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Marlborough College 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Tests (and Courses)


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 achievements.


One of the most expensive independent schools in the UK, Marlborough College prides itself on being both internationally and socially inclusive.


For an insight into academic life at Marlborough College, take a look at this promotional video:


How to Apply for 13 Plus Entry to Marlborough College

Before submitting an application for 13 Plus entry to Marlborough College, families are encouraged to attend one of its open day events, according to the child’s year of entry. Individual visits can be arranged if open day dates aren’t suitable.


Following the College visit, parents can register their child up to four years prior to entry. Simply contact the College’s Admissions Department on +44 (0)1672 892 300 to request a registration form. A non-refundable registration fee of £250 is also required. Marlborough is a popular UK independent school and competition for places is fierce. Parents are advised to apply for a Year 9 place well in advance of their child’s need to attend. Please refer to the full admissions details on the College website.


Registered pupils and their parents will be asked to attend a House Visit and parents will be asked to complete an enrolment form 22 months prior to entry date. At this stage, a report from the child’s current Headteacher will be required and parents can state their boarding house preference.

The Marlborough College 13 Plus Pretest Assessment

Before Year 9 places can be offered, all candidates need to sit the ISEB Common Pretest Exam in Year 7. This exam is taken at the pupil’s current school and is designed to provide schools with an overview of a pupil’s academic potential. Covering four core subjects, English, Mathematics, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, the test is fully age-standardised to ensure that no candidate has an advantage over any other based on their age.

Marlborough College Admissions Criteria

The first step to gaining entry in Year 9 is for students to pass the ISEB Pretest in Year 7. Once the assessment is completed, the College will hold an Assessment Day comprising of two interviews: one with the Housemaster or Housemistress of the pupil’s preferred House and a second with a senior member of College staff.


Place allocations are based on a student’s performance in the pretest, the admissions interviews and the report from their current school. Provisional offers will be made towards the end of the summer term, 18 months prior to entry. Students will be placed on the A List (a firm place) or the B List (the waiting list). Parents of those on the A List must pay a deposit of £1,800 to secure the place.


Marlborough College also offers scholarships to pupils who excel in certain subjects.

How to Prepare for the Marlborough College Pretest

For 13 Plus entry, Marlborough College uses the ISEB Common Entrance pretest. Here at Pretest Plus, we help students to prepare for this competitive test with our online pretest practice tests and courses.


Our resources will help your child better understand what to expect on the day of the real assessment, including its structure, style and layout. Practice tests are also a huge help when it comes to improving a child’s time management. The tests can help identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to put additional focus on any weaker areas well in advance of assessment day.


Our resources are ideal for pupils who are currently preparing for the Marlborough College pretest. They cover Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning and will help boost your child’s confidence and improve their examination performance.

Marlborough College Pretest 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

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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 English Course

🎥ISEB Pretest Maths Course

🎥ISEB Pretest Non-Verbal Reasoning Course

🎥ISEB Pretest 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 – Sentence Completion

📌ISEB Pretest English – Spelling & Punctuation

📌ISEB Pretest Mathematics

📌ISEB Pretest Non-Verbal Reasoning

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

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