What does BISO mean?

BISO stands for British International School Online, a project designed to make the very best of British style education available online to anyone in the world where there is internet access.

This BISO website is dedicated to helping children achieve more by helping them to practise more and learn more through testing themselves and receiving instant feedback.

Who are we?

We are experienced teachers, former heads, school inspectors, governors and parents.

Who is this website for?

This website is for those children who want to improve and for the parents, schools, teachers and tutors who want to help them to do so.

The website focusses on testing children’s knowledge, skills and understanding and is aimed at those children wishing to improve in tests and examinations, be they SATs or the competitive entrance examinations for academically selective schools, independent or state.

What do we do?

We provide a wide range of tests containing high quality questions which reflect the types and standards of questions encountered in conventional paper based examinations.

The difficulty level of the questions ranges from ‘Easy’ to ‘Extremely Difficult’ or ‘Scholarship’ so that children can be challenged appropriately and gain the self-confidence that they need to improve steadily.

How do we do it?

The tests are authored by us and access to them is either free for basic tests or has to be purchased for premium tests.

The tests are marked immediately and automatically after they are completed. The results are analysed automatically to highlight relative areas of strength and weakness and ‘Progress Reports’ and ‘Progress Tables’ are generated automatically and immediately. Progress Tables can be downloaded and printed.

Children, if they have achieved the necessary mark, can download and print off a ‘Certificate of Achievement’, which they may choose to keep in, for example, their overall Record of Achievements.

How do I start?

As a Guest you can explore the website by selecting the ‘How it works’ Button on the front page and you can then browse most of the website pages. However, to obtain access to either the free tests or premium resources you need to Register. Registration is free and you can register here .

We would encourage everyone to read the Code of Conduct and the Child Safety documents which can be found at the bottom of each page.

To Register, please see the section below How do I register?

Once registered you can Login. To Login please see the section below How do I Login?

How do I Register?

To Register, you can either select the Register Button in the top right hand corner of every page or you can register here

If you are under 13, you need to obtain the permission of a parent, guardian or other responsible adult before registering.

If you are aged 13 or above, then you can register on your own behalf but we would recommend that you tell those responsible for you that you have done so.

We would encourage everyone to read our Code of Conduct and our Child Safety policies.

How do I Login?

Once registered you can Login, either by selecting the Login button on your Dashboard or the Login button in the top right hand corner of every page (only visible if another person is not already logged in on your computer).

How do I choose a Test?

To choose a Test you need first to Login and then to go to the Shop by clicking on the Shop icon on the left hand side of every page.

The filter allows you to choose your ‘Subject’ (e.g. Mathematics), your ‘Age Group’ (e.g. 7+/Y2), the ‘Test Type’ (e.g. Practice) and finally the ‘Question Type’ (e.g. Multiple Choice).

The tests available meeting your selection criteria appear and can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Free Access or ‘Buy Access button located to the right of each test description.

What does Subject mean?

The subject is the name of a subject such as ‘Mathematics’, ‘English’ or ‘Science’ etc.

What does Age group mean?

The Age Group is normally chosen according to the age of the child. For children who are working above or below their age, choosing a higher or lower ‘Age Group’ will provide a selection of more difficult or easier tests.

What does Test Type mean?

There are three Test Types available as follows:

Practice Tests are designed to allow you to practice a particular topic or set of topics in a subject. Each Practice Test can be taken many times and the questions are presented in a different order each time the test is taken. Jumping backwards and forwards between questions is allowed as is checking the answer of each question as it is completed and you can also indicate that you are doubtful about your answer.

Progress Checks are designed to allow you to see how much progress you have made relative to certain criteria (e.g. National Curriculum). Each Progress Check can be taken twice only and the questions are in a fixed order and jumping backwards and forwards between questions is not allowed.

Assessments are designed to measure the level at which you are working. Each Assessment can be taken once only and the questions are in a fixed order and jumping backwards and forwards between questions is not allowed.

BISO holds a considerable amount of statistical data which allows us to make informed comments about how children are performing relative to their peer group.

What does Question Type mean?

Examples of Question Types:

  • ‘Blanks’ or ‘Cloze’ questions are questions where the answer is typed into a space, usually a greyed box. Answers might be, for example, single words, numbers, groups of words and short sentences.
  • ‘Multiple Choice’ questions are questions where one or more of several answers presented have to be selected. Answers might, for example, be words, sentences, paragraphs, numbers, calculations or pictures.
  • ‘Drag Text’ questions are questions where, for example, blocks of text, punctuation, numbers or formulae have to be dragged into the correct spaces.
  • ‘Mark the Words’ are questions where, for example, blocks of text, punctuation, numbers or formulae have to be clicked on to answer the question. The text or numbers may be either stationary on the screen or scrolling.

We are introducing other question types such as audio based testing, used for example in mental mathematics testing or language dictation testing.

Where do I find my Results?

Results can be found by clicking on the ‘My Results’ tab on your Dashboard page.

Where do I find my Progress Table?

Progress Tables can be found by going to your Dashboard and clicking on the Progress tab, selecting ‘Spreadsheet’ under ‘What type of output?’ and then clicking on the ‘Request report’ button. Progress Tables can be downloaded and printed.

Where do I find my Reports?

Progress Reports can be found by going to your Dashboard and clicking on the Progress tab, selecting ‘Report’ under ‘What type of output?’ and then clicking on the ‘Request report’ button. Progress reports can be viewed online but cannot be downloaded.

How long will the Tests be available for me to take?

Classes, courses and tests will be available for 60 days from the date of purchase, unless otherwise stated.

What do I do if I am unhappy with my results?

Although planned for the future, we do not currently offer any additional support such as online tuition but if you feel you need extra help and support please contact us using the link at the bottom of every page on our website and we will try to suggest sources of additional help.

What happens if I forget my password?

You can reset your password at any time by selecting the ‘Forgot your password?’ option available when the Login button in the top right hand corner of every page is selected or by clicking on the ‘Request new password’ option available immediately underneath the ‘Current password’ box when the Edit My Profile page is selected on your Dashboard.

Remember to choose a password which you will remember but which others will find difficult to guess. We have provided some advice on how to choose passwords on the page where you first register.

What happens if I lose my certificate of achievement?

Once you have completed a test or a series of tests and achieved the necessary marks, you can download and print off your personalised Certificate of Achievement. If you lose your certificate, you simply return to the test in My Tests and download the certificate again.

How safe is my user account?

Your user account is safeguarded by your username and your password. The stronger your password the safer your account will be from others.

Our servers are strongly protected from outside interference and we work hard to ensure that your data remains your data and cannot be looked at by unauthorised persons or stolen.

How safe is my payment?

We use PayPal for all payments. PayPal is a global leader in online payments and extremely secure.

How safe am I?

The personal safety of those using our systems is our highest priority.

For this testing website, under normal circumstances you will not be contacted by any person working for BISO unless you have first contacted us.

If you choose to join BISO online forums, BISO chatrooms or other BISO communications services as and when they are available, then these are fully monitored and moderated by our staff, all of whom have DBS clearance.

Additionally, you are very strongly encouraged to contact us about anything that is ‘creepy’ or anything which makes you feel uncomfortable.

You are encouraged to read our Code of Conduct and Child Safety procedures.