Merchant Taylors’ School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information



Merchant Taylors’ School is located in Northwood, in the London Borough of Hillingdon. Its vast estate consists of over 280-acres, including 100 acres of sports provision, classic Art Deco buildings and a range of contemporary facilities. Despite its rural setting, the school is just half an hour away from the centre of London by tube.


Merchant Taylors’ is an independent day school for boys Aged 11–18. It joined with the former Northwood Prep, now Merchant Taylors’ Prep School, in 2015 to provide a ‘through school’ experience from the age of 3. However, transfer from the prep to the senior school is not automatic.


The school takes its name from the Merchant Taylors’ Company, which was responsible for its foundation in 1561 and still acts as its governing body. Originally based in London, the school moved to its current site in 1933.


Merchant Taylors’ School prides itself on tailoring its curriculum to the individual student. Boys joining the school in the Thirds (Year 7) study a broad curriculum of 12 subjects.  They then have a choice of 21 subjects at IGCSE / GCSE and 26 subjects at A level.


11 Plus Exam Information for Merchant Taylors’ School


Address: Merchant Taylors’ School, Sandy Lodge, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 2HT

County: Middlesex

Admissions info: or 01923 845514

School Type: Boys’ independent day school

Number of Students: 900 (approx.)

Open Day Date: September and May

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: School’s own


Merchant Taylors’ School 11 Plus Admissions


Assessment for entry into the Thirds (Year 7) at Merchant Taylors’ School is based upon a report from the applicant’s current school, entrance exams and an individual interview for those applicants who meet the required standard in the exams.


The entrance exams consist of an English paper, a mathematics paper and a general paper. They are held on the second Tuesday in January of the year of entry.


The individual interview is intended to find out more about each applicant’s interests, personal qualities and aptitudes. Interviews are held in late January / early February.


A limited number of means-tested bursaries are available and at least five significant academic scholarships and two outstanding talent awards are awarded at 11+ based on performance throughout the assessment process. Scholarships are also awarded for sport, drama, DT, art and music.


A copy of the Merchant Taylor’s School Admissions Policy and Procedure can be downloaded from its website.


For further information about the admissions process at Merchant Taylors’ School, please contact the admissions department directly: or 01923 845514.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Merchant Taylors’ School


Prospective parents are encouraged to visit the school with their son before registering for entry. Open mornings are held in September and May. Places can be reserved via the online booking form. Personal tours may also be arranged via the admissions department: or 01923 845514.


For their son to be assessed for a place at Merchant Taylors’ School, parents must complete the online registration form on the school’s website. The deadline for registration is at the end of October in the year preceding entry.


To register you will need a digital copy of your son’s birth certificate and passport and a credit card to pay the £100 non-refundable registration fee.


Merchant Taylors’ School 11 Plus Exam Format


The Merchant Taylors’ School entrance exam consists of the following papers:


  • English Paper (1 hour) – comprehension and composition
  • Mathematics Paper (1 hour) – arithmetic and problem solving
  • General Paper.


Until recent years, the school set a verbal reasoning paper. This has now been replaced by the general paper which is designed to test a wider range of skills, including problem solving and creativity.


How to Prepare for the Merchant Taylors’ School 11 Plus Exam


One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students to familiarise themselves with the format and question types they will encounter in the actual test in an efficient and effective manner. They also provide an excellent opportunity for students to practise working under time pressure.


Our practice papers, which are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation for the Merchant Taylors’ School entrance exam. They cover all the key skills and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam and to help build confidence.


Our 11+ practice papers are thoroughly researched and up to date. Every year, they are used successfully by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of such an exam.


To prepare for the Merchant Taylor’s School English paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:






11+ English Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Inference Skills


11+ Complete Comprehension Guide


11+ Reading Workbook




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2




To prepare for the maths paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:


Full Practice Tests


11+ Mathematics Pack 1


11+ Mathematics Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4


Skill Specific Practice


11+ Problem Solving


11+ Mental Arithmetic 


11+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




11+ Estimation & Place Value


11+ Factors & Multiples


11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages


11+ Measurements


11+ Operations


11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume


11+ Position & Direction


11+ Probability


11+ Properties of Shapes


11+ Ratio & Proportion


11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry


11+ Sequences


11+ Special Numbers


11+ Statistics


General paper


The general paper will contain a range of different question types to test a variety of skills, which are likely to include verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Therefore, to help prepare for the general paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:


Non-Verbal Reasoning: Practice tests


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 3


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 4


Verbal Reasoning: Practice tests 


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 4


Verbal Reasoning: Skill specific practice


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Anagrams


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Codes


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Compound Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Embedded Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Form a Word


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Insert a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Codes


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Move a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Shuffled Sentences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Synonyms


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Completion


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Match


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Opposites


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Pairs


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Puzzles


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Relationships




11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide



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