundation in maths and English and therefore help them get ready for the 10 plus exam. Below are a few tips as well as a link to some free resources to help you get started. 

Little and often

At this age, children struggle to concentrate for too long. It is better to spend 30 minutes working with a 10-minute break as this will help the child to concentrate.

Mind the gap

Rather than give your child test upon test, look at the knowledge gaps by going through each incorrect test answer and explaining the concept.

Practise, practise, practise

Practice cannot be undervalued. This works very well if coupled with filling in knowledge gaps.

Study buddy

Children are naturally competitive. If your child works with another child of a similar age and ability, it will help to motivate your child to do well as they will naturally want to do better than their study buddy.

Food glorious food

The nutritional value of your child’s meal cannot be underestimated. Processed and sugary foods will make your child (as with any adult) feel sluggish. This will translate into their alertness. Make sure that the food your child eats is nourishing.

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