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American Style Unis Abroad!

SAT spring and summer dates are looming! A-List’s Academic Team is happy to share top strategies for SAT review! SAT questions require a comprehensive knowledge of grammar rules, sophisticated critical reading skills, and a thorough grounding in maths topics. Test preparation to earn a good SAT score is a marathon, not a spring. Regardless of what your practice tests scores, you should carve out time each day to review the grammar rules and maths equations.

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Get an 800 SAT Math: A-List Techniques

SAT spring and summer dates are looming! A-List’s Academic Team is happy to share top strategies for SAT review! SAT questions require a comprehensive knowledge of grammar rules, sophisticated critical reading skills, and a thorough grounding in maths topics. Test preparation to earn a good SAT score is a marathon, not a spring. Regardless of what your practice tests scores, you should carve out time each day to review the grammar rules and maths equations.

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Work Experience that Impresses: What to Do this Summer

SAT spring and summer dates are looming! A-List’s Academic Team is happy to share top strategies for SAT review! SAT questions require a comprehensive knowledge of grammar rules, sophisticated critical reading skills, and a thorough grounding in maths topics. Test preparation to earn a good SAT score is a marathon, not a spring. Regardless of what your practice tests scores, you should carve out time each day to review the grammar rules and maths equations.

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Annotation: Key Strategy for Scoring 1600 on the SAT

SAT spring and summer dates are looming! A-List’s Academic Team is happy to share top strategies for SAT review! SAT questions require a comprehensive knowledge of grammar rules, sophisticated critical reading skills, and a thorough grounding in maths topics. Test preparation to earn a good SAT score is a marathon, not a spring. Regardless of what your practice tests scores, you should carve out time each day to review the grammar rules and maths equations.

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University Advisor: How They Help

SAT spring and summer dates are looming! A-List’s Academic Team is happy to share top strategies for SAT review! SAT questions require a comprehensive knowledge of grammar rules, sophisticated critical reading skills, and a thorough grounding in maths topics. Test preparation to earn a good SAT score is a marathon, not a spring. Regardless of what your practice tests scores, you should carve out time each day to review the grammar rules and maths equations.

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Tricky SAT Verbal Questions: Get Them Right

A good SAT score requires both a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of English grammar. A strong performance on the SAT Writing & Language section can help make up for potential difficulties on the Reading section to create a strong EBRAW score. SAT Writing & Language questions cover four general areas: Usage Manipulating the “Building blocks”

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Small Liberal Arts Colleges: Great US Uni Option

SAT spring and summer dates are looming! A-List’s Academic Team is happy to share top strategies for SAT review! SAT questions require a comprehensive knowledge of grammar rules, sophisticated critical reading skills, and a thorough grounding in maths topics. Test preparation to earn a good SAT score is a marathon, not a spring. Regardless of what your practice tests scores, you should carve out time each day to review the grammar rules and maths equations.

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SAT Countdown To-Do List

SAT spring and summer dates are looming! A-List’s Academic Team is happy to share top strategies for SAT review! SAT questions require a comprehensive knowledge of grammar rules, sophisticated critical reading skills, and a thorough grounding in maths topics. Test preparation to earn a good SAT score is a marathon, not a spring. Regardless of what your practice tests scores, you should carve out time each day to review the grammar rules and maths equations.

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A Day In the Life of an A-List Bootcamp Student

A good SAT score requires a thorough grounding in grammar and maths rules as well as an incisive critical reading ability and strong performance under time pressure. A SAT Bootcamp is a great way to cover all the content you need to succeed on the SAT in a time-efficient and even fun way!

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Sitting the SAT Twice: Why it’s a Good Idea

Many elements need to come together optimally in order to earn a good SAT score: test-taking techniques, pace through the sections, and nimble responses to trickier questions. However, no matter how ardently you have strived to ensure your practice SAT tests replicated the exam scenario, there are always going to be new variables during this

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US University Admissions Timeline

Students who are interested in attending a US university should start planning during Year 10. The breadth and depth required for a successful US application does require thinking carefully about curricular choices, extracurricular activities, and how best to use summer breaks to create a compelling CV. At A-List, we are here to help manage the

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How to Achieve Top A-Level Predicted Grades

Official A-Level exams may have been cancelled, but A-Level results will still form a crucial part of students’ university applications. Though schools are still finalising exactly how they will calculate the grades, strong academic performance will be key successful final grades. Within this shifting academic landscape, particularly as remote group learning presents distinct challenges for

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US Universities Still Accepting Applications

After the holiday season, you may still be exploring your options for applying to universities in the US. Though the first major deadline has passed, many top US universities have deadlines in the beginning of February. If you are still interested in applying to colleges ideal for international students, the A-List Advising team recommends you

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Course Selection for IB and A-Levels: Strategies for Top US Schools

This month, students in their final GCSE year will select their future A-Level or IB diploma programme courses. For students who are considering selective universities in the US, the A-List advising team recommends choosing courses with the US liberal arts ethos in mind. This is one way to become an ideal applicant and the best

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Extended Essay and EPQ: How a Private Tutor Can Help

It’s January and that means question and project summaries are likely due for your Extended Essays. Whether you take A-Levels or working towards an IB diploma, you will likely have to choose, plan, and write your question and the beginning of your outline.   The Extended Essay and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) are the type

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Submitting Regular Decision Applications

During the holiday period, we know that many students will be finalising their university applications. Most universities in the US have a January 1st deadline! And though students deserve a break after a stressful term, the A-List Advising Team does recommend that students submit their applications before the deadline. Why You Should Submit Early: Submitting

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How to Plan for Academic Success

The winter holidays are fast approaching. Though this is a time to rest and recharge, you may also want to do some strategic planning during this flexible time. Reflect First, you want to honestly review your academic trajectory and achievements. How do your marks look? In what academic competitions or projects have you distinguished yourself?

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Letters of Continued Interest: What to Write

Many US universities send out their early round decisions in December! This is an exciting time. Many of you will be accepted to their first-choice school and some may be denied. However, a portion of early applicants will be deferred to the regular decision pool. Though this may be initially disappointment, being deferred is a

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Academic Mentoring and Meeting Your Goals

At US universities, your final graduation grade is assessed from your first assignment. The vesting system in the UK does not exist and every assignment affects your overall grade. That means you need to begin university with strong academic organisation, time management, and reading and research skills. Preparing to meet these challenges before you begin

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Early Decision and Early Action Results: What They Mean

If you applied Early Action, Restrictive Early Action, or Early Decision 1, then you can expect to hear from schools beginning in the middle of December. Precise dates are determined by individual institutions. Below, A-List has outlined the possible outcomes and what they mean. Acceptance: Success! You have been offered a place. In most instances, this

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A-List tutoring: get a great SAT AND prepare for university

Preparing for the SAT is a long journey, but it has multiple benefits! At A-List, the skills our students develop as they prepare for the SAT also help them excel at university. At A-List Education, we prioritise a growth mindset, strategy, and academic extension. Working with an academic advisor or private tutor, you will develop

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US Applications: How to Prioritise Schools on Your List

As students prepare their applications for universities in the US, they may wonder if it’s a good idea to add additional selective schools to their list. Most often, students want to apply to world renown universities in the hopes that an admissions committee will view their academic results and extracurricular accomplishments favorably and offer them

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Key strategies for top IB grades

Though the US admissions review process is holistic—taking into account extracurricular achievements, essays, recommendations, and standarised test scores—grades are still the most important part of the application. For students doing the International Baccalaureate (IB)diploma programme, receiving a 45 prediction is the ultimate goal. Working with a private tutor can help you work efficiently towards this

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Mindfulness to Ease Stress during Admissions Season

Mindfulness has been shown to have a positive impact in people’s lives, both in terms of wellness and mental health and performance outcomes. Higher levels of mindfulness have been associated with better grade, and even higher standardised test scores. Students who are applying for colleges who have undertaken a mindfulness practice have also been found

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Strengthen your STEM skills through online tutoring!

Top grades in A-Level chemistry, biology, physics and further maths – and their IB equivalents – require a deep understanding of a broad range of concepts as well as the mental flexibility to apply those concepts in a variety of situations. To cover so much material, a group class cannot dive as deeply into core

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Why a private tutor might be best for you

Twenty-first century students have ever increasing academic responsibilities and daunting deadline. In education, one approach does not suit everyone! A personal tutor offers the tailored feedback, personal pacing, and goalsetting that helps students reach their full potential. Advantages of Personal Tutoring: 1)      Tailored Feedback: individual tutors offer real-time feedback based on personalised assignments that provide

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Supplemental Essays: Why they Matter and What to Do

Though the personal statement is an essay that helps universities evaluate the kind of person you will be in their community, and it is central to the US application, it is not the only essay you will write. Most universities in the US, though certainly not all of them, have supplemental essays. These essays vary

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How online tutoring can get you A*s

As you work towards your university goals, earning top grades is the first and most important step. Though the US admissions process will also examine your extracurricular record, essays, test scores, and recommendations, your grades are the cornerstone of your application. At-A-List, we have experts to help you excel in your A-Level courses or IB

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UC Applications: Tips and Deadlines

The University of California system is famous around the globe. International students are drawn to the excellent academics and the idea of spending four years in California. This system of nine universities includes UCLA and UC Berkeley. The system receives over 200,000 applicants every year and is considered highly selective. Also, the UC system has

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SAT Subject Tests: 10 Tips for Success

SAT Subject Tests strengthen an applicant’s profile. Selective US schools seek nuanced information to make choices among a highly qualified pool of students. These Subject Tests, an hour-long multiple-choice test on specific content areas, are an excellent opportunity for students to highlight their expertise on various academic topics. There are SAT Subject tests in twenty

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The differences between US Universities and Colleges

There are over 4,500 universities offering undergraduate degrees in the United States. The sheer size of the US high education system makes it enviable in terms of choice and quality. However, the variety within this system, and the language used to describe these institutions can be confusing. At A-List we aim to make all aspects

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White Paper: Rankings

Helping students make informed choices as they apply to US universities is of paramount importance. As counsellors, we are expected to support students’ aspirations as well as reassure families that their students will thrive during their university years and there will be a return on investment. Many students and families come to counsellors with a

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Financial Aid for International Students

As you apply for US unis, you may wonder how you will fund your education.  A-List aims to make every step of the US university admissions process transparent for international families. Financial aid for international students is available! However, international students need determine if you qualify and learn how to apply.  In this blog post

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White Paper: Funding for International Students

Funding a US University Education: The Costs, Process, and Opportunities The cost of US higher education is much publicized and cause for needed debate both in the US and around the world. The sticker price for many US universities can be shocking. Thinking about how you will finance your degree is crucial, particularly for international

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Supplemental Essays: Why They Matter and What to Do

Though the personal statement is an essay that helps universities evaluate the kind of student you will be in their community, and it is central to the US application, it is not the only essay you will write. To get accepted to selective US unis, you will need to write supplemental essays.   Most US

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Revision: Make the Most of Mistakes

At A-List, we appreciate that students want to mark their practice tests only with ticks, sailing down the page, celebrating their accuracy. However, making mistakes on SAT practice tests is an important step towards earning good SAT scores. Mistakes allow students to better understand how to approach questions and this helps them approve their overall

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Common App Tips: Activities Section

The Common Application is the centralised portal to over 800 American universities. This online application enables students to share key academic information to all the schools on their application lists. This application is also where students detail their extracurricular record. The “Activities” section on the Common App carries significant weight to the review and admissions

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Tips for the SAT!

What is the key to earning good SAT scores? Planning, preparation, and practice. As the SAT draws near, now is an excellent time to consider your strategy for test day.   Weeks Before the Test The weeks before the SAT are prime times to sit 1-3 timed SAT mock tests. This not only enables you

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Financial Aid: Need-Based vs. Merit Scholarships

Many international students aspire to attend selective US universities. However, the cost of US schools often gives students and families pause. Many families hope to secure scholarships for international students.  At A-List, we want to make the funding options clear.   There are two major types of financial aid: Need-Based Aid and Merit Scholarships:  

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Cracking SAT Grammar

In order to secure a good SAT score, you must perform strongly across all sections of the test. This includes the Writing & Language section, forty-four questions that run the grammatical gamut from identifying verb forms to rhetorical skills. Our students come from a swathe of educational backgrounds, and with our expert guidance and directed

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Early Action and Early Decision: How to Decide

As students work diligently on their US uni applications, many are contemplating which decision pathway to use. Universities in the US offer multiple deadlines for applications. However, these deadlines are not arbitrary. Rather, each pathway has unique advantages for students. At A-List, we aim to make the US university admissions process transparent so you can

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Tips for the ACT

The ACT exam is a fast-paced, intensive critical reasoning test covering advanced English grammar, critical reading analysis, scientific data interpretation, and mathematics. A good ACT score is an excellent advantage in your college application. Below, we have curated the top tips for succeeding on the ACT. Preparation Preparation is key. For most students, this means

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White Paper: Holistic Review – What Does this Mean?

If you have any contact with a US university representative, they will talk about the “holistic” admissions review process. This means that US universities evaluate a student in their entirety, taking note of both their scholarly and personal traits. Thus, they will review the academic record, standardised testing results, extracurricular pursuits, essays that reveal personal

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SAT Practice Tests: How they Help

The ACT exam is a fast-paced, intensive critical reasoning test covering advanced English grammar, critical reading analysis, scientific data interpretation, and mathematics. A good ACT score is an excellent advantage in your college application. Below, we have curated the top tips for succeeding on the ACT. Preparation Preparation is key. For most students, this means

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US University Rankings

Considering the variety within the higher education landscape, it is understandable that students turn to rankings as a way to prioritize their university research process and to make decisions about where to apply.  However, demystify these rankings can actually help students find the right school for them.Understanding the metrics used as well as the methodology

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Upcoming SAT: Top Tips

The ACT exam is a fast-paced, intensive critical reasoning test covering advanced English grammar, critical reading analysis, scientific data interpretation, and mathematics. A good ACT score is an excellent advantage in your college application. Below, we have curated the top tips for succeeding on the ACT. Preparation Preparation is key. For most students, this means

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Best Universities for International Students

If you are an international student interested in universities in the US, you might wonder which school is right for you. With over 4,500 schools to choose from, determining the best colleges for international students isn’t easy. At A-List, we are here to help. Though most universities in the US welcome international students and are

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SAT Maths: Know the Format

Many students worry about SAT math. However, a good SAT score requires strong performance on the SAT math section. To achieve a good score, you first need to know understand the structures and patterns of SAT math questions. SAT Math: What you can Expect There are two maths sections: Non-Calculator & Calculator. The Non-Calculator section

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The Genre of the Personal Statement: Key Features

The US personal statement is a unique essay within the higher education landscape. Though most universities across the globe want a writing sample to assess your academic ability and interest in a specific course, the US asks for a personal narrative that highlights key values and qualities that you will bring to the university community. Writing

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Registering for the ACT: Practice Steps and Tips for Success

If you would like to study at a US uni, you will need to take either the ACT or SAT. Below you will find out how to register for the ACT and next steps for earning a good ACT score. ACT international test dates: The ACT international test dates are: 11-12th September 2020, 9-10th October

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What is a “Good” SAT Score?

 As student prepare to apply to US universities, students often ask: 1) What is a good SAT score?  2) How do I get it? Quality and Variety of US universities According to National Association for College Admissions Counselling. The SAT is a significant part of the application with 54% of colleges ranking these scores as

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Why Apply to US Universities?

For international students, trying to decipher the vast amount of information about universities in the US can be overwhelming. Because this is a decision that requires careful thought and planning, A-List works to support students and families with expert advice and coaching. Here are some reasons why applying to a US uni might be the

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Registering for the SAT: What are my next steps?

After deciding to apply to US universities, your next step is to ensure you are registered and reading for one of the standardized tests required by most schools. The SAT, an American standardised test assessing your critical reasoning, critical reading, problem solving ability, and understanding of grammar conventions. Preparing for the SAT can be an

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Questions about the SAT and SAT tutoring in London

There are a lot of things that you can do if you are a student preparing for the SAT. Studying and practicing exams are all very important tasks for a student to do before taking and official SAT. Students often start their preparation for these tests months in advance of the test date. It is

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Bootcamps and SAT tutoring in London

Getting a good result on the SAT is perhaps the most important thing for any student who wants to attend a US university. The SAT comprises a series of subject tests that are used to determine if a student can attend any given US university. These tests have a reputation for being very challenging, and

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Preparing for the SAT with SAT tutoring in London

A successful US university application is composed of multiple parts. At A-List Education, our experienced tutors and advisors can help with each component. Studying for the SAT is an incredibly important task for any prospective student who is dreaming of attending a US university. The SAT is an exam that is required to gain entry

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Unpacking US University Rankings

    Considering the variety within the higher education landscape, it is understandable that students turn to rankings as a way to prioritize their university research process and to make decisions about where to apply.  However, demystify these rankings can actually help students find the right school for them. Understanding the metrics used as well

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A-List’s Pedagogical Approach for Student Success

At A-List, we take a holistic approach to ensure your child’s success on the SAT and ACT. We prioritise developing a creative and sustained critical reasoning skillset whilst also encouraging a growth mindset. In our introductory session, we carefully review and examine your child’s current processes to discover what learning styles they prefer, whether consciously

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What is A-List Education’s approach to SAT tutoring in London?

At A-List Education, we continuously strive to offer high quality SAT tutoring in London to ensure that our students succeed from the programme. Our SAT test prep programmes are specifically designed to target the various challenges students may face when preparing for this particular intensive standardized test. Furthermore, our SAT tutoring in London programmes are

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