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Canford School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Tests (and Courses)


Established in 1923, Canford School is a co-educational, independent school for day and boarding pupils. Situated near Wimborne Minster, in Dorset, the school is surrounded by 300 acres of parkland.


The school is consistently ranked as one of the best co-educational independent schools in the UK and has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED. In 2014, it was voted ‘Public School of the Year’.


Canford School educates approximately 630 day and boarding pupils aged between 13 and 18. The school also has impressive alumni, including members of parliament, royalty and military officers.

How to Apply for 13 Plus Entry to Canford School

Before registering for 13 Plus entry to Canford School, parents are encouraged to visit on one of the open days, which are held twice a year. The open days give parents and students the opportunity to meet current pupils and staff, visit each of the Houses and have lunch at the school.


Alternatively, parents can contact the school’s Admissions Office to arrange a private appointment to meet the Headmaster and tour the school. The Admissions Office can be contacted by telephone on 01202 847207 or by email at [email protected]


After visiting the school, parents are required to complete a registration form, which can be downloaded from the school website when registration opens. Once students are registered, their place is secured on the ‘Headmaster’s List’. As Canford is a very popular school, it is advised that parents register their children as early as possible, ideally before the end of Year 6.

The Canford School 13 Plus Pretest Assessment

Once a student has been registered, the school will contact parents to confirm that they wish for their child to sit the Students that meet the required standard are invited to the school’s pre-assessment day in either Year 6, or Year 7. The assessment day includes tests, informal interviews and a range of activities. Canford school also requests a reference from the students’ current prep school. The exact assessment dates are published on the school’s website, alongside the closing date for applications.


It should be noted that an invitation to sit the pretest exam is not a guarantee of a place at Canford. The school reports that in recent years, around 65% of pupils who attend the Headmaster’s List assessments were offered conditional places.

Canford School Admissions Criteria

As an academically selective school, 13 Plus admission to Canford is based on academic merit, assessed through an entrance examination, an interview and a reference from the candidate’s current prep school. In Year 8, all candidates that have been offered a conditional place are required to sit either the Academic Scholarship examination, the Common Entrance Examination, or the Canford Entrance Tests. The school states that its selection process is designed to identify students that will benefit from what the school has to offer, regardless of needs and background.


Students are able to specify their preferred House at any point during the admission process and, in Year 7, parents are invited to meet Housemasters and Housemistresses. Canford’s house preference form can be downloaded from the school’s website, here.

How to Prepare for the Canford School Pretest

Taking the time to prepare students for Canford School’s 13 Plus pretest exam is worthwhile. Students that have experience of answering the types of questions that may come up in the pretest will have a competitive advantage over others.


At Pretest Plus, we publish online pretest practice tests and courses that are designed to help students prepare for independent school pretests. They help students familiarise themselves with the layout of the pretest assessment. They also provide students with an insight into the types of questions that they’re likely to be asked on the day.


If introduced early into a child’s revision schedule, online practice tests and courses can help identify any weak areas in their knowledge and understanding. As a student’s revision progresses, our they can also be a great way to monitor their progress, enabling parents to adjust their child’s revision plan to suit.


As the pretest assessment draws closer, we’d encourage students to take our online tests under exam conditions to get them used to answering questions quickly and under pressure. The more practice tests children take in the lead up to the pretest, the better their time managements skills will become.


Our resources are an excellent way for students to prepare for the Canford pretest. They cover each of the four subjects tested in the exam: Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Maths and English. After completing a test, students will be provided with instant feedback on their score, and they will have the opportunity to read detailed explanations of each answer. Our tests also provide information on statistical averages to give an indication of relative performance.

Canford School 13 Plus Practice Tests and Courses

Practice Tests

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.


📈ISEB Pretest Practice Test 1

📈ISEB Pretest Practice Test 2

📈ISEB Pretest Practice Test 3

📈ISEB Pretest Practice Test 4

📈ISEB Pretest Practice Test 5

Video Courses

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 Course

🎥ISEB Pretest English Course

🎥ISEB Pretest Verbal Reasoning Course

🎥ISEB Pretest Non-Verbal Reasoning Course

Skill Practice

Our Skill Practice products consist of focused tests that allow your child to target specific question formats that appear in the ISEB Pretest. They are an efficient way to improve skills and boost scores quickly.


📌ISEB Pretest English – Comprehension

📌ISEB Pretest English – Spelling & Punctuation

📌ISEB Pretest English – Sentence Completion

📌ISEB Pretest – Non-Verbal Reasoning


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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.


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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