The way the ISEB Pre-Test is scored, and the way the results are used by different schools, can be confusing for parents. The key questions parents have about these tests are answered below.
How is the ISEB Pre-Test Scored?
- On completion of the ISEB Pre-Test all candidates receive an age-adjusted Standardised Age Score (SAS) which is based on the number of questions answered correctly.
- The SAS allows for comparison amongst candidates.
- Schools will also be able to see the time taken for each element of the test.
- The average SAS for independent school candidates is 100.
- Parents are unable to request their child’s scores in the ISEB Pre-Test. These are only made available to senior schools. It is also worth noting that Prep Schools are also unable to request their students’ scores.
Is there a pass mark for the ISEB Pre-Test?
- Each school can interpret the data generated from the ISEB Pre-Test as they see fit.
- It is therefore likely that schools will be looking for different average SAS scores across all sections.
What is a good ISEB Pre-Test Score?
A ‘good’ score does depend on what school you are applying to.
As with other computerised tests (e.g. CAT 4 or the UKiset), you can expect the more academically selective schools to expect a higher average SAS.
To find out more about the ISEB Pre-test read our article How to prepare for the ISEB Pre-tests.
Here is a top tip from Keystone Tutor Olly on preparing for the ISEB Pre-Test:
"There are 2 key ways to practice for ISEB Common Pre-Tests: firstly, make sure you are aware of the different Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning questions and have practiced them in advance.
Secondly, when revising your maths, make sure to practice your topics with a variety of word questions, not just simple number based questions as these are often easy questions to make mistakes on, when under exam pressure."
ISEB Pre-Test tuition
Each year Keystone supports many students preparing for the ISEB Pre-Tests. Our ISEB pre-test tutors will focus on strengthening core English and Maths whilst working on computerised exam technique. For more details, please contact one of our client managers in London, Hong Kong or Singapore or complete our request a tutor form.