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St Swithun’s School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Tests (and Courses)


St Swithun’s School in rural Winchester is set on an impressive 45-acre campus that overlooks the Hampshire countryside. Established in 1884 as an independent school for girls, boys can also attend up to the age of seven. Over 700 pupils are faced with a challenging academic programme whilst experiencing exceptional sporting and recreational facilities when outside of the classroom.

How to Apply for 13 Plus Entry to St Swithun’s

Competition for 13 Plus places at St Swithun’s is extremely high, so the school advises parents to apply for a place at the ‘earliest possible opportunity’ to be in with a chance. Before submitting an application for 13 Plus entry, students and parents are invited to attend an open day, which usually takes place during term time. Parents will have the opportunity to talk to current pupils, other parents and teaching staff, as well as the school’s headmistress. To book a place at one of the school’s open days, simply request a prospectus and choose your preferred date.


Individual visits can also be arranged if those dates aren’t suitable, call +44(0)1962 835 700 or email [email protected] to arrange.


In order to proceed with a 13 Plus application to the school, parents are required to complete the registration form found in the school’s prospectus and return it to the school Admissions Office. Parents must also send a non-refundable registration fee of £100.

The St Swithun’s 13 Plus Pretest Assessment

St Swithun’s 13+ candidates are required to sit the ISEB Common Pretest Exam if they are to secure a Year 9 place at the school. The exam gives students the opportunity to showcase their ability in English, Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The ISEB online pretest is designed to show students’ academic potential and enables the school to see if pupils are ready for its challenging academic workload.

St Swithun’s Admissions Criteria

To be considered for a place in Year 9 at St Swithun’s, students must pass the ISEB Pretest. The senior school also requires a current school report for each pupil.


St Swithun’s also offers 13 Plus entry via scholarships for pupils who excel in academics, music or sport. Scholarship candidates are selected based on the results of the Common Entrance exam and will later attend an interview with senior school staff.

How to Prepare for the St Swithun’s Pretest

St Swithun’s School uses the ISEB Common Entrance pretest for 13 Plus entry. At Pretest Plus, we know that exam season can be an unnerving time for young people. We also know that in order to perform well in exams, thorough preparation is vital. Our online practice tests and courses can help students gain essential experience of their upcoming tests and can identify any strengths and weaknesses.

Our resources are ideal for  pupils who are preparing for the St Swithun’s pretest. Consisting of four timed sections, the tests mirror the topics your child will face in the real exam – English, Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Once a practice test is over, both you and your child will have the chance to review answers and read detailed explanations for each question.

St Swithun’s School 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

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

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