With the May exam coming up and many students opting not to take the June exam, our students have been asking us what they can do over the summer to prepare for the October SAT. Our first recommendation is to REGISTER FOR THE OCTOBER EXAM NOW! Spaces fill up fast and you don't what to drive to another emirate on test day. After you register, here's your summer SAT study schedule to follow.
1. Build you vocabulary by planning our online SAT vocab game. It's difficult but full of all the Official Guide words so you should learn effortlessly if you play enough. You can find it here:
2. Read 2 books from the 101 Great Books list. Reading these books will help prepare you for the style of the reading passages. Print the full list for later.
Here are our latest easy read recommendations: The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.
You should be able to find these at Book World by Kinokuniya in Dubai Mall.
3. Complete 1 full length practice test a week. Initially, you don't have to time yourself or complete them in one sitting, but by August, you should be simulating SAT conditions. Start with the tests in the Kaplan or Princeton Review books then finish with the Official Guide to the SAT. You should find these in Kinokuniya or click book to order on Amazon.
4. Take the TOEFL. If you're taking the SAT, you probably need to take the TOEFL (if you're not an American citizen). Summer time if a great opportunity to get this test out of the way. TOEFL test dates are really hard to get in Dubai at the last moment so plan ahead. You can register for the TOEFL on the official TOEFL website. In order to prepare, simply complete the online practice test that comes free with register and...VOILA...you're ready!
5. Email us to make sure you have a spot for August. August and September are the busiest time of year for us and students who contact us in September usually get left out. After you spend your summer preparing on your own, you definitely want to work with our awesome tutors to boost your score.
Is there anything else you'll be doing over the summer to prepare for the SAT? Let us know in the comments!
Our SAT Vocabulary Game Jewels of Wisdom is FINALLY available! If you're going to bother studying vocab for the SAT, this is the ONLY way to do it. Have fun while learning all of the SAT vocabulary words contained in the College Board's Official Guide to the SAT. Play it now for FREE >>
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Easy directions and no sign up required so you can start playing immediately. Earn a high score by matching the correct word with its definition! You get bonuses for matching jewels and working faster.
There are nearly 700 vocabulary words from the Official Guide to the SAT in the game so you shouldn't get bored. The more you play, the more you learn!
Let us know what you think of the game in the comments!
Now that it's April, many university and business school applicants are receiving acceptances, hopefully from multiple programs. You've read our post on How NOT to pick a university so you should have been accepted to universities you'd love to go to and that all seem great.
The problem of “Which school will accept me?” has turned into “Which school will I accept?” While this is a nice problem to have, it is still a confusing situation. You don't want to make a mistake, waste money, or spend the next several years unhappy. Here's our advice for choosing which university to accept:
1. Reflect on what drew you to the university in the first place. Interested in learning from a particular professor? Excited by the co-op or study abroad programs? Drawn to particular student organizations? These opportunities can separate one program from another. If some aspect of the university is important to you, go for it!
2. Read the rankings. Although we don't 100% agree that you should select the highest ranking school, how well a university is regarded can help you choose between multiple offers. If you're a high school student that has been accepted to universities in the United States, check out the US News Best Colleges National University Rankings. For Canada, see our of our post on 10 Top Canadian universities. MBA hopefuls should review the US News Best Business School Rankings for US programs and the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings for international programs.
3. Think about where you'd want to live for 2 to 4 years. Hate cold weather? Forget about University of Michigan or Boston University. Need a place for your family to get to quickly? Forget about University of Wisconsin or University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Think about the characteristics of a place that might make you happy, including the ability to practice any hobbies you're serious about, and choose your university based on where you think is the most livable.
4. Ask around. If your plan is to return to Dubai, the UAE, or your home country to start (or continue) your career, ask adults (teachers, coaches, bosses, etc.) which universities they have heard of. The reality is that many companies hire employees that have attended universities that a) people have heard of and b) are known to be in the West. Employers aren't going to review the US News Rankings; they assume that if they've heard of it, the university must be good.
5. Talk to students. Email and social media make it really easy to get the opinions of people who know a university best: the students. Email the admissions officer from a university you're considering for names or find the head of a campus organization by browsing the university's website. Be sure to be polite. Here's a sample email you can cut and paste:
It should be easier to choose which university acceptance to accept once you consider things you like, rankings, livability, and what employers and students think about the university.
Are there any other aspects you think should be considered when accepting a university? Let us know in the comments!