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SAT & ACT Test Prep
Our team of experienced ACT and SAT tutors provides expert test prep to ensure your child is ready for their admissions tests. No matter which stage of the preparation process you are in, our ACT and SAT tutors will develop a tailored approach to helping you achieve your target scores and maximizing your chances of getting into your dream university in the US.
Classes can take place at our center in Hong Kong, online, or at the student’s home. Private one-on-one, semi-private, and group courses are available. Whether it’s an intensive, drill-heavy prep or building long-term foundations, our SAT and ACT tutors have the preparation tools and experience to ensure your child succeeds.
The SAT is one of two standardized tests used by most US universities for college applications. It gauges in part an applicant’s compatibility for university education and how well they have synthesized their secondary school teachings. We currently offer one-on-one private tutoring as well as specialized group courses catered to the different needs of our students in Hong Kong. All classes are conducted by our experienced and committed ACT and SAT tutors.
The SAT is split into three main sections: Reading, Writing and Math, with an optional essay section as well. Depending on what’s needed, we can arrange a tutor who can support a student on all sections of the test, or an SAT English tutor and/or an SAT Math tutor for those looking for more in-depth support for each section.
The Reading section consists of 52 multiple choice questions that students have to complete within 65 minutes. The Writing section consists of 44 multiple choice questions that students have to complete within 35 minutes. These two sections combine to form the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing Score, which is scored from 200-800.
The SAT Math section is comprised of two subsections: a calculator active portion and a calculator inactive portion. The student will first take the calculator inactive portion, which has 20 questions to be completed in 25 minutes. Afterwards there will be 38 calculator active questions to be completed in 55 minutes. Both subsections consist of multiple choice and grid-in questions. These two subsections add together to make the Math Score, which is also from 200-800.
The optional essay is required by certain US universities. Students should check whether their interested schools require the essay or not before deciding whether to sit for it. For this section, students are given 50 minutes to write an essay analyzing a prompt and are given suggestions/guidelines to follow in the response. The essay has three separate scores based on reading, writing, and analysis, that are each on a range from 2-8, making the essay have a score range from 6 to 24.
The ACT is the other of the two standardized exams used for the US university admissions process. It is offered as a computer-based test for students testing at international (outside of the US) test centers. We currently offer one-on-one private tutoring as well as specialized group courses catered to the different needs of our students in Hong Kong. All classes are conducted by our experienced and committed ACT tutors.
Like the SAT, the ACT measures a student’s academic level and his or her readiness for college. However, the ACT does differ from the SAT in terms of content, structure, and scoring. Unlike the SAT, the English and Reading sections are scored separately. There is also a Science section and a Math section. The Math section is entirely calculator active with no grid-in questions.
The ACT is split into four sections: English (75 questions in 45 minutes), Math (60 questions in 60 minutes), Reading (40 questions in 35 minutes), and Science (40 questions in 35 minutes). Depending on what’s needed, we can arrange a tutor who can support a student on all sections of the test, or an ACT English tutor, an ACT Math tutor, and/or an ACT Science tutor for those looking for more in-depth support for each section.
Each section of the ACT is scored from 1 to 36. The four sections are then averaged together to create the ACT Composite Score, which is also scored from 1 to 36. Composite scores round up or down following standard rules, so for example, a 28.5 and above would become a 29.
The ACT also includes an additional ACT Plus Writing Test, which is an essay that assesses your child’s writing abilities. Students are given 40 minutes to complete the Writing Test. The ACT Plus Writing Test is required by some colleges and optional for others. Like the SAT essay, it is recommended to check whether the interested universities require the Writing portion before registering for it.
Our ACT and SAT tutors have a 15-year track record of successfully helping our students achieve excellent results at school, and ultimately receive offers from top US and UK universities.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How many hours are included in the tutoring courses?
Most of our students prefer private tutoring with customized plans that are tailored to their individual needs. If you would like to understand what your plan could look like, please contact us for details. We also offer various SAT/ACT Courses for students at different stages of preparation. Please refer to our course brochure for details.
How much do our SAT and ACT courses cost?
Please contact us to if you would like more information about our private tutoring services. For information regarding our courses, please refer to our course brochure.
Where will the tutoring take place?
Tutoring can take place wherever is most convenient for the student. Our ACT and SAT tutors can teach students from our center, the student’s home (depending on availability) or online via Zoom.
Do I need to take the SAT or ACT?
The SAT and ACT are two admissions tests used by US universities to gauge a student’s abilities and assess applications. If a student wishes to study in the US, completing the SAT or ACT is a necessity.
Both tests assess a student’s math, reading and writing abilities, while the ACT also has a science section. Our SAT and ACT tutors are experienced in helping students achieve their best possible results, honing their math, English, and science knowledge.