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Clifton College 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


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Clifton College is a co-educational independent school located in the suburb of Clifton in Bristol. Founded in 1862, it is one of the few schools in the UK that has educated several Nobel laureates, winning prizes for chemistry, physics and economics. [1]


Successfully combining traditional teaching methods with the latest technology, the school provides a broad curriculum and actively prepares children for life in the 21st century. Lessons, equally emphasising curricular and cross-curricular subject areas, cover science, ICT, history, geography, DT, art & design, English, maths, RE and PSHE.


In Year 3, pupils also get to engage in a number of after-class activities and clubs, alongside Forest School, the highly favoured outdoor learning programme aiming to familiarise them with the natural world. Whether they be karate, judo, ballet or tap dancing, the activities on offer at Clifton College enable pupils to grow in confidence and build friendships while enjoying fun times. 


The school’s ethos is rooted in the values of integrity, spirit and resilience, ensuring that students approach conflicts and challenges with an open mind and without any prejudice. Encouraged to make a positive impact in the lives of those around them, Cliftonians access the world beyond the school’s gates with integrity and intellectual agility, unafraid of taking risks while exploring it. [2


Clifton College 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


Address: 32 College Road, Clifton, BS8 3JH

County: Bristol

Admissions info: or +44 117 315 7160

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

Open days: June

7+ Exam date: Arbitrary


Open Events for Clifton College 7 Plus (7+) Entry


Visiting the school during their Open Days is the best way to discover everything on offer at Clifton College. Admissions and senior staff members will be available for discussions and guided tours will be arranged so that you and your child can explore the campus and its facilities. Please click here to learn how to pre-register. 


Clifton College 7 Plus (7+) Admissions


If, after the visit, you wish to proceed with the admissions process, you should complete and submit a registration form and pay the non-refundable fee. Entry is dependent on the quality of your child’s school reports and reference, as well as their performance in interviews and (informal) entry tests. For more details, please reach out to the Admissions Team.


Clifton College 7 Plus (7+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Scholarships are only available to Senior School applicants. Please reach out to the school to learn if some bursarial assistance is offered to 7+ applicants.


Clifton College 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


The Clifton College 7 Plus (7+) exam consists of the following assessments:


  • English
  • Mathematics


The English exam tests comprehension and writing skills, including inference, 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 Clifton College 7 Plus entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the Clifton College 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Assessment 


Practice tests are an effective tool for preparation for the Clifton College 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 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 Clifton College 7 Plus entrance exam can be found below.


Clifton College 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 Clifton College 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 Clifton College 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 Clifton College 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 Clifton College 7+ past papers. The information provided about Clifton College 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.


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