CE AT 13+ | INFORMATION FOR SCHOOLS

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CE AT 13+

Our trusted Common Entrance (CE) assessment at 13+ has been the transition assessment of choice for Britain’s top independent schools since 1903 and covers a wide set of subjects, providing a clear academic focus as a curriculum, with transition assessment available in over eight different subject areas for pupils in Years 7 and 8.

REGISTERING PUPILS FOR CE AT 13+ ASSESSMENTS

Pupils are usually entered for the examinations by their prep school. Registration for CE at 13+ has changed – find out more about the new registration process.

Our Common Entrance (CE) at 13+ assessments contain three compulsory papers: English, mathematics and science. In addition, it is hoped that candidates will attempt papers in a wide range of subjects chosen from French, geography, German, Classical Greek, history, Latin, TPR and Spanish. Usually, senior schools expect the majority of candidates to offer geography, history, TPR and a language. 

The CE examination is flexible enough to allow candidates from schools which do not prepare pupils for the traditional range of CE subjects to offer a reduced number of papers. Additionally, core subjects – most modern languages, Latin and Classical Greek – are offered at more than one level. Candidates are not expected to tackle papers beyond their ability.

If there is any doubt about the choice of level, it is emphasised that prep schools should contact senior schools. Senior schools may, if they wish, state which level they prefer in English, mathematics, and science. In some circumstances, it could be a matter of negotiation between the relevant prep and senior schools.

NEW CE at 13+ specifications - for first examination from Autumn 2022

In September 2021, we launched new CE specifications to allow teachers to prepare for the updated exams from Autumn 2022. The new specifications have now been rebranded in line with all other company products, but the content remains largely unchanged. However, in case of minor amendments, we recommend using the rebranded versions below. The specimen papers below are written to the new specifications.

CE at 13+ Specifications and Specimen Papers

Classics CE at 13+ Specification (NEW)

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Classics CE at 13+ Specimen Papers (NEW)

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English CE at 13+ Specification (NEW)

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English CE at 13+ Specimen Papers (NEW)

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French CE at 13+ Specification (NEW)

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French CE at 13+ Specimen Papers (NEW)

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Geography CE at 13+ Specification (NEW)

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Geography CE at 13+ Specimen Papers (NEW)

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German CE at 13+ Specification (NEW)

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German CE at 13+Specimen Papers (NEW)

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History CE at 13+ Specification (NEW)

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History CE at 13+ Specimen Papers (NEW)

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Mathematics CE at 13+ Specification (NEW)

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Mathematics CE at 13+ Specimen Papers (NEW)

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Science CE at 13+ Specification (NEW)

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Science CE at 13+ Specimen Papers (NEW)

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Spanish CE at 13+ Specification (NEW)

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Spanish CE at 13+ Specimen Papers (NEW)

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Theology, Philosophy & Religion (TPR) CE at 13+ Specification (NEW)

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Theology, Philosophy & Religion (TPR) CE at 13+ Specimen Paper (NEW)

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INFORMATION FOR SCHOOLS

  • DATES AND TIMETABLES

    There are three CE at 13+ examination sessions each year, in November, January and May/June. 

    CE at 13+ Examination Dates for 2022-2025

    CE at 13+ Examination Timetable for Summer 2024

  • FEES

    ISEB keeps examination fees as low as possible – fees cover the costs of the setting, printing and despatch of papers, and associated administration.

    CE at 13+  fee for candidates taking the examination in the UK: £140

    CE at 13+ fee for candidates taking a single subject only: £30

    Late entries 

    ISEB does its best to accommodate late entries for its examinations and assessments. However, the costs involved in processing late registrations are high. Therefore, all late entries are subject to a fee of £50 per school if received after the published closing date (1 October for the autumn examination, 1 December for the spring examination, 24 March for the summer examination).

    Changes to individual candidate details (e.g. change of school, subject or level) are likely to incur an administrative fee of £5 per candidate if received after the published closing date. For summer CE examinations, in the unlikely event that a change of candidate’s subject or level is required after 30 April, the change will be processed and charged as a single subject CE registration.

    If changes to individual candidate details result in additional papers being despatched to schools or other sitting centres, courier and packing charges will be added to the standard administration fee.

    Certificate reprints 

    An administrative fee of £10 per certificate will be charged if a reprint is required.

  • ENTERING CANDIDATES

    Pupils are usually entered for CE at 13+ examinations by their prep school – this section provides important information and documentation relating to the administration of these examinations. Schools should read the Regulations and Instructions to Invigilators document carefully and ensure that they are followed.

    Registration for CE at 13+ has changed – find out more about the new registration process.

    For information about registration timelines and processes, visit the Common Entrance (CE) Registration Area in the Schools Hub.

    For information and guidance on the registration process, please read our support article.

  • SEND AND EAL CANDIDATES

    Schools with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) candidates should contact the relevant senior school to discuss each candidate’s needs. 

    ISEB has reviewed all access arrangements.  Please refer to the document Access Arrangements for CE for full guidance.

    Prep schools are asked to send senior schools the ISEB SEND report. Computers may be used by candidates who have specific learning difficulties. In particular cases, schools may provide a reader or an amanuensis. For visually-impaired candidates ISEB can arrange for copies of the examination papers to be enlarged to A3. If other print amendments are required, please contact ISEB at least one year in advance of the examination session to obtain a quotation.

    Candidates whose first language is not English are allowed to use English to first language dictionaries. They are also allowed up to 10% extra time if they have studied in the medium of English for fewer than three years. This must be agreed in advance with the candidate’s first-choice senior school.

    SEND report
    Notification of access arrangements

    Access Arrangements for CE

  • BEFORE CE AT 13+ EXAMINATIONS

    A Head’s report is required for each candidate. It should be sent to the senior school at least two weeks before the first day of the relevant examination session. The ISEB Head’s Report Form is below. Some schools may prefer to use the ICAS Common Transfer Form.

    ISEB Head’s report form
    ICAS common transfer form

    Geography

    Submission dates for fieldwork are 15 October (autumn); 15 January (spring); 15 March (summer)

    Fieldwork enquiry assessment
    Fieldwork enquiry template

  • AFTER THE CE AT 13+ EXAMINATION

    Examination centres are reminded that all scripts should be sent to senior schools for marking on the day of the examination. They should be dispatched by a secure method to ensure that they arrive the following morning, by special delivery if necessary. It is essential that senior schools start marking as soon as possible in order to meet the tight deadlines for the publication of results.

    Heads are asked to complete a declaration form to confirm that all the examination procedures have been followed. A signed copy of this form is to be sent to the relevant senior school(s) at the end of the examination period.

    Centre declaration form

  • RESULTS

    Senior schools should assess examination scripts by grades. Where there is a choice of paper or level, a clear indication of which paper has been taken by each candidate should be given, e.g. Paper 1: A; Paper 2: B. Senior schools are asked to let prep schools know the percentage range represented by the grades in each subject.

    Results of the CE at 13+ examinations should be available to prep schools by:

    Autumn/spring: the Thursday of the week following the examinations and before parents are informed on the Friday. 

    Summer: the Friday of the week following the examinations and before parents are informed on the Monday.

    Heads of prep schools appreciate it if heads of senior schools contact them by telephone about any concerns by the Tuesday of the week following the examination.

    Senior schools are 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, as the setters always appreciate feedback on how candidates tackled questions in the papers.

  • DOCUMENTATION

    A set of important information and documentation relating to the administration of the CE 13+ examinations is provided on this page. Schools should read the Regulations and Instructions to Invigilators document carefully and ensure that they are followed.

  • SUPPORT AND ENQUIRIES

    If you require support with any area of CE at 13+ we recommend visiting our CE and CASE Support Portal where you will find a range of helpful information and FAQs.

    You can also submit a support ticket which will come straight through to our customer service team. We endeavour to respond to all queries within 24 hours.

    Visit our CE and CASE Support Portal or submit a support ticket.

Documentation

Examination Regulations

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Centre Declaration Form

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ISEB Head's Report Form

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SEND Report

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Notification of Access Arrangements

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Copyright Acknowledgement

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CE Examination Access Arrangements

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Support and enquiries

CE and CASE Support Portal

Visit our new Support Portal to access a range of helpful articles and FAQs about CE at 13+. You can also submit an enquiry to our customer service team by submitting a support ticket.

NEW ONLINE SHOP

ORDER CE AND CASE PAST PAPERS

Schools can now order past papers for Common Entrance (CE) and Common Academic Scholarship (CASE) exams through our new online shop. To access school-only products including individual print-on-demand papers and digital bundles of PDF papers, schools will need a verified ISEB School account for the online shop. Your school may already have an account - if you are unsure, please contact us by completing the ticket form on our Shop Support Portal to find out. See further information below.

FURTHER INFORMATION

ORDERING CE AND CASE PAST PAPERS

Past CE and CASE exam papers are available to buy through the ISEB Online Shop. Schools can buy printed and digital past papers from the past five years, and can also place Advance Orders for brand-new past papers through the shop. Please note that you must be logged in to your school’s ISEB School Account to see school-only past paper products.

In September 2021, we launched new CE and CASE specifications. All past papers from Autumn 2022 follow this updated specification, and all papers from previous sessions follow the CE and CASE syllabus used until June 2022. Please be assured that all of our papers are valid revision and practice materials, and revising with past papers remains the best way to prepare for tests.

Past papers will become available to schools immediately after each live exam session, and can be pre-ordered during each Advance Order period. Parents and tutors are not able to order papers until one year after the exams have taken place, so schools can purchase the most recent papers for practice purposes knowing that pupils will not have seen them.

Advance Orders

Schools can place orders for practice papers in advance of the next set of exams. This will ensure that they receive the papers immediately after the live exams have taken place. Please see our Annual Schedule for ISEB Advance Orders for more information on when and how you can place your pre-orders.

ISEB School accounts

The ISEB School Account is an account that provides access to school-only content and products on the ISEB website and online shop to schools that work with CE or CASE examinations, or the iPQ.

It allows schools to order past papers for CE and CASE, and to register candidates for examinations and qualifications such as the iPQ. Find out more about the ISEB School Account. 

If you are unsure as to whether or not your school has an account for the online shop set up already, please contact us via the Shop Support Portal with full details of your school and ISEB number (if you have one).

Online Shop Portal

Knowledge Base: shop.support.iseb.co.uk
Submit an enquiry

If your school does not yet have an ISEB School account, you can request one here: www.iseb.co.uk/register.

Online shop support and guidance

We recommend that you read the guidance information and FAQs on the Support and Guidance for Schools page before you place your first order.

FAQs

FEEDBACK

Schools are invited to give feedback on the examination papers by completing ISEB’s online surveys, which are sent out after the examination session. It is hoped that as many schools as possible will complete the surveys for each subject. ISEB welcomes feedback from schools at any time of the year, please contact us via our CE & CASE Support Portal. 

Common Entrance (CE) and Common Academic Scholarship (CASE) Support Portal
Knowledge Base: commonentrance.support.iseb.co.uk
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