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Saturday 21-Apr-2018
【信報】認識UKiset

近日收到讀者來信,問升學顧問是否收費昂貴?是否應該報讀大學時才聘請?我想趁這機會回答。首先,別被顧問一名誤會,升學顧問/中心其實是代表英國學校,在海外地區招生,所以費用是英國學校承擔的,對家長來說辦學服務是全免的。第二,英國中學多年來招生部門人手緊張,學校已慣性委托各國升學中心代辦,所以再好的學校,也會在香港有代表。反而,報讀大學可以直接以UCAS申請,報名方法,資料透明度高。而且牛津劍橋,倫大,華威等名校亦不接立升學中心為地區代表。

 

不少家長都知道UKiset這英國私立學校統一入學考試,但其內容是甚麼,以之來報學校有何值得注意,他們可能都所知不詳。其實UKiset得到英國二百多間私校承認,換言之,考一個試就可向這兩百幾間學校叩門。首先講明,不是間間學校都硬性要求有UKiset成績,但這是因為不是各國都有報考中心, 學校需開放招生門檻給全世界不同地區。但以香港為例,競爭一般非常激烈,如同學仔目標鎖定於如Badminton, Brighton, Sevenoaks, Oundle, Eton, Radley 這些級數的名校,持著UKiset成績就更加有需要。近日老牌名校Rugby School招生Michelle Humprey對我說,衷心希望學生先考Ukiset,須知學校要求每個學生到英國面試,如可以先看UKiset成績,可以避免同學仔白走一趟。以我經驗,其實同學仔只要報多幾間學校,遲早也會有一間要求UKiset成績,所以考了總是會用得著的。

 

UKiset全年任何時間都可以報考,但成績只有效一年,即一年內要用來報學校,否則作廢。同學仔考完一次後要等六個月之後才可重考,但如在Ascent Prep這間UKiset全球唯一認可的教育中心參加備考課程,課程完畢就可三個月內重考。

 

除作文以外,UKiset的考試內容還主要分三大範疇的推理,分別是vocabulary,mathematics及non-verbal。vocabulary即考文字上的推理,關鍵在乎同學仔平日多接觸英語。數字推理是亞洲學生的強項,一般問題不大。至於non-verbal則要求考生以圖片去推理。三大範疇最終成績都是各自以9分為滿分。

 

UKiset的好處,是它不要求學生死背書,純粹衡量他們的思維方式,測試他們的潛能。然而其短處,就是正因為它號稱不鼓勵催谷競爭,於是各間學校入學所要求的分數往往不會明文具體地列出來。正正就是這個糢糊曖昧的地帶,一個專業的升學顧問可以發揮其價值。升學顧問應該要掌握得到不同學校的不同門檻,甚至同一間學校對不同年紀的學生的不同要求,也該洞悉一二。除此之外,學校取錄學生到底會綜合各種因素來考慮,UKiset成績固然有高度參考價值,但專業的升學顧問更會因應學生的UKiset成績去將同學仔以適合的角度來present予學校,這當中就是一門藝術和學問。



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