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Worth School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

Founded in 1933, Worth School was originally opened as an independent school for boys, but began to accept girls in 2012. The school practices Roman Catholic values and is open to pupils aged 11 to 18 years. Its 600 pupils are split between 10 houses, with its rural campus situated within West Sussex’s Worth Abbey,...

Worth School 11 Plus (11+) Pretest Practice Test

Located in the West Sussex countryside, Worth School was founded in 1933 as an independent boys’ school. However, since 2012, the school has been co-educational, admitting pupils aged between 11 and 18. A Roman Catholic school, its campus sits within Worth Abbey, a Benedictine monastery. The school has 600 pupils, split across 10 houses.  ...

Wetherby Senior School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

Wetherby Senior School is an independent school for boys and is based in London’s Marylebone. Wetherby School was originally founded in 1951 as a pre-preparatory school for boys aged 4–8. Currently, the school has three separate sites across London and teaches boys from 4-18 years. The senior school is open to boys from 11 years...

Westminster School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

Westminster School is an independent day and boarding school located in the area of London’s Westminster Abbey. The senior school is currently open to boys from the age of 13 and to girls from the age of 16. One of the most prestigious schools in the UK, Westminster consistently achieves one of the highest Oxbridge acceptance...

Wellington College 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

Founded in 1859, Wellington College is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school situated in a 400-acre rural campus in Berkshire. A registered charity, Wellington College was named after the first Duke of Wellington and currently educates approximately 1100 pupils aged 13 to 18. One of the founding members of the Rugby Football Union, Wellington...

University College School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

University College School (UCS) is a boys-only independent day school situated in Hampstead, London. Founded in 1830, the senior school admits boys aged between 11 and 16. UCS is one of the 12 independent schools to make up the Eton Group and is considered one of the top academic schools in London. With a strong...

Stowe School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

Stowe School is a co-educational, independent school located in Buckinghamshire. Founded in 1923, the school admits pupils aged between 13 and 18 and sits within 750 acres of landscaped gardens. With 780 pupils comprising of 550 boys and 220 girls, the school welcomes students from both Britain and overseas. Pupils are encouraged to participate in...

St Swithun’s 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

St Swithun’s School in rural Winchester is set on an impressive 45-acre campus that overlooks the Hampshire countryside. Established in 1884 as an independent school for girls, boys can also attend up to the age of seven. Over 700 pupils are faced with a challenging academic programme whilst experiencing exceptional sporting and recreational facilities when...

Senior Schools That Use UKISET: Part 6 of 6

UKiset is an online assessment used by many UK independent schools as a way of selecting international students for entry. Currently used by over 180 British schools, the assessment is designed to test the ability of international students in comparison to those in the UK in the same age group.   In this final article...

Year 7 CATs: Everything Parents Need to Know

Without thorough preparation, school tests can be a stressful time – for parents, as well as children. As a parent, the chances are you’ve already guided your child through their primary school tests. Now they are in secondary school and you face a new challenge: Year 7 CATs.   In this article, we guide parents...

St Swithun’s School 11 Plus (11+) Pretest Practice Test

Located in Winchester, St Swithun’s is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 3 to 18. Founded in 1884, St Swithun’s moved to its current, impressive 45-acre campus overlooking the Hampshire Downs in 1931. Pupils at the school consistently produce strong academic exam results and students are encouraged to take up a sport...

Senior Schools That Use UKISET: Part 5 of 6

The UKiset test is an online assessment designed to help UK independent schools select international students for entry. Approximately 180 British schools currently use UKiset to test the academic abilities of international students, compared with those in the UK of the same age group.   This is the penultimate article in our series of British senior...

St Paul’s School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

St Paul’s School in London is an independent school for boys aged 13 to 18. Founded in 1509, the campus covers 43 acres and is situated on the River Thames. At St Paul’s, boys are divided into eight houses. The school is considered one of the UK’s leading private schools and students consistently perform well...

Radley College 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

Radley College was founded in 1847 and is an independent boys’ boarding school situated within an 800-acre campus in Oxfordshire. Open to boys aged 13 to 18 years, the College currently educates almost 700 pupils. A Church of England school, it is one of only four boys’ senior schools that exclusively offer boarding-only.   Thanks...

Senior Schools That Use UKISET: Part 4 of 6

The UKiset is an online assessment used by many British independent schools as a way of selecting international students for entry. Currently used by 180 UK schools, it is designed to test the ability of international students, compared with those in the UK of the same age group.   This is the fourth article in...

Mount Kelly School 11 Plus (11+) Pretest Practice Test

Located in the rural surroundings of Devon’s Tavistock, Mount Kelly School was established in 2014, following the merging of two schools – Kelly College and Mount House School. A co-educational, independent school, it currently educates over 500 pupils. With its 140 acres of outstanding natural landscape, Mount Kelly offers many outdoor extracurricular activities to its...

Monkton Combe School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

Founded in 1868, Monkton Combe School is an independent boarding and day school for girls and boys aged 2-18. Located close to the city of Bath, the Senior School is located in Midford Valley, close to Monkton Combe. An Anglican school, Monkton Combe has high expectations of its pupils, particularly in academia and sports. Their...

Senior Schools That Use UKiset (Part 3 of 6)

The UKiset exam is currently used by approximately 180 British schools. It’s designed to help independent schools select international students for entry. The exam takes the form of an online assessment, which aims to test the academic abilities of international students, compared with those in the UK of the same age group.   This is...

Marlborough College 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

Situated in the Wiltshire market town of Marlborough, the College was first established in 1843 as an independent boys’ school. Today, it’s a co-educational facility with over 870 pupils. While maintaining its established traditions, this Church of England school is progressive in its nature. Insistent on high academic standards, it nonetheless supports artistic and sporting...

Senior Schools That Use UKISET (Part 2 of 6)

The UKiset exam tests international students for entry to UK independent schools. Currently used by approximately 180 British schools, the online assessment compares an international student’s ability and potential with those in the UK.   This is the second article in our series of British senior schools that use the UKiset test.   Charterhouse  ...

Headington School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

Founded by evangelical Christians in 1915, Headington is a Church of England independent school for girls. Based in Oxford, over 1,000 pupils are split across eight houses, all of which are located within a 23-acre campus.   In 2012, new classrooms were added to the school’s already modern facilities, which include a purpose-built theatre and...

Eton College 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

Founded in 1440 by King Henry VI, Eton is located in the Berkshire town of Windsor. With over 1,300 boys in attendance, aged between 13 and 18, it is one of the UK’s leading independent schools. Eton is full-board, so all pupils live within the College’s grounds. The school marries together a traditional academic curriculum...

Senior Schools That Use UKiset (Part 1 of 6)

The UKiset test is a one-off online assessment, designed to help UK independent schools select international students for entry. It tests the academic abilities of international students, compared with those in the UK of the same age group. The assessment is currently used by approximately 180 British schools.   This is the first post in...

Dauntsey’s School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

Founded in 1542, Dauntsey’s School is a co-educational, independent day and boarding school located in Wiltshire’s West Lavington area. The school admits pupils aged 11 to 18 years, who are split into five boarding houses and seven day houses.   The school balances a substantial educational programme with a variety of extracurricular activities, including drama,...

Eaton Square Upper School 11 Plus (11+) Pretest Practice Test

Located in central London, Eaton Square School is an independent school for boys and girls aged 2.5 to 13 years. In September 2017, the new senior school, Eaton Square Upper, will be opened for up to 420 pupils from 11 to 18 years.   Although academic performance at Eaton Square is important, the school also...

Preparatory and Senior Schools That Use UKiset (Part 3 of 3)

UKiset is an online assessment currently used by around 180 British schools. It is used to help select international students for entry to independent schools. The assessment aims to test the ability of international students, compared to those in the same age group in the UK.   In this final post of our UKiset series,...

City of London School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

Founded in 1442, City of London School is an independent day school for boys aged 10 to 18 years. Situated on the River Thames, City of London School, known by many as CLS, provides education to approximately 900 boys, split between six Houses.   Although pupils are challenged academically, CLS also puts great emphasis on...

City of London School 11 Plus (11+) Pretest Practice Test

Located on the River Thames, City of London School is an independent day school for boys aged 10 to 18 years. City of London School was founded in 1442 and currently educates about 900 pupils.   The School, also known as City, encourages its boys to be ambitious, confident and generous, whilst emphasizing that their...

Preparatory and Senior Schools That Use UKiset (Part 2 of 3)

The UKiset test is for international pupils who are interested in studying at a UK independent school. Used by over 180 British schools, this one-off exam enables schools to test the ability of international students and standardise them against British students in the same age category.   In this latest post in our series, we continue our...

Cheltenham College 11 Plus (11+) Pretest Practice Test

A co-educational, independent school, Cheltenham College is in Gloucestershire. Founded in July 1841, the school educates students aged 3 to 18 years. A Church of England school, it currently has over 600 pupils and is particularly known for its sporting achievements and military traditions.   Cheltenham College Preparatory School, known to many as Cheltenham Prep,...

Charterhouse School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

Founded in 1611, Charterhouse School is a Surrey-based independent day and boarding school. Situated within a 250-acre campus, over 800 pupils attend the school, aged 13 to 18 years. The school is open to boys at 13+ and accepts girls at 16+ to their senior school.   One of the original seven English public schools...

Preparatory and Senior Schools That Use UKiset (Part 1 of 3)

UKiset is an online assessment used by many UK independent schools; it forms part of the selection process for international students who wish to gain a place at a leading independent school. It is designed to test an international student’s ability to thrive in an English-speaking study environment and is currently used by over 180...

Caterham School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

Surrounded by 200 acres of woodland in Surrey, Caterham School is a co-educational, independent school that was founded in 1811. There are almost 900 pupils in the senior school at Caterham and it offers a range of extra-curricular activity, including sport and music.   The school aims to bring together more traditional learning methods with...

Prepatory Schools That Use the UKiset Test

UKiset is an online assessment that’s used by many independent schools in the UK as a way of selecting international students for entry. The assessment is currently used by around 180 British schools and is designed to test the ability of international students in comparison to those in the UK of the same age group....

Bradfield College 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

Bradfield College is a co-educational independent school and was founded in 1850. Located in the Berkshire countryside, the school admits pupils aged between 13 and 18 and has a reputation as being one of the UK’s top independent schools. With approximately 770 students study at the school, comprising of 480 boys and 290 girls, Bradfield...

Bedford School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Test

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...

Bedford School 11 Plus (11+) Online Practice Test

Bedford School is an independent school for boys, situated in Bedford, England. The school was founded in 1552 and it’s the oldest of all four of the independent schools that are run by the Harpur Trust in the town. The school has approximately 1,100 pupils, many of whom board within the school building.   With...

Harrow 13+ (13 plus) Entry – Pretest Practice Test

The world-famous Harrow School uses the computerised ISEB Common Pretest for 13+ entry in year 9. Schools like Westminster Under and St Paul’s Juniors (formerly Colet Court) who we’ve mentioned in previous posts, use it for both 11+ and 13+ entry. Schools can choose how to utilise the Pretest as part of their individual admissions...

Westminster Under 11+ (11 plus) – Pretest Practice Test

Like St Paul’s Junior School  (formerly known as Colet Court), Westminster Under is another top academic and fiercely competitive London boys’ school, which uses the computerised ISEB Common Pretest for 11+ entry.   For an insight into life at Westminster Under School, take a look at this promotional video:     Registered candidates are either...

St. Paul’s Juniors (Colet Court) 11+ (11 plus) – Pretest Practice Test

11+ entry to St. Paul’s Juniors (Colet Court) is fiercely competitive. The first stage of the examination process requires boys to sit the computerised ISEB Common Pretest. This online test has four sections: Mathematics, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The questions are presented in multiple-choice format and the test takes about 2 and a...

11+ and 13+ Pre-tests: A comprehensive guide on how to prepare and practise

An increasing number of top, in-demand independent schools have introduced a process of pre-testing, in response to increased demand and competition for places. It helps them to deal more effectively with the ever-increasing number of applications that they receive, providing them with a strong indication at age 10/11, as opposed to age 12/13, if a...

Cognitive Abilities Test – CAT4 – Example Questions

As mentioned in a previous post, the CAT4 is the fourth addition of GL Assessment’s Cognitive Abilities Test, one of the most widely used cognitive abilities tests in the UK.   It is used by schools to help them understand pupils’ developed abilities (where they are now) and likely academic potential (where they could be.)...

UKiset Essay Guide: Top Tips For Success and Sample Questions!

UKiset is an online exam used by many British independent schools as part of their entry process for international students. The test gauges a pupil’s ability, potential and understanding of English. It is made up of three components:   Section 1 – a reasoning test Section 2 – the Cambridge English Placement Test. Section 3...

The ISEB Common Pre-test: What You Need to Know.

The ISEB Common Pre-Test is designed to provide independent senior schools with information about a pupil’s current attainment and potential, prior to them taking Common Entrance in Year 8. We’ve put together this guide to the ISEB Common Pre-Test to help you better understand the exam.   Key facts About the ISEB Common Pre-Tests  ...

Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4): A brief introduction

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) is used by UK schools to assess pupils’ developed abilities and future academic potential.   Schools use a child’s performance in a CAT to judge progress over the academic year and to make decisions regarding setting and streaming according to ability. It is a way for a school to understand...

UKiset: A brief introduction

UKiset is an online assessment that forms part of the selection process for international students who wish to gain entry to leading UK independent schools.   It is used by over 180 British schools and tests a student’s ability to understand the British curriculum as well as measuring a student’s skill in terms of language,...

13+ online Pre-tests: A brief introduction

In response to increased demand and competition for places, a number of top independent schools have introduced the concept of online pre-testing to enable them to deal with the large number of applications that they receive.   The pre-test process assesses a child’s current learning and potential and forms the first stage of the admissions...

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We hope this will be a useful resource for you in understanding the pre-test process at schools across the UK. We will use this blog to answer your questions and provide you with advice, guidance and everything else you need to know about the tests.   Pretest Plus provides highly effective online practice tests to...

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