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.
Structure of the test
Section 1: Reasoning test (maths, verbal and nonverbal reasoning questions)
Section 2: English test
Section 3: Handwritten essay
How can you prepare for the online tests?
The online tests are age standardised and adaptive so no two students will sit the same test. The UKiset website tells us that preparation should include ‘improving vocabulary, grammar, receptive (reading and listening) and expressive (speaking and writing) tasks’.
We suggest that you read widely and develop your vocabulary as much as possible. You might consider noting down any words which you are unsure of, while you read, and cross referencing them with an adult or dictionary. For reading inspiration for years 4 to 8, click here.
The website also recommends practising verbal, nonverbal and quantitative reasoning questions. You can do so the wide variety of web-based tests which are available online and are outlined below.
11+, 13+ and 16+
How can you prepare for the handwritten essay?
Candidates are given 30 minutes to write an essay about a title provided on the day. The topic will be age appropriate and luckily is likely to be the sort of essay where there is no wrong answer.
We suspect the markers will be looking out for the following:
- Your essay must have paragraphs and include an introduction, argument and finally conclusion.
- Marks are likely to be awarded for a clear and logical argument which is consistently relevant to the task and communicated with a wide range of vocabulary and expression.
- Accurate spelling and grammar
Crucially, remember to underline the key words in the question and ensure you have understood what it is asking, plan for at least five minutes and leave a few minutes at the end to check your work.
If you have any great worries about your level of English, please contact the Keystone office and we can look for an experienced English tutor to target any areas of weakness prior to the test.
Keystone is a registered UKiset test centre in Singapore. Please get in touch if you would like to book the test with us.
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