ISEB FAQ | Admissions | Streatham & Clapham High School

What is the ISEB? 
The ISEB Common Pre-Test is an age-standardised assessment that students take in the autumn term of Year 6. It’s a digital, adaptive test, meaning that the difficulty of questions adjusts based on the student’s performance as they progress through the exam.

The test covers four key areas:

Mathematics: Assessing numerical understanding and problem-solving skills.
English: Evaluating comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation.
Verbal Reasoning: Testing the ability to understand and reason using words.
Non Verbal Reasoning: Assessing the ability to understand and analyse visual information, identifying patterns and relationships.

How do I register for the ISEB?
Please use this link to register for a free ISEB account. Once registered, you will need to provide us with your daughter’s unique ISEB testing code.  

Will I have to pay for my daughter to take the ISEB test?
No, there is no fee for families and registration is free.

When do I register for the ISEB?
Registrations open on Monday 10 June 2024.

How do I provide my daughter’s ISEB code to SCHS?
The easiest way to provide your daughter’s ISEB code is to log into your SCHS Admissions Portal

If you submitted a registration to SCHS before 10 June 2024, you will be prompted to enter the unique code under the “ISEB” tab of your portal. If you applied to us after 10 June 2024, you will need to provide the unique code at the point of registration.  

How does my daughter take the ISEB?
The Common Pre-Test is taken online, either at your daughter’s own school or at a prospective future school, under exam conditions. It’s designed to be convenient for schools and families, as it can be taken at any point during the assessment period set by the ISEB, usually between October and early January of Year 6.  

Where does my daughter take the ISEB?
When registering for an ISEB account, you will need to select where your daughter will take the test.  

If a pupil can take the ISEB at their own school, then they should do their exam there. However, if you have completed a full registration to Streatham & Clapham High School and your daughter does not have the option to sit the ISEB at her current school then she may sit it at our Senior School by selecting us as the invigilation centre. You do not need to check with us before selecting us as the test centre.

When will my daughter take the ISEB?
There is a testing window in the autumn term of Year 6 between October 2024 and early January 2025. If your daughter is sitting the ISEB at her current school or at another invigilation centre of your choice, you will need to check with them when it will be scheduled for.

Our on-site ISEB test date is scheduled for Saturday 7 December 2024. This is the only day we will be hosting the assessment.

How do I learn more about what this exam is going to be like?
Please visit the Parents’ section of the ISEB website here. You can access a practice test here

How will academic Scholarships be determined this year?
Offers of academic scholarships will be made on the basis of both the ISEB results, Group Observation Activity & Interview, Creative Writing Task as well as all the other information we have about candidates, including school reports and references. All candidates are automatically considered for an Academic Scholarship and there is no separate application required.

My daughter has SEND. How do I request extra provision for the ISEB?
Applicants with SEND may receive an additional time allowance for each test element, subject to senior schools’ agreement. Guardians should request this through the ISEB Guardian Portal during registration. Prior to this, you must confirm the required evidence, typically an Educational Psychologist’s report, with the senior school(s) you are applying to. As SEND policies vary, consultation with prospective schools’ SEND Coordinators (SENCO) is advised. This documentation must be uploaded during registration for the extra time request on the ISEB portal. Senior schools will review the evidence in the applicant’s record; if it fails to meet their criteria, they may challenge the request, as detailed in the ISEB Common Pre-Tests SEND Guidance documentation. 

How do I access my daughter’s ISEB results?
We are unable to provide specific ISEB scores because there is no grade or pass mark awarded. We can provide some context on your daughter’s overall performance in our admissions assessments verbally, but this is only possible after our acceptance deadline of Tuesday 4 March 2025.

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