Academic assessments and school entry.
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Academic assessments

School entrance exam preparation

Securing a spot at the perfect school for your child is always competitive. But our entrance exam tutors give our students the edge, aiming beyond acceptance and all the way to scholarship.

Every school is unique, which is why we always aim to match students with an entrance exam tutor that’s worked successfully with other applicants to the same school. Drawing on a suite of practice papers and workbooks, we cover all core test material, as well as any additional requirements – such as extra exams or subjects.


Interview preparation

For many children applying to an independent school, this will be the first time they’ve faced such a high-pressured environment. That’s why we strive to create a supportive space where children can practice their interview techniques, build confidence across question sets – and even start to enjoy the interview process. Removing the unknown goes a long way to allaying children’s fears, so we’ll spend plenty of time practicing various interview scenarios to ensure each student makes an impression from the very first moment.


An expert team by your side

All our entrance exam tutors receive regular training, developed and delivered by the Figtree Learning leadership team every other month. Leveraging exam best practice and our extensive understanding of the nuances of each top school, our specialist training ensures our entrance exam tutors have the techniques and teaching methods to tackle any exam, at any level. It’s an approach that’s seen our tutors help every single student secure a place at their first-choice school.

For parents, we’ve developed our own prospectuses for the top schools, to give you a genuine glimpse into the options available. Our established relationships with many of the leading schools means we can help arrange visits beyond the scheduled open days, to allow you to explore the school’s daily routine and experience its true culture.


Academic assessments

If your child is sitting the 7-Plus, 11-Plus, 13-Plus – or another school-specific entrance exam – our academic assessments are an essential preparatory step. Looking at your child’s progress across the core subjects of English, maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning, each assessment is conducted with your target schools in mind, so that we can provide transparent guidance that sets out the most appropriate way ahead.

Our academic assessments are conducted by our highly experienced senior assessor, Rishi, one of London’s leading 11-Plus experts. For more information about Rishi and his approach, read our interview.


How does an assessment work?

You’ll receive initial feedback after the session, along with a comprehensive written report with key considerations and actionable next steps. Conducted in person or online, we will select an experienced assessor who’s familiar with either the schools or subjects you’re considering. The assessment itself is designed to put children at ease, drawing on their hobbies and interests to bring the session to life.


How does it help?

For children who are already on track, an academic assessment can help boost confidence and take the pressure off. While for those that may need a little extra direction, these sessions are the ideal springboard for ongoing support, ensuring tuition is carefully tailored to help your child realise their academic ambitions.


For every age, at every stage

Even students who aren’t preparing to sit an exam can benefit from an academic assessment. Perhaps you want to check in over the summer to see how best to prepare for the new term. Or maybe your child needs extra support, but you don’t know where to start. Just like our tuition, our assessments are carefully tailored to address your concerns and deliver the personalised support your family needs.

We’re equipped to work with a range of abilities and needs. We can conduct more complex assessments, such as CELF assessments and Speech and Language Processing, as well as refer you to educational psychologists for support with other learning and behavioural challenges.

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