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

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Pangbourne College was founded in 1917 with the aim of training boys to become Merchant Navy officers. In 1969, the College become an independent boarding school, and in 1996, it became coeducational. The College educates around 400 day and boarding pupils.


Situated in 230 acres of Berkshire countryside, Pangbourne is known for its commitment to excellent pastoral care. The College aims to push its students to achieve their best and places significant emphasis on ensuring that they are happy.


For an insight into life at Pangbourne College, watch this short promotional video:


How to Apply for 13 Plus Entry to Pangbourne College

Parents interested in applying for a Year 9 place for their child at Pangbourne College are encouraged to book an individual visit. During visits, parents and students will have the opportunity to meet the Headteacher, take a tour of the school and visit a boarding house. Alternatively, parents can attend one of the two annual open mornings hosted by Pangbourne.


After visiting the College, parents should download and complete a registration form, returning it to the school’s Registrar with a non-refundable registration fee of £100 for UK candidates and £150 for international candidates.


The following information is required for registration:


– The student’s full name

– Date of Birth

– Nationality

– Name and address of every parent known to the local authority

– Details of previous school(s)

– Which parent(s) the child normally lives with

– Emergency contact details

– Learning support, medical information, disabilities


Further information can be obtained from Pangbourne’s Admissions Team on 0118 976 7415.

Pangbourne College 13 Plus Pretest Assessment

As an academically selective school, Pangbourne College requires all Year 9 candidates to sit the ISEB Common Pretest exam, which usually takes place in November of Year 6. Students are also required to attend an admissions interview.


The Common Pretest is an online test designed to provide schools with an overview of a pupil’s academic potential over several core subjects: English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. This is a one-off, age-standardised test, to make sure that no candidate has an advantage over any other based on their age.


After completing the pretest, students are invited to the school for an interview with a senior member of staff and will be asked to provide recent school reports. Successful candidates are then selected and parents are requested to formally accept offers and pay a non-refundable deposit of £1,000 to confirm the place. The deposit for international pupils is £11,730, equivalent to one term’s boarding fees.

Pangbourne College Admissions Criteria

Year 9 admission to Pangbourne College is determined by the pretest assessment and interview in Year 6. Once the admissions process is complete for their child’s entry point, parents may apply for a scholarship at the school.


While Pangbourne College will often give priority to siblings of children already at the school, those siblings are subject to the standard college application procedures and must register for a place within the appropriate time frame. Admission is not automatic and the College might recommend a sibling attend an alternative academic environment.


For more information on the admissions process at Pangbourne College, please visit the Admissions page on the school’s website.

How to Prepare for the Pangbourne College Pretest

Pangbourne College prides itself on maintaining high academic standards and, as a popular school, competition for Year 9 places is high. With this in mind, prospective pupils should ensure they leave enough time to thoroughly prepare for the pretest.


Online pretest practice tests and courses are an excellent way for pupils to become familiar with the exam layout and style and to understand what will be expected of them come exam day.


Our pretest resources can also help parents to identify their child’s strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to better focus their child’s preparation.


The practice tests are ideal for pupils who are currently preparing for the Pangbourne College pretest. They consist of four timed sections that cover Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Once a practice test is complete, students can review their answers and read detailed explanations for each question. This feedback is essential in helping children focus their efforts in the lead-up to the test as they’ll be able to allocate more time to any areas that require improvement.

Pangbourne College Pretest Practice Tests


Practice Tests

You can learn more about our highly accurate online ISEB Pretest practice tests by clicking on the links below. They 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.

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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.


Related Article:

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

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