What 13+ exam is?

The 13+ exam is for pupils in Years 7 and 8 who may have narrowly missed out on a grammar school place due to their 11+ exam results. The 13 Plus allows a child more time to prepare (up to 18 months) for the late transfer test. The tests have a strong academic focus on the core subjects and is used by many of the top grammar schools in the UK.

The exam aims to determine a child’s suitability to join a grammar school in Years 8 or 9. Not all schools accept 13+ entry, but those that do, normally do so on the basis of available spaces in those year groups. Spaces can become available if there are too few applicants for the number of vacancies that year, or if children consequently leave those year groups during term time.

Grammar schools tend to have a larger intake of students at 11 Plus level than at 13+. In some instances, there may be as little as 2 or 3 available places at 13 Plus, so it’s important to set your child’s expectations as part of their preparation.

What Does the 13+ Exam Involve?

The exam tests ability in the core subjects: English, Maths and Reasoning. Some schools also include Science subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Biology and some schools also include Languages like Spanish, German or Latin in their entrance exams criteria.

 Studying for the 13 Plus Exam

We help in identifying any gaps in your child’s subject knowledge and help them in improving and filling that gap. The work done in the preparation not helps them in getting in grammar or independent school but also boost them for their GCSE Exams and Grades.