8 plus (8+) Exam – Dulwich Prep London – What you need to know



Entry Level 8 Plus (8+) exam

School Name Dulwich Prep London

Description Boys (some girls in the nursery); day and weekly boarding (only a small proportion board)

Age range 3-13 years

Size 846 approx.

Fees Day fees per term from £3,610 to £5,615; Boarding fees per term from £6,884 to £7,025

Address 42 Alleyn Park, London, SE21 7AA

Website www.dulwichpreplondon.org

Telephone (general enquiries) +44 (0)20 8766 5500

Email (general enquiries) information@dulwichpreplondon.org

Email (admissions) registrar@dulwichpreplondon.org

Telephone +44 (0)20 8766 5525




DPL is an independent school for boys aged between 3-13 years, with girls in the Nursery. It is the largest boys’ prep school in the UK. It is predominantly a day school but offers some weekly boarding from Year 5.


5 to 10 boys are admitted at eight plus (8+). Click here to learn more about 7+ admissions to Dulwich Prep London.


Facilities are impressive. A high-tech drama studio, a learning support department inspirationally named ‘Sky Lab’ and a Centre for Science and Technology, opened in 2014, boasts it own observatory.


Do take a look at the school’s interactive prospectus for further details here or contact them via their enquiry form for a hard copy.


Many boys move on to Dulwich College, but others go to schools like Westminster, St Paul’s, Eton, Harrow, Tonbridge and Radley, to name but a few. A full list is included at the end of this post. The wide range shows that DPL is committed to advising on the right senior school for the individual boy.


Admissions Process for Dulwich Prep London at Eight Plus (8+)


At 8+, they welcome 5-10 boys into the Lower School in Year 4. In contrast, 20 places are offered at 7+, but if your child is not academically ready at 7+, then 8+ is an option you can consider.




Dulwich Prep London likes to receive registrations in the November of the year prior to entry. ‘Chance vacancies’ sometimes occur. Contact the registrar if you have missed the main assessment period/deadlines to check on availability. Once a registration form has been received, the registrar’s office will be in regular contact.


Use the enquiry form to request a registration form.


Open Days/Visits


Dulwich Prep London holds an open day in September but you can easily arrange an individual tour.


Assessments and Activity Days


DPL assess boys in the January of the year of entry. Exams in maths, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning are combined with activities on the same day, which include games and fun singing. The assessment takes place over a half-day period. Each boy also gets the chance to meet the Head of the Lower School for an informal one to one chat. Other staff will meet the boys in different situations during the session.


Parents are encouraged to have a coffee and chat with the Headmaster when they drop their sons off for their assessment.


In addition to the exams and activity assessment, parents should provide their son’s two most recent school reports and a reference from their current school.


Entrance Exams


Candidates sit exams in mathematics, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. The normal minimum standard for admission is above the average standard level of attainment for the age group, based on the National Curriculum. Past papers are not available.


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8+ English practice papers, ideal for Dulwich Prep London eight plus (8+) exam preparation:


8+ English Pack 1

8+ English Pack 2

8+ English Pack 3

8+ English Pack 4

8+ English Pack 5

8+ English: Writing

8+ English: Spelling

8+ English: Punctuation

8+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar

8+ English: Dictation

8+ English: Inference Skills

8+ English: Rewrite & Improve


The Complete Guide to 8+ Comprehension

The Complete Guide to 8+ Writing




8+ Maths practice papers, ideal for Dulwich Prep London eight plus (8+) exam preparation:


8+ Mathematics Pack 1

8+ Mathematics Pack 2

8+ Mathematics Pack 3

8+ Mathematics Pack 4

8+ Mathematics Pack 5

8+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

8+ Mathematics: Problem Solving




8+ Reasoning practice papers, ideal for Dulwich Prep London eight plus (8+) exam preparation:


8+ Reasoning Pack 1

8+ Reasoning Pack 2

8+ Reasoning Pack 3

8+ Reasoning Pack 4




8+ Listening practice papers, ideal for Dulwich Prep London eight plus (8+) exam preparation:


8+ Listening Pack 1


Scholarships and Bursaries


Dulwich Prep London offers a small number of means-tested bursaries at 8+ for academically gifted boys, who show aptitude and promise. Applications should be made by the end of November in the year prior to entry. Applicants will be invited for assessment and interview. Parents will be asked to fill in a confidential statement of financial circumstances, which will include income and capital resources. A home visit will be made prior to an award being given to discuss the relevant details.


All bursaries will be subject to annual review and could change should a family’s situation improve or deteriorate.


Some awards are also available for 7+ entry.


Destination Schools


Recently, DPL boys gained scholarships in the following destination schools:


Alleyn’s School5King’s College School, Wimbledon 2
Bradfield College1Marlborough College 1
Bryanston School1Radley College 2
City of London School3Royal Russell School 3
Dulwich College31St Paul’s School 1
Eastbourne College1Tonbridge School 8
Eltham College1Trinity School 1
Emanuel School1Wellington College 1
Epsom College1Westminster School 8
Eton College2Whitgift School 3
Harrow School1Winchester College 3


Other Entry Points: 4+, 5+, 7+, 9+, 10+ and 11+

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