The 10+ Examination

Please note that registration for the 10+ Advance Place exam for deferred entry to the First Year (Year 7) in September 2023 is now closed. 

Boys in Year 5 have the opportunity to sit our 10+ Advance Place examination for a guaranteed place for entry to the First Year (Year 7) at 11+. Around 35 places are offered each year.

The 10+ exam assists parents who feel their son is ready to sit a formal exam and who wish to reduce the complexities and uncertainties of the 11+ assessments in Year 6.

Candidates are assessed in English and Mathematics and assessments held in the November of Year 5.  A supporting reference is requested from the candidate’s current school and those showing potential in the written assessments are invited for an informal interview with a member of our teaching staff.  Results are posted at the beginning of December and acceptances required in March.

Candidates who accept a 10+ Advance Place are not required to sit the 11+ entrance exam the following year unless they wish to be considered for a scholarship or bursary.  Those who decline the offer a place, or who are not successful in the 10+ exam, are invited to sit the 11+ exam completely afresh in the January of Year 6.

Key Dates

1 October 2021Closing date for registration
Saturday 6 November 202110+ Advance Place Examination
Approximately 10 days after the written assessmentsInterviews to take place (at Hampton)
Early December 10+ Results posted

The Application Process

Visiting us

Please come and visit us before applying, we’d be delighted to welcome you and spending time with our teachers and boys will help you decide if Hampton is the right fit for your son.


Boys must be registered with Hampton to sit the entrance exam. To register your son, please complete the online registration form.

The Entrance Assessments

Assessment for a 10+ Advance Place is via written exam, interview and school reference.

The written examination consists of two papers:

  • Creative Writing (30 minutes)
  • Mathematics (40 minutes)

We set our own papers which are designed to identify potential rather than test what has been taught.  The assessments are therefore suitable for candidates from all feeder schools and educational backgrounds.  Past papers are not released, however, the 10+ papers are similar in style to the 11+ exam and the commercially available 11+ papers can provide useful practice.

We are pleased to allow extra time and make reasonable adjustments in the entrance assessments for candidates with a specific learning difficulty, disability or long term medical condition, or for candidates for whom English is an Additional Language.  A recommendation from an appropriate expert is required and we also request evidence of history and need of provision from the candidate’s current school.  Applications for special arrangements in the entrance exam must be made before 1 October prior to the November exam.

Special Access Arrangements

Supporting Reference

Approximately four weeks before the entrance exam we shall write to your son’s current headteacher to request a confidential report in support of his application. 

The interviews

Boys showing potential in the written assessments will be invited for interview approximately 10 days after the exam. The interviews are very informal but are an important part of our decision-making process as they enable us to get to know the boys as people.  Candidates meet individually with a member of our teaching for around 20 minutes. Not all candidates are invited for interview and not all boys who are interviewed are offered a place.

Offers and acceptances

The results of the assessment process are posted at the beginning of December and acceptances required early March.