Top 8 Common Entrance Exam Revision Guides

If your child is approaching that time where they are transferring from a junior or prep school into a private independent senior school, then it is likely they will be sitting the Common Entrance Exam.

The Common Entrance Exam is run and administered by the Independent Schools Examination Board (ISEB). Below is a list of essential revision guides written by specialists within the ISEB to ensure your child has the best preparation possible in the months preceding the exam.

ISEB English Revision Guide - Common Entrance Exam

English ISEB Revision Guide
by Susan Elkin

  • Suitable for Key Stage 3
  • Covers syllabus for ISEB 11+ and 13+ exams
  • Develops comprehension and reading skills
  • Enhances writing skills
  • Rigorous grammar revision
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Maths ISEB Revision Guide - Common Entrance Exam

Mathematics ISEB Revision Guide 3rd Edition
by Stephen Froggatt

  • Updated for revised syllabus
  • Ideal for Key Stage 3
  • Covers syllabus for 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance exam
  • Separate 11+ and 13+ reference sections
  • Clear coding for all levels
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Science ISEB Revision Guide - Common Entrance Exam

Science ISEB Revision Guide 2nd Edition
by Richard Balding

  • Suitable for Key Stage 3
  • Covers syllabus for 11+ and 13+ exams
  • Revision summaries of all the key areas
  • Definitions of useful terms
  • Sample questions to aid exam preparation
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Geography ISEB Revision Guide - Common Entrance Exam

Geography ISEB Revision Guide 4th Edition
by Belinda Fround

  • Suitable for Key Stage 3
  • Covers syllabus for 13+ Common Entrance Exam
  • Practice maps for location knowledge
  • Revision of suggested case studies
  • Practice questions in exam format
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History ISEB Revision Guide - Common Entrance Exam

History ISEB Revision Guide 2nd Edition
by Ed Adams

  • Suitable for Key Stage 3 
  • Covers 1066 – c1900 for the ISEB 13+ History syllabus
  • Revision summaries of key historical events
  • Guidance on exam technique
  • Practice questions for Common Entrance
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Religious Studies ISEB Revision Guide - Common Entrance Exam

Religious Studies ISEB Revision Guide 2nd Edition
by Michael Wilcockson

  • Fully revised and updated
  • New section on contemporary issues
  • Covers syllabus A for 13+ Common Entrance Exam
  • Suitable for Key Stage 3
  • Revision summaries of Old and New Testament texts
  • Comprehensive outlines of six world religions
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Latin ISEB Revision Guide - Common Entrance Exam

Latin ISEB Revision Guide
by Nicholas Oulton

  • Suitable for Key Stage 3
  • Arranged by topic
  • Revision summaries
  • Guidance on exam technique
  • Includes cultural background section
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French ISEB Revision Guide - Common Entrance Exam

French ISEB Revision Guide
by James Savile

  • Suitable for Key Stage 3
  • Covers all aspects of Common Entrance Exam
  • Advice on exam techniques
  • Includes audio practice
  • Complete grammar and vocabulary reference
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