General information

Common Academic Scholarship at 13+

To register candidates, please click here.


The Board sets Common Academic Scholarship examination papers in English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, TPR, French and Latin. Questions are based on the Common Entrance syllabuses; details about the form of assessment can be found in the relevant subject areas of this website. Senior Schools can enter candidates for the full range of subjects or for selected subjects. Some schools assess scholars by using a mixture of their own papers and those set by ISEB.

Prep schools greatly appreciate it when senior schools use the Common Academic Scholarship examination, with its common syllabuses, so that pupils do not have to be prepared for a wide range of different scholarship examinations all taken on different days.

Senior schools which are considering using Common Academic Scholarship examination papers to assess candidates should contact the ISEB office for further information.

Senior schools which use the Common Academic Scholarship at 13+

Dates & timetables

Examination dates 2021-2024
Examination timetable spring 2022
Examination timetable summer 2022


The Board keeps examination fees as low as possible but must set them at a level which covers the costs of setting, printing, and despatch of papers, and all administration.
Examination fee
For candidates taking one subject only
A full breakdown of fees is available here.

Entering candidates

Registration for the Common Academic Scholarship examination is done using the ISEB registration website.

Dates for registering candidates are:

Session Opening date Closing date
Spring (February) 2 October 1 February
Summer (May) 2 February 1 April

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

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


Senior schools are asked to let prep schools know the results of scholarship assessments as soon as possible so that decisions can be made about whether a candidate still needs to be entered for the Common Entrance examinations.

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

Testimonials from schools

"We have been impressed by the rigour of the CASE papers and by how they challenge even the most able of candidates. They have added an important dimension to our 13+ scholarship process."
Jane Gandee, Headmistress, St Swithun's School

"The sophistication required for students to both access and interpret the texts offered on the English paper allows us to see not simply what they have been taught or even what they think but, much more interestingly, how they think. Often it was the girls struggling to articulate multi-faceted ideas in their writing who demonstrated that they were appreciating the full complexities of what was being asked of them."
Head of English, St Swithun's School

"It is great to have a common specification for feeder schools, and the increasing opportunity in exam questions for students to think and apply their knowledge is really helpful in determining which students will flourish in our science courses."
Head of Science, St Swithun's School