Some people are just natural test-takers. Most aren’t. If you’re good at taking tests, our advice is to do a free practice test from the official test writers and see how you do without preparation. If your score is not too far off from your target score and you are disciplined enough to work on your own, you may not need a coach.
However, the kind of score improvement you can get with focused, experienced tutoring can mean the difference between a scholarship and paying full fees, or admission to the school of your choice and just any school. We don’t just ask you to do practice tests repeatedly because you would be baking in all the wrong habits. We teach test strategies, how to tackle different question types, and reduce a lot of the uncertainty that comes along with an unfamiliar test. We will tutor you at any location within the Klang Valley, at your home or a location of your choice. Each class usually lasts 3 hours, and you can sign up for 12-hour, 18-hour, 24-hour packages, or a group workshop.
Taking the SAT ®
The SAT ® is a standardized test used for entrance to many of the top universities in the U.S. and Singapore. A new version of the test was released in 2016 in which the Essay section became optional. The full score now ranges from 400 to 1600 with the Essay score reported separately for Reading, Analysis and Writing. We recommend that students looking at the most competitive schools take the Essay section. For more information about SAT tutoring and test preparation, contact us.
The SAT Reasoning Test should be distinguished from the SAT Subject Tests, which test specific subjects such as Physics and Literature. These are also often required for admission to the most competitive schools.
The SAT is offered 6 times a year outside of the US: January, May, June, October, November, December. For more information and registration, go to www.collegeboard.com
Taking the TOEFL ®
TOEFL ® stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. The internet-based version is scored out of 120 and comprises Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing, each of which carries 30 points. Every university has its own requirement for proof of proficiency. For the top schools, you should aim for over 100. Sometimes there is also a minimum score required for each section of the iBT.
The iBT’s integrated tasks and new Speaking section presents unique challenges to first-time test-takers. There are no free practice tests available which allow you to grade the Writing and Speaking sections, thus many students appreciate the value of Cartisans’ experienced TOEFL coaching. For more information about TOEFL tutoring and test preparation, contact us.
You should take the TOEFL if you did not attend an English-medium secondary school or university for 4 years. If your case is unique, you will need to check with each university for their requirements. For more information and registration, go to www.toefl.org