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20 October, 2017

Many UK independent schools now ask prospective students from overseas to sit the UKiset test as part of their entry process. Most schools use it to assess a student’s level of English, before asking you to sit their own entry papers, but some schools offer places based solely on the UKiset results and school reports. We have outlined the structure of the test below as well as some tips on preparation.

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19 October, 2017

Almost every UK independent school sets 16+ exams for students hoping to gain entry into their sixth-form (year 12). Additionally, schools request previous school reports and predicted GCSE grades. Students are usually offered a conditional place, subject to the school’s minimum GCSE requirements. Most schools do not have a very big sixth-form intake and places are limited, with a high application to place rate.

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25 August, 2016

It’s that time of year again and here is some advice to help you to navigate GCSE results: Keep Calm! For some unknown reason (!) results days tend to imbue a certain sense of anxiety or even panic.

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14 April, 2014

Some of the most common mistakes that Keystone’s tutors see relate to exam technique. So many marks are lost by students who have not read the question properly and answer the question they thought they read, or wanted to read. Here are a few tips relating to GCSE exam technique: You may not know this, but if you cross out a correct answer (and don’t replace it with a wrong answer) the examiner can give you credit for it even though it’s crossed out.

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28 March, 2014

With the Easter holidays on the horizon, many Keystone students are gearing up for those final few months of GCSE revision.  Here are Keystone’s NINE top tips to help you with the process: Take responsibility. Teachers, tutors and parents are all on hand if you need support, but remember: no one can revise for you; it’s down to you. Be ambitious. Most adults work over eight hours per day.

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7 March, 2014

At Keystone, we are often asked the difference between GCSE and iGCSE. GCSE and iGCSE are certainly very similar. Both qualifications are at the same level: they are designed to test the completion of the UK National Curriculum's "Key Stage 4". They are usually sat at the end of UK Year 11, in the year a student becomes 16. They have no age restriction, though - and have been sat by many students younger and older.

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