Whilst Ampleforth is broadly non-selective, children wishing to join Year 7 and 8 are required to sit our assessment test. We have altered our plans during Covid-19 so that all pupils can sit our tests remotely. The online test will be the ISEB Common Pre-test. Children can sit this test at their own school, at Ampleforth, or at an agreed testing centre, and the Registrar is happy to give more advice on this. The test takes two and a half hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting. Alternatively, the different sections – English, verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and maths (covering National Curriculum content taught up until the end of Year 5) – can be completed at different times. No special preparation is required and sample papers are not available, but there is a familiarisation test on the ISEB website. The test is also suitable for SEND candidates and students for whom English is not a first language.
The test can be sat from November 2020 onwards.
Overseas candidates can sit UKiset in their own countries, after discussion with the Registrar.
To learn more about the provisions for our Year 7 and 8 students, please click here.
Where possible, and in line with current Covid-19 regulations, we are happy to invite children for a taster day. The admissions office can give further details about what is possible. Please contact us.
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