Innovative assessment since 1904

Who we are

T he Independent Schools Examinations Board (ISEB) provides the most well-known and respected examinations and assessments for pupils transitioning from prep and junior schools to senior schools in the UK, designing and setting the Common Entrance assessments, and the online, adaptive ISEB Pre-Tests. Used by the UK's leading schools, our assessments are designed to help pupils demonstrate their potential across a wide range of subjects at 11+ and 13+. We also offer the innovative ISEB Project Qualification (iPQ), a programme for schools that focuses on pupil-led, project-based learning.

Explore: ISEB Pre-Tests for Families

Information for parents and guardians with a child preparing for the ISEB Pre-Tests, the online admissions tests used by leading senior schools at 11+.

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Explore: ISEB Pre-Tests for Invigilation Centres

Information for schools and test venues acting as invigilation centres for the ISEB Pre-Tests, the online admissions test used by leading senior schools at 11+.

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Explore: ISEB Pre-Tests for Senior Schools

Information for senior schools working with, or looking to work with, the ISEB Pre-Tests, the leading online 11+ admissions tests.

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Celebrating 120 Years

Last academic year, 2023-24, ISEB marked 120 years at the heart of the independent education sector with our engaging and thought-provoking conference for schools and an exciting, tech-led creative writing competition, Time to Write, click below to find out more and explore our history.

Leading the way

Examination papers taken by candidates in the last 5 years.


Prep, junior and senior schools who have used our examinations.


Countries around the world in which pupils have sat our examinations.


Visit our dedicated support hubs for information, guidance and advice on our examinations and assessments, tailored to schools, teachers and families.

Assessments & Qualifications


W e provide a suite of robust assessments, supported by world-leading academic research and designed to support pupils with their transition to senior school. Whether they are at an independent, international or state school and whatever their background, culture or experience, our easy-to-use Common Entrance (CE) and Common Pre-Tests (CPT) examinations provide an opportunity for all pupils to show their potential, and our ISEB Project Qualification (iPQ) encourages pupils to explore and communicate their personal interests through self-defined and pupil-led projects. Through our website, in-person and online events and industry connections, we now provide more information to support schools, teachers, pupils and families with preparation and development than ever before.

Latest News

Events, Assessments 25 July 2024

Rethinking Assessment I ISEB former Chair Durell Barnes explores what’s next for examinations

Durell Barnes believes that the independent education sector can drive innovation and help to provide alternative qualifications better suited to twenty-first century learners. In his recent editorial for the Summer

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Common Pre-Tests, Families 10 July 2024

How can I prepare my child for the ISEB Pre-Tests over the summer break?

Summer holidays offer a prime opportunity for parents to support their children in preparing for the ISEB Pre-Tests (11+). Don’t worry: your child is already excellently prepared, as the Pre-Tests

Families, Schools 11 June 2024

ISEB Announces Winners of ‘Time to Write’ Creative Writing Competition

ISEB’s Time to Write creative writing competition for schools has crowned its first winners across four categories. Launched in the spring, the competition received thousands of entries from pupils all

Teachers, Schools, Common Pre-Tests, Events, Common Entrance, iPQ 10 May 2024

Exploring the future of assessment: Highlights from ISEB’s one-day conference for schools

“Superb day – interesting, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable.” On 24 April 2024, London hosted a dynamic and forward-thinking educational conference, Assessing Change, Awarding the Future, delivered by the Independent Schools

Common Entrance, Schools, Shop, Assessments 23 April 2024

Summer 2024 Advance Order Open Now

The Advance Order for the Summer 2024 CE 13+ and CASE papers is open now. Read on for key dates and information about the upcoming Summer 2024 Advance Order schedule.

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