8 – 10 Plus

Form I (Year 4)

The Entrance Assessment is taken in January of Year 3 to enter Form I (Year 4) in September. The following is a guide to what each girl should be capable of at the time of the Entrance Assessment.


  • Place value up to 1000
  • Adding and subtracting up to 2 digits
  • Tables up to 12x
  • 4 rules of number and their simple use in money
  • Length – m and cms / Weight – kg and g
  • Ability to tell the time using the 12 hour clock and simple calculations on elapsed time
  • Use of fractions to describe proportions of a whole
  • Simple properties of two-dimensional shapes e.g. symmetry
  • Ability to extract information from a simple list, table or bar chart
  • Simple problems involving any of the above


  • Fluent reading
  • Answering vocabulary and simple inference comprehension questions about a passage
  • Writing with correct use of capital letters, full stops, question marks and with verb agreement
  • Ability to write imaginatively showing variety of sentence construction and grammatical accuracy

Lower II (Year 5)

The Entrance Examination is taken in January of Year 4 to enter Lower II (Year 5) in September


  • Tables up to 12x
  • 4 rules of number
  • 4 rules of money
  • Decimals; understanding of tenths and hundredths
  • Finding fractional amounts of whole numbers and shapes
  • Time – 12-hour clock, using am and pm
  • Areas and perimeters of squares and rectangles
  • Units of measurement: length, mass and capacity
  • Classification of polygons
  • Graphs – constructing and extracting data from bar charts
  • Problems, involving one or two steps, on any of the above


  • Punctuation and grammar as for Form I but including use of speech marks, a variety of connectives and the correct use of all the verb tenses
  • Ability to answer searching questions from a passage
  • Stories to be lively and imaginative, using paragraphs, appropriate punctuation, grammar and correct spelling
  • Write story plans
  • Enjoyment of reading and ability to relate the main points of a story
  • Candidates will also be expected to be familiar with the work of some established authors and explain their preferences

Upper II (Year 6)

The Entrance Examination is taken in January of Year 5, to enter Upper II (Year 6)  in September


  • 4 rules of number including long multiplication and long division
  • 4 rules of number using length, weight and capacity
  • Time, timetables, 12- and 24-hour clock
  • Simple averages
  • Decimals and fractions (addition, subtraction and short multiplication)
  • Ability to convert decimals to fractions and vice versa
  • Graphs: pie charts, pictograms, block graphs, line graphs; the ability to construct, extract and interpret data
  • Area and perimeter of regular shapes
  • Recognition of shape, rotational and line symmetry
  • Increase and reduction as simple percentages
  • Two- and three-step problems on any of the above


As for all previous years, also including:

  • Fluency of writing, with imagination, showing correct use of grammar and paragraphs
  • Punctuation using exclamation marks and double quotation marks, eg for names of books inside existing speech marks
  • Accuracy in spellings and a wide vocabulary
  • Comprehension: ability to deduce information as well as answer straightforward questions
  • Reading; as for Lower II, but candidates are expected to have read a wide range of books

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