University College School 13 Plus (13+) Pretest Practice Tests (and Courses)

UCS no longer have a 13+ entry route. For details on their 11+ exam process, please click here.



University College School (UCS) is a boys-only independent day school situated in Hampstead, London. Founded in 1830, the senior school admits boys aged between 11 and 16. UCS is one of the 12 independent schools to make up the Eton Group and is considered one of the top academic schools in London. With a strong reputation for drama and music, due to its close relationship with University College London, UCS considers itself a progressive school.


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


How to Apply for 13 Plus Entry to University College School


Before registering for the 13 Plus, parents are encouraged to attend an open evening event, which usually takes place in the September of the year of application. These events give parents the opportunity to ask any questions they might have about the application process, or the school’s approach to teaching.


To proceed with an application for a Year 9 place, parents or guardians must complete this online application form, which also requires a non-refundable deposit of £125 and a passport photograph of the applicant. If you have any queries about the application form, contact the Admissions Team at ssadmissions(at)ucs.org.uk, or call +44(0)207 433 2117/ 2118.

The University College School 13 Plus Pretest Assessment


To be considered for a Year 9 place at UCS, all candidates must sit the ISEB Common Pretest exam in late November. This online test will usually be taken in the pupil’s current school and consists of four parts: English, Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The pretest gives schools the opportunity to see a pupil’s academic potential and ensure they would be suitable for academic life at UCS.


This one-off test is fully age-standardised, which ensures that no candidate has an advantage over any other based on their age.


Candidates who pass the pretest will be asked to attend an interview and taster day at UCS. The interview will take place with a senior member of UCS staff and pupils will be allowed to choose preferred activities to take part in during the day. They will also take part in an academic discussion with other candidates. UCS will also request a confidential report from each candidate’s current school and this is considered during the assessment process.

University College School Admissions Criteria


Place allocations at UCS are based on the student’s performance in the pretest, the admissions interview and the report from each candidate’s present school. Conditional paces are offered based on performance in Common Entrance exams in Year 8.

Those who miss out on an immediate conditional offer will be placed on a waiting list and parents will be contacted if a conditional place is turned down or withdrawn.

How to Prepare for the University College School Pretest


University College School uses the ISEB Common Entrance pretest for 13 Plus entry. At Pretest Plus, we specialise in helping students prepare for independent school entry tests through our online pretest practice tests and courses.


If your child is preparing for UCS’s pretest, our resources are a great way to help them build their confidence. Made up of four sections, the tests cover the subjects your child will tackle in the exam itself – English, Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Afterwards, both you and your child will have the chance to review answers and read explanations for each question. The results also show information on statistical averages so you can see how your child performed compared to their peergroup.


Practice tests and courses are an excellent way to help your child prepare for a pretest exam. Take a look at our resources here.


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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