Innovative assessment since 1903

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, which have been used since 1903. Written by teams of highly-qualified and experienced teachers from 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+.

Having expanded our assessment portfolio in recent years, we now offer the innovative online and adaptive Common Pre-Tests for senior school entry and the iPQ, an exciting project-based qualification designed to support pupil-led, skills-based learning journeys for pupils in Years 5 to 6 and 7 to 8, and a perfect complement to our other assessments.

ISEB sits at the heart of the independent sector to deliver assessment innovation, always putting children first, whatever their background, interest and ability. We do this through open and constructive communication with schools and families and the provision of assessments and qualifications that support new generations to develop the creative and academic skills they need to succeed.


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

Common Pre-Tests, General 17 May 2022

ISEB partner with CENTURY Tech to innovate the assessment sector

We are delighted to announce the formation of a long-term strategic partnership with educational technology specialists CENTURY Tech. Comprised of an award-winning team of teachers, neuroscientists, and technologists, and led

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Events, Common Entrance, Teachers, Schools 10 February 2022

Upcoming CPD Twilight Sessions – insight into the new 13+ CE specifications

Following our popular CPD webinars held last year, we are pleased to announce a new series of CPD Twilight Sessions for teachers, which will take place in March and June

General, Families, Teachers, Schools 05 November 2021

ISEB in Tatler Schools Guide 2022

The October edition of Tatler hit shelves yesterday and on page 25, you can find an article about ISEB. The iconic annual Tatler Schools Guide 2022 is packed with reviews

General 14 September 2021

New Logo, New ISEB: The Story Behind the Design

Those of you joining us at the GSA Summer Briefing in June may have seen our new CEO, Julia Martin, present ISEB’s aims for the future, where we teased our

General, Teachers, Schools 22 October 2021

ISEB appoints new Chair

ISEB is delighted to announce the appointment of Wendy Griffiths to be the new Chair of the Board of Directors after a wide-ranging search for a successor for Durell Barnes.

Common Pre-Tests 25 November 2020

Increase in Registrations for ISEB Common Pre-Tests

  ISEB has been pleased to welcome many more schools to the Common Pre-Tests this year, with registrations continuing to rise. Some of this activity has arisen as a consequence

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