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Eton College

Eton College was founded by King Henry V1 in 1440, and is regarded as one of the most prestigious schools in the world. It is a traditional boys public school offering full boarding, and is the sister school to King’s College Cambridge.


Eton College has a very competitive application process. The first step is to register your son. This must be completed by the end of June in Year 5 at the latest. You can find the registration form online:

Registration Form

As part of the registration, you will need to upload a copy of your son’s unabridged birth certificate and pay the non-refundable registration fee (currently £400 but subject to change).

ISEB Common Pre-Test

All boys will sit the ISEB Common Pre-Tests during October or November, either at their current school or at an agreed centre. This test covers English, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Atom Nucleus gives you access to unlimited ISEB-syle practice tests. You can find the full details of the ISEB on the ISEB website, along with tips on getting most out of your Atom Nucleus subscription.

Eton College will also request a report from your son’s current Headteacher, including comments on their academic strengths and weaknesses.

The Eton List Test

Boys who are successful at the ISEB Common Pre-test will be invited to Eton for further assessment. This will involve an interview with current teachers, and a further online test. This test will cover Verbal, Non-Verbal and Mathematical Reasoning.

We would recommend preparing for this test by ensuring that your son has a comprehensive understanding of the KS2 national curriculum. The campaign area of Atom Nucleus will help to ensure you have spent the optimal amount of time in each subject and close any gaps in knowledge. For the Verbal and Non Verbal reasoning component, it is crucial to become familiar with the styles of reasoning that these questions require. Atom Nucleus allows you to do unlimited practice questions, and is packed with high quality videos and helpsheets to help develop your understanding. This is a powerful tool, proven to significantly improve performance in VR and NVR. Atom Nucleus also allows you to take unlimited practice tests - these will help you to identify your son’s strengths and weaknesses so he can use his time as effectively as possible in revision.

To learn how to get the most from Atom Nucleus, you can book a free place on a Nucleus Webinar here:


Boys who are successful at the assessment stage will be made an offer conditional on their results in the Common Entrance Test.

Scholarships and Bursaries

There are several scholarships and bursaries available - you can find more details here:


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