Magdalen College School (MCS) 8 plus (8+) Exam: What You Need to Know

Introduction

 

Entry Level: 8 Plus (8+) exam

School Name: Magdalen College School

Description: Boys’ independent day school

Age range: 7-18

Size: 900 approx.

Fees: £6,313.00 per term

Address: Cowley Place, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 1DZ

Email (general enquiries): enquiries@mcsoxford.org

Website: https://www.mcsoxford.org

Telephone (general enquiries): 01865 242191

Admissions: registrar@mcsoxford.org

 

Overview

 

Founded in 1480, Magdalen College School (MCS) is an independent day school in Oxford. Primarily a boys’ school, girls are welcome in the school’s sixth form from age 16. Magdalen College is the first boys’ school to be named Independent School of the Year twice.

 

The school comprises a junior and senior school with six houses in each.

 

The main point of entry to the junior school is at age 7 into J1 (Year 3). The school also accepts applications for boys to join MCS aged 8 into J2 (Year 4), aged 9 into J3 (Year 5) and sometimes aged 10 into J4 (Year 6), dependent on the availability of places.

 

Admissions Process for Magdalen College School at 8 Plus (8+)

 

Registration

 

To apply for an 8+ place at MCS, parents should complete a registration form, which can be found on the school’s website. The form should be returned to the school’s Registrar with a non-refundable deposit of £100.

 

Open Days and Visits

 

MCS holds open events throughout the school year, allowing parents and children to see the facilities, meet staff and current pupils and ask questions. The junior school events usually takes place in March and June. To attend an event, please book your place online.

 

To book an individual visit for another time, please email the Registrar on  registrar@mcsoxford.org.

 

Entrance Exams

 

Prospective pupils will take entry tests in English (comprising of spelling, descriptive writing and three comprehension exercises) and Maths.

 

Each part of the English test lasts 15-20 minutes and the Maths test lasts 45 minutes.

 

Candidates are tested together and many of the tests are teacher led. Most boys will be invited back to MCS for interviews about a week after the test day. Interviews are conducted by the Head of the junior school and another senior member of staff.

 

The interview lasts 8–10 minutes and will be a relaxed chat about the boy’s own interests. He will be invited to bring an object (or picture) to spark the discussion.

 

Recommended Materials

 

English

 

The following 8+ English practice papers will help students prepare for the Magdalen College School entrance test:

 

8+ English Pack 1

8+ English Pack 2

8+ English Pack 3

8+ English Pack 4

 

8+ English: Writing

8+ English: Spelling

8+ English: Punctuation

8+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar

8+ English: Dictation

8+ English: Inference Skills

 

The Complete Guide to 8+ Comprehension

The Complete Guide to 8+ Writing

 

Mathematics

 

For 8+ Maths practice, we recommend the following:

 

8+ Mathematics Pack 1

8+ Mathematics Pack 2

8+ Mathematics Pack 3

 

8+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

8+ Mathematics: Problem Solving

 

 

Scholarships and Bursaries: Available at 11+, 13+ and 16+

 

Other Entry Points: 7+, 9+ and 10+ (Junior), 11+, 13+ and 16+ (Senior)

 

Most pupils move on to the Senior School at MCS. However, as the College uses the Common Entrance Exam for entry, places are not guaranteed.

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