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St. Helen’s School


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


Due to Covid, St. Helen’s School 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.
Applicants will be tested at St. Helen’s School on the following dates:

  • December 8th
  • December 10th
  • December 16th
  • December 18th
  • January 5th
  • January 8th

The school considers the quality of current-school references and the applicant’s performance during an interview.

St. Helen’s School, London | 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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