ACT, SAT, SSAT, US Admissions

Tips for Improving Your SAT Score

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The SAT is approaching, and your stress levels build by the day. “What score will I get? What if it’s not good enough? What if I have to take it more than three times?” As the test gets nearer and nearer, you may start to lose sleep, panicking yourself awake about that impossible geometry question or obscure vocabulary word. Then, tired and almost unconscious, you show up to the testing center for what is certain to be four consecutive hours of misery. And –– Continue reading

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UK Admissions

The Key to Perfecting Your Personal Statement

In order to master the art of writing the UK Personal Statement, students must have intellectual passion for their chosen subject. Applying for law? Make sure you know the skinny on tort and contract. Going for literature? Read up on some Shakespeare and Wordsworth. Determined to be a medic? Brush up on your neuroscience knowledge and get some volunteering experiences in the bag. True to the ‘breadth versus depth’ distinction between American and British universities, the UK essay is more academic than personal in nature. Bottom line: It’s important for students to have a clear focus on why they are applying for something. The reason is paramount, whether it be vocational or scholarly.

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SAT

Time is Running Out for the Old SAT

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As you must have heard by now, a new SAT will replace the current version of the SAT in spring 2016. As it is less than a year away before this change occurs, students presently applying for university need not worry about changing their study tactics for the exam. Any students applying for the 2016-2017 academic year will need to submit their test results by January 2016.

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UK Admissions

The Emergence of Private Medical Schools in the UK: Considerations for an International Applicant

In January this year, the University of Buckingham Medical School opened its doors to its first intake of 66 students. The private medical school, which charges £35,000 per year for tuition fees, is the first of its kind to open in the UK. It offers students an accelerated four-and-a-half year course as well as, according to its prospectus, the opportunity to “be part of a transformative movement in British higher education”. Continue reading

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HKDSE, IBDP, One-year A-level

Which Curriculum Is Best For You?

With the imminent release of IBDP and HKDSE examination results this July, Hong Kong school leavers and their parents face a nerve-racking wait to see whether university offers have been met. For Hong Kong families whose children are about to enter senior secondary school, it is the time of year when the question as to which curriculum best suits them surfaces. Almost all secondary schools in Hong Kong offer either the IBDP or HKDSE as standard curricula, and the majority of students enjoy enormous success within these two systems.

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