7 plus (7+) Exam – Magdalen College School (MCS) – What you need to know
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School Name Magdalen College School Junior School (MCS Junior School)
Description Boys; day school
Age range 7-11
Fees £5,495 (years 3 and 4) rising to £5,705 per term.
Address Magdalen College School, Oxford, OX4 1DZ
Email (general enquiries) email@example.com
Telephone (general enquiries) 01865 242191
Registrar Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone 01865 253430
Magdalen College School was founded in 1480 by William Waynfleet. He believed in education as being the primary facilitator of social mobility and wanted to create a school that would complement and prepare future scholars for Oxford University.
Today’s MCS is a proud inheritor of these traditions, enjoying and nurturing a remarkable relationship with the global university which surrounds it (although in 2015, 16 students went to Cambridge as opposed to 13 who went to Oxford – but that adds up to an impressive 29 successful Oxbridge candidates!)
The Junior School has a dedicated team of specialist teachers and boys enjoy full access to the facilities at the Senior School. Emphasis is put on pastoral care and a house system cultivates values of cooperation, loyalty and friendship.
A popular daily After School Care service operates for all pupils until 5.30pm. During these supervised sessions, boys have the opportunity to complete homework before indoor and outdoor activities commence.
The extra curricular offering is impressive and has a whole e-book dedicated to it! View here.
Admissions Process for MCS Junior School at Seven Plus
The majority of boys enter MCS Junior School at age seven, although it is possible to join in later years if places are available.
The deadline for 7+ exam applications to MCS Junior School is in October prior to the year of entry.
Please click here for a link to the MCS Junior School’s 7+ exam registration form.
Registration fee: £75
Open Mornings offer the opportunity to see the school in action on a normal working day. They begin with a talk by the Master and Q&A with the Head of the Junior School, followed by a tour of the school and coffee with the Head of Junior School and the Registrar’s team.
Booking is essential for Open Events. To book, click here.
7 plus Entrance Exams
Boys take tests in English and maths. The English tests consist of spelling, creative writing and three comprehension exercises; comprehension excerpts could be from factual or fictional sources. Each section in the English test is between 15 and 20 minutes long.
The maths test is the longest and lasts 45 minutes.
With the exception of one writing task, all questions in both maths and English, are read aloud to candidates.
7 plus English practice papers, ideal for MCS 7+ exam preparation:
7 plus maths practice papers, ideal for MCS 7+ exam preparation:
7 plus Listening practice papers, ideal for MCS 7+ exam preparation:
7+ Observation Lessons and Interview
Boys who successfully pass the 7+ exams (the majority) will be called back for observation lessons and a short interview.
The lessons are conducted in small groups, last for two hours and take place either in the morning (9–11am) or afternoon (1–3pm). Attention is paid to each boy’s co-operation, enthusiasm, self-discipline and ability to concentrate. During the course of the lesson, boys will leave the group to meet the Junior Head Teacher for a short interview.
The 7 plus interview takes the format of a relaxed chat and lasts for 8-10 minutes. It is designed to find out about a boy’s interests and enthusiasms and as such boys are invited to bring an object (or picture) of their choice to stimulate discussion.
Destination Schools at 11+
All boys take the competitive entrance exam for the Senior School and enjoy an outstanding record of success in this.
It is expected that most boys will move on to the Senior School.
Bursaries and Scholarships
Scholarships and bursaries are not available in the Junior School.