If your child is applying to a UK independent school, the first step is usually the Independent Schools Examination Board (ISEB) Common Pre-Test, the UKiset Test or the school’s own test. These are computerised assessments comprising tests in English, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills.
This test is commissioned by GL Assessment. It is taken in Year 6 or Year 7 and can only be taken once per academic year. It may be taken at the current school all in one day or on separate dates. The test comprises online tests in English (25 minutes), maths (50 minutes), non-verbal reasoning (32 minutes) and verbal reasoning (36 minutes). If your child is successful in these online tests there may be further assessments set by the school. Students taking this test are typically 10 to 12 years old.
This test is created in conjunction with the CEM examination board and is often used for international students seeking entry to UK independent schools. There are two English language tests. One is a computer-based test and covers reading and listening, the other is a writing task. There are also reasoning tests which include verbal reasoning (problem solving with English words), non-verbal reasoning (problem solving with images, geometry, shapes and sequences) and mathematical reasoning (computation, arithmetic, numbers, quantity and scale). Students taking this test must be between 9.5 and 18 years old.
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