The ISEB Common Pre-test is used by independent senior schools to assess a pupil’s level of achievement and potential in advance of the Common Entrance exam taken in Year 8.
This guide will help you to better understand the purpose and requirements of the ISEB Common Pre-test.
The ISEB Common Pre-Test allows senior schools to assess in advance whether a pupil meets their academic standards. How the results of the Pretest are used will vary between schools.
Pupils who pass the ISEB Common Pre-test will most likely be offered a place at the senior school, on the condition that they also pass the Common Entrance at age 13+. Particularly competitive senior schools may use the Pretest to de-select pupils, meaning they are removed from the application process or placed on a reserve list.
The ISEB Common Pre-test comprises four individual tests. Each test must be completed in one sitting, but they can be taken separately and in any order.
Other than the English test, each assessment gives example and practice questions. The only additional materials allowed are a pen and paper for the Maths test.
Each assessment has a different time limit. The time remaining will be shown at the top of the screen during the test, as well as a progress bar which shows how many questions have been answered.
The time limit does not include the time taken to set up and log in to the test, but does include the time taken for the candidate to read the instructions for the test. Familiarity with the test in advance can therefore leave more time for completing the questions.
The candidate is given a choice of five different answers for each question. They must click on their chosen answer and click ‘Next’. Once they have clicked ‘Next’, they are unable to return to previous questions to change their answers.
The test will be taken under formal exam conditions. Candidates will be required to complete the test in silence. Teachers will help to ensure that the test is being completed correctly but will not be able to assist with answering the questions.
Please get in touch, or visit The ISEB Common Pre-test – mypretest for information on how to prepare for ISEB pre-tests.
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