Applying to Middle Years – Years 7 - 9

(Ages 11 - 14)

Further information about the Middle Years curriculum can be found here.
For information about Year 7 full boarding scholarships please see here

1. Submission of Application Documents

For all children applying to JIS we need to receive the following completed forms. These can be emailed or couriered to the School. Our preferred option is by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Application for Admission Form. This must be signed on the final page by both parents and/or a guardian. The final page also lists the Terms and Conditions of enrolment at JIS. It is important that you read this page carefully before you sign the form.
  • School Health Form. This must be completed and signed by a medical doctor or nurse and stamped accordingly.
  • Language Form (Years 7 and 8) If applicable, previous school report (and translation if not in English).
  • If applicable, a copy of the latest Special Needs / Educational Psychologist report. (Limited support is available for children with Special Needs so each child is evaluated on a case by case basis.)
  • 3 recent passport size photos or a jpeg.
  • Copy of Birth Certificate and translation if not in English.
  • Copy of child’s passport Copy of father and mother’s passports.
  • Copy of child (12 years and above), father and mother’s Bruneian Identity Card (* For non Bruneian applicants, the school will require a copy once identity cards been issued after arrival in Brunei).
  • B$200 application fee (non refundable). Overseas applicants can either pay upon arrival in Brunei or by online banking transfer. A receipt will be issued for this fee.

2. Assessments for Years 7, 8 and 9

A. Your child will need to sit a 2 hour (with breaks) online Cognitive Ability Tests (CAT4). This online test is not a curriculum test. It is actually a series of short tests designed to assess four different areas –

  • Verbal Reasoning Test – thinking with words
  • Quantitative (or Numerical) Reasoning Test – thinking with numbers
  • Non Verbal Reasoning Test – thinking with shapes
  • Spatial Ability Test – thinking with shape and space

The reason for these tests is that we receive applications from children who have been educated in many different countries / curriculum across the world. This gives us a consistent way of comparing students from many different backgrounds.

B. In addition, your child will need to sit an online Progress Test in Maths (PTM). It takes about 40-60 minutes but there is no time limit.

It may be possible to arrange for these online tests to be taken at your child’s present school if overseas.

C. Bruneian students are also required to take a written Bahasa Melayu test. This test is used as a placement test if your child is offered a place in JIS. It is not part of the entry assessment into JIS.

D. Following the CAT, it is occasionally necessary for a child to have a further assessment with the Head of English as a second Language (EAL) or the Head of Learning Support. This assessment would take place at JIS and usually will be during a school term time. This will usually be on a different day to the CAT.

E. The Head of Middle Years assesses every application for Years 7 - 8 and will carefully go through all of the information available (forms and documents, CAT, any additional assessment) and have an informal interview with your child. The Head of Middle Years is the person who will decide if an offer of a place at JIS is to be made.

3. After Assessment

You will be formally advised by the Senior Registrar / Registrar either at the end of the interview process, or within a few days, if an offer of a place at JIS is to be made and the start date. Successful applicants receive a formal letter of offer and an endorsed Student Pass application (for non Bruneian students). There is an acceptance form attached to the letter that needs to be signed and returned to the Admissions Office to formally complete the Admissions process.

4. Purchase of Uniform, Stationery and Textbooks

Once a confirmed offer is made, you can proceed with purchasing the school uniform, stationery set for Years 7, 8 or 9 and also the required textbooks.