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7 plus (7+) Exam – The Perse Prep – What you need to know


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The Perse Prep School is located in spacious parkland in Trumpington Road in Cambridge. Described as a ‘relaxed yet purposeful’ school, a Perse education is challenging and inspiring.


The striving for academic excellence is balanced by an emphasis on developing breadth and depth through first-rate sport, clubs (they have over 60), music, art, drama and outdoor pursuits.


A recent ISI inspection report concluded that The Prese Prep offered an ‘exceptional’ education.


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


Entry Level 7 Plus (7+) exam

School Name The Perse Prep

Description Co-ed; day school

Age range 7-11

Size 280

Fees £4,845 per term

Address Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8EX


Telephone (general enquiries) 01223 403920



The Perse Prep School 7 Plus (7+) Admissions


About 30 external applicants join existing pupils from the nursery and pre-prep in Year 3, making a year group of approximately 60 in total. This is the main point of entry.


Spaces sometimes become available in Years 4 and 6 if a current pupil gives notice to leave; and there’s usually about 3 spaces available in Year 5. All entry points require candidates to sit an entrance exam.


Applications and Registration


The deadline for 7+ applications to The Perse Prep is in December and the registration fee is £100.


Please click here for a link to The Perse Prep’s 7+ registration form.


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Open Days/Visits


The Perse Prep Autumn term open day is taking place in October, 9.30 am – 12 pm. There is no need to book.


Alternatively, the Head is always happy to give personal tours of the school. To arrange one of these, please fill in the form here. Once you have submitted the form, the school will contact you with an available time. Alternatively, you can book by contacting the head’s PA direct on 01223 403922 or by email:


Activity Mornings


These are for children in Year 1 and their parents. Parents are required to stay for the whole morning. Activities are based around science, art, music, cookery, PE/games and drama, and designed to enable children to be creative and have fun. There is also a chance for parents to chat with the Head and staff and see some current Year 3 work.


The Activity Morning normally takes place in June.


Taster Mornings


These are for children in Year 2 and are held in November specifically for external children who are thinking about joining the Prep in Year 3. The children work in groups and sample science, PE, art, music and drama activities. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the School, meet some staff, and for parents to chat with the Head, Director of Admissions, Deputy Head and other current parents.


To find out more about either the Activity Mornings or Taster Mornings, contact the school on 01223 403922 or


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


The 7+ entrance tests for entry to the Perse Prep take place in January, either as a morning or afternoon session. Children are assessed in:


  • English
  • Maths
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning


As an academically selective school, it will be looking for children to be working at least one year above the national average, have potential and general academic curiosity. During the testing, children meet with the Head informally, but there is no separate interview.


Parents are invited to submit any special information which they believe relevant to their child’s application, and a reference will be sought from their current school. Pupils entering Year 3 are expected to have completed Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum and to be working at Level 3.


The children are tested in small groups, under test conditions, with appropriate help given if required. Children stay with the same teachers in the same classroom for all sessions. Although sessions are formal, the atmosphere is relaxed and opportunities are given for the pupils to chat to each other and the staff. Breaks take place during the session when pupils are given refreshments and the opportunity to play.


The English test consists of: a reading comprehension; 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 and a written paper based on SATs format covering levels 2 and 3.


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.


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Comprehension Skills


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Writing Skills


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7 plus Maths practice papers, ideal for The Perse Prep 7+ exam preparation:


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7 plus Reasoning practice papers, ideal for The Perse Prep 7+ exam preparation:


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


The Perse does offer a number of means-tested bursaries for families of limited means from Year 3. Financial support ranges from 5% to 100% of annual fees. All applicants requesting a bursary are subject to the standard assessment criteria.


Places are only offered to applicants who meet the admissions criteria. All applications for bursary places are assessed on a means-tested basis and successful applicants will be invited for an interview at the School. All bursary awards made are subject to annual means-testing thereafter.


As an approximate guide, families with a combined income of more than £71,250, with one school-aged child, are unlikely to qualify for financial assistance.


The school operates a sliding scale, which it reserves the right to vary in special circumstances. All awards are made at the school’s discretion. The number of awards made each year are limited.


If applying for assistance with fees, you should complete and return the registration form and fee to the Admissions Office before the registration deadline in the year prior to entry. Do ensure that you tick the box on the Registration Form which indicates that you are applying for ‘means-tested assistance with school fees’.


The Bursary will then contact you directly. The Bursary will need a detailed means-test form returned before a child’s entrance test, in order to have time to review and to advise parents as soon as possible after any offer of a place of the amount of financial support they are eligible to receive.


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.


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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