2017/18 UK & US University Admission Results

Posted On 09.02.2018 | Arch Sharing

Congratulations to ARCH students on receiving multiple offers/ acceptances from top UK and US universities!

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Last Minute SSAT Tips

Posted On 30.04.2015
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.
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The Most Significant Differences between the SAT and ACT

Posted On 27.04.2015
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. 
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New Changes to the SAT

Posted On 24.04.2015
ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES  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. 
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Congrats to the winners of the 2015 Inter-School Mock Trial Championship!

Posted On 21.04.2015
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! 
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Last SAT Tips!

Posted On 20.04.2015
1. Underline, underline, underline - When reviewing exams with students, I am always astounded that almost none of them mark up the exam! Yes, you are more than allowed to write all over your SAT booklet so you should take advantage of that. ‘But what should we underline?’ many of my students wonder. My piece of advice is to underline the parts in the critical reading passage that relate to the most common three questions – the main idea, the structure and the author’s tone. Since the question types rarely change, you can already try to find the prospective answers by highlighting aspects that are important to understanding the passage, such as the main points, and marking up the structure as well as key words that show the author’s attitude toward the subject. 
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How to Ace Pre-Tests When You're Ten

Posted On 05.10.2014
What are the boarding school Pre-Tests? These tests were first introduced by Eton College almost ten years ago. Where Eton leads, other schools tend to follow. A reaction to the growing number of candidates applying for each place, they are designed to help schools screen prospective applicants one to three years in advance of their actual entrance examinations. The purpose of the tests is to understand potential, rather than just pure academic ability. 
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US Boarding Schools: Expectations for the International Applicant

Posted On 28.09.2014
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.
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SSAT Test Taking Tips

Posted On 21.09.2014
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. 
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Encouraging Students to Love Reading

Posted On 12.09.2014
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? 
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Socrates and the IBDP student

Posted On 19.08.2014
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.
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Top Tips for GCSE (and iGCSE) Exam Technique

Posted On 19.08.2014
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.
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Tips for Writing Personal Statements

Posted On 19.08.2014
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. 
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