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7 plus (7+) Exam – St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) – What you need to know

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Introduction

 

St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) is an academically selective boys’ school situated in Barnes, greater London. It is the preparatory school of St Paul’s School. Both schools are separate, but share the same site. They operate from adjacent modern buildings on the south bank of the River Thames and share many facilities, including a dining hall, sports centre and playing fields.

 

Boys enter at 7+, 8+ and 11+ by competitive examination. Means tested bursaries are available at all points of entry. The vast majority of boys go from St. Paul’s Juniors to St Paul’s. The few that do not progress to St Paul’s get places at their first choice schools.

 

The first entry point is in Year 3, via the 7 plus exam. Strategically, entry in Year 3 via the seven plus exam makes most sense, as it can get even more competitive at higher age groups. Boys who join St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) and stay for the full duration of their studies will be automatically registered for transfer to St Paul’s at 13+. This means they have a place at St Paul’s, conditional upon their academic ability and successful passing of the entrance exam to the senior school. It is not an unconditional offer of a place, only an unconditional offer of registration.

 

St. Paul’s Juniors 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information

 

Description: Boys; day school

Age range: 7-13

Address: Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London, SW13 9JT

Admissions info: 7and8PlusEntry@stpaulsschool.org.uk or +44 (0)20 8746 5444

Pass mark: Aim for 75%+ in our practice tests. See below for more details.

 

St. Paul’s Juniors 7 Plus (7+) Admissions 

 

Applications: Boys can be registered from their fourth birthday. The closing date for registration is in October.

 

Registration: the registration form is available to download here.

When registering, the terms and conditions state that St Paul’s ‘must be your first choice for 13+ education’.

Registration fee: £175.

 

Open Days/Visits: St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court)  hosts one main open morning each year. This is an opportunity for parents and boys to meet the Head, staff and current pupils, and to get a flavour of daily life at St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court). 7+ families are asked to attend between 9.00am and 10.00am. If you are unable to make the open morning, you are advised to contact the school to make a time for a small group visit.

 

St. Paul’s Juniors 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format

 

Entrance Exams: Held in December. Examinations are designed to provide an understanding of current levels and to test potential. About 300 will take the exam. 54 places are available at 7+.

 

All candidates sit papers in:

 

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Reasoning

 

St. Paul’s Juniors does not release past papers, but you can access a suggested 7 plus reading list and the maths 7 plus maths syllabus.

 

This is the SPJ seven plus exam timetable (for the 2020 entry exam):

 

 

8.30 am   Arrival
9.00 – 9.45 Verbal Reasoning  (45 minutes)
9.45 – 9.55   Short Break (10 mins)
9.55 – 10.30 Mental and Written Maths test (35 minutes)
10.30 – 11.00  Long Break (30 minutes)
11.00 – 11.45  Reading (comprehension) and Non Verbal Reasoning (45 minutes)
11.45 – 11.55     Short Break (10 minutes)
11.55 – 12.20 English Dictation (25 minutes)
12.25    Collection Time

 

 

NOTE: For 2020 entry onwards, this English Writing Task will be replaced by a Dictation Task. This will be a short passage read out by a teacher which boys will copy down. It will test spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and handwriting. You can view the school’s announcement here. To prepare for this new assessment, we recommend using our new 7+ Dictation Pack and our 7+ Listening Pack, which includes Dictation exercises.

 

 

  • Previous St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) seven plus maths papers have included questions on time, money and symmetry. An emphasis on extended number problems and mental maths (where workings out are not usually allowed!)

 

  • Last year, the St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) seven plus English comprehension paper was multiple choice. Candidates were also tested on their spelling. A recent seven plus composition title was ‘The Present’. Candidates were given a plan to fill in to start them off and advised to spend 15 minutes planning their story.

 

  • The St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) seven plus reasoning paper contains a mixture of elements including verbal reasoning, shapes, arrows, sequences of numbers and codes. The seven plus verbal reasoning paper concentrates on vocabulary and the meanings of words. It is designed to get progressively harder.

 

St. Paul’s Juniors 7 Plus (7+) Exam Pass Marks and Target Scores

 

Pupils who are able to score 75%+ consistently in our 7+ practice tests should be on track to pass the SPJ 7+ assessment.

 

Whilst there are no guarantees, this has historically been a fairly strong indicator that your child should do well in the St. Paul’s Juniors 7 plus exam.

 

Don’t worry if your child is not scoring well in our practice papers from the outset. With targeted practice and focus, it’s possible to make big improvements in a short amount of time!

 

St. Paul’s Juniors 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.

 

Full Practice Tests

 

These practice tests are specifically designed to help your child prepare for the St. Paul’s Juniors 7+ Exam. They cover all the areas that are tested in the exam, using similar formats and timings based on the official assessment timetable.

 

7+ St. Paul’s Juniors Practice Test 1

7+ St. Paul’s Juniors Practice Test 2

7+ St. Paul’s Juniors Practice Test 3

 

English

 

7 plus English practice papers, ideal for St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) 7+ preparation:

 

Full Practice Tests

 

7+ English Pack 4 (Comprehension Sections Only)

7+ English Pack 5 (Comprehension Sections Only)

 

Comprehension Skills

 

7+ English: Reading Workbook

7+ English: Inference Skills

7+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar

 

The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Comprehension

 

Dictation Skills

 

7+ English: Dictation (Ideal Preparation for the new Dictation Assessment)

 

Mathematics

 

7 plus Maths practice papers, ideal for St. Paul’s Juniors ( (formerly Colet Court) 7+ preparation:

 

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

 

7+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

7+ Mathematics: Problem Solving

 

The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Mathematics

 

Reasoning

 

7 plus Reasoning practice papers, ideal for St. Paul’s Juniors (SPJ) (formerly Colet Court) 7+ preparation:

 

Full Practice Tests

 

7+ Reasoning Pack 1

7+ Reasoning Pack 2

7+ Reasoning Pack 3

7+ Reasoning Pack 4

7+ Reasoning Pack 5

 

The Complete Guide to 7+ Verbal Reasoning

The Complete Guide to 7+ Non-Verbal Reasoning

 

Listening

 

7 plus Listening practice papers, ideal for St. Paul’s Juniors (SPJ) (formerly Colet Court) 7+ exam preparation:

 

7+ Listening Pack 1 (Ideal Preparation for the new Dictation Assessment)

 

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St. Paul’s Juniors 7 Plus (7+) Interviews and activities

 

Approx two candidates per place will be called back for an assessment and a short group interview with the Head or a senior member of staff.

 

The school says:

 

Boys who perform well in the written tests will be invited back for a half day group assessment. Group sizes will be approximately 10. This process will involve a Maths lesson, an English lesson and group problem-solving task. At the same time, parents will have the opportunity to meet with the Head of St Paul’s Juniors. The group assessments will take place during the two weeks following the tests, enabling boys to know their results within a fortnight.

 

In previous years, candidates have been asked to write a short story and answer some complex maths questions. For example, questions which featured in recent interviews included: a group of five candidates being asked, ‘if everyone in the group shook hands with one another, how many handshakes would there be in total?’ and ‘Would you rather be blind or deaf?’

 

The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Writing is potentially useful for any short writing tasks that could come up in the second round interview.

 

Parent interview – parents are also interviewed at St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) and both parents are encouraged to attend if possible. This is very relaxed and a good opportunity to meet the Head and ask any questions you may have.

 

St. Paul’s Juniors 7 Plus (7+) Bursaries

 

St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) offers bursaries at all entry points, including 7 plus. Not every school will offer financial support at such a young age as a child’s potential is still relatively unknown.

 

Bursaries are means-tested and full details of income and capital resources will be requested. Each application is assessed on its own individual merit and offers of financial support, if appropriate, will be made in the November of the year prior to entry.

 

Bursaries are means-tested each year and may change as a family’s financial situation improves or deteriorates.

 

Requests for a bursary form should be made after registration. For further information, please click here.

 

St. Paul’s Juniors: Destination Schools at 13+

 

In most cases boys move on to St Paul’s. However a small minority may transfer to other schools, often as a result of a change in parental circumstances. St. Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) has a good relationship with other senior schools, such as Eton and Winchester, and will support boys with appropriate references and recommendations.

 

Other entry points for St. Paul’s Juniors:

 

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

Click here to learn about Year 12 entry via the 16 Plus (16+) Exam

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