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Cheltenham College Preparatory School 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


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Cheltenham College is a co-educational, day and boarding independent school located in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Established in 1841, it is one of the public schools of the Victorian period and is well known for its classical, military and sporting traditions. [1]


Its Prep Department, Cheltenham Prep, maintains high academic standards through the provision of a diverse curriculum and extensive pastoral care. Small class sizes, coupled with cutting-edge facilities, laboratories and suites, enable pupils to explore their capacity for learning and effortlessly progress towards their senior years. 


The warmth of the school’s community is underpinned by a rich programme of extracurricular activities, aiming to engage children as they form friendships and discover their natural talents. Clubs range from archery, bakery, coding and DT to equestrian, fencing, creative writing and drama. [2]


Cheltenham Prep prioritises pupils’ happiness, hence the provision of inspirational lessons and the wealth of after-class activities are firmly embedded in the school’s educational philosophy. Pupils are fully enabled to approach learning with enthusiasm and excitement, and fondly remember the time spent at school all throughout their adult years.


Cheltenham Prep 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


Address: Thirlestaine Road, Cheltenham GL53 7AB

County: Gloucestershire

Admissions info: or 01242522697

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

7+ Exam date: On Taster Day


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


Prospective families are welcome to visit the school during Open Mornings or through individually arranged tours. In both cases, you and your child will explore the facilities and meet with key members of the staff. Please click here to learn more. 


Cheltenham Prep 7 Plus (7+) Admissions


Following the visit to the school, you may wish to register your child for Year 3 entry. In the following period, Cheltenham Prep staff will reach out to schedule a Taster Day, during which your child will be assessed. 


Acceptance of a place includes a payment of a deposit. You will also be asked to return a completed Acceptance Form.


Cheltenham Prep 7 Plus (7+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Scholarships are only available to Senior School applicants. Please reach out to the school to learn if you can apply for a bursary.


Cheltenham Prep 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


The Cheltenham Prep 7 Plus (7+) exam consists of the following assessment:


  • Creative Writing
  • CAT4 (Cognitive Abilities Test)


The Creative Writing paper examines writing skills, including punctuation and spelling. Marks will be awarded for good use of imagination, creativity, form, purpose, organisation, cohesion and sentence structure.


The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) measures developed abilities via modules testing Verbal, Non-Verbal, Spatial and Quantitative Reasoning.


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


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


Practice tests are an effective tool for preparation for the Cheltenham Prep 7+ exam. With the help of our practice tests, designed and formatted to match the actual exams, your child will learn to deal with various 7+ exam question types quickly and confidently. 


The benefits for your child are numerous: the tests provide focused practice and familiarity with a wide variety of possibilities and examples, serving as an indicator of any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam. We suggest starting early with your revision so that you have plenty of time to identify subject areas that need additional work.


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 word-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 Cheltenham Prep 7 Plus entrance exam can be found below.


Cheltenham Prep 7 Plus (7+) Exam Practice Papers




We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the Cheltenham Prep 7 Plus English exam. They will help improve your child’s writing skills.


Writing Skills


7+ English: Writing

7+ English: Rewrite & Improve

7+ English: Punctuation

7+ English: Spelling

7+ English: Dictation


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Writing

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Cognitive Abilities Test


The following packs will significantly boost your child’s Reasoning abilities ahead of the Cheltenham Prep 7 Plus CAT4 assessment:


Full Practice Tests


CAT4 – Level X – Practice Test 1

CAT4 – Level X – Practice Test 2

CAT4 – Level X – Practice Test 3

CAT4 – Level X – Practice Test 4

CAT4 – Level X – Practice Test 5



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Our practice tests aim to show the sorts of questions that have been included in Cheltenham College Preparatory School 7+ past papers. The information provided about Cheltenham College Preparatory 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 Cheltenham College Preparatory 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

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