Bedford Upper School is an independent school for boys aged between 13 and 18. Situated in Bedford, England, the school was established in 1552 and is the oldest of all four independent schools in Bedford. The school is run by the Harpur Trust, one of the largest education charities in the UK. In total, the school has around 1,100 pupils with boarding facilities for those who choose to stay on campus. 13 Plus places at Bedford School are highly sought after and the school has a reputation for achieving good exam results.
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How to Apply for 13 Plus Entry to Bedford School
In order to take the Bedford School Aptitude Test for entry at 13 Plus level, candidates first need to register. The registration form can be accessed on the school website.
There’s also a non-refundable registration fee of £100 that should be paid to the Harpur Trust. In addition to the application form and relevant fee, students also need to provide their birth certificate and a passport-sized photograph. For more information on the upper school’s acceptance procedure, you can read the school’s terms and conditions.
The Bedford School 13 Plus Online Assessment
Students in Year 6 or 7, who register early for 13+ entry (between November and March), will sit the ISEB Common Pretest at their current school.
The ISEB Common Pretest is designed to provide the school with an overview of their academic ability over several subject areas (Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning). The pretest doesn’t simply test for knowledge, but intelligence memory and intellectual capacity. The test can only be taken once and is age-standardised to make sure that no candidate has an advantage over any other based on their age.
In addition to taking the pretest, a report will be requested from the student’s current school, and the results will be taken into consideration when allocating school places.
If students are successful in the pretest, they may be invited to the school for a formal interview. As with all independent school interviews, the purpose is to learn more about the candidates extra-curricular activities, meet them face-to-face and further determine their suitability.
If students are successful in both the pretest and the interview, the school will make a conditional offer and parents will have the opportunity to secure a place.
Bedford School Admissions Criteria
Admission to Bedford Upper School is based on the results of the aptitude test, the current school report and the results of the face-to-face interview. Your child’s assessment results for entry in September are sent by post in February. Parents then have until the following month to decide whether or not they will accept the place.
When a conditional offer is made, parents will pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their child’s place. Deposits are returned at the end of the child’s time at the school.
How to Prepare for the Bedford School Pretest
Bedford school uses the ISEB Common Pretest for students who register early. Like in every exam, good preparation leads to success. That’s why, at Pretest Plus, we specialise in helping students prepare for pretests with our online practice tests and courses.
We believe that the best way to prepare for independent school pretests is to do practice tests in the lead up to the actual exam. As with most school pretests, our practice tests are completed online. They will help your child get familiar with the layout of actual exam and help you identify their strengths and weaknesses.
Covering all four sections of the pretest – Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, our resources help students better focus their efforts and identify any areas that they need to improve in. Information on statistical averages is also provided.
Bedford School Pretest Practice Tests and Courses
You can learn more about our highly accurate online ISEB Pretest practice tests by clicking on the links below. These Practice Tests are available to take online immediately after purchase. Each module is marked automatically and is then available for review with answers and explanations provided for every question. We also provide comparative ranking statistics on a per module basis so you can quickly identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses.
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We’ve also produced online video courses that cover everything your child needs to know for each section of the ISEB Pretest assessment. These video courses 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 child recognise the underlying patterns to look out for. They cover every possible question type that could come up in the ISEB Pretest.
ISEB Pretest Maths Video Course
ISEB Pretest English Video Course
ISEB Pretest Verbal Reasoning Video Course
ISEB Pretest Non-Verbal Reasoning Video Course
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The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.
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