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Merchant Taylors’ Prep 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


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Merchant Taylors’ School (MTS) is an independent day school for boys. The school’s list of notable alumni is long, including astronomers, politicians, poets, Egyptologists, authors and medical pioneers. MTS merged with Northwood Prep in 2015, forming Merchant Taylors’ Prep School, which has since been extended with purpose-built facilities for science, physical education, design and IT, as well as music and the performing arts. [1] [2]


The curriculum in the Prep School is designed to challenge pupils, equipping them with knowledge in the following subject areas: art & DT, classics, English, geography, history, IT, mathematics, MFL, music, PE & sport, science, speech & drama, RS and wellbeing & PSHEE.


Further investing in boys’ intellectual and spiritual development, the school offers a broad extra-curricular programme, encouraging participation in activities ranging from chess to basketball.


MTS Prep was recently rated as ‘excellent’ by ISI regarding the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements, as well as the quality of pupils’ personal development, and has passed the Compliance Inspection, meeting all of the regulatory requirements. [3]


The school’s ethos is grounded in Christian values, addressing the needs and interests of each pupil individually and investing in their full development in line with the school’s pursuit of excellence. Leavers continue their education at some of the country’s most prestigious schools, including Eton College, Haberdashers’ Aske’s and Harrow, as well as MTS.


Merchant Taylors’ Prep 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


Address: Moor Farm, Sandy Lodge Road, Rickmansworth WD3 1LW

County: Hertfordshire

Admissions info: or 01923 825648

School type: Independent, day school for boys

Open days: Throughout the year

7+ Exam date: November of Year 2

Pass mark: Aim for 70%+ in our practice tests. See below for more details.


Open Events for Merchant Taylors’ Prep 7 Plus (7+) Entry


The school invites prospective families to attend Open Events and experience first-hand the warm atmosphere on campus. These typically consist of tours of facilities, one-on-ones with key staff members and a presentation from the Head. Please click here to learn more. 


Merchant Taylors’ Prep 7 Plus (7+) Admissions


The registration form should be submitted along with a fee of £100. The admissions process includes formal assessments, typically lasting 90 minutes. The school will also request your child’s current school reports.


Based on his successful performance, your son may receive an offer of a place in early December, to be accepted by returning a completed Parental Acceptance Form together with a deposit of £1050. 


Merchant Taylors’ Prep 7 Plus (7+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Scholarships and bursaries are not available.


Merchant Taylors’ Prep 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


The Merchant Taylors’ Prep 7 Plus (7+) exam consists of the following assessments:


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning


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 his knowledge of times tables.


The Non-Verbal Reasoning test measures his 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 Merchant Taylors’ Prep 7 Plus entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the Merchant Taylors’ Prep 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Assessment 


Practice tests are an effective tool for preparation for the Merchant Taylors’ 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.


Merchant Taylors’ Prep 7 Plus (7+) Exam Pass Marks and Target Scores


Pupils who are able to score 70%+ consistently in our 7+ practice tests should be on track to pass the Merchant Taylors’ Prep 7+ assessment.


Whilst there are no guarantees, this has historically been a fairly strong indicator that your child should do well in the Merchant Taylors’ Prep 7 plus exam.


Don’t worry if your child is not scoring well in our practice papers from the outset. With targeted practice and focus, it’s possible to make big improvements in a short amount of time!


Merchant Taylors’ 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 Merchant Taylors’ 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 Merchant Taylors’ 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


Non-Verbal Reasoning


To help your child master Non-Verbal Reasoning skills ahead of the Merchant Taylors’ Prep 7+ exam, we highly recommend the following resources:


Full Practice Tests


7+ Reasoning Pack 1 (NVR sections only)

7+ Reasoning Pack 2 (NVR sections only)

7+ Reasoning Pack 3 (NVR sections only)

7+ Reasoning Pack 4 (NVR sections only)

7+ Reasoning Pack 5 (NVR sections only)


Non-Verbal Reasoning Guide


The following guide covers everything your child needs to know to ace the 7+ Non-Verbal Reasoning exam. It is packed with insights, tips and advice to help your child develop the key frameworks needed to succeed.


The Complete Guide to 7+ Non-Verbal Reasoning




Merchant Taylors’ Prep is keen to find students who can listen to instructions, process information and respond accurately. This pack will help develop these key skills:


7+ Listening Pack 1


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