UKiset – what is it and what does the test include?

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What is the UKiset Test and How Do You Prepare for It??

The UK Independent Schools’ Entry Test (UKiset) is a set of assessments that many British independent (private) schools use to test overseas students and compare them to students of the same age in the British independent school system. The test evaluates a child’s underlying learning skills – through tests in verbal, non-verbal and mathematical reasoning; as well as testing their level of English – in reading, listening and writing.

The UKiset Test


Many independent schools in the UK use the UK Independent Schools’ Entry Test (UKiset) test for international candidates. According to UKiset, more than 270 independent schools in the UK use the UKiset test, so it is very popular, as there are only around 700 independent schools in the UK.


Students who are looking to study at a British school can sit the test in their home country or elsewhere in the world before coming to the UK to commence their schooling. The purpose of the test is to assess whether or not an international student will be able to succeed in an English-speaking school. All candidates will set the same Exam, which will test a variety of functional skills, including maths, problem solving/logic and language.

The purpose of this guide is to provide potential candidates with advice in preparing for the Exam, with a particular focus on the third and final component, the English essay. 

What is the UKiset?

What does the UKiset test include?​

Section 1: Reasoning Test

The first part of the UKiset test is designed to find out the way in which the candidate thinks. Through a selection of Verbal, Non-Verbal and Mathematical Reasoning questions, the candidate will be assessed on their ability to solve different problems, understand logical questions and understand concepts. 


Section 2: Cambridge English Placement Test

This section is designed to test candidates’ language skills – both reading and listening – through a series of multiple-choice questions. Candidates will set the test online. 


Section 3: English Essay

The third and final section is comprised of a handwritten essay. 

  1. Students will be given the subject matter for the essay on the day of the Exam. 
  2. Students will write an essay by hand. 
  3. Students will have 30 minutes to write their essay. 
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