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Bond, a number one provider of 11+ practice materials, launches new innovative AI-driven test prep resource powered by CENTURY Tech.

21 March 2023 – Oxford University Press’ (OUP) flagship 11+ preparation brand, Bond, has launched a new AI-powered adaptive learning product in collaboration with the award winning edtech AI platform CENTURY.

Bond Online Premium and Bond Online Premium Plus provide personalised learning pathways tailored to each child’s unique needs. They are powered by CENTURY, which combines the latest research in learning science, artificial intelligence and neuroscience to constantly track each child’s learning behaviours and question responses. The AI engine analyses this data in real time and recommends specific areas or topics where further practice is needed to prepare for the 11+ and ISEB Common Pre-Test.

Bond Online Premium has over 8,000 practice questions written and verified by tutors, each individually proofed by Oxford University Press’ leading Home Education team. The questions are suitable for GL Assessment and Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) exams, as well as school-written tests, and other exam boards.

Bond Online Premium Plus will launch with over 10,000 verified practice questions, including a growing bank of 2,000 ISEB Common Pre-Tests specific practice questions. Bond Online Premium Plus is the only test preparation resource endorsed by the Independent Schools Examinations Board (ISEB), as it most accurately focuses on topics and content assessed in the tests.

Helen Freeman, Director of Early Childhood and Home Education at Oxford University Press, said “Each year at least 100,000 pupils across England sit their 11+, and for over half a century Bond has been at the side of these children, supporting them study and pass their exams. This exciting new expansion of our heritage Bond portfolio ensures we continue to set students up for their best possible success. We couldn’t be more delighted to work with CENTURY Tech to harness their state-of-the-art adaptive technology along with Oxford University Press and Bond’s unique educational expertise, to deliver cutting-edge learning experiences tailored to students’ individual needs.”

Priya Lakhani OBE, Founder and CEO of CENTURY Tech, said “We are proud to launch these products to equip pupils with the best tools to prepare for the 11+ and independent school common pre-test exams. Bond’s trusted resources are best in market for 11+ preparation and Bond Premium Plus is the only test prep resource endorsed by ISEB. By supercharging Bond’s materials with CENTURY’s AI technology each individual pupil will have a personalised learning and test preparation pathway, giving them the best chance of success in the test. CENTURY’s AI will constantly analyse each pupil’s preparation data, it will automatically identify gaps in knowledge and will instantly recommend which areas they need to revisit to improve their performance in the test.”

Julia Martin, CEO of ISEB, said “Bond Online Premium Plus, powered by CENTURY, is the only platform to use authentic questions to support preparation for the ISEB Common Pre-Tests; bespoke adaptive digital tests for independent school entry. Our Pre-Tests are aimed at reducing the number of assessments children have to take, and we know how important it is for pupils and parents to take control of their preparation and development during school transition. Harnessing the AI power of our trusted digital partner CENTURY Tech, alongside the academic heritage of Oxford University Press and Bond, is a natural step in the evolution of ISEB to ensure there are personalised, innovative, but also responsible ways to support preparation for digital assessment. We couldn’t be happier to endorse this product!”

Bond, OUP’s flagship 11+ preparation brand, has helped millions of children for over 50 years prepare for the 11+, Common Entrance, and other selective exams. Bond, which was acquired by OUP in 2013, offers a range of books and online resources to help children practice.

About Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the world's largest university press with the widest global presence. It currently publishes thousands of new publications a year, has offices in around fifty countries, and employs approximately 6,000 people worldwide. It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing program that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children's books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and academic journals.

About Bond

First published in 1964, the Bond Assessment Papers, written by J M Bond, have now sold over two million copies making Bond the number one provider of 11+ practice materials. Bond has helped millions of children learn and practise at home, in school, and with tutors on their path to exam success. Bond was acquired by Oxford University Press in 2013.

About CENTURY Tech

CENTURY Tech is an award-winning AI education technology company. Our team of teachers, neuroscientists, and technologists develop world-leading artificial intelligence tools for schools and colleges as well as learning and development environments. Founded by entrepreneur Priya Lakhani OBE in 2013, CENTURY’s mission is to help teachers across the world to remove learning roadblocks so that every student can succeed. CENTURY’s scalable technology creates a constantly adapting personalised learning path for every student across any curriculum. It provides teachers with real-time rich data insights to make effective targeted interventions. Our powerful platform is used by leading schools across 55 countries.

About ISEB

The Independent Schools Examinations Board (ISEB) provides the most well-known and respected examinations and assessments for pupils transitioning from prep and junior schools to senior schools in the UK, designing and setting the Common Entrance assessments, which have been used since 1903. Written by teams of highly qualified and experienced teachers from the UK’s leading schools, ISEB’s assessments are designed to help  pupils demonstrate their potential across a wide range of subjects at 11+ and 13+. Having expanded their assessment portfolio in recent years, ISEB now offers the innovative online and adaptive Common Pre-Tests for senior school entry, and the iPQ, an exciting project-based qualification designed to support pupil-led, skills-based learning journeys for pupils in Years 5 to 8, and a perfect complement to ISEB’s other assessments.