The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a required entrance test for all students seeking admission into undergraduate studies of U.S. colleges and universities. SAT tests students in three key areas: critical reading, mathematics and writing. The test aims to assess a student's ability to comprehend written material, solve quantitative problems and write well-structured essays. In short, the test attempts to determine the likelihood of success in college.
Naturally, high SAT scores are expected from top tier universities because your peers will all demonstrate strong academic performance and you must match their abilities in order to fit in. International students are often unfairly judged by the SAT because their native language is not English. Most international students from Asian countries tend to score high on the SAT's quantitative section but perform poorly in the verbal section. Here's where iThink helps to level the playing field.
We work with students one-on-one to target areas of language weakness and build vocabulary. International students often give away their weakness in English by misusing vocabulary words or failing to deduce word meanings based on context. Our instructors will help you break away from typical habits of non-native English speakers and help you identify clues that lead you to the right answer. Our math instructors can further polish your quantitative skills and help you see past common tricks and traps designed to confuse you.
Unlike the SAT which tests critical reasoning and comprehension, the SAT II tests your knowledge of specific subjects. Competitive universities like to see applicants demonstrate competency in one or more subject areas by submitting SAT II scores. We advise you to carefully choose which subject test(s) to take based on your current academic strengths, academic interests and whether the school you're applying to has specific requirements. Our instructors will work closely with you to hone your competency in any subject area.
The most selective universities and liberal arts colleges usually offer an optional alumni interview to applicants. Schools with extensive international networks often have alumni in Hong Kong who interview applicants and offer applicants the chance to ask questions. While not required, we encourage students to take advantage of the opportunity if it's available.
Our interview prep teaches students how to think on their feet while emphasizing their uniqueness. We coach students to show instead of tell; how to stay present in an interview while finding room to think before speaking; and how to relax so you put yourself and your interviewer at ease.
We break down human interaction to the essentials: eye contact, facial expression, body language, tone of voice, listening and organic give and take. We coach you to on ways to present your strengths (without bragging) and convince the schools that you will be an asset to their community.
Like all iThink services, our interview prep is personalized around each student. We tape interview sessions so students can see what the interviewer sees. While students can opt out of this, we highly recommend students to overcome any fears of seeing themselves make mistakes.
The statement of purpose and essay questions are a vital part of the university application. We strongly encourage students to answer every school’s specific essay prompts instead of submitting a generic statement of purpose.
We will help develop a unique angle that stays true to the student’s identity. Our process is highly collaborative. We will outline the responses together then ask the student to write a first draft at home. We will edit the piece together and again, the student writes a second draft on his/her own. We continue this editing process until we have a final draft that we feel is a faithful representation of a student’s strengths.
In the process, students will naturally build a thicker skin. This will help set them apart long after they graduate from university. They will find that they are better prepared to handle surprise situations and they will continue to apply these skills in their jobs and throughout their lives.
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