Pre-Tests: What you need to know

Many schools have adopted pre-tests to predict a child’s likely achievement in upcoming examinations.

What you need to know

  • Pre-Tests are usually taken when a pupil is in Year 6 or Year 7.
  • The style of test can vary from a paper-based test set by the school itself to an online test provided by an external assessment company or examinations board.
  • Exams can be sat in Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, English and Mathematics.
  • Verbal Reasoning exams test vocabulary, knowledge, ability to spot patterns, and logic skills.
  • Non-verbal reasoning exams test spatial awareness, ability to spot patterns, ability to follow instructions, and logic and problem-solving skills.
  • The tests are designed to test aptitude rather than knowledge, and vary in style from school to school.

What you can do

  • Find out if your chosen school pre-tests their applicants so you’re well prepared.
  • Encourage your child to use the computer; many pre-tests are computerised and your child will need to feel comfortable with this.
  • Help your child practice their Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal skills more generally, with everyday life examples.
  • Encourage your child to try crossword puzzles and mental maths games.
  • Galore Park has a range of books to prepare children for digital Pre-Tests, designed to build confidence, speed and accuracy across English, Mathematics, Science, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning.
  • Introduce your child to Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning skills with the help of Galore Park Study and Revision Guides, Practice Papers, and handy write-in Workbooks, each designed to cover the question types and skills met in these exams.
  • The tests are designed to identify potential, rather than knowledge, therefore lots of practice is the best course of action for this type of test, building the skills and techniques required to pass – including how to work to a time limit.
  • Keep calm! The pre-tests do not have to be stressful; they are a useful way for you to decide which schools your child should apply for, so that they do not have the stressful experience later down the line of applying to a school above their academic standard.