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Looking for information on the 13+ Common Entrance exam? You're in the right place.

What is the 13+ Common Entrance Exam?

13+ Common Entrance exams are set by the Independent Schools Examinations Board (ISEB) and are used as part of the admissions process for selective secondary schools.

The exams can take place in either the November, January or May/June of Year 8 (when pupils are aged 12-13), prior to the September when they will enter secondary school.

Pupils normally sit the exams in their current school, before the papers are marked by the secondary school a candidate is applying to.

Which subjects are tested?

Compulsory subjects are English, Maths and Science — but in some schools pupils may have to sit papers in other subjects too.

How do I register my child?

If your child attends an independent preparatory school in the UK it's likely that they will be entered for the exam by the school. Otherwise, you'll need to fill in a registration form, and apply directly to ISEB.

How can CGP help?

We have fantastic resources for the 13+ Common Entrance exams in Maths, Science & English.


Our Study Book and Practice Book are packed with crystal-clear study notes and essential practice questions, making them perfect exam prep! 


If you're looking for unbeatable Science notes and practice, don't miss our fantastic Study Book with matching Practice Book. 


Our brilliant English Study Book covers every skill that students will need for success in the latest 13+ exams.

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