Brighton College 13 Plus (13+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details




Brighton College is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school in Brighton. Founded in 1845 by William Aldwin Soames, it was recently named England’s Independent School of the Year by The Sunday Times.


In Year 9, pupils study: religion & philosophy, Latin, geography, computer studies, maths, biology, music, English, design & technology, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, drama, chemistry, physics and history.


Over 100 activities, clubs and societies are on offer at Brighton College, including Beach Volleyball, Board Games, Coding, Chapel Choir, Fencing, African Film Society, Dissection Club and Animal Rights Society.


By instilling a love of learning, grounded in knowledge and skills which help pupils understand and question the world they live in, the school prepares its students for the world of the future. In line with the motto Let right prevail, students aim for a  greater purpose, striving to make a difference, both locally and globally.


Brighton College 13 Plus (13+) Exam Information


Address: Brighton College Brighton East Sussex BN2 0AL

County: East Sussex

Admissions info: or 01273 704 200

School Type: Independent co-educational day and boarding school

Number of Students: 1088

Open day: April (upcoming)

11+ Exam Date: By December of Year 6

11+ Exam Type / Board: ISEB Pretest and School’s Own


Open Events for Brighton College 13 plus (13+) Entry


Open Mornings offer an ideal opportunity to see what the College is all about via a pupil-led tour of the campus. The next Open Morning is set in April and spots can be booked via an online form available on the school’s website.


Brighton College 13 Plus (13+) Admissions


The deadline for registration is in October of Year 6. Offers of places for 13+ entry to Brighton College are made following a pre-test assessment, and are subject to successful performance in the Common Entrance (CE) or academic scholarship examination in Year 8. A current-school reference will also be requested. 


Your child will be asked to sit ISEB Pretest assessments at their own prep school between October and December of Year 6. They will then be expected to attend an Orientation Day in February, which involves assessments and interviews, as well as plenty of exciting lessons and activities.


Brighton College 13 Plus (13+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Upon confirmation of a place at the College, your child may be invited to attend Scholarship assessments, usually set between January and March of Year 8. Scholarships at 13+ include Academic, Art, Chess, Choral, Dance, Drama, DT, Music and Sports.


The school also offers the Millennium Scholarship, an all-rounder scholarship which combines three of the following areas: academic, art, dance, drama, music, sports or service. For more information, please view the scholarship booklet available on the school’s website.


Bursaries are means-tested and applying for them will require full details of income and assets to be presented. They are reviewed each year and may vary in accordance with your financial situation. They are awarded for day places only. The Bursary Application Form and the school’s Bursary Policy can be accessed via the school’s website.


Brighton College 13 Plus (13+) Exam Format


The Brighton College 13 Plus pretest assessment consists of:


  • ISEB Pretest


The test examines your child’s ability in skills such as numeracy, problem solving and vocabulary, with emphasis on how they think and how they respond to the curriculum. The test includes modules testing maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.


During Orientation day, your child be assessed in the following areas:


  • Mathematics
  • English – Creative Writing


The English paper examines writing skills, including spelling, vocabulary and punctuation. 


The maths assessment will test your child’s problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills. The paper may include questions on number, measurement, geometry, algebra and statistics.


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Brighton College 13+ entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the Brighton College 13 Plus (13+) Exam


Consisting of thoroughly researched and up to date questions, our practice tests successfully reflect the actual 13+ Pretest exam at Brighton College. They offer a methodical approach towards exam preparation which can help you identify the strong and weak areas in your child’s knowledge base. 


Aside from identifying potential weaknesses, our practice papers will help you recognise your child’s strengths, and thus you will be able to adjust their study schedule accordingly. The preparation process should become a little less demanding with a carefully thought-out revision plan that focuses on studying ‘little and often’.


Whilst age-appropriate, our practice tests are challenging, and are successfully used by tens of thousands of students every year. Practical and convenient, they are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase.


Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the Brighton College 13 plus entrance examination can be found below.


Brighton College 13 Plus (13+) Exam Practice Papers


Recommendations for each section of the Brighton College 13 Plus exam can be found below:


ISEB Pretest


Brighton College uses the online ISEB Pretest for their 13+ exam assessment. We therefore recommend the following online practice tests, which are specifically designed to help students familiarise themselves with the online test format in all four key subjects:


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 1


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 2


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 3


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 4


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 5


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 6


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 7


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 8


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 9


ISEB Pretest Practice Test 10


The following video courses cover everything your child needs to know to do well in the ISEB Pretest:


ISEB Pretest English Course


ISEB Pretest Maths Course


ISEB Pretest Non-Verbal Reasoning Course


ISEB Pretest Verbal Reasoning Course


Our Skill Practice products consist of focused tests that allow your child to improve targeted skills ahead of the ISEB Pretest:


ISEB Pretest English – Comprehension


ISEB Pretest English – Sentence Completion


ISEB Pretest English – Spelling & Punctuation


ISEB Pretest Mathematics


ISEB Pretest Non-Verbal Reasoning


ISEB Pretest Verbal Reasoning



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GL-Style Material


The ISEB Common Pretest is created by a company called GL Assessment. This company also creates the 11+ exam for many schools. There is a lot of overlap between these tests. As such, GL-style material often provides ideal preparation for the ISEB Common Pretest, taken in Year 6.


Click here to view our recommendations to drill down on very specific topics that are tested in the ISEB Common Pretest.


ISEB Pretest Workbooks


If you’re interested in our range of popular ISEB Pretest Workbooks that are delivered directly to your home, please click here.


Orientation Day (English + maths)


We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the Brighton College College  Orientation Day Writing assessment: 




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Rewrite & Improve


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2


We highly recommend the use of the following packs to help develop your child’s arithmetic and problem-solving skills within the examination context of the Brighton College Orientation Day maths assessment:


Full Practice Tests


11+ Mathematics Pack 1


11+ Mathematics Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4


Skill Specific Practice


11+ Problem Solving Pack 1


11+ Problem Solving Pack 2


11+ Mental Arithmetic 


11+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




11+ Estimation & Place Value


11+ Factors & Multiples


11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages


11+ Measurements


11+ Money


11+ Operations


11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume


11+ Position & Direction


11+ Probability


11+ Properties of Shapes


11+ Ratio & Proportion


11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry


11+ Sequences


11+ Special Numbers


11+ Speed, Distance & Time


11+ Statistics



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Brighton College 13+ past papers. The information provided about Brighton College was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Other entry points for Brighton College:


Click here to learn about Year 3 entry via the 7 Plus (7+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 4 entry via the 8 Plus (8+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 6 entry via the 10 Plus (10+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 7 entry via the 11 Plus (11+) Exam

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