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Founded in 1440 by King Henry VI, Eton College is located in the Berkshire town of Windsor. With over 1,300 boys aged 13-18 on roll, it is one of the UK’s leading and most expensive independent schools. Eton is a full-boarding establishment, so all pupils live on the College’s magnificent 400-acre campus. The school effectively combines a traditional academic curriculum with a first-class sports programme, both delivered by expert staff renowned for their outstanding accomplishments. [1]


Eton’s syllabuses cover 28 different subjects, including ten modern and classical languages. The varied character of the educational provision ensures that boys develop both breadth and depth of knowledge while benefitting from an academic programme that aims to maximise their scientific, numerical, digital, critical thinking and other skills.


To assist boys who have specific educational needs, the school has a dedicated Learning Support Centre. Upon their arrival, all boys undergo an assessment to determine if they require this type of support. The College also owns a Research Centre, which aims to refine the school’s most effective teaching methodologies, learning techniques and leadership practices in education, emphasising evidence-based practices and innovative approaches. [2]


To ensure a superb quality of school life, Eton College also offers a comprehensive co-curricular programme. Supported by excellent facilities, such as a 2 km rowing lake, 50 tennis courts and four floodlit artificial surfaces, sports range from hockey and cricket to fencing and rugby. The College also offers an extensive selection of societies, including Social Impact Society, African & Caribbean Society, Environment Society, Model United Nations and Ornithological Society. [3]


By embracing both triumphs and setbacks, students at Eton College develop a high level of intellectual maturity that helps them transition to the next stages of their education with robust academic and emotional resilience. Dedicated to continuous growth, they excel across a multitude of areas, approaching adulthood with a firm understanding of their strengths and the unwavering determination to fully harness them.


Eton College 13 Plus (13+) Entry Admissions Process


Eton hosts Admissions Tours, and it’s highly recommended that you and your son attend one of these once he turns nine. The events provide an ideal opportunity to get a feel for life on campus by touring its extensive facilities. 


As part of the admissions process for 13+ entry, your son should be registered with the College by the end of June of Year 5 (unless specifically applying for a King’s Scholarship or Music Award). This includes a payment of a £400 fee, which is non-refundable. The form can be accessed through this page.


In the Autumn Term (October or November) of Year 6, your son will be asked to sit the ISEB Common Pre-test. This online assessment can be taken at his current school or at an agreed centre if he attends a state-funded school. The admissions process also includes a review of a confidential report from your son’s current Head. Results will be communicated in December.


Selected applicants will move on to the Stage Two assessments, which consist of an individual interview and an online predictive test of academic ability. Successful candidates might be offered a Conditional Place, to be accepted with a payment of a £3,200 acceptance fee.


Year 9 places at Eton College are confirmed by passing one of the following when boys are in Year 8:


– King’s Scholarship examinations

– Common Entrance examinations (for boys attending an independent school)

– Eton Entrance examinations (for boys from the state sector)


King’s Scholarships are offered following a range of competitive assessments. Each applicant must take several compulsory papers and at least three of the optional papers. Boys who fail to qualify for a King’s Scholarship will be considered for one of the following awards:


– The Annah Shaw Scholarship: Offered to a boy who excels in the Classics

– The Martineau Exhibition: Offered to a boy who narrowly misses a King’s Scholarship and who qualifies for a bursary


New Foundation Scholarships and Music Awards are also available. New Foundation Scholarships are for boys who went to a state primary school and whose parents require financial assistance with paying the tuition fees.


Bursaries are available to families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to pay the full or partial fees of the College. They range from 5-100% in value and are awarded following a thorough means-testing procedure, conducted by an independent company. The recent average award was 71% of the fee. More details are available on this page.


Eton College 13 Plus (13+) ISEB Pre-test Information


Address: Windsor, SL4 6DW

County: Berkshire

Admissions info: [email protected] or (+44) 01753 370 611

School type: Independent boarding school for boys

Open events: Throughout the year

Pre-test exam date: October or November of Year 6


To join in Year 9, your child will initially be asked to complete an online assessment called the ISEB Common Pre-test, which assesses skills in Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The test provides a universal and standardised measure of attainment, ability and potential.


Eton College 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 Eton College 13 Plus (13+) ISEB Pre-test


Where can my child sit the Eton College 13+ ISEB Pre-test?


If your child attends a Prep School, the 13+ ISEB Pre-test can be sat there. If your child attends a state-funded school, they can take the test at an agreed centre on a specified date.


Will older pupils have an advantage in the Eton College 13+ ISEB Pre-test?


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


How many times can my child take the Eton College 13+ ISEB Pre-test?


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


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Eton College 13+ ISEB Pre-test Preparation Tips


Preparing effectively for the Eton College 13+ ISEB Pre-test can significantly enhance a student’s confidence and exam performance. Here are some Pretest Plus Preparation Tips for the Eton College ISEB Pre-test:


1. Master core skills and sharpen reasoning abilities:


Our practice tests include a number of language-focused tasks, honing spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. While the Maths sections delve into arithmetic, fractions, decimals and percentages, the Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning modules focus on skills such as recognising synonyms and antonyms, and identifying patterns, respectively.


2. Navigate the ISEB Pre-test format with ease:


Understanding the ISEB Pre-test layout is crucial. Our practice tests, meticulously designed by assessment experts, accurately mirror the real online exam, familiarising your son with its challenging modules.


3. Perfect time management techniques:


While using our practice tests, boys can make a habit out of responding to questions under time constraints, which will ensure they know the speed they need to work at in the actual test.


4. Adapt to the online examination setup:


As the assessment is digital, it’s essential for boys to be adept with computer interfaces, guaranteeing a smooth transition between on-screen prompts and written workings.


5. Learn through reflection:


We strongly encourage a thorough review of errors. By understanding the root causes of their mistakes in our practice tests, boys are better positioned to avoid them in the real exam.


To learn how to prepare for the Stage 2 exam at Eton College, click here.



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.


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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