The Common Pre-Tests are taken when a pupil is in Year 6 or Year 7 and are a standardised measure of ability and attainment. They are commissioned from GL Assessment and are online and adaptive. The tests include Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, English and Mathematics. They are in a multiple-choice format and take about two-and-a-half hours to complete; the tests can be taken together or at separate times either in the candidate's own school or at the senior school for which he or she is entered.
Further details are available for schools in the Schools section of the website.
Further details are available for parents in the Parents section of the website.
Testimonials from schools
"We have found the ISEB Pre-Tests to be a really child-friendly and effective way of pre testing pupils. We have great links with the senior schools who buy the Pre-Tests and they are easy to organise in our ICT suites. They are demanding yet do not totally faze the children. It also means no stressful trips to senior schools. If only every school used them..."
Adrian Downie, Director of Studies, Ashfold School
"We found the ISBE Pre-Tests to be a quick, reliable, efficient, and objective way to get a snapshot of the academic potential of prospective pupils. The support was also extremely good. I would expect more and more schools to use this service in the coming years."
Phillip Williams, Headmaster, Eaton Square Upper School
"At Headington we have been impressed with the accuracy and level of fine detail that the Pre-Tests provides us with. We have been particularly delighted with the flexibility and ease of arrangements of taking the tests and Prep schools have been increasingly keen to work with us on a time frame that is mutually convenient to both schools."
Caroline Jordan, Headmistress, Headington School