2016/17 UK | US University Admissions Results

Posted On 06.04.2017 | Arch Sharing

ARCH Admissions Counseling Team is very proud to guide our students to achieve record breaking UK/US admissions results!

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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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Analysing poetry – say what?

Posted On 19.08.2014
You’ve read it. And read it again. Possibly even read it a third, equally incomprehensible time if you’re feeling really desperate. It is still, essentially, a seemingly random collection of words on a page. And you’ve got to ‘analyse’ it. Great. Actually, I’m here to tell you that, yes! It really is great! Because the freedom of a seemingly random collection of words on a page means that you get to come up with your very own, unique interpretation. Here are some tips to help you get your ‘poetry hat’ on. 
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SAT Test Taking Tips

Posted On 19.08.2014
Before high school graduation, many students share common experiences such as learning how to ride a bike and racing to meet deadlines for certain pieces of homework, but none of them strike as much fear into their hearts as taking the SAT for US university admissions. The SAT is an unforgiving four hour exam required for admission to many universities in the United States. With college admission rates sinking even lower, the SAT I is a hurdle for millions of hopeful students dreaming of the American college experience. ARCH Education SAT instructor, Tiffany Chen, shares with us some tips to help students tackle the SAT. 
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Merits of Mock Trial

Posted On 19.08.2014
Standing in the courtroom dock, Jan Wilson starts sweating. He stands accused of murdering his own employee after a scuffle, and Wilson knows the case against him is strong. The worst part is that after the trial is over, he will have to do it all over again—but next time, as the prosecuting attorney. What is going here? After all, Hong Kong courtrooms do not retry cases on a whim, and defendants certainly do not switch sides. But in a mock trial courtroom, such things are the order of the day. At a mock trial, students act in different roles – barristers, witnesses, defendants – and try to persuade the presiding judge to give them a favourable verdict. The aim is for students to learn and apply the principles of law and trial advocacy. For local students in Hong Kong, mock trial provides valuable training for the HKDSE. 
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Reading between the lines

Posted On 19.08.2014
Many a student has looked at comprehension worksheets with horror and chagrin, complaining silently to him or herself that the teachers keep on asking hard, unanswerable questions related to the passages assigned. We all have poked fun at how literature is usually portrayed as being incredibly difficult to understand – and true, literature needn’t be complicated – but it is not enough to just understand the literal meaning of words; we have to try to go deeper in order to fully appreciate the many layers of stories, and by extension, the heart of human existence.
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