Adaptive Admissions Test

Digital, adaptive ability and attainment test, standardised for the independent sector

Originally developed in partnership with the Independent Schools Examinations Board (ISEB) and formerly known as the ISEB Common Pre-Test, this online, adaptive assessment provides a standardised measure of ability and attainment for Year 6 and Year 7 pupils. It is designed to support the applications process by giving senior schools information about prospective pupils’ attainment and potential.

The test is in multiple-choice format and takes 2 hours 30 minutes to complete. It covers four areas – verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, English and mathematics – and has been standardised for the independent sector, giving consistency across each cohort.

Marking and results are managed electronically, and each candidate is awarded a Standard Age Score.

The Adaptive Admissions Test will be available in the 2022/23 academic year. If you have previously used the ISEB Common Pre-Test or if you are an independent school looking for an adaptive admissions test, this test will provide you with consistency in your admissions data year-on-year.

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