What is the ISEB Common Pre-Test?

ISEB Common Pre-Tests

As many schools shift to the ISEB Common Pre-test rather than the 11+ examination, we've put together some helpful information and links on this new format of test.

What is the ISEB Common Pre-Test?

The ISEB Common Pre-test is an age-standardised exam used to assess a student when they are in Year 6 or Year 7, prior to entry into senior school. The tests are taken online and consist of multiple-choice questions in Mathematics, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

Similarities to the 11+ Examination

  • Content: both exams are designed to be challenging and test Mathematics, English, Verbal, and Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Timing is key; in both tests, pupils must be able to effectively manage their time
  • Examination settings: in both tests, pupils will be in pressurised examination conditions
  • Both tests are meant to measure a pupil's potential and attainment

Differences to the 11+ Examination

  • One exam vs three: the pre-test examines all subjects in one exam, rather than three separate papers
  • Online format: the common pre-test consists of a series of online questions with an adaptive formula; students are unable to go back to check previous questions.
  • Multiple-choice questions

In order to gives students practice with the Pre-Test format, our November mock exam will be at least 50% multiple choice. Our in-depth feedback reports will focus on the student's strengths and weaknesses, and particularly on how they can improve their time management.

Useful links:

ISEB Website
Multiple Choice Practice sites

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