Our mathematics syllabus aims to develop fluency in mathematical skills and reasoning, promote investigative thinking and application of mathematical knowledge to unfamiliar problems.
Mathematics for CE at 11+
At 11+, candidates will sit one paper which begins with approximately eight straightforward, 1-mark questions testing basic numeracy. Marks will be awarded for the correct answer and working need not be shown. This section is followed by worded questions which require working to be shown.
Mathematics for CE at 13+
At 13+, we offer the CE mathematics examination at three levels. These are Foundation (Non-Calculator and Calculator papers), Core (Non-Calculator and Calculator papers) and Additional. All candidates take either Foundation or Core papers, and some candidates who take Core may also take the Additional paper. All candidates are expected to sit the mental arithmetic test, no matter which level they are taking.
We advise prep schools to liaise with senior schools about the levels at which pupils should sit the exam, and ensure that each candidate is registered for the appropriate level so that they receive the correct papers for the exam.
Mathematics for CASE at 13+
The CASE assessment for mathematics is based on the Core/Additional sections of the 13+ mathematics specification, and is designed to challenge the most able candidates. Candidates taking CASE mathematics will sit one paper, divided into two sections. In Section A, candidates are expected to answer all the questions. Section B is more demanding and candidates will be told to attempt as many questions as they can.
Please see the mathematics specification below for more details.
Mathematics CE/CASE specification (for final examinations in June 2022)
New Mathematics CE/CASE specification (for first teaching from September 2021)
Mathematics CE at 13+ specimen papers
Mathematics guidance for summer CE/CASE 2022
CPD: Mathematics CE at 13+ Twilight Session (2021)
New Mathematics CE/CASE specification - What's in, What's out?
Our Continuing Professional Development programme is a valuable resource for schools and teachers, with experienced subject experts providing friendly, comprehensive guidance on all aspects of CE 11+, 13+ and CASE through regular, interactive webinars. Visit our Events page to find out more about upcoming events.
In this session on the new ISEB Mathematics specification, subject specialist Paul Borrows will focus on strategies for tackling problem-solving questions, which are an integral part of the new specification. He will also talk about the way in which teaching problem-solving strategies can have wider impact and relevance across the curriculum in this session, exploring how themes and cross-curricular activities can emerge from subject-based teaching. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask our expert any questions you may have about the new Mathematics specification.
Mathematics expert Patrick Davies delivered a CPD session on the new CE Mathematics specification in 2021 - watch his presentation to find out more about the new specification.
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