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Reconciling NS with your overseas university applications

Mar 03, 2023

Singapore law requires that all male citizens and second-generation permanent residents complete two years of full-time National Service (NS) after turning 18 and completing their secondary education. How, then, should NSFs — and soon-to-be NSFs — approach their overseas university applications, given their NS commitments?

Early Decision, Early Action, Early Decision II: Demystifying the Differences, and Deciding Which is Right for You

Nov 09, 2022

As application season nears, you might begin to wonder which decision cycle you want to apply in, and how this choice affects your likelihood of getting into your dream schools. To apply early to a school is to show your interest in it. This is particularly true in the case of Early Decision, which is binding, and Restrictive Early Action, which forces you to limit your early applications to one institution.

How the SAT became the standard college aptitude test?

Sep 05, 2022

In 1926, the SAT made its debut among a few thousand college applicants as the ‘Scholastic Assessment Test’. Soon after in 1934, James Bryant Conant, then president of Harvard College, established a scholarship program for low-income students that required candidates to take the SAT in an effort to make the university more inclusive.

Common SAT Math problems and how to solve them: Part (II)

Aug 18, 2022

This article takes a closer look at such questions and discusses the best approach to solve them following Part (I). Common SAT Math problems and how to solve them: Part (II).

Common SAT Math problems and how to solve them: Part (I)

Jul 29, 2022

Thinking of taking SATs but not sure what to expect in the SAT Math? Currently preparing for SAT Math and want to know which skills are a must to ace the test? Finished preparing for SATs and want to quickly glance through some common Math problems?

Is there any benefit to starting early?

Jul 04, 2022

It's a popular misconception that good grades and a strong SAT score are the only essential factors in your application. In fact, it's all too often that we see students with stellar scores who spent all their time in high school hitting the books, whilst neglecting the bevy of extracurricular activities available to them.

What is one key difference between US and UK applications?

Jun 20, 2022

The US and the UK are pegged as the world’s choice destinations for pursuing higher education. However, their frameworks when it comes to the university application process are totally different. 

The Oxbridge Interview

Jun 13, 2022

What shape is the sky? Is ignorance really bliss? Can computers think? While you can definitely expect  to be asked interview questions with obvious links to your areas of interest, not all interview questions will be quite so straightforward. Going into your very own interview, be prepared to engage with anything that comes your way – no matter how seemingly random or arbitrary.

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Student Journey - L.P.

Jul 12, 2022

Like several of our students, L.P. began her college application journey with us by starting with standardized testing preparation. Her diagnostic test indicated that she needed some help with Mathematical concepts.

Student Journey - K.G.

May 05, 2022

Staring down the face of BMT, K.G. applied right away and with the help of IvyPrep's senior consultant, he aced his interview and was offered a seat by Chirst’s College, Cambridge University. After he completes his NS, he will be starting his undergraduate journey. 

Student Journey - S.S.

May 04, 2022

Read about how S.S got into Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania! S.S. first knocked on our doors in early 2020. At the time, he had just started JC1, and the family was beginning to have conversations about all the steps he would be wise to take on his path towards university.

Student Journey - H.X

Jan 27, 2022

Read all about H.X.’s journey towards her dream school, Carnegie Mellon University!

Student Journey - B.K

Jul 25, 2021

Read about B.K’s journey in developing his personal story and applying to Ivy League universities.

Student Journey - A.B

Apr 02, 2021

Read about A.B.’s journey in putting forward a strong candidate profile for his application to his target US university.

Student Journey - N.L

Mar 12, 2021

Read about N.L’s journey in pursuing his passion in Economics and applying to Oxbridge universities.

Student Journey - R.S

Jan 27, 2021

Read about R.S.’ journey in pursuing his passion in Biochemistry and applying to both US and UK universities.

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