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The Common Entrance Pre-Test is used by many independent schools to assess a child’s ability in Year 6 or Year 7, prior to further assessment (13 Plus) in Year 8. The ISEB Pre-Test is used to select only the top students to take forward for the final test, and covers:

  • Verbal Reasoning: Test of the child’s grammar and vocabulary in English. Involves problem solving with words and texts.
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning: Test of the child’s ability to solve problems with diagrams and pictures.
  • English: Test of the child’s ability to write creatively.
  • Maths: Test of the child’s mental maths ability but also math concepts and solving problems in multiple steps.

The exams are commissioned by GL Assessment in a multiple test format and are taken online either at the prospective school or at your child’s current prep school.

The key to success is to start early, up to 12 months prior to the exam, so your child has time to build confidence in the examination material but also the examination structure. Quite often children have been taught the subject matter at school but have not been given exposure to the style of exam questions faced during the Pre-Test. One of our expert tutors will quickly build a rapport and identify any learning gaps your child may have. Concurrently the tutor will work with your child to build confidence and familiarity in the examination questions themselves by working through numerous example questions and mock tests. By the time of the exam we want each child to be relaxed, confident and completely familiar with the exam so it just feels like another friendly tuition session.

Schools which use the ISEB Common Entrance Pre-Test include:


  • Ardingly College
  • Bedford School
  • Benenden School
  • Berkhamsted Boys School
  • Berkhamsted Girls School
  • Bloxham School
  • Bradfield College
  • Brighton College
  • Bryanston School
  • Canford School
  • Caterham School
  • Charterhouse
  • City of London School
  • Cranleigh School
  • Culford School
  • Dauntsey's School
  • Dulwich College
  • Eton College Windsor
  • Felsted School Stebbing
  • Fulham Senior
  • Gateways School
  • Harrow School
  • Headington School
  • Heathside
  • Hull Collegiate
  • Hurstpierpoint
  • King's College
  • King's School
  • Lancing College
  • Leeds Grammar
  • Leys School
  • Marlborough College
  • Oratory School
  • Palmers Green High School
  • Pangbourne College
  • Radley College
  • Roedean School
  • Seaford College
  • St Dunstan's College
  • St Edward's School
  • St Mary's School
  • St Paul's School
  • St Swithun's School
  • Stowe School
  • Sutton Valence School
  • Tonbridge School
  • University College School
  • Wellington College
  • Westminster School
  • Wetherby Senior
  • Winchester College
  • Woldingham School
  • Worth School

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