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When should I take the SAT/ACT?

Ideally, you should take the SAT/ACT the year before you graduate from Junior College/High School. This gives you an entire year to prepare for and secure a good score on the SAT/ACT, while allowing you to focus on your university applications in your final year.
If you are already in your final year, we would recommend taking the SAT/ACT as soon as possible. This is because your SAT/ACT score would heavily inform your university choices.


When are the SAT/ACT test dates?

The SAT test dates for May 2016 – Jan 2017 are as follows:
7 May 2016
4 June 2016
1 October 2016
5 November 2016
3 December 2016
21 January 2017
The ACT test dates for April – Dec 2016 are as follows:
9 April 2016
11 June 2016
10 September 2016
22 October 2016
10 December 2016


How long are the SAT/ACT test scores valid for?

Both the SAT and ACT test scores have a validity period of 5 years.


How many times should I take the SAT/ACT?

Many students take the SAT/ACT 2-3 times. We do not recommend re-taking the SAT/ACT beyond your second or third attempt as there is little evidence to show that there will be significant improvements to your score after that.


Will IvyPrep help me to register for the SAT/ACT?

No. You will need to create an account and register for the exam on your own on the SAT website and the ACT website.


What is a good SAT score?

There is no benchmark for a “good” SAT score as more competitive schools typically require a much higher SAT/ACT score than less competitive schools. As a rough guide, you would need a score of at least 2250 (on the old SAT) or 1500 (on the new SAT) to stand a competitive chance at Ivy League and top 10 U.S. universities. For top 30 U.S. universities such as University of California – Los Angeles, Tufts, University of Southern California, and New York University, you would require an SAT score of about 2100 (on the old SAT) or 1400-1450 (on the new SAT) to stand a competitive chance at admission.


When should I start preparing for the SAT/ACT?

Most students start preparing for the SAT/ACT 3-4 months before their test date. However, this varies from student to student depending on how much time each individual is actually able to devote to studying in the few months before their exam.


How much time do I need to devote to studying for the SAT/ACT?

In addition to our classes, we recommend at least another 30-40 hours of personal studying and preparation (excluding the time taken to take our mock exams).


What are the differences between the new SAT and old SAT?

The differences between the old and new SAT are as follows:

How does the SAT/ACT Masterclass work?

The SAT and ACT Masterclasses consist of 9 and 10 different classes respectively, which will cover all sections of each exam.
The classes for the SAT and ACT Masterclasses are:

Please check our SAT Schedule and ACT Schedule for specific class dates and timings.
You can either sign up for the complete Masterclass (all 9/10 classes) or for the Masterclass without Math (all 6/7 Verbal classes).
Upon completion of your registration and payment, you may start attending any of the classes in any order you wish. However, we strongly advise you to attend Writing 1/English 1 before Writing 2/English 2, Reading 1 before Reading 2, and to attend Verbal Review after attending your Writing, English, and Reading classes to maximize your Masterclass learning experience. Math classes can be attended in any order.
Your Masterclass registration has a validity period of 2 years. This means that you are entitled to repeat and re-attend as many classes as you wish within a 2-year period. If you signed up for the Masterclass without Math, you will only be entitled to repeat and re-attend the Verbal classes.
In addition to the classes, you will also receive:
• 3 practice exams
• 20 hours of practice questions on our online learning portal
• Strategy guides for each section of the SAT/ACT
• Exclusive access to our university talks on U.S. and U.K. applications
• Access to Q&A sessions right before the SAT/ACT exams


How does SAT/ACT Private Tutoring work?

SAT/ACT Private Tutoring is a flexible 1-on-1 prep course that is fully customizable to suit your personal schedule and availability. You will have a choice between our 4-hour, 9-hour, 15-hour, and 24-hour packages, although it is possible to request for a number of tutoring hours that is not offered under our standard package options.
The frequency of tutoring sessions and duration of the course is entirely up to you as long as all of your tutoring hours are utilised. Each tutoring session is either 2 hours or 3 hours long, and all sessions are held at our centre.
If you would like to register for a SAT/ACT Private Tutoring course, you should first contact us at or at (+65) 6822-1229 and let us know:

1. When you would like to start your tutoring sessions and your preferred course duration (eg. 1 week, 1 month, 2 months),
2. Your period of availability, and
3. Either your previous SAT/ACT score or your strengths and weaknesses on the exam.
Based on the information you have given us, we will propose a suitable tutoring schedule and breakdown of tutoring hours for your approval. You may start attending your tutoring sessions upon completion of your registration and payment.


Should I register for the Masterclass or Private Tutoring?

Both the Masterclass and Private Tutoring courses have their merits. See below for a side-by-side comparison of the two programmes.


Does IvyPrep offer SAT Subject Test classes?

No, we do not offer classes for the SAT Subject Tests.

What are the differences between the SAT and ACT exams?

Both exams test for students’ aptitude in their language and problem-solving abilities. However, there are some differences between the SAT and ACT, as you can see in the comparison below:

Some key differences between the SAT and ACT are:
• The SAT has 2 Math sections (50% of your score) while the ACT only has 1 Math section (25% of your score).
• You have much less time on the ACT Reading section than on the SAT Reading section.
• The ACT has a Science section testing for graphs and charts. The SAT only has 1-2 questions on graphs and charts in its Reading section.
• The SAT essay asks for a critique of a piece of historical writing. The ACT essay is an argumentative essay.


How do I decide if I should take the SAT or the ACT?

Both tests are viewed in equal light by colleges in the U.S. Due to natural aptitude, some students may perform better on the SAT than on the ACT, and vice versa. As such, we would recommend you to take the exam that you naturally perform better on to maximize your chances of obtaining a good SAT or ACT score.
If you are unsure about which test you would perform better on, we invite you to schedule a free SAT and ACT Diagnostic Test at our centre to find out your SAT and ACT score prior to any preparation. Schedule your Diagnostic Tests here .
As the SAT has a larger Math section than the ACT, students who are good at Math typically find that they do better on the SAT than on the ACT. As the ACT Reading section requires students to read a lot more quickly, students who are more verbally and linguistically inclined find that they do better on the ACT. However, this is still subject to individual strengths and weaknesses and we strongly advise you to schedule a free SAT and ACT Diagnostic Test to find out your current level of performance on both exams.

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