ISEB FAQ | Streatham & Clapham High School

How do I learn more about what this exam is going to be like?
Please visit the ISEB website here

When will my daughter take this exam?
If your school is administering it, they will specify the date that your daughter will be taking the exam. Please ask your daughter’s school for details.

My daughter goes to a school that is not administering the ISEB test, how will she take it?
If your daughter’s school is not administering the exam, please speak to each of the Independent Secondary Schools that you have applied to as some will administer the ISEB Online Pre-Test in November or early December. If this is the case, please do let us know the school name, location and date which will update and give to ISEB. Your daughter only needs to take the test once.

For any applicants who are not applying to other schools or the exam date is later, we will confirm arrangements to have them sit the ISEB at SCHS between mid-December and January 8th adhering to Covid regulations.

Previously the SCHS entrance exam was comprised of English and Maths papers. The ISEB also includes verbal and non-verbal reasoning. How much weight will be given to these additional elements?
We have made the decision to use the ISEB test because of social-distancing challenges with a large group of candidates coming onsite. Our principal focus remains on the English & Maths section.

Is there an additional exam she will be taking along with the ISEB?
No, but we shall also ask your daughter to complete a creative writing exercise in addition to the ISEB test. Candidates are asked to submit a piece of creative writing, in connected prose, on a choice of topics that we shall release in late November. You’ll need submit her work, along with a declaration that she completed it unaided, to us by Friday 4 December.

Many schools that have agreed to administer the ISEB test have also agreed to invigilate the creative writing exercise. Please ask your daughter’s school if they are going to invigilate the creative writing exercise. If they are unable to, we will send the creative writing pack to your home address.

Due to Covid, my daughter missed out on a considerable portion of learning during the Summer Term. How will you consider this?
We are aware that many girls were unable to take part in a full programme of lessons last year and we shall consider the totality of each girl’s application, including references and school reports, as well as the test results. Additionally, we shall consider her creative writing submission.

How will academic scholarships be determined this year?
Offers of academic scholarships will be made on the basis of both the ISEB results and the creative writing submission as well as all the other information we have about candidates, including school reports and references.

If I still have questions, what’s the best way to get answers?
We are hosting a number of Q&A sessions, covering all topics, with the Head Master for which you can register here.

With respect to the entrance exam arrangements, please click here to visit our website for further information about our current examination process.

Can I book a visit to see the school?
Yes. Candidates for 2021 may book a private guided tour here as well as come to a Meet the Head Master session.  Further details and registration are available here

Will I have to pay for my daughter to take the ISEB test?
No.  Neither applicants nor their primary schools are charged for the test.  Once you apply to Streatham & Clapham High School, the charge for your daughter’s ISEB test is sent to us.

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