New Changes to the SAT
1. SAT will revert to 1600 point scale
Old: The old SAT has three sections: Math (800), Critical Reading (800) and Writing (with an essay) (800) for a total of 2400 points.
New: The new SAT will have two sections: Math (800) and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing (including Reading section and Writing & Language section) (800) for a total of 1600 points.
Congrats to the winners of the 2015 Inter-School Mock Trial Championship!
The 2015 Hong Kong Inter-School Mock Trial Championship was successfully held at The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law on April 18-19! Congratulations to our winning teams, best attorneys and best witnesses! After 4 rounds of heated and intense competition, we are pleased to announce the 2015 Hong Kong Inter-School Mock Trial Champion Team is Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong, with St. Paul's Convent School as the 1st Runner Up, The ISF Academy as the 2nd Runner Up and Chinese International School as the 3rd Runner Up!
US Boarding Schools: Expectations for the International Applicant
Marybeth Hodson is the Director of US Boarding School Counseling at ARCH and she has personally visited 28 boarding schools in the US this admissions year while accompanying prospective families and students during the interview process. She is here to share with us some insights and latest observations.
SSAT Test Taking Tips
To apply for boarding schools in the US, students will have to tackle the SSAT exam, an important part of the admissions criteria for many independent schools. The SSAT is only held several times in the academic year, and generally, schools only accept exam scores taken within the same academic year. This leaves a small window of time for students to study for and take a standardized exam that may be unfamiliar to their current school system.
Cracking the Admissions Code: Pointers for US Universities
It’s US university applications preparation season and Justin Popp, Director of US College Counseling based in the US, would like to give a few pointers on how you can improve your chances of admission into top US colleges.
Encouraging Students to Love Reading
After hours in the school classroom and more hours of private tuition, how do parents and educators convince students to read for pleasure outside of class? More importantly, how do we encourage children to read meaningfully?
Socrates and the IBDP student
Even though the International Baccalaureate has been trying to expand its reach to schools across the world, not many IB World schools in Hong Kong offer the PYP, or the MYP. Many aspiring IBDP students thus have to take most courses under the local curriculum, which, despite many reforms, still features an overarching emphasis on rote learning, and limits students from becoming critical thinkers, and by extension, world citizens.
Top Tips for GCSE (and iGCSE) Exam Technique
Developing your exam skills.
Some of the most common mistakes that Bridgepoint’s tutors see relate to exam technique. So many marks are lost by students who have not read the question properly and answer the question they thought they read, or wanted to read.
Here are a few tips about relating to GCSE exam technique.
Tips for Writing Personal Statements
With so many getting excellent grades on their HKDSEs and assorted standardized tests, as well as participating in a laundry list of extra-curricular activities, it is progressively getting more difficult for applicants to differentiate themselves from the crowd. That is where the humble personal statement comes in: a personal statement is a piece of writing that allows you to tell the universities you are applying to why they should offer you a place on their course.
The Case for Learning Latin in the 21st Century
It is the lot of every Latin teacher to answer, each and every year, the same tedious question from the class wise guy: “What’s the point of learning a dead language like Latin?”