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ISEB Common Pre-Test

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

Created in partnership with the Independent Schools Examinations Board (ISEB) and used by over 60 independent schools, this online, adaptive assessment provides a standardised measure of ability and attainment for Year 6 or 7 students. The results are available to all senior schools which register the same candidate, meaning that a student need only sit one set of tests for a range of senior schools.

The tests are in a multiple-choice format, cover verbal and non-verbal reasoning, English and mathematics, and are standardised for the independent sector. They can be taken together or separately, either at the candidate’s own or at their prospective senior school. Marking and results' publication are done electronically and each candidate is awarded a Standard Age Score.

New for 2022/23 – The ISEB Common Pre-Test will be changing over the coming academic year. If you would like to continue using the same assessment for consistency, you are welcome to do so. Visit our Adaptive Admissions Test page for more information or contact us at [email protected]


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