UKiset Benefits: Where does your child fit in relation to their UK peers?

Are you concerned about where your child fits academically compared to their UK peers? We share how UKiset can help you find out where they fit on an international level.

UKiset benefits for international students

As a parent of a child at school in the Middle East, it can be a challenge to know where your child fits when comparing their academic potential to their peer group in the UK.

For many parents it is a real source of anxiety – How well is my child doing?  Is the education here stretching them to achieve their full potential?  What happens if I want to move my children to a school in the UK?  How will they fit in academically? How do I know which school will be the right academic profile for my child?

Gabbitas can support you and your family every step of the way and provide advice and guidance as to where your child fits in relation to their UK peers. This includes UKiset, a unique way to make a direct comparison between your child’s abilities and students in the UK.

UKiset Benefits

UKiset was first designed as a single assessment for applicants to apply to range of British independent schools from Eton to Eastbourne, and Charterhouse to The Royal Hospital School, the schools accept the UKiset results as part of their assessment process.

However, there is another clear benefit for families living abroad. The test is fair for applicants across the globe and therefore allows a direct comparison between how your child is achieving compared to their peers back in the UK.

Results are not based on your child’s previous schooling experience, cultural background or first language but purely on academic potential.

By looking at your child’s underlying skills in processing language, mathematics and non-verbal information, UKiset uses this information to identify their strengths, weaknesses and learning preferences and benchmarks this against students in the UK.

Even if they are studying a completely different curriculum!

What does the test look like?

Your child is eligible to sit UKiset between 9.5 and 18 years old.

The test takes approximately 2 hours in total and features three parts:

  • Part 1 – The reasoning test: online based and includes 3 short sections – verbal & non verbal reasoning sections are both multiple choice and also a maths section.
  • Part 2 – The English test: online based English listening & reading – a combination of sections that will assess grammar, vocabulary & reading comprehension.
  • Part 3 – An English handwritten essay

There is no pass or fail mark with UKiset and it does not measure learned knowledge. Therefore, it is not something you can really prepare your child for or learn how to take.

But you can encourage your child to practice verbal or non-verbal reasoning tests to get used to the type of thinking you’ll need to demonstrate.

Why should your child sit UKiset?

  • Easiest way to see how they are achieving compared to peers in the UK
  • Can be used as an independent test of potential
  • Compares international students against British students of the same age
  • Accepted at over 200 British independent schools
  • You can send your school profile to as many schools as you like, with five choices included in the registration fee

Where to go for further information:

Gabbitas Middle East is a registered UKiset assessment centre. For more information about UKiset, get in touch today.

Read our School Profiles of schools that currently accept UKiset:

Eton College

Charterhouse School

The Royal Hospital School

Eastbourne College