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When should I take the SAT?

Ideally, you should take the SAT in Junior College Year 1/ IB Year 11. This gives you an entire year to prepare for and secure a good score on the SAT, 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 as soon as possible. This is because your SAT score would heavily inform your university choices. Should you require a second attempt, you can do so also in JC Year 1/IB Year 11, or the first half of JC Year 2/IB Year 12.

When is the earliest that I can take the SAT exam?

The earliest you can start preparing for the SAT is after completion of year 10 IB/O Level, as the SAT/ACT Math tests on concepts that are usually taught in year 10 IB or O Level.

How many times should I take the SAT?

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

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 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?

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).

How long are the SAT test scores valid for?

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

Where are the locations for taking the SAT Exam?

Anderson JC, ACJC, Hwa Chong, Hwa Chong International, Furen International, NPS International, Stamford American

Can I sign up for a non-standard Private Tutoring Package (Eg. 13 hours or 17 hours)?

It is possible. Refer to the non-standardized pricing list for the fee calculation. A non-standarized invoice will have to be generated.

Can I top up additional Private Tutoring hours after I have already attended a few lessons? What will the fees be?

If Masterclass student – Yes, and you will be entitled to a 10% discount.

If Private Tutoring student – Yes, if you need more hours after completing one Private Tutoring package, you can top up additional tutoring hours. If you had informed us beforehand that you might be topping up tutoring hours, you can simply pay the balance in course fees. If not, you will be subject to a discounted fee structure for return students (see above chapter).

If I participate in this (insert activity), will it increase my application chances?

Before even considering your participation in this activity, think of whether you will be able to cope academically and balance all your existing commitments. If so, think of how relevant this activity will be to your university application profile, will it boost your admissions chances significantly?

For the U.K.: For example, if you are applying to the U.K. for Law, and you want to participate in an ad hoc sports competition, you may want to reconsider your participation if you are unable to cope with your existing commitment to the Debate Club or your revision for your mid-year exams.

For the U.S.: The admissions process is holistic, so no one activity will make or break your application. Consider how this activity will fit into your overall application strategy (how you are presenting yourself).