Welcome to our feature on 2023 ISEB Pre-Tests practice papers:
2023 PreTests and Common Entrance Exam practice 2023
ISEB PRE-TESTS PRACTICE TESTS
ISEB is welcoming many candidates to the Common Pre-Tests this year as more senior schools turn to this assessment as one part of their selection process, alongside the Head’s reference, other test scores and any interviews or activities held on site.
The information provided below will give you an overview of the Common Pre-Tests. You may find the FAQ at the bottom of this page helpful:
- Verbal reasoning question styles include
Common words, antonyms, word combinations, letter transfer and number codes.
- Non-verbal reasoning question styles include
Shape analogies, classes like and horizontal codes.
- English question styles include
Reading comprehension, sentence completion, spelling and punctuation.
Where can I find practice resources for the Common PreTests?
Well, we recommend the excellent resources and past papers for PreTests and the common entrance exam on School Entrance Tests site.
Examples and practice questions, where relevant, are provided during the tests so that candidates understand what they have to do. While taking the tests, candidates are able to track their progress within the test (number of questions answered in relation to overall number of questions).
Textbooks, calculators, mobile devices, or other materials which might assist a candidate will not be accessible during the Common Pre-Tests.
The use of pen/pencil and paper is not permitted in the non-verbal reasoning or English tests. However, candidates should have access to pen/pencil and paper for their rough work during the verbal reasoning and mathematics tests. It is the responsibility of the invigilation centre to provide pen/pencil and paper.
A familiarisation test is available which demonstrates the look and feel of the tests.
The Common Pre-Tests are accessible to candidates with a range of special educational needs or disabilities.
In individual cases, schools may decide that not all test elements are a suitable form of assessment for a particular candidate.
Which pretests candidates get more time ? Candidates requiring extra time should take the untimed/manually timed version of each test. This version does not have an on-screen countdown timer. The invigilator is responsible for timing the test and ending the test at the appropriate time.
For visually-impaired candidates, a degree of on-screen text enlargement is available via standard web browser zoom. It is also possible to purchase text-enlargers which clip onto the screens.
All senior schools which register candidates for the tests should be informed of any adjustments made for SEND candidates.
Senior schools should indicate SEND candidates during registration, and take into account the potential impact of SEND as part of their overall assessment of a candidate’s application.
- The Common Pre-Tests are accessible to candidates for whom English is an Additional Language.
- For EAL candidates, this may include the use of a standard bilingual paper dictionary.
- In individual cases, schools may decide that not all test elements are a suitable form of assessment for a candidate whose first language is not English.
- Senior schools should indicate EAL candidates during registration, and take into account the potential impact of any specific needs in their overall assessment of a candidate’s application.
Are pretests available overseas?
- Yes, it is possible for candidates to take the Common Pre-Tests overseas.
- For overseas candidates, parents should ask the child’s current school if they can invigilate the Common Pre-Tests.
- If this is not possible, parents should contact the British Council in their country to see if they have suitable facilities nearby.
- Otherwise, parents will need to find an alternative venue which provides invigilation/exam services.
- The senior school(s) will need to communicate directly with the venue in order to provide candidate login details and supporting documentation.
ISEB Pre-Tests practice papers
Does ISEB produce or endorse any Common Pre-Tests practice resources?
ISEB does not produce or endorse any practice resources for the Common Pre-Tests.
ISEB cannot guarantee the accuracy of third-party Common Pre-Tests practice resources. They may not accurately reflect the presentation, difficulty, test content and scoring of the live Common Pre-Tests.
So, how does the pre-tests adaptive test select questions?
In other words the ISEB pre-tests algorithm constantly adjusts the difficulty of the series of questions presented. Whilst there is a chance that two candidates will be given the same question. It is certainly true that the order of questions differs for each candidate. As does the majority of the questions. This is because each ISEB pre-test’s questins are extracted from a huge ISEB item bank of pretest questions. These are tagged by difficulty. The dificulty level (and corresponding pass/rate rate) is known for each of the pre-test questions in this ISEB item bank.
Hence the possibility of producing:
- A different ISEB pretest for each candidate.
- A more accurate means of assessing pupil skills by adjusting the questions presented to the pupil’s current skill level.
That said, the ISEB pretests adaptive model does allow candidates to recover from any early wrong answers to attain a score that matches their ability.
While taking the tests, candidates can see their progress within the test (number of questions answered in relation to overall number of questions).
Points to remember for such adaptive tests
- Candidates cannot go back to previous questions since the ISEB pretests are an adaptive test.
- Well, firstly it’s key to always remember that each candidate will start with a medium-level question.
- If the question is answered correctly then a more difficult question is given next.
- Whereas if its answered incorrectly; an easier pretests question is given next.
Should candidates try to work quickly so that they can answer more questions?
- Each test has a fixed number of questions.
- Candidates should try to work carefully through the test, thinking about each question that they meet.
- For the mathematics and the verbal reasoning modules all candidates should have access to a pen/pencil and a supply of paper. To that they can work out their answers on paper, if they wish, before choosing the correct answer option.
Can parents request their child’s Common Pre-Test results from ISEB?
Can a candidate take the Common Pre-Tests more than once?
A candidate only takes the Common Pre-Tests once in an academic year.
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