Students have been examined at 11+ in the UK for many years, in both the state and independent education systems, usually as an entrance exam. Recently, even independent schools that start in Year 9 (the academic year in which the student turns 14) have started using 11+ ‘pre-testing’ to determine which students should be allocated places in an increasingly competitive market.
It is not an entrance exam per se, as most students will still have to take the traditional 13+ Common Entrance exams. However, for many schools it is now one of the most important parts of the selection process. Some use the ISEB Common Pre-test; others commission or write their own tests.
Commissioned by the Independent Schools Examinations Board, this is currently the most common pre-test used by independent schools. It has been created by GL Assessment as a fair and age-standardised measure of ability.
This is the standard exam taken for entry into independent senior schools in Year 9 and is taken in addition to the Pre-Test. It is taken once and the results are shared with all schools to which the student has applied.
These exams are taken by students of high academic ability, who wish to gain a scholarship for their chosen school. There is an ISEB Common Academic Scholarship, but most independent schools create their own specific scholarship examinations, which are sat at each individual school.