Cartisans helps students in Malaysia navigate the often complicated world of American university admissions. Getting into your dream school has become harder than ever, as more people understand the value of an education at a top American university. How do you get top scores on standardized tests? Which schools are the right fit for you? Most of all, how do you stand out?

We make it simpler. Cartisans holds your hand every step of the way.

We welcome you to explore this site to understand our offerings and philosophy better. If you would like to work with us, please contact us via our webform below.

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Admissions Counseling

We know it can be hard to figure out what it is that makes you stand out, much less figure out what each school wants of you. Our experienced counselors help you articulate what it is that makes you unique and a good fit for the schools that you are applying to in order to increase your chances of being accepted, with financial aid (if applicable).

Early planning will reduce stress and confusion, and give you a clear roadmap of what to do and when. Most pre-university students sign up for Comprehensive Counseling while secondary school students may be interested in Headstart Planning. To understand more about which offering suits you best, please contact us.

Headstart Planning

Who are you? You still have a few years to go before applying to universities but you would like to prepare yourself for an Ivy League or first-tier school. Ideally, you’re in Form 2 or Grade 8 (age 14) but it is not too late if you are in Form 4 or Year 10.

Comprehensive Counseling

Who are you? You are applying to US universities at the end of this year and you would like a personal guide to help you find the right fit and give you the edge to stand out  at your reach schools.

Comprehensive Essay Help

Who are you? You are having trouble crafting a story or articulating it.

Standard Essay Help

Who are you? You need objective feedback regarding the direction and uniqueness of your essay.

For more information about our services and pricing, please write to us.

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Test Preparation

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



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Q: When should I start admissions counseling?

A: The earlier the better. The undergraduate university admissions committees look at your record from Form 3 or 9th Grade onwards. When students come to us too late, there is little that they can do to improve their profile or skills.

Q: Do you counsel non-Malaysians?

A: Yes, we work with non-Malaysians who are schooling or working in Malaysia.

Q: Do you counsel Malaysians overseas?

A: We have successfully counseled students who study overseas and come back for holidays. We can work with anyone provided they can be in the Klang Valley for at least one face-to-face interview at the beginning of consultation.

Q: Are you an agent for any universities?

A: No, Cartisans does not represent any universities. We work with you confidentially and will only contact teachers, counselors, or admissions officers on your behalf if necessary.

Q: Does Cartisans guarantee results?

A: No one can guarantee you admission to the top schools or a certain test score, but our clients gain insight into themselves, and learn skills that they carry with them for life.

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Contact Us

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