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South Hampstead High School


School Name: St. Helen’s School
Description: Independent Day School for Girls
Acceptance Ages: 11+


Due to Covid, SHHS changed their admissions process for Year 7 Entry in which the Cognitive Abilities Test will be replaced by an online test called the ISEB Common Pretest.
This is to be taken by the applicants at their current school, but if and when applicants cannot take the test at their current school will be tested at SHHS. Dates are yet to be confirmed.

South Hampstead High School | The Assessment: ISEB Common Pre-test

Application in Year 7, must complete an online assessment called the ISEB Common Pretest, which evaluates the skills in Mathematics, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Here’s a brief introduction to the subjects covered in this online exam:


ISEB Pretest in English evaluates comprehension, sentence completion, spelling and punctuation.


ISEB Pretest in Mathematics evaluates mathematical ability across the curriculum, including arithmetic and problem solving.

Verbal Reasoning

ISEB Pretest in Verbal Reasoning evaluates thinking and problem solving with words.

Non-Verbal Reasoning

ISEB Pretest in Non-Verbal Reasoning evaluates thinking with shapes, space, diagrams and pictures.
The examination will last approximately 2 and a half hours. Duration of each section are as follows:
– English – 25 minutes
– Maths – 50 minutes
– Verbal reasoning – 36 minutes
– Non-Verbal reasoning – 32 minutes

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