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Malvern St James | MSJ Prep 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


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Malvern St James is an independent day and boarding school for girls in Great Malvern, Worcestershire. Founded in 1893, the school has recently been rated by ISI as ‘excellent’ across all inspected areas. [1]


The curriculum at MSJ Prep is tailored to maximise girls’ skills through a range of disciplines, including English, mathematics, art, DT, humanities, science, music, computing, MFL, PE, performing arts and PSHEEC. 


The school also aims to foster talents and non-academic interests, providing over 30 co-curricular clubs for this purpose. Girls get to choose from fencing, athletics, choir, trampolining, calligraphy, ballet and many other pursuits which enrich school life and complement the exciting learning experience. [2]


Being a friendly and inclusive school characterised by small class sizes and a personalised approach towards educating, MSJ Prep provides pastoral care of exceptional standard. The school has even been awarded the Gold Standard accreditation by the Carnegie Institute of Mental Health and Wellbeing as a recognition of its pastoral efforts. [3]


Ensuring girls’ smooth transition into their senior years, MSJ roots its philosophy in Christian values yet promotes acceptance of beliefs of every member of its community, regardless of their cultural background. The school’s integrated and nourishing ethos celebrates independence of spirit and intellectual curiosity, recognising resilience as the utmost quality a girl can have.


Malvern St James | MSJ Prep 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


Address: 15 Avenue Road, Great Malvern, WR14 3BA

County: Worcestershire

Admissions info: or +44 (0) 1684 584624

School type: Independent, day and boarding school for girls

Open days: October, March

7+ Exam date: On Taster Day


Open Events for Malvern St James | MSJ Prep 7 Plus (7+) Entry


The best way to familiarise your daughter with the school’s friendly community is to attend their Open Days. These take place in the Spring and Autumn Terms, welcoming families for guided tours, presentations from the Headmistress and informal meetings with key staff members. More details are available here


Malvern St James | MSJ Prep 7 Plus (7+) Admissions


In the initial stage of the admissions process, you will be asked to register your daughter with the school. Online forms, which can be accessed through this page, should be submitted with a non-refundable fee of £150.


Confidential references and reports form your daughter’s current school will be requested. In the following weeks, she will be invited to the school for a two-day Taster Session, during which she will be both formally and informally assessed. 


If  a place is offered, the school will ask you to complete and submit a Parent Contract Acceptance Form, an Acceptance Deposit of £800 and New Starter forms. 


Malvern St James | MSJ Prep 7 Plus (7+) Scholarships and Bursaries


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


Malvern St James | MSJ Prep 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


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


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Reasoning (Verbal and Non-Verbal)


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 her knowledge of times tables.


The Verbal Reasoning section of the exam is designed to test and assess logical thinking, use of English language and vocabulary.


The Non-Verbal Reasoning test measures the ability to understand, interpret and problem-solve, testing logic and intelligence rather than knowledge. 


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


How to Prepare for the Malvern St James | MSJ Prep 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Assessment 


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


Malvern St James | MSJ 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 Malvern St James 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 Malvern St James 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




To help your child master Reasoning skills ahead of the Malvern St James 7+ exam, we highly recommend the following resources:


Full Practice Tests


7+ Reasoning Pack 1

7+ Reasoning Pack 2

7+ Reasoning Pack 3

7+ Reasoning Pack 4

7+ Reasoning Pack 5


Reasoning Guides


The following guides cover everything your child needs to know to ace 7+ Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning exams. They are packed with insights, tips and advice to help your child develop the key frameworks needed to succeed.


The Complete Guide to 7+ Verbal Reasoning

The Complete Guide to 7+ Non-Verbal Reasoning




The following pack is ideal for developing listening skills ahead of the Malvern St James 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 Malvern St James, MSJ Prep 7+ past papers. The information provided about Malvern St James, MSJ 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.


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