Last Minute SSAT Tips
- ALWAYS TAKE NOTES
While gong over exams with students, I hear sighs when they come across longer reading passages. Fictional, informative, or anything in between, all reading passages can be successfully conquered by making sure to actively take notes while reading. By marking up the important points, keywords, and structures in each passage, students will find it easier to begin identifying answers for the set of questions following the reading. In the quantitative section of the exam, there is even a space in the booklet marked specifically for students to complete their scratch work on! There are no calculators allowed in the exam, making it absolutely essential to do your work on the booklet. What you write on this exam booklet will not affect your score and will not be graded, so feel free to take notes and complete your math questions on it.
The Most Significant Differences between the SAT and ACT
Nowadays many students opt to take the ACT (American College Test) as an alternative to the more familiar SAT (formerly known as the Scholastic Assessment Test). Some students may find the ACT easier to tackle and do better on this exam, while other students may score better on the SAT. Therefore, you should take note of the key characteristics of the two examinations to determine which test is more appropriate for you.
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.