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ISEB Common Pre-Tests




The Common Pre-Tests are designed to give senior independent schools information about pupils' attainment and potential, prior to them taking Common Entrance in Year 8. The tests are commissioned from GL Assessment which has long been associated with providing high-quality and reliable assessments in education.  The tests are normally taken in Year 6 or Year 7 when a pupil is aged between 10 and 12.


The key features of the tests are:


  • they cover Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, English and Mathematics

  • they are online and adaptive

  • they are in a multiple-choice format

  • they take about two-and-a-half hours to complete (English 25 minutes, mathematics 50 minutes, non-verbal reasoning 32 minutes, verbal reasoning 36 minutes)

  • the four tests can be taken together or at separate times, either in the candidate's own school or at the senior school for which he or she is entered

  • candidates are registered by the senior school (or schools) for which he or she is entered

  • results are available to all senior schools which register candidates, so a child need only sit the test once for a range of senior schools

  • full technical support is given to schools which use the tests

  • the tests are unique to ISEB and are standardised for the independent sector

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List of UK schools that use the Common Pre-Test results for student entry can be located HERE