What are the four tests?

Modified on Tue, 23 May 2023 at 11:54 AM

•       English

•       Mathematics 

•       Verbal Reasoning

•       Non-Verbal Reasoning 


All four tests are online, adaptive and multiple-choice.



We designed the English and Mathematics tests in line with the topics and knowledge pupils learn in class. These tests assess a child's ability to recall what they have learnt and apply this knowledge to solve problems in core areas of the curriculum.



The Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning tests enable pupils to demonstrate their academic potential through various question types that may be unfamiliar to them. We assess each pupil's ability to analyse, think critically, find patterns and problem solve. These abilities are indicators of potential as they relate to a pupil's ability to acquire new information and apply it to situations they have not previously encountered.


What do the tests include?


  • English
    Questions on reading comprehension and grammar (including spelling).

  • Mathematics
    Questions are based on the National Curriculum for Mathematics until the end of Year 5.

  • Verbal Reasoning
    Questions assess a range of English language skills, including word meaning, comprehension, reasoning and logic.

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
    Questions assess non-verbal reasoning and spatial reasoning.

For more details about the structure and content of the test, download the ISEB Common Pre-Test Framework.

Applicants can also familiarise themselves with the test using the ISEB Pre-Tests Walkthrough.

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How should my child prepare for the tests?

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