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7 Plus (7+) Exam – The Perse Prep – Key Admissions Details 2024


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The Perse School is one of the most successful independent day schools in the country. Founded in 1615, Perse provides its mixed cohort with an education that’s both challenging and inspiring. Its prep department is equally reputable, occupying spacious parkland on Trumpington Road in Cambridge. [1]


Perse Prep’s curriculum includes various relevant disciplines, such as science, technology and humanities, forming the foundation of a rich and diverse school life. As such, it promotes intellectual growth and skill development, enabling pupils to acquire knowledge to the maximum of their abilities.


The cohort’s academic rigour is balanced with an abundant programme of extracurriculars, including over 80 club activities. Numerous outdoor education opportunities provide children with the chance to further explore their interests, which in turn helps strengthen their inner resilience and increase their creative problem solving within a natural setting. [2]


The Perse Prep School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


Address: Trumpington Road, Cambridge CB2 8EX

County: Cambridgeshire

Admissions info: or +44 (0) 1223 403920

School type: Independent, co-ed day school

Open days: In the Summer and Autumn Terms

8+ Exam date: January of Year 2


The Perse Prep School 7 Plus (7+) Open Days


Twice a year, Perse Prep hosts Open Morning events, allowing parents and their children to interact with staff and take guided tours of the spacious facilities. These typically commence with an introductory speech by the Head and conclude with refreshments. You can view the school’s exact location on the map below:



The Perse Prep School 7 Plus (7+) Admissions


About 30 external applicants join existing pupils from the nursery and pre-prep in Year 3. Candidates for admission should apply for a place by the deadline in December of the year preceding entry. The fee for this is a total of £150.


The admissions process includes formal assessments and looks into the quality of the confidential reference, obtained from your child’s current school. There will also be an informal chat with the Head of Perse Prep.


In order for your child to get a feel for the school’s offering, you are advised to book a taster session/Activity Morning for them to attend. Both events include a variety of on-site activities and designed to enable children to be creative and have fun. There is also a chance for you to chat with the Head and staff and observe lessons in action.


The Perse Prep School 7 Plus (7+) Bursaries and Scholarships


The school does not offer bursaries and scholarships on entry into the Prep.


The Perse Prep School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


The Perse Prep 7+ entrance exam consists of the following assessments:


  • English (writing and comprehension)
  • Mathematics (problem-solving and mental arithmetic)
  • Reasoning (Verbal and Non-Verbal)


The English test consists of written comprehension exercises, reading aloud for accuracy and understanding, and a short piece of creative writing based on pictures and written prompts.


The maths test consists of mental arithmetic exercises and a written paper based on SATs format covering levels 2 and 3.


The Verbal Reasoning section of the exam is designed to test logical thinking, use of English language and vocabulary. The Non-Verbal Reasoning section measures the ability to understand, interpret and problem-solve, testing logic and intelligence rather than knowledge.


As an academically selective school, Perse will look for candidates who perform at least one year above the national average and have potential and general academic curiosity.


Children are assessed in small groups, under test conditions, with appropriate help given if required. Although sessions are formal, the atmosphere is relaxed and opportunities are given for them to chat with each other and the staff. Breaks take place during the session, when they are given refreshments and the opportunity to play.


The Perse Prep School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Practice Papers


If you are at the very beginning of your 7+ journey, you may wish to start with our range of 6+ resources. These cover the core Maths and English skills your child needs to develop but at a slightly easier level.


Our 6+ range will help your child develop confidence and a strong foundation before they progress further with the 7+ material listed below.




We highly recommend the following practice papers to help your child prepare for the Perse Prep School 7+ English exam. They cover everything your child needs to know about comprehension and writing:


Full Practice Tests


7+ English Pack 1

7+ English Pack 2

7+ English Pack 3

7+ English Pack 4

7+ English Pack 5


Comprehension Skills


7+ English: Comprehension Pack 1

7+ English: Reading Workbook

7+ English: Inference Skills

7+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar


Comprehension Guide


This guide covers all the key comprehension question types in a clear, step-by-step manner so that both you and your child know exactly what to expect on exam day.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Comprehension


Writing Skills


7+ English: Writing

7+ English: Rewrite & Improve

7+ English: Punctuation

7+ English: Spelling

7+ English: Dictation


Writing Guide


Starting from the foundational basics, this guide works its way through all the key skills your child needs to develop to become an excellent writer within the framework of what’s expected at the 7+ level.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ 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.




The following 7+ packs will help your child develop the key skills needed to do well in the mathematics section of the Perse Prep School entrance exam:


Full Practice Tests


7+ Mathematics Pack 1

7+ Mathematics Pack 2

7+ Mathematics Pack 3

7+ Mathematics Pack 4

7+ Mathematics Pack 5


Targeted Skill Development


Each of the following skill practice 7+ mathematics packs focuses on just one specific topic, covering all the possible variations your child may face on exam day:


7+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

7+ Mathematics: Problem Solving

7+ Mathematics: Addition & Subtraction

7+ Mathematics: Multiplication & Division

7+ Mathematics: Geometry

7+ Mathematics: Number & Place Value

7+ Mathematics: Measurement

7+ Mathematics: Fractions

7+ Mathematics: Statistics


Mathematics Guide


This guide covers the full 7+ maths syllabus step-by-step, teaching your child everything they need to know in a fun and interactive manner.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Mathematics




To help your child master Reasoning skills ahead of the Perse Prep School 7+ exam, we highly recommend the following resources:


Full Practice Tests


7+ Reasoning Pack 1

7+ Reasoning Pack 2

7+ Reasoning Pack 3

7+ Reasoning Pack 4

7+ Reasoning Pack 5


Reasoning Guides


The following guides cover everything your child needs to know to ace 7+ Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning exams. They are packed with insights, tips and advice to help your child develop the key frameworks needed to succeed.


The Complete Guide to 7+ Verbal Reasoning

The Complete Guide to 7+ Non-Verbal Reasoning




Perse Prep School is keen to find students who can listen to instructions, process information and respond accurately. This pack will help develop these key skills:


7+ Listening Pack 1



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The Perse Prep School: Destination Schools at 11+


The Perse School goes onto 18 and the senior school is sited approx 2 miles from the centre of Cambridge. It is assumed that pupils will move on to the senior school.



Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in The Perse School 7+ past papers. The information provided about The Perse School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.



Other entry points for The Perse Prep School:


Click here to learn about Year 4 entry via the 8 Plus (8+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 7 entry via the 11 Plus (11+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 9 entry via the 13 Plus (13+) Exam

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