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Ardingly Prep 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


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Ardingly College is an independent boarding and day school near Ardingly in West Sussex. It shares some grounds with the Prep School, which educates roughly 520 pupils. [1]


The teaching provision for both academic and non-academic disciplines at Ardingly Prep is impressive and vigorous, boosting pupils’ skills in the areas of humanities, languages, music, drama, art, ICT and PSHE, in addition to the core subjects of maths, English and science.


A wide selection of clubs and activities is on offer, ranging from Mandarin, newspaper club, bushcraft and hockey to robotic lego, choir, fencing and cookery. 


The school’s impressive sporting achievements are a testament to its excellent provision of sporting opportunities and top-quality facilities for training, as a result of which Ardingly Prep has won recognition for cross country, athletics, swimming and hockey. [2]


Surrounded by 230 acres of outstanding natural beauty, Ardingly College provides a top-class learning environment, centring its ethos on courtesy and ambition and aligning its educational philosophy with the motto Blessed are the pure in heart. Ardingly Prep employs the same approach, allowing children to explore and assess the world around them and actively engage in quality relationships with peers and staff while producing excellent academic results.


Ardingly Prep 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


Address: Haywards Heath RH17 6SQ

County: West Sussex

Admissions info: or +44 (0) 1444 893320

School type: Independent, co-ed day and boarding school

Open days: In the Spring and Autumn Terms


Open Events for Ardingly Prep 7 Plus (7+) Entry


Open Mornings at Ardingly Prep typically include tours of facilities and one-on-ones with members of the teaching and admissions staff. The events begin with an address by the Head and conclude with reception, hosted by the Head and teaching staff members who will be available to answer any questions of interest to your child. Pre-registering is essential.


Ardingly Prep 7 Plus (7+) Admissions


If you wish your child to be considered for entry, you should apply using a registration form, accessible upon emailing the school. As part of the first stage of the admission process, copies of your child’s school reports and references will be requested. 


The next stage includes assessments and interviews with the Head of the Prep School. Following Assessment Day, you will be contacted by the school regarding their decision to offer (or not offer) a place. Please note that acceptances include a payment of a deposit.


Ardingly Prep 7 Plus (7+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Scholarships and bursaries are only available to Senior School applicants.


Ardingly Prep 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


The Ardingly Prep 7 Plus (7+) exam consists of the following assessments:


  • English
  • Mathematics


The English assessment examines comprehension and writing skills, including spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well as the fluency of your child’s reading and oral skills.    


The Maths exam assesses your child’s problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills, including their knowledge of times tables.


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Ardingly Prep 7 Plus entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the Ardingly Prep 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Assessment 


One of the best ways to prepare your child for a competitive 7+ assessment is to familiarise them with the types of questions and the format of the actual exam. You can achieve this with the use of our practice tests.


Consisting of thoroughly researched and up to date questions, our practice tests will help you identify the strong and weak areas in your child’s knowledge base, and thus remove unnecessary stress from the exam preparation process.


We highly recommend that students take our practice tests under timed conditions to get used to answering questions quickly and under time pressure.


The majority of our 7+ resources are accompanied by detailed step-by-step video tutorials for every question. These are available for free with all purchases. It’s like having a world-class tutor explain each question to your child at no extra cost!


Our practice tests are used successfully every year by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are age-appropriate, reflecting the demands of the actual exam.


Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the Ardingly Prep 7 Plus entrance exam can be found below.


Ardingly Prep 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 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 Ardingly Prep 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 Ardingly Prep 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




The following pack is ideal for developing listening skills ahead of the Ardingly Prep 7+ entrance exam, helping your child learn how to follow instructions carefully:


7+ Listening Pack 1



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Our practice tests aim to show the sorts of questions that have been included in Ardingly Prep 7+ past papers. The information provided about Ardingly Prep 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 Ardingly Prep:


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

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