Entry by Early Pre-Testing for Year 9 Boarders
In the Spring Term of Year 6 we invite all registered prospective boarding pupils to sit the ISEB Common Pre-Test Assessment, prior to joining The Leys in Year 9. Tests should be completed by the end of March. The on-line assessment will comprise Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, English and Mathematics, which lasts approximately two and a half hours in total. It is important to stress that no special preparation is required, as the pre-tests are designed to identify potential, as well as attainment. The aim is to provide parents with the security of a boarding place at an early stage and the time to make appropriate plans for their sons or daughters.
The entry process also includes an interview with the Headmaster and a confidential report from your child’s current school in Year 8.
No further assessment will be required, unless you wish to apply for a Scholarship.
- The tests are taken online, usually in the candidate’s current school, and consist of multiple-choice tests in mathematics, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning
- Senior schools will register candidates for the Common Pre-Tests. Currently there is no additional charge for this but a candidate must be registered with The Leys first
- It is important to inform prospective senior schools if your child has already taken the Common Pre-Tests
- The tests take about two-and-a-half hours to complete (English 25 minutes, mathematics 50 minutes, non-verbal
reasoning 32 minutes, verbal reasoning 36 minutes) and can be taken together or at separate times
- For overseas candidates, testing centres can be used if prior permission has been granted from the senior school
- Verbal reasoning question styles include common words, antonyms, word combinations, letter transfer, number codes
- Non-verbal reasoning question styles include shape analogies, classes like, horizontal codes
- English question styles include reading comprehension, sentence completion, spelling and punctuation
- Mathematics content is in line with the National Curriculum; candidates are assessed on National Curriculum topics
taught up to the end of Year 5
- No special preparation is required for the Common Pre-Tests, which are designed to identify potential as well as
attainment. Practice tests are not available. Each question is answered by choosing an answer from a selection shown on the screen. Each question must be answered and candidates cannot go back to previous questions.
- 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)
- 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.
- Reasonable adjustments may be applied, the nature of which will depend on the candidate’s specific needs. In individual cases, schools may decide that not all test elements are a suitable form of assessment for a particular candidate
- Parents and/or prep schools should always inform senior schools about a candidate’s specific needs, provide a report from a suitably-qualified professional, where relevant, and discuss with the senior school what provision or adjustments will be made when assessing the candidate for entry
- The Common Pre-Tests are accessible to candidates for whom English is an Additional Language.
- Reasonable adjustments may be applied, the nature of which will depend on the candidate’s specific needs. 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
- Parents and/or prep schools should always inform senior schools about a candidate’s specific needs, and discuss with the senior school what provision or adjustments will be made when assessing the candidate for entry