10 plus (10+) Exam – King’s College Junior School – What you need to know

Update: This entry point to King’s College Junior School is no longer available. The next entry point is via the 11 plus exam. Click here to learn more.


Entry Level Ten Plus (10+) exam

School Name: King’s College Junior School

Description: Boys; day school

Age range: 7-13

Size: 465 approx.

Fees: £5,530 – £6,125 per term

Address Southside, Wimbledon Common, London, SW19 4TT

Email (general enquiries)hmjssec@kcs.org.uk

Website www.kcs.org.uk/junior-school

Telephone (general enquiries): +44 (0)20 8255 5300

Admissions Telephone +44 (0)20 8255 5336




King’s College School is an independent day school for boys aged 7-18 and girls aged 16-18. Founded in 1829 by royal charter, it is a school of over 1,300 pupils.


Boys study a broad curriculum at the junior school. In Rushmere (Years 3 and 4), they are taught by their form teacher for the majority of their subjects. They have specialist teachers for Art, Music and Sport. In priory (Years 5-8), boys are taught by specialist subject teachers throughout.


They begin French in Year 5 and Latin in Year 6. They are set for French and Mathematics from Year 6 and for Latin from Year 7. New joiners in Years 6 or 7, who have not studied French or Latin, are placed in small beginners sets where they follow an accelerated course.


Admissions Process for King’s College Junior School Ten Plus (10+) for Year 6 entry




For the up to date application deadline to King’s, click here.


Open Days


A junior school open morning (for entry points at 7+, 8+, 9+ and 10+) is usually held in the June of the year preceding entry. Everyone is welcome and booking is not necessary.


A general open morning (for the junior school and senior school) is held each September. Once again, all are welcome and no booking is necessary.


The headmaster will show the school to small groups of prospective parents on a normal school morning. If you would like to join one of these small group tours, you should telephone the junior school office on 020 8255 5335 and they will be able to arrange a suitable appointment.


Parents of boys who are confirmed as candidates for the entrance assessments will also be invited, together with their son, to a candidates’ open morning/afternoon, which is just for their son’s age group.


For key dates, click here.


10+ Deferred Entry


There are approximately four places available for 10+ deferred entry to Year 7 for boys of exceptional ability, currently at primary schools, although the number of places offered will depend on the calibre of candidates.


The assessment for 10+ deferred entry is through written tests in English, maths and reasoning and are taken in January of Year 5.


Entrance Exams


The ten plus (10+) entrance exam to King’s Junior School takes place in the January of the year of entry. It is a small intake, with approx 8 places available.


The exams will consist of a listening test and papers in mathematics, English and reasoning.




The listening test (25 mins.) and involves listening to and following a set of instructions. All children hear the same instructions, played over a loudspeaker system.




The English paper (50 mins.) consists of comprehension – Section A – and composition – Section B.


In the comprehension section candidates will be expected to answer questions on a passage of fiction. Questions will ask pupils to recall information, draw inferences and evaluate a writer’s use of language.


In the composition exercise, pupils will be expected to write clearly, fluently and accurately on one topic. They are usually given a choice of two options. Irrelevant answers or pre-learnt sentences will be penalised.




The reasoning test could comprise verbal or non-verbal questions or a combination of the two.




The maths paper is 45 mins.


Here is a snapshot of some of the new, harder areas tested at 10+:


  • Square numbers, prime numbers, multiples and factors
  • Short multiplication of thousands/hundreds/tens/units by units
  • Long multiplication of tens/units by tens/units
  • Short division of thousands/hundreds/tens/units by units
  • Multiplication and division of whole numbers by powers of 10
  • Order negative numbers
  • Fractions and decimals: mixed numbers and improper fractions.
  • Cancelling fractions to their simplest form. Equivalent fractions.
  • Decimals: addition and subtraction, multiplication and division of decimals by 10 and 100
  • Fraction and decimal equivalence
  • Simple percentages of whole number quantities
  • Area and perimeter of simple compound shapes
  • Measure and draw angles
  • Co-ordinates in the first quadrant
  • Interpret data from tables, charts and lists


Recommended Materials




English practice papers, ideal for KCJS ten plus (10+) exam preparation:

10+ English Pack 1

10+ English Pack 2

10+ Reading Workbook

10+ Writing Prompts

10+ Spelling

10+ Vocabulary and Grammar

10+ Punctuation

10+ Inference Skills




Maths practice papers, ideal for KCJS ten plus (10+) exam preparation:

10+ Maths Pack 1 

10+ Maths Pack 2

10+ Mental Arithmetic

10+ Problem Solving 


Verbal Reasoning


Verbal reasoning practice papers, ideal for KCJS ten plus (10+) exam preparation:

10+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1 

10+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2 




Listening practice tests, ideal for KCJS ten plus (10+) exam preparation:

10+ Listening Pack 1




All candidates will be interviewed in January, after exams. They are for selected candidates only, after exam performance.


Activity Morning


King’s College Junior School hold their activity afternoon and exams on the same day in January. This is good for children who are confident in social situations and enjoy working with others to problem solve.




King’s offers bursaries at all entry points, including ten plus. Not every school will offer financial support at such a young age as a child’s potential is still relatively unknown.


Bursaries are means-tested and full details of income and capital resources will be requested. Each application is assessed on its own individual merit. Bursaries are awarded at the discretion of the governors and managed by the head and bursar.


Bursaries are means-tested each year and may change as a family’s financial situation improves or deteriorates.


Other Entry Points


7+8+, 9+ and 11+

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