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The 7 plus exam is one of the hardest exams a child will take before their A levels. Tutoring agencies who claim that an hour a week is enough are misleading parents. We have developed a programme that offers a more holistic, thorough and comprehensive approach to 7+ preparation comprising baseline Academic Assessments, 1-2-1 tuition, handwriting and dictation classes, mock exams, group holiday classes and interview practice. We do not run 7+ tuition in the home as we bring in specialist teachers for different aspects of the work and we find that children work better in a school environment. It is vital to build up stamina over time as the exams are at least two hours long and sometimes three hours long. Our classes are run out of schools in Dulwich and in Hampstead.
We strongly recommend that you join our programme through buying our comprehensive package which will give you the right base in terms of tutoring, handwriting and dictation, mock exams and interview practice. You cannot start early enough for these tough exams and you are most likely to pass if you start in Reception but we do take children later.
Reception Year Packages
This package is termly and includes:
This package is termly and includes:
This package is for the Autumn term only as the exams take place during and at the end of the Autumn term of Year two.
Term 1: 9th September 2023 – 2nd December 2023 (not including weekends of the 14th, 21st and 28th October)
Term 2: 6th January 2024 – 23rd March 2024 (not including weekends of the 10th and 17th February)
Term 3: 27th April 2024 – 13th July 2024 (not including weekends of the 25th May and 1st June)
We offer holiday courses at Summer and at Easter. We strongly recommend that all candidates sign up for all the courses. They cover different material. You can book here.
Year 1 going into Year 2 Summer Course (Maths and NVR): Hampstead and Dulwich, 9 – 11am, 21st August – 25th August. £350.
Year 1 going into Year 2 Summer Course (English and Verbal Reasoning: Hampstead and Dulwich, 9 – 11am, 29th August – 1st September. £300.
The 7+ exams are much like formal public exams. It is vital that children practice for these exams. We offer fully invigilated and marked mock exams with the full theater of the 7+. These cost £150 per exam set run out of our Hampstead and Dulwich centres. If you are already part of our full Year 2 7+ programme we will give you mock exams as a part of your package. Otherwise you can buy them separately here. Our dates are:
23rd September: Dulwich
14th October: Hampstead
28th October: Dulwich
4th November: Hampstead
18th November: Dulwich
9th December: Hampstead
For our comprehensive, gold standard interview preparation, see further information here
We strongly recommend that if you are considering entering your child for 7+ exams, you check that they are a suitable candidate. This is because you may be wasting your time and money and putting your child through unnecessary stress. Even if they are suitable, it is likely they will be stronger in one academic discipline than another and it is important to know where to target any support efforts. Our Academic Assessment is taken in partnership with Cambridge University Education Research Department (CEM). The assessment itself is a digital test and gives you a quantitative view of whether your child is a credible candidate for the 7+.
Please book here or call us to discuss further.
At Mentor we believe the 7+ is the hardest school entrance point and certainly not one to be undertaken without much thought. Unlike the assessments schools set for entry into their Reception year, which are designed to appear as play sessions to the children, the 7+ is a formal set of exams. Many children are simply not emotionally mature enough to face these hurdles at the age of six. Think hard about whether your child is resilient and mature enough to sit for tests of these nature. If you want to go ahead, our programme is the most comprehensive of its kind and we boast excellent results each year.
Typically the acceptance rate for most 7+ exams is around 5%. For children who enrol into our full programme, our acceptance rate is 40%.