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Examination documentation

Common Pre-Tests

The documents below provide important information about the administration of the Common Pre-Tests assessment.

General

Common Pre-Tests update 2020-2021
Common Pre-Tests COVID-19 update August 2020
Senior school guide 2020-2021
Invigilation centre guide 2020-2021

Centre declaration form 2020-2021

Request for candidate results 2020-2021

SEND candidates

The Common Pre-Tests are accessible to candidates with a range of special educational needs or disabilities. Reasonable adjustments may be applied, the nature of which will depend on the candidate's specific needs. In individual cases, schools may decide that not all test elements are a suitable form of assessment for a particular candidate.

Parents and/or prep schools should always inform senior schools about a candidate's specific needs, provide a report from a suitably-qualified professional, where relevant, and discuss with the senior school what provision or adjustments will be made when assessing the candidate for entry.

Where appropriate, and in agreement with senior schools, candidates can be given additional time to complete each test element. Candidates requiring extra time should take the untimed/manually timed version of each test. This version does not have an on-screen countdown timer. The invigilator is responsible for timing the test and ending the test at the appropriate time.

For visually-impaired candidates, a degree of on-screen text enlargement is available via standard web browser zoom. It is also possible to purchase text-enlargers which clip onto the screens.

All senior schools which register candidates for the tests should be informed of any adjustments made for SEND candidates.

Senior schools should indicate SEND candidates during registration, and take into account the potential impact of SEND as part of their overall assessment of a candidate's application.

SEND report

EAL candidates

The Common Pre-Tests are accessible to candidates for whom English is an Additional Language. Reasonable adjustments may be applied, the nature of which will depend on the candidate’s specific needs. For EAL candidates, this may include the use of a standard bilingual paper dictionary. In individual cases, schools may decide that not all test elements are a suitable form of assessment for a candidate whose first language is not English.

Parents and/or prep schools should always inform senior schools about a candidate’s specific needs, and discuss with the senior school what provision or adjustments will be made when assessing the candidate for entry.

Where appropriate, and in agreement with senior schools, candidates can be given additional time to complete each test element. Candidates requiring extra time should take the untimed/manually timed version of each test. This version does not have an on-screen countdown timer. The invigilator is responsible for timing the test and ending the test at the appropriate time.

All senior schools which register candidates for the tests should be informed of any adjustments made for EAL candidates.

Senior schools should indicate EAL candidates during registration, and take into account the potential impact of any specific needs in their overall assessment of a candidate’s application.