The 11+ Entrance Assessment
What assessment will applicants sit this year?
In the current climate, it would be unwise to expect all candidates to be able to come on to our site on one specific date in January. Therefore, for this year, we have decided instead that candidates should sit the ISEB pre-test. This is a widely used online assessment comprising four sections: English, mathematics, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.
This decision has been made after extensive consultation across the sector and in agreement with other leading London schools.
When will the assessment be taken?
One of the benefits of this system is that, where possible, candidates can sit the exam at their own school and they only need to sit the exam once. Therefore, if your daughter is applying to another school which is also using the ISEB pre-test, she will not need to sit several different exams with all of the complexities and risks that would be posed this year.
Where candidates are sitting the test in their own school, we have asked schools to enable pupils to sit the test no later than Monday 7th December, with individual schools having the freedom to choose a date and time which best suits them.
Those candidates unable to sit the test in their own school will be invited to Putney High School on Saturday 28th November, with the potential for another session depending on demand. Alternatively, you may find it easier for your daughter to sit the test at another school to which she is applying and which is assessing via the ISEB. No candidates will be disadvantaged by this choice.
To enable us to fully consider every application, we ask that all candidates have sat the assessment no later than Monday 7th December, irrespective of where they sit it.
How will you ensure fairness if candidates are sitting the exam on different dates and at different venues?
The ISEB pre-test has been created precisely for this and indeed, it is one of the reasons that we have chosen this approach. The tests are adaptive and therefore, no two tests are the same. There is also an age weighting, so there is no advantage to taking the test earlier or later than another candidate.
By choosing a test which is being used by other leading schools and which can be delivered in some of our candidates’ schools, we hope to make it easier for parents and also, to make it safer for everyone as it means far fewer candidates will need to come to Putney High School.
Further information for parents regarding the ISEB pre-test can be found here: https://www.iseb.co.uk/Parents/What-are-the-Common-Pre-Tests
What happens after the test?
As we always do, we will look at each candidate holistically as it is important that we offer places to students who we feel would flourish at Putney High. Equality of opportunity is paramount.
Again, as always, we will be looking closely at reports and references from junior schools, as well as any other information made available to us. Using this, together with the ISEB pre-test results, we will select applicants to join us for an interview, which will take place in January.
We very much hope to be able to hold the interviews in school but if this is not possible, we will organise them virtually.
Offers will be made in February in line with our usual cycle, with an acceptance date of early March.
Above all, please can I stress that we know that pupils have undergone a range of experiences in the past six months and we will take this into account at every step.
What happens if my daughter is ill on the test date?
We have chosen the ISEB as it allows candidates to take the test on a range of dates in a range of venues but still guarantees a fair assessment process. We hope it will relieve parental anxiety as your daughter does not need to be fit and well on one specific date in January. If you have any concerns at all about your daughter’s application, please do get in touch.
How will it work – what do I need to do?
Once you have submitted an application, the admissions team at Putney High will ensure each of our applicants is registered for the ISEB pre-test and will organise whether your daughter will be sitting the test in her current school or at Putney High. We will keep you fully informed throughout.
If you have any queries about any of the above arrangements, please contact email@example.com.