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.
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.
We are arranging bespoke Taster Days for individual children now. The Admissions Office can provide further details. Please contact us.
You can also learn more about how Ampleforth College provides a compass for life at one of our Open Days.