What is the UKiset?

The UKiset is an independent online school entrance test for overseas applicants designed by Gabbitas Educational Consultants in partnership with UK independent schools and established testing specialists GL Assessment and Cambridge English. UKiset is the benchmark test for providing schools with the essential information that is required in order to consider overseas applicants fairly and efficiently.

It is a means to test a student’s developed ability and aptitude for learning and is a standardised assessment that helps identify the candidate's strengths, weaknesses and learning preferences.

UKiset is designed to measure five principal areas:

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning (a form of problem solving based around diagrams rather than words)
  • Spatial Ability (tests the ability to mentally rotate and manipulate shapes in two and three dimensions)
  • Verbal Reasoning (problem solving with words)
  • Quantitative (is the application of mathematical concepts and skills to solve real-world problems)
  • English (grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, listening and creative writing)

UKiset takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete but may be longer for year 12 entries due to the level of their test. Once a test is completed, Instant reports are generated and are available the next working day. The report is emailed to the provided contact.

The test can be taken in the student’s own country at an authorised testing centre, in the UK at a test centre in London or at selected schools. The aim of the test is to provide schools with valuable information on a student’s potential within their school.

Click here to see an example UKiset Student Profile

Who can sit the UKiset?

UKiset is designed for students aged between 9 and a half years and 17 years +, where English is their second language.

The test compares a student’s intelligence and capabilities to that of their British counterparts. It also tests their English language skills and provides schools with their current CEFR level.

A student can take UKiset if:

  • They want to enter a British independent day school
  • They want to enter a British boarding school
  • They want to enter a language school or International study centre in the UK
  • For their own knowledge, they want to know how they compare to their British counterparts
  • They want to set an objective to see how they progress over the year before entering an educational institution that communicates in English
  • Their English teacher would like to set targets to be achieved every six months to ensure the student achieves their very best

Why sit the UKiset?

The UKiset is a requirement for many independent schools in the UK. UKiset was developed with schools to create a way of providing them with more information than a child’s current learned knowledge. Through the UKiset, a school can learn a child’s academic potential and English skills. To compliment this information the schools have also requested a detailed profile on each child. With all this information they can make faster decisions on whether or child will be a good fit and a suitable candidate for their school.

Without taking the UKiset, students may apply for schools that are not suitable for them and may have to pay out registration fees for schools they cannot get into. Until now each child has had to register with a school, pay a registration fee, take the school’s tests and then wait to hear the news on whether or not they have been offered a place. This can take a long time and if the school declines an application, the child has to repeat the whole process again with their next choice of school. By this time, the applicant may have missed out on places at their second and third choice schools. With UKiset, the results can be sent to a number of schools, quickly and efficiently. Schools can make faster decisions and families can send the same application to multiple schools.

Taking the UKiset also means that when your child starts a new school, their teachers are informed of their academic ability, including their strengths and weaknesses as documented in their student profile which means students are able to receive the correct support from day one.

Who uses the UKiset?

Independent schools across the UK will accept the UKiset Profile Package as part of their admissions procedure. Schools may use UKiset in different ways. Some establishments use UKiset to quickly assess if an applicant is suitable for their school (and may request some further testing); others will use UKiset as their standardised entrance test.

Sitting the UKiset - A timeline from registration to results

UKiset is one test, accepted by many schools as part of their admissions procedure; it requires one fee of £200 GBP and offers multiple benefits:

  • one sitting of UKiset
  • a parent report in English (also available in Chinese Mandarin)
  • a school report distributed to up to three schools
  • a detailed student profile for schools

The UKiset School Report can be sent to more than three schools at a fee of £50.00 GBP per school.

  1. Register your child online to take UKiset using the Student Profile Form.

  2. On the Student Profile Form, you have the choice to list up to three schools to which you would like your child’s UKiset Profile Package to be sent to.

  3. After your child has taken the test, their UKiset Parent report will be sent to the parent or Educational Agent listed on the form.

  4. The schools make their decision. Those that receive your child’s UKiset Profile Package will respond accordingly with either an invitation to take their application further or to reject it.

  5. If a school wishes to take your child’s application to the next stage you will now pay their registration fee and provide them with your child’s current school report. The school will organise a Skype interview and invite you to visit the school (if you have not done so already).

    If their application is rejected you will not pay the school’s registration fee and you may use your UKiset Profile Package to apply to your next choice of school.

  6. Accept an offer at a school for your childIf none of your chosen schools are able to offer your child a place seek guidance from an Educational Agent.