GENERAL INFORMATION FOR SCHOOLS

INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS EXAMINATIONS BOARD

The Independent Schools Examinations Board devises and regularly monitors the syllabuses for the Common Entrance examinations at 11+ and 13+, and the Common Academic Scholarship Examinations at 13+. Membership of the Board consists of 22 members and is composed of representatives from The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, the Girls' Schools Association and The Independent Association of Prep Schools. For a full list of Board members, see the link below.
Current Board Members Current Board Members

NOTES FOR GUIDANCE ON THE COMMON ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS

The current syllabuses can be downloaded here.

The core subjects - English, Mathematics and Science - are compulsory. In addition, it is hoped that candidates will attempt papers in a wide range of subjects chosen from French, Geography, German, Greek, History, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Religious Studies and Spanish. Usually senior schools expect the majority of candidates to offer Geography, History, Religious Studies and a language. The Common Entrance examination, however, is flexible enough to allow candidates from schools which do not prepare pupils for the traditional range of Common Entrance subjects to offer a reduced number of papers. Additionally, a number of subjects are offered at more than one level and weaker candidates are not expected to tackle papers beyond their ability.

If there is any doubt about the choice of level, it is emphasised that junior schools should contact senior schools. Senior schools may, if they wish, state which level they prefer in Mathematics, English and Science. In some circumstances it could be a matter of negotiation between the relevant junior and senior schools.


ENTERING CANDIDATES

Registration for Common Entrance and Common Academic Scholarship is done using the ISEB registration website. Your school will have an account number and a password.

The name of the candidate's chosen senior school is selected from a drop-down list and there is also an option to enter a candidate for a 'trial run' examination if the Common Entrance examination is not required by the candidate's chosen senior school. The candidate should be registered as 'undecided' until the chosen senior school is known.

You can register candidates, delete them and amend any details. You can do this at any time before the examination closing date, i.e. 1 October for the 11+ and 13+ autumn examinations, 1 December for the 11+ and 13+ spring examinations and 1 March for the 13+ summer examinations.

The closing dates for senior schools to enter candidates for the Common Academic Scholarship are 1 February for the spring examinations and 1 April for the summer examinations.

You can view lists at any time. You might like to check regularly in order to ensure that your list is correct and up to date. If you have changes after the closing date, please send them by email to enquiries@iseb.co.uk or fax to +44 (0)1202 473728.

From 1 March 2014, all late entries will incur a late fee of £50 per school if received after the published closing date (1 October for the autumn examination, 1 December for the spring examination and 1 March for the summer examination). Changes to individual candidate details (e.g. change of school, subject or level) are likely to incur an administrative fee of £5 per candidate if received more than two weeks after the published closing date.

Common Entrance Subject Codes Common Entrance Subject Codes

SCHOLARSHIP CANDIDATES

If candidates are to sit the Common Academic Scholarship Examination set by the Independent Schools Examinations Board, they will be entered online by the relevant senior school. Normally, they will take the examination at the senior school.

Some senior schools select their scholars from candidates who sit Common Entrance in the autumn or spring term. These candidates will be entered for Common Entrance in the usual way.


COURSEWORK

Submission dates for coursework are as follows:
Geography Fieldwork Enquiry Assessment Geography
                            Fieldwork Enquiry Assessment Geography
                            Fieldwork Enquiry Assessment
Religious Studies Coursework Religious Studies Coursework Religious Studies Coursework

COMMON ENTRANCE DOCUMENTATION

11+ Regulations 11+ Regulations
11+ Instructions to Invigilators 11+ Instructions to Invigilators
13+ Regulations 13+ Regulations
13+ Instructions to Invigilators 13+ Instructions to Invigilators
Modern Languages Listening and Speaking Instructions and Regulations ML Listening and Speaking Instructions and Regulations
French Moderator's Report French Moderator's Report French Moderator's Report
French Level 1 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet French Level 1 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet French Level 1 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet
French Level 1 Speaking Record Sheet French Level 1 Speaking Record Sheet French Level 1 Speaking Record Sheet
French Level 2 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet French Level 2 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet French Level 2 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet
French Level 2 Speaking Record Sheet French Level 2 Speaking Record Sheet French Level 2 Speaking Record Sheet
German Moderator's Report German Moderator's Report German Moderator's Report
German Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet German Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet German Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet
German Speaking Record Sheet German Speaking Record Sheet German Speaking Record Sheet
Mandarin Chinese Moderator's Report Mandarin Chinese Moderator's Report Mandarin Chinese Moderator's Report
Mandarin Chinese Level 1 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet Mandarin Chinese Level 1 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet Mandarin Chinese Level 1 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet
Mandarin Chinese Level 1 Speaking Record Sheet Mandarin Chinese Level 1 Speaking Record Sheet Mandarin Chinese Level 1 Speaking Record Sheet
Mandarin Chinese Level 2 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet Mandarin Chinese Level 2 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet Mandarin Chinese Level 2 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet
Mandarin Chinese Level 2 Speaking Record Sheet Mandarin Chinese Level 2 Speaking Record Sheet Mandarin Chinese Level 2 Speaking Record Sheet
Spanish Moderator's Report Spanish Moderator's Report Spanish Moderator's Report
Spanish Level 1 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet Spanish Level 1 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet Spanish Level 1 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet
Spanish Level 1 Speaking Record Sheet Spanish Level 1 Speaking Record Sheet Spanish Level 1 Speaking Record Sheet
Spanish Level 2 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet Spanish Level 2 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet Spanish Level 2 Speaking Examiner's Mark Sheet
Spanish Level 2 Speaking Record Sheet Spanish Level 2 Speaking Record Sheet Spanish Level 2 Speaking Record Sheet

HEAD'S REPORT

A Headís report is required. It should be sent to the senior school two weeks before the first day of the relevant examination session. A link to the ISEB Headís Report Form is below. Some schools may prefer to use the ICAS Common Transfer Form; a link to this is also provided.
ISEB Head's Report Form ISEB Head's Report Form ISEB Head's Report Form
ICAS Common Transfer Form ICAS Common Transfer Form ICAS Common Transfer Form

SpLD CANDIDATES

Schools with SpLD candidates should contact the relevant senior school to discuss each candidate's needs. ISEB is aware of JCQ regulations and recommends that they are followed. Junior schools are asked to send senior schools the ISEB special needs report. Computers may be used by candidates certified as having specific learning difficulties. In exceptional cases, schools may provide a reader or an amanuensis. For visually-impaired candidates the Board will arrange for enlarged or Braille copies of the examination papers to be printed; a year's notice is required. There will be cost implications.
SpLD Report SpLD Report SpLD Report

INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES

Common Entrance candidates whose mother tongue is not English are allowed to use English to mother tongue dictionaries. They are also allowed up to 25% extra time if they have studied in the medium of English for less than two years. This must be agreed in advance with the candidate's first-choice senior school.

EXAMINATION SCRIPTS

Examination centres are reminded that all scripts should be sent to senior schools for marking on the day of the examination. They should be dispatched by a secure method to ensure that they arrive the following morning, by special delivery if necessary. It is essential that senior schools start marking as soon as possible in order to meet the tight deadlines for the publication of results.

EXAMINATION RESULTS

Scripts should be assessed by grades. Where there is a choice of paper or level, a clear indication of which paper has been taken by each candidate should be given, e.g. Paper 1: A; Paper 2: B. Senior schools are reminded that all grades should be available at all levels.

Results of the 11+ examinations should be available to junior schools by the Friday of the week following the examinations and before parents are informed on the Saturday. Heads of junior schools appreciate it if heads of senior schools contact them by telephone about failures by the Wednesday of the week following the examination.

Results of the 13+ examinations should be available to junior schools by the Thursday of the week following the examinations and before parents are informed on the Friday. Heads of junior schools appreciate it if heads of senior schools contact them by telephone about failures by the Tuesday of the week following the examination.

Senior schools are asked to send to junior school heads an overall report on their candidates' performance. Junior school heads appreciate general comments on each subject. Senior schools are also invited to send copies of their reports to the Chief Administrator at the ISEB offices because the setters always appreciate feedback on how candidates tackled questions in the papers.


ORDERING PAST PAPERS

Each term, schools are able to order in advance the next round of papers, supplied either in CD format or as paper copies. Orders are dispatched immediately after the examination period, provided that the advance order has been completed online by the prescribed date. Schools are always notified by email of these dates. Once the closing date has passed, orders will be processed and must be paid for in full. If schools miss the closing date for placing Advance Orders they will need to obtain past papers from Galore Park Publishing Ltd at a later date.

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