Registration is completed by parents and guardians via the Guardian Admin Portal and is open now.
The ISEB Pre-Tests, sometimes referred to as ‘the 11+’, the ‘Pre-Tests’, or ‘the ISEB’ are a set of four multiple-choice, adaptive, online tests used by leading independent schools as part of the admissions process in Year 7, or delayed entry in Year 9.
The tests cover English, mathematics, verbal reasoning (VR) and non-verbal reasoning (NVR) and will take 2 hours 15 minutes to complete.
Your child will most likely take the ISEB Pre-Tests once during their Year 6 for Year 7 entry (11+), however, some senior schools, such as Eton and Harrow, use the Pre-Tests as a precursor to Year 9 entry (13+).
The testing session runs from 2 October 2023 until end of June 2024. Your child will take the test once during this period. Results are age-standardised so that appropriate comparisons can be made between younger and older applicants and between dates of testing.
You can explore our Pre-Tests Admissions Toolkit to access dedicated information and support for families working towards the ISEB Pre-Tests.
Children take the ISEB Pre-Tests through a specially developed online test player that utilises cutting edge AI technology.
The test player includes a range of customisable features to ensure a positive test experience for your child, including colour overlays and font options.
The ISEB Pre-Tests are a shared assessment, which means that a child's results can be accessed by all of the senior schools who require them. This means that children only have to take the tests once.
The ISEB Pre-Tests are adaptive, so children are presented with questions based on their previous answers. This means children don't spend time answering questions that are too hard or too easy, and the test can be shorter while still giving an accurate score.
The results are age-standardised against a sample of pupils applying for independent school admission across the academic year, ensuring that there is no disadvantage for younger children, or those who take the tests earlier in the testing period.
The ISEB Pre-Tests offer a flexible test experience and can be taken at any point between October and June in one academic year as determined by the senior school.
Parents and guardians can now register their children for the 2023-24 ISEB Pre-Tests through the Guardian Portal now.
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Explore our toolkit of dedicated information for families preparing for the ISEB Pre-Tests, from important information about registration, to information about preparation, and a range of useful support materials.
Visit the ISEB Pre-Tests Admissions Toolkit for support guidance and resources.
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