International British School’s admissions testing system does not favour students from any one national education system. Nevertheless, as English is used in nearly all situations at IBS, it is essential that students joining IBS can communicate in English.
With over 30 different nationalities of students, it is important that IBS employs an admissions testing system that does not favour students from any one national education system.
As outlined in the admission process, to gain admission to IBS:
- The test for KG requires a parent interview, which lasts around 30 minutes. Each child is tested on both motor-skills and basic knowledge of English. If a KG class is available, he/ she will join the lesson and be encouraged to play and interact with other children.
- The test for Reception requires a parent interview, which lasts around 30 minutes. Finer motor-skills will be assessed as well as basic Mathematics and English. If a Reception class is available, the candidate will join the lesson and be encouraged to play and interact with other children.
- For Y1, the Head of Primary will ask a few questions to the prospective pupil to assess his/ her speaking and listening skills. A reading test based on a standardized reading test will be conducted. The whole assessment lasts about 45 minutes.
- From Y2-Y6, the Head of Primary will have a short conversation with the candidate to assess his/ her speaking and listening skills. A standardised reading test will assess the child’s reading age. Finally, there is a writing task consisting in a short composition.
- Mathematics consists of questions assessing concepts ranging from the four basic operations to problem solving. The whole entrance tests lasts around one hour.
For Year 7-Year 9
- The entrance test consists of Mathematics and English. This is based on the baseline test taken by all students in those year groups.
For Year 10-Year 12
- Prospective students will take an entrance test in Mathematics and English and IGCSE option subjects will be discussed with the Head of Secondary.
For Year 12 students
- A minimum of a B in IGCSE is expected or students will have to take a past paper to assess their level. It should be noted that it is not possible for students to join Year 11 unless they have completed year one of the appropriate two-year GCSE/IGCSE courses.
- Parents should therefore set aside at least two hours between delivering their children and picking them up.