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Berkhamsted Senior School

In their own words

Our family of schools truly offer the best of both worlds: a distinguished and proud heritage combined with the latest and most innovative teaching.During the last decade or so, we’ve accelerated our progress. Initially, by introducing a ‘Building Learning Power’ methodology to ensure pupils become confident, curious and independent learners – equipped with relevant habits and skills. Next, we implemented our three key values (as below) and embedded them at the heart of everything we do – to broaden and uplift our pupils’ school lives. That’s why we have a dedicated Deputy Head of Teaching & Innovation and a Deputy Head of Leadership, for example.

Developing Remarkable People isn’t just relevant to our pupils. Learning by example, our staff consistently build upon their own knowledge, too – by studying for additional qualifications, including degrees. Demonstrating to our pupils that an open mindset is where learning never stops. Meanwhile, our Parent Partnership recognises that our children’s wellbeing and happiness relies on a strong partnership with parents and school. That’s why we all work so closely together to ensure each pupil’s success.

It all means we’re constantly looking forward, evolving and enhancing our approach to each child’s education.

The admissions process uses the online ISEB Common Pre Test (sometimes referred to as the Common Entrance Exam). This exam has a specific format and structure, includes a range of predictable questions types and is taken in an online/computer environment. Students should pay particular attention to the Non-Verbal and Verbal-Reasoning modules, as these sections may include question types they have never encountered before.

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What questions can I expect?

The ISEB Common Pre Test is a combination of 4 individual exams, all of which are set in a multiple choice, online environment. The exams vary every year, but you can expect to find all or most of the below in this year's test.


  • Calculations

  • Money

  • Place value

  • Statistics and data

  • Fractions, decimals, and percentages

  • Triangles and angles

  • Area and perimeter

  • Units and measurement


  • Reading and comprehension

  • Vocabulary and spelling

  • Literary devices

Verbal Reasoning

  • Code breaking

  • Word meanings

  • Missing letters

  • Pairing synonyms

  • Pairing antonyms

  • Word combinations

Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Visual codes

  • Missing shapes and shape sequences

  • Matching shapes

  • Net-to-cube

  • Cube-to-net

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