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Bedford School is an independent boarding and day school for boys in Bedford. Established in 1552, this prestigious establishment has produced an array of notable alumni, including a Nobel Prize winner, several recipients of the Victoria Cross and a number of Olympic gold medallists. [1]


To ensure consistent academic advancement for its pupils, Bedford School provides a well-rounded curriculum that not only encompasses core subjects but also includes additional disciplines, such as ICT and creative arts. Customised to meet individual aptitudes and requirements, the school’s educational approach skilfully integrates in-class teaching with hands-on learning opportunities.


This approach also applies to the co-curricular programme, which is thoughtfully designed to adapt to the students’ evolving interests, with the aim of enhancing their experiential learning. The wealth of over 100 activities includes beekeeping, debating, photography, robotics, STEM Society, chamber orchestra and school radio, specifically aimed at fostering boys’ leadership and teamwork skills so that pupils can effectively contribute to the school’s culture of achievement. [2]


Bedford’s robust academic performance serves as a testament to the staff’s ongoing efforts to cultivate a passion for learning, which enables students to acquire a diverse array of skills relevant to contemporary life. Leavers typically progress to some of the UK’s most prestigious universities to pursue various challenging academic disciplines, showcasing the holistic education they received at Bedford School. [3]


Bedford School 13 Plus (13+) Admissions Process


Bedford School opens its doors to prospective families in the spring and autumn terms. At Open Morning, you and your child can take a guided tour of the school’s facilities and meet with staff members to gain a deeper understanding of the overall offerings. For a more tailored experience, Bedford is happy to arrange a personal visit. More details are available on this page.


After the visit, you may wish to register your child with the school, which includes a payment of a £125 registration fee. The online form can be accessed through this page


Boys registered two years or more in advance for 13+ entry to Bedford can choose to undergo an online assessment in Year 6 or 7. Should your son excel in this test, he will be invited to the school for an interview. He will be extended an unconditional offer if the interview process reveals him to be a good fit for the school and he has a strong reference from his current school. All boys who receive an unconditional offer will still have to sit 13+ examinations in Year 8, assisting the school to identify any additional support boys might require.


Scholarships are available for art, drama, computer science, music and sports. They are allocated on the grounds of results in assessments, which take place in the spring term of the year preceding entry. Academic scholarships are also available. Boys will sit the Bedford School Aptitude Test when they are in Year 8. Those who do well will be invited to do further tests and will have an interview, enabling the school to choose worthy award recipients. A reference from your son’s current school will also be required.


Bursaries are awarded following a thorough means-testing procedure. If you seek financial assistance with the school fees, please be aware that your eligibility for a bursary will be determined after the school evaluates your income and assets. Only a limited number of bursaries are available. Please click here to learn more.


Bedford School 13 Plus (13+) ISEB Pre-test Information


Address: De Parys Avenue, Bedford, MK40 2TU

County: Bedfordshire

Admissions info: [email protected] or +44 (0)1234 362216

School type: Independent day and boarding school for boys

Open events: Spring and autumn

Exam type / Board: ISEB Common Pre-test


Your child has the opportunity to complete an online assessment called the ISEB Common Pre-test, which assesses skills in Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning, if you register them early for Year 9. The test provides a universal and standardised measure of attainment, ability and potential. 


Bedford School 13 Plus (13+) ISEB Pre-test Exam Format 


The ISEB Pre-test assessment comprises the following areas:


⦿ English – evaluates reading comprehension and grammar (using cloze sentences, shuffled sentences and SPAG question types)

⦿ Mathematics – measures mathematical ability relative to the national curriculum stage

⦿ Verbal Reasoning – tests thinking and problem-solving with words

⦿ Non-Verbal Reasoning – assesses thinking with shapes, space, diagrams and pictures


In total, the four parts of the ISEB Common Pre-test take 2 hours and 15 minutes to administer and complete. There is no audio component to any of the tests.


FAQs About the Bedford School 13 Plus (13+) ISEB Pre-test


Where can my son sit the Bedford School 13+ ISEB Pre-test?


The ISEB 13+ Pre-test can be sat at your child’s current school, or at Bedford School on a specified date. 


Will older pupils have an advantage in the Bedford School 13+ ISEB Pre-test?


No, the ISEB 13+ Pre-test is age-standardised so students are not disadvantaged by when they sit the test.


How many times can my son take the Bedford School 13+ ISEB Pre-test?


The ISEB 13+ Pre-test can only be sat once.


Bedford School 13 Plus (13+) ISEB Pretest Practice Materials


At Pretest Plus, we believe that a little preparation can go a long way to improving a student’s confidence and performance in entrance examinations.


We provide online practice tests, video courses and skill-specific tests which focus on helping students familiarise themselves with the exact types of questions that they will be asked in their ISEB Pre-test assessment. Read on to learn more!


Bedford School 13+ ISEB Pretest Mock Tests

These full mock tests are designed to provide your son with highly accurate practice ahead of his ISEB Pre-test assessment. Each practice test covers English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning, replicating the modules, timings and question types used in the actual exam.


Each test contains unique content, but they are all pitched at the same difficulty level as the actual assessment. This means you can easily benchmark your son’s progress as he works through the practice tests, quickly identifying his strengths and weaknesses.


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We’ve also produced online video courses that cover everything your son needs to know for each section of the ISEB Pre-test assessment. They consist of a series of lessons that go through each question type in great detail, providing step-by-step explanations and techniques to help your son recognise the underlying patterns to look out for. The courses cover every possible question type that could come up in the ISEB Pre-test.


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Bedford School 13+ ISEB Pre-test Preparation Tips

Preparing effectively for the Bedford School 13+ ISEB Pre-test can significantly increase your son’s confidence and exam performance. Here are some Pretest Plus Preparation Tips for the Bedford School ISEB Pre-test:


1. Familiarise your son with the test format:


The ISEB Pre-test consists of several challenging modules, so knowing what to expect can reduce pre-exam anxiety. We highly recommend using our ISEB Pretest Practice Tests, as they have been produced by assessment experts to closely replicate the format of the actual online exam.


2. Strengthen core skills and develop reasoning abilities:


Our practice tests consist of a number of language-based exercises. While your son works through our tests, he should pay attention to spelling, punctuation and grammar. For Maths, he should practise until he is comfortable with arithmetic, fractions, decimals and percentages. Our Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning modules will allow your son to focus on key skills, such as identifying synonyms, antonyms and completing word analogies for VR and identifying patterns and relationships between shapes and sequences for NVR.


3. Improve time management:


Our practice tests will ensure that your son gets used to answering questions under timed conditions. This will help him perform both effectively and efficiently in the actual test.


4. Become familiar with the online format:


The test is taken online, so it’s helpful to become comfortable using a computer and switching between a screen and paper-based workings.


5. Review and analyse mistakes:


After completing one of our practice tests, we advise that students go back and review mistakes. Understanding where and why they were made will help avoid getting the same things wrong on the day of the test.


The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of possible future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Please note that Pretest Plus is an independent publisher of practice tests and not affiliated with or endorsed by the publishers of the ISEB Common Pre-test or any other pre-test publisher.

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