What is the ISEB Pre-test?

The ISEB Pre-test is a set of online, adaptive tests taken in English to support admission into UK independent schools. The test is actually split into four areas which are tested separately: verbal, non-verbal, English and Maths. All questions are multiple-choice. 

Our online platform, Pre-Quest, emulates this model and allows students to familiarise themselves with the questions and environment that will be expected in the Pre-test. 

What is PreQuest?

Pre-Quest is a new platform to help you master the ISEB pre-test. Designed by teachers, you will have access to 100s of verbal, non-verbal, English and Maths questions. Each section starts with ‘how to’ tips and ends with a unit test. You’ll get instant feedback and can retake the test if you want to try again. We have divided each topic into different units and our adaptive questions will help you develop your skills. Read the tips, practice the questions and ace your ISEB, GL and CAT4 pretests!

How to open an account on PreQuest?

This short video tells you all you need to know about how to open an account with PreQuest. Follow the steps and get started with your ISEB pretest practice.


How to answer English Pre-test questions?

The ISEB pre-test assesses students’ English skills using multiple-choice questions on comprehension, grammar, and punctuation. In addition to exercises on vocabulary and editing, students will be given a short story or article to read before answering questions on the passage. 

How to answer Maths Pre-test questions?

The ISEB pre-test assesses students’ Maths proficiency according to the UK year 5 curriculum level. Students will be expected to work with numbers in operations and graphs, recognise and describe geometric shapes and solve basic algebra problems.


How to answer non-verbal questions? (Pretest for ages 9)

How to answer non-verbal questions (shape manipulation)?

This short video gives you an entry lesson on how to tackle non-verbal reasoning questions.

How to do reflection (shape manipulation) questions?

Learn how to tackle reflections by following these simple steps. You can practice more examples on our PreQuest ISEB pretest platform. Perfect for anyone doing the ISEB, GL or CAT4 tests.

How to answer non-verbal reasoning questions? (ISEB, GL and other pretests for ages 11+)

Non-verbal reasoning questions use shapes and diagrams to test your problem-solving skills. Students will carefully analyze differences and similarities involving shape patterns and relationships, such as shading, rotations, and reflections. Take a look at the videos below for some tips on some common non-verbal reasoning questions.

How to answer non-verbal reasoning questions?

Our expert teachers guide you through how to tackle non-verbal reasoning sequences questions for the ISEB and GL pretests.

How to do non-verbal reasoning questions (completing the square)?

Our expert teachers guide you through how to tackle non-verbal reasoning sequences questions using PreQuest. Tips, practice exercises and tests for 11+, ISEB pre-tests, CEM tests and more. Conquer your pretests!


How to answer verbal reasoning questions? (ISEB, GL and other pretests for ages 11+)

Verbal reasoning questions test your problem-solving skills using letters and language. Students will learn to recognize word relationships, spelling patterns, and how to crack codes with practice questions involving antonyms, word combinations, and cipher shifts!