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King’s Rochester School 8 Plus (8+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


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Basic information: The King’s School, Rochester, is an independent co-educational school in Kent. Considered the second oldest continuously operating school in the world, King’s boasts a long list of notable alumni, including surgeons, authors, professional athletes, politicians and a Nobel Prize recipient. [1]


Curriculum: Invested in maximising pupils’ communication, teamwork and leadership skills, the Prep school provides a broad education. Subject areas, as featured in the curriculum, range from art, computing, English and science to humanities, MFL, mathematics and PSHEE. These and many more are delivered by enthusiastic Form and specialist staff, who employ a personalised approach toward teaching.


Co-curricular: Numerous music, drama, language and sporting activities enrich the learning experience, providing pupils with a wealth of opportunities for all-round development. Choosing from ballet, chess, gardening, LAMDA, photography and swimming, among others, children benefit from top-quality education which extends well beyond the classroom.


ISI Inspection report: King’s Rochester School’s efforts to educate in line with the highest possible standards resulted in a very positive ISI report, which rated the school as ‘excellent’ across all assessed areas. The school’s progressive approach towards educating ensures pupils’ rapid personal, social and academic development and contributes to the culture of success which pervades its diverse community. 


King’s beautiful location in the heart of historic Rochester enriches the tailor-made learning experience and produces high-achievers who make the most out of the school’s commitment to educate the whole child. The cutting-edge facilities on offer provide pupils with access to a first-class environment for growth, igniting and nurturing their unique talents, along with their sure expectation of success.


King’s Rochester Preparatory School 8 Plus (8+) Exam Information


Address: St Nicolas House, King Edward Road, Rochester, ME1 1UB

County: Kent

Admissions info: or 01634 888590

School type: Independent, co-educational day and boarding school

Open days: In the Spring and Autumn terms

8+ Exam date: November of Year 3


Open Events for The King’s School, Rochester, 8 Plus (8+) Entry


Prior to applying for a place, you are advised to visit the school together with your child. In this way, they will get a feel for its friendly atmosphere and explore facilities through guided tours. Open Events are held twice a year, but you can also visit the school during Visitor Mornings, held throughout each term.


The King’s School, Rochester, 8 Plus (8+) Admissions


All applicants who are registered with the school will be invited to attend an assessment and interview with a senior staff member. The registration form must be submitted together with a £100 registration fee. 


Subject to successful performance in the assessments and interview, as well as a positive current-school reference, your child may be offered a place.


Acceptance includes returning an Acceptance Form and paying a deposit, refunded in your child’s last term at the school.


The King’s School, Rochester, 8 Plus (8+) Scholarships and Bursaries


The school offers Cathedral Choristerships (scholarships) to 8+ applicants. They carry a 30% remission on fees, a full remission on the tuition fees of one orchestral instrument and an additional remission on a further instrument.


Means-tested bursaries can be coupled with this award. Please reach out to the school for more details.


The King’s School, Rochester, 8 Plus (8+) Exam Format


The King’s School, Rochester, 8 Plus (8+) exam consists of the following assessments:


  • English 
  • Mathematics
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning 


The English exam examines comprehension and writing skills, including inference, punctuation and spelling. Marks will be awarded for good use of imagination, creativity, form, purpose, organisation, cohesion and sentence structure.


The Maths exam assesses problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills, including your child’s knowledge of times tables.


The Non-Verbal Reasoning exam measures the ability to understand, interpret and problem-solve, testing logic and intelligence rather than knowledge. 


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for The King’s School, Rochester, 8 Plus entrance examination.


How to Prepare for The King’s School, Rochester, 8 Plus (8+) Entrance Assessment 


One of the best ways to prepare for a competitive entrance exam is to use our practice tests. Getting to know the types of questions and the format of the actual exam will help boost your child’s confidence.


Aside from becoming familiarised with the exam format, our practice tests will ensure that your child responds to the questions in an efficient and effective manner. 


They also provide an excellent opportunity for your child to practise working under time pressure. Whilst doing the tests under timed conditions, children can get used to answering questions quickly, with a close attention to detail.


The majority of our 8+ resources are accompanied by detailed step-by-step video tutorials for every question. These are available for free with all purchases. It’s like having a world-class tutor explain each question to your child at no extra cost!


Our practice tests are used successfully every year by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are age-appropriate, reflecting the demands of the actual exam.


Our recommendations to help your child prepare for The King’s School, Rochester, 8 Plus entrance exam can be found below.


The King’s School, Rochester, 8 Plus (8+) Exam Practice Papers


Recommendations for each section of The King’s School, Rochester, 8 Plus exam can be found below:




We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for The King’s School, Rochester, 8 Plus English assessment. They will help improve your child’s comprehension and writing skills:


Full Practice Tests


8+ English Pack 1

8+ English Pack 2

8+ English Pack 3

8+ English Pack 4

8+ English Pack 5


Comprehension Skills


8+ Reading Workbook

8+ English: Comprehension Pack 1

8+ English: Inference Skills

8+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar


The Complete Guide to 8+ Comprehension


Writing Skills


8+ English: Writing

8+ English: Rewrite & Improve

8+ English: Spelling

8+ English: Punctuation

8+ English: Dictation


The Complete Guide to 8+ Writing


If you’d like to have your child’s writing assessed and marked, you may be interested in our Writing Marking Service. Please click here to learn more.




We highly recommend the use of the following packs to help develop your child’s arithmetic and problem-solving skills within the examination context of The King’s School, Rochester, 8 Plus maths test:


Full Practice Tests


8+ Mathematics Pack 1

8+ Mathematics Pack 2

8+ Mathematics Pack 3

8+ Mathematics Pack 4

8+ Mathematics Pack 5


Targeted Skill Development


8+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

8+ Mathematics: Problem Solving


Non-Verbal Reasoning (NVR)


The following packs will significantly boost your child’s Non-Verbal Reasoning abilities ahead of The King’s School, Rochester, 8 Plus NVR test:


8+ Reasoning Pack 1 (NVR sections only)

8+ Reasoning Pack 2 (NVR sections only)

8+ Reasoning Pack 3 (NVR sections only)

8+ Reasoning Pack 4 (NVR sections only)

8+ Reasoning Pack 5 (NVR sections only)




The following pack is ideal for developing listening skills ahead of The King’s School, Rochester, 8 Plus entrance exam:


8+ Listening Pack 1



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