The British International School of Jeddah is an independent co-ed school established in 1977 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Also known as BISJ or the Continental School (Conti), it offers a British-style curriculum and boasts a beautiful campus that features an array of amenities, including two music rooms, four computer rooms, eight science laboratories, a gymnasium, a multi-purpose hall, three libraries, two pools and an outside sports area. 
Through a robust and relevant curriculum, Conti helps students achieve their academic goals, immersing them in a range of in-class activities that foster intellectual growth. Staff deliver engaging lessons in languages, natural sciences, mathematics and humanities while also catering for the cohort’s needs for artistic expression through drama, visual arts and music syllabuses.
After-school activities further support children’s learning, enabling them to acquire practical skills while enhancing their social versatility. Within the varied programme, Conti offers climbing, karaoke, squash, bowling and many other pursuits that help enrich the time spent on campus. 
The Model United Nations (MUN) initiative is another important feature of the school’s extensive offerings. Globally recognised, MUN engages pupils in public speaking, debating and research activities, effectively cultivating the cohort’s enthusiasm for teamwork and critical thinking.
Catering for students from over 60 countries, Conti is an establishment that nurtures a global outlook and comprehensively supports children in becoming the best they can be. The innovative learning environment fosters agile thinkers who possess both strong academic and interpersonal knowledge and go on to apply their skills for the betterment of their immediate communities and beyond.
British International School, Jeddah, 13 Plus (13+) Admissions Information
BISJ doesn’t hold formal open events, but it encourages all prospective families to book a tour prior to applying for a place. During the tour, you and your child will have the opportunity to explore the state-of-the-art facilities and meet key staff members.
The registration portal can be accessed through this page. Please note that throughout the admissions process, priority will be given to British passport holders.
At Conti, the following fees are payable:
– SAR 403 for the application
– SAR 978 for the entrance assessment
– SAR 17,250 for the entrance fee
It’s vital for all families to familiarise themselves with the school’s ethos and educational philosophy prior to applying for a place.
British International School, Jeddah, 13 Plus (13+) Exam Information
Address: Al Mohammadiyyah, West of Prince Sultan Street Al Basteen Development, Al Safaa Street, Jeddah 23617
Admissions info: +966 (12) 283 4600
School type: Independent co-ed day school
Exam type / Board: CEM
As part of the assessment process for Year 9 entry, your child will be asked to complete an online test produced by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), which is likely to resemble the CEM Select assessment.
The CEM Select assessment contains a number of unusual question formats that your child is unlikely to have encountered before. These include drag-and-drop and sentence auto-completes.
The assessment will be divided into a series of highly time-pressured sections. Your child doesn’t necessarily need to complete all the questions in each section to do well.
British International School, Jeddah, 13 Plus (13+) Exam Format
The Conti 13+ CEM assessment will cover the following areas:
- Verbal Ability
- Non-Verbal Ability
- Numerical Ability
The Verbal Ability section of the test assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using words, with a special focus on depth and breadth of vocabulary.
The Non-Verbal Ability section requires your child to solve problems using shapes and patterns, with a focus on one specific question type.
The Numerical Ability section assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using numbers and arithmetic.
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Our CEM practice tests are highly accurate, ensuring that your child’s exam preparation is targeted and efficient. Each timed module is marked automatically. Your child will then be able to review every question in detail with clear step-by-step explanations.
Statistical averages, based on the scores of other students who have taken the same practice test, are provided so you can get an idea of your child’s relative performance against their peer group.
Online Practice Tests
These full mock tests are designed to provide students with highly accurate practice ahead of their CEM assessment. Each practice test covers Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Reasoning, replicating the modules, timings and question types that are likely to be used in the actual exam.
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The information in this post was believed to be 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.
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