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What is the 7 Plus (7+)?

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About the 7 Plus (7+)

The 7+ is an entrance exam for Year 3 entry (ages 7-8) into a selection of highly competitive independent prep schools. The exam is typically held in January for entry in the following September, although it is important to check the school’s website to ensure the exact examination date as well as to see any other admissions requirements (e.g. when the registration deadline is, if a school report submission is required).

7 Plus (7+) Exam Format

The 7+ is either in a standard paper-based written format or computer-based, sometimes with additional verbal questions or group activities to assess communication and socialisation abilities. The tests, which are typically held on the school’s premises, usually last only 30 minutes with a break in between.

7 Plus (7+) Subject Areas

The core subject areas that the 7+ assesses are English (Key Stage 1 (KS1) national curriculum) and Mathematics (Key Stage 1 (KS1) national curriculum). However, adding in reasoning (verbal and non-verbal) to the 7+ exam is now a growing trend. Some schools even have a creative skills section where they might ask your child to complete a creative task like creating a drawing or collage.

Here is a breakdown of what will specifically be examined in the core subject areas:

  • English
 

The main areas tested for the 7+ English written paper are comprehension, creative writing, fact recollection, ability to structure, hand-writing, vocabulary, SPAG (spelling, punctuation, and grammar), and reading. The creative writing section may be connected to the comprehension section by having the prompt be to extend the passage your child is provided with.

There may also be a verbal section which additionally tests candidates’ memory and ability to dictate. For this section, the candidate may have to verbally complete a spelling test, fix a sentence with SPAG errors, or read a writing excerpt out loud. Following this, they may have to summarise the text they have read.

  • Maths
 

The 7+ Math paper predominantly tests areas from the full Year 2 syllabus, though some questions may extend beyond this to include topics that students will be studying in Year 3. This may include mental arithmetic tested in verbal and written formats, puzzles, and extended word problem-solving.

  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning
 

The main areas tested for the 7+ verbal and non-verbal reasoning section are puzzles and word-problem solving based questions. 

7 Plus (7+) Priority criteria

Priority may be given to a state school candidate over a pre-preparatory school candidate sharing the same total score. This is because pre-prep schools are more likely to prepare children for 7+ exams than state schools. The independent schools will also take into account the age of your child and some schools will even age-standardise their reasoning scores; candidates born in September have an advantage over candidates born in August.

How to prepare your child for the 7 Plus (7+) exam

The best way to start preparing for the 7+ exams is to get some relevant study materials and use practice papers to familiarise your child with the exam content and format. 

On our website, you can purchase practice papers specifically tailored for the 7+ exam, including individual maths and English packs, as well as a discounted complete bundle with all of our 7+ practice papers (16 English papers and 12 mathspapers). These are available in both physical and downloadable formats.

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Which schools currently participate in the 7 Plus (7+)?

A

Abbot’s Hill School

Abercorn School

Abingdon Preparatory School

Ackworth School 

AKS Lytham

Aldenham Prep School

Alderley Edge School for Girls

Aldro School

Aldwickbury School

Alleyn’s Junior School

Alton Prep School 7 plus (7+) exam

Ardingly Prep 7 plus (7+) exam

Ashford School 7 plus (7+) exam

Ashville College 7 plus (7+) exam

 

B

Babington House School 7 plus (7+) exam

Bablake Junior School 7 plus (7+) exam

Badminton School 7 plus (7+) exam

Bancroft’s Prep School 7 plus (7+) exam

Barnard Castle School 7 plus (7+) exam

Bede’s Prep School 7 plus (7+) exam

Bedford Girls’ School 7 plus (7+) exam

Bedford Modern School 7 plus (7+) exam

Bedford School 7 plus (7+) exam

Belmont (Mill Hill) School 7 plus (7+) exam

Berkhamsted Prep School 7 plus (7+) exam

Birkdale School 7 plus (7+) exam

Birkenhead School 7 plus (7+) exam

Bishop’s Stortford College 7 plus (7+) exam

Blackheath High School 7 plus (7+) exam

Blundell’s Preparatory School 7 plus (7+) exam

Bolton School 7 plus (7+) exam

Bournemouth Collegiate School 7 plus (7+) exam

Bradford Grammar School 7 plus (7+) exam

Braeside School 7 plus (7+) exam

Brentwood School 7 plus (7+) exam

Bridgewater School 7 plus (7+) exam

Brighton College 7 plus (7+) exam

Brighton Girls 7 plus (7+) exam

Bristol Grammar School 7 plus (7+) exam

Bromley High School 7 plus (7+) exam

Bromsgrove Preparatory School 7 plus (7+) exam

Burgess Hill Girls 7 plus (7+) exam

Bury Grammar School 7 plus (7+) exam

Bute House 7 plus (7+) exam

 

C

Caterham School 7 plus (7+) exam

Cheadle Hulme School 7 plus (7+) exam

Cheltenham College 7 plus (7+) exam

Chesham Prep School 7 plus (7+) exam

Chigwell School 7 plus (7+) exam

Churcher’s College 7 plus (7+) exam

City Junior School 7 plus (7+) exam

City of London Freemen’s School 7 plus (7+) exam

City of London School for Girls (CLSG) 7 plus (7+) exam

Claremont Fan Court School 7 plus (7+) exam

Clifton College 7 plus (7+) exam

Clifton High School 7 plus (7+) exam

Cokethorpe School 7 plus (7+) exam

Colfe’s School 7 plus (7+) exam

Colston’s School 7 plus (7+) exam

Coopersale Hall School 7 plus (7+) exam

Cranleigh School 7 plus (7+) exam

Croydon High School 7 plus (7+) exam

Culford School 7 plus (7+) exam

 

D

Dame Allan’s School 7 plus (7+) exam

Dame Bradbury’s School 7 plus (7+) exam

Dean Close Prep School 7 plus (7+) exam

Denstone College 7 plus (7+) exam

Derby Grammar School 7 plus (7+) exam

Derby High School 7 plus (7+) exam

Ditcham Park School 7 plus (7+) exam

Dixie Grammar School 7 plus (7+) exam

Dragon School 7 plus (7+) exam

Dulwich College Junior School 7 plus (7+) exam

Dulwich Prep London (DPL) 7 plus (7+) exam

Durham High School for Girls 7 plus (7+) exam

Durham School 7 plus (7+) exam

 

E

Eaton Square Belgravia 7 plus (7+) exam

Edgbaston High School for Girls 7 plus (7+) exam

Elizabeth College, Guernsey, 7 plus (7+) exam

Eltham College 7 plus (7+) exam

Embley Prep 7 plus (7+) exam

Ewell Castle School 7 plus (7+) exam

Exeter School 7 plus (7+) exam

 

F

Fairfield Prep School 7 plus (7+) exam

Farlington School 7 plus (7+) exam

Felsted School 7 plus (7+) exam

Forest Prep School 7 plus (7+) exam

Framlingham College 7 plus (7+) exam

 

G

Godolphin School 7 plus (7+) exam

Gresham’s School 7 plus (7+) exam

Guildford High School 7 plus (7+) exam

 

H

Haberdashers’ Boys’ School (Habs Boys) 7 plus (7+) exam

Haberdashers’ School for Girls (Habs Girls) 7 plus (7+) exam

Hampton Court House School 7 plus (7+) exam

Hampton School 7 plus (7+) exam

Headington School 7 plus (7+) exam

Highgate School 7 plus (7+) exam

Hipperholme Grammar School 7 plus (7+) exam

Howell’s School Llandaff 7 plus (7+) exam

Huddersfield Grammar School 7 plus (7+) exam

Hull Collegiate School 7 plus (7+) exam

Hulme Hall Grammar School 7 plus (7+) exam

Hurstpierpoint Prep School 7 plus (7+) exam

 

I

Ibstock Place School 7 plus (7+) exam

Immanuel College, Bushey, 7 plus (7+) exam

Ipswich High School 7 plus (7+) exam

Ipswich School 7 plus (7+) exam

 

J

James Allen’s Preparatory School (JAPS) 7 plus (7+) exam

Jersey College for Girls 7 plus (7+) exam

Junior King’s School 7 plus (7+) exam

 

K

Kent College, Pembury, 7 plus (7+) exam

Kimbolton School 7 plus (7+) exam

King Edward’s School, Bath, 7 plus (7+) exam

King Henry VIII School, Coventry, 7 plus (7+) exam

King’s College Wimbledon (KCS) 7 plus (7+) exam

King’s St Alban’s School 7 plus (7+) exam

Kingswood School 7 plus (7+) exam

Kirkham Grammar School 7 plus (7+) exam

 

L

Lady Eleanor Holles (LEH) 7 plus (7+) exam

Lancing Prep Hove 7 plus (7+) exam

Latymer Prep School 7 plus (7+) exam

Leehurst Swan School 7 plus (7+) exam

Leicester Grammar School 7 plus (7+) exam

Leicester High School for Girls 7 plus (7+) exam

Lingfield College 7 plus (7+) exam

Long Close School 7 plus (7+) exam

Loughborough Amherst School 7 plus (7+) exam

 

M

Magdalen College School 7 plus (7+) exam

Malvern St James Girls’ School 7 plus (7+) exam

Manchester Grammar School (MGS) 7 plus (7+) exam

Manor House School, Bookham, 7 plus (7+) exam

Merchant Taylors’ School 7 plus (7+) exam

Millfield School 7 plus (7+) exam

Monkton Combe School 7 plus (7+) exam

Monmouth Prep School 7 plus (7+) exam

Moreton Hall 7 plus (7+) exam

Myddelton College 7 plus (7+) exam

 

N

New Hall School 7 plus (7+) exam

Newcastle High School for Girls 7 plus (7+) exam

Newcastle School for Boys 7 plus (7+) exam

Newcastle-under-Lyme School 7 plus (7+) exam

Normanhurst School 7 plus (7+) exam

North Bridge House Prep 7 plus (7+) exam

North London Collegiate School (NLCS) 7 plus (7+) exam

Northampton High 7 plus (7+) exam

Northwood College 7 plus (7+) exam

Norwich High School for Girls 7 plus (7+) exam

Norwich School 7 plus (7+) exam

Notre Dame School 7 plus (7+) exam

Notting Hill and Ealing High School 7 plus (7+) exam

Nottingham Girls’ High School 7 plus (7+) exam

Nottingham High School 7 plus (7+) exam

 

O

Oaklands School 7 plus (7+) exam

Old Palace of John Whitgift School 7 plus (7+) exam

Oldham Hulme Grammar School 7 plus (7+) exam

Our Lady of Sion School 7 plus (7+) exam

Our Lady’s Abingdon School 7 plus (7+) exam

Oxford High School 7 plus (7+) exam

 

P

Park School for Girls 7 plus (7+) exam

Pipers Corner School 7 plus (7+) exam

Pocklington School 7 plus (7+) exam

Portsmouth High School 7 plus (7+) exam

Putney High School 7 plus (7+) exam

 

Q

QEGS Junior 7 plus (7+) exam

Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital 7 plus (7+) exam

Queen’s College London 7 plus (7+) exam

Queen’s Gate School 7 plus (7+) exam

Quinton House School 7 plus (7+) exam

 

R

Radnor House Sevenoaks 7 plus (7+) exam

Ratcliffe College 7 plus (7+) exam

Redmaids’ High School 7 plus (7+) exam

Rendcomb College 7 plus (7+) exam

Repton School 7 plus (7+) exam

RGS Dodderhill 7 plus (7+) exam

RGS Springfield 7 plus (7+) exam

RGS The Grange 7 plus (7+) exam

Rosedale House 7 plus (7+) exam

Royal Grammar School Newcastle 7 plus (7+) exam

Royal High School Bath 7 plus (7+) exam

Royal Russell School 7 plus (7+) exam

Ryde School with Upper Chine 7 plus (7+) exam

 

S

Seaford College 7 plus (7+) exam

South Hampstead High School 7 plus (7+) exam

St Albans High School for Girls 7 plus (7+) exam

St Bede’s College 7 plus (7+) exam

St Catherine’s School 7 plus (7+) exam

St Columba’s College, St Albans, 7 plus (7+) exam

St Dunstan’s College 7 plus (7+) exam

St Gabriel’s School 7 plus (7+) exam

St Georges Weybridge 7 plus (7+) exam

St Margaret’s School, Hampstead, 7 plus (7+) exam

St Mary’s College, Crosby, 7 plus (7+) exam

St Swithun’s School 7 plus (7+) exam

St Paul’s Juniors (SPJ) 7 plus (7+) exam

Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall 7 plus (7+) exam

Surbiton High School 7 plus (7+) exam

Sutton High School 7 plus (7+) exam

Sutton Valence School 7 plus (7+) exam

Sydenham High School 7 plus (7+) exam

 

T

The Abbey School 7 plus (7+) exam

The Cathedral School, Llandaff, 7 plus (7+) exam

The Grange School 7 plus (7+) exam

The King’s School, Chester, 7 plus (7+) exam

The King’s School, Gloucester, 7 plus (7+) exam

The King’s School, Macclesfield, 7 plus (7+) exam

The Perse Prep 7 plus (7+) exam

The Portsmouth Grammar School 7 plus (7+) exam

The Queen’s School, Chester, 7 plus (7+) exam

The Royal Masonic School for Girls 7 plus (7+) exam

Truro School 7 plus (7+) exam

 

U

University College School (UCS) 7 plus (7+) exam

 

W

Wakefield Girls’ Junior School 7 plus (7+) exam

Warwick Preparatory School 7 plus (7+) exam

Warwick School 7 plus (7+) exam

Wellingborough School 7 plus (7+) exam

Wellington School 7 plus (7+) exam

West Buckland School 7 plus (7+) exam

Westminster Under School (WUS) 7 plus (7+) exam

Westminster Cathedral Choir School (WCCS) 7 plus (7+) exam

Wetherby Preparatory School 7 plus (7+) exam

Wimbledon High School 7 plus (7+) exam

Wisbech Grammar School 7 plus (7+) exam

Withington Girls’ School 7 plus (7+) exam

Wolverhampton Grammar School 7 plus (7+) exam

Woodbridge School 7 plus (7+) exam

 

Y

Yarm School 7 plus (7+) exam

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