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Frequently Asked Questions

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General

Who can use PrepforAmerica’s services?

PrepforAmerica is for anyone interested in attending university in America. 


Why should I use PrepforAmerica’s SAT Prep or Admissions Counseling services?

Applying to university is complicated. Knowing which school to apply to is tricky. Getting into the school you want is difficult. Let us guide you through the process. We will tell you what universities are looking for, and what you can do to improve your standing with them. The earlier you start, the more we can help.


Are there any other tests I should think about taking?

You should think about taking SAT II subject tests. And the TOEFL, if you are an international (non-American) student.


Does PrepforAmerica provide preparation services for any other exams?

Currently we do not offer preparation services for other exams. These services will come with time though. We are looking to provide the following exam preparation services in future:

PSAT – fall 2010

SAT subject tests – fall 2010

GRE – summer 2011


Will PrepforAmerica provide exam preparation services for other countries?

Unfortunately, as PrepforAmerica’s expertise lies in the United States of America, we will not be offering exam preparation services for other countries. 


I really need a scholarship to use PrepforAmerica’sservices, how do I make sure I get one?

To get a scholarship, make sure you apply on time, and have completed all of the documents listed on this website. 

 

SAT

What is the SAT?

The SAT Reasoning Test is a standardized reasoning test typically taken by high school juniors and seniors who will attend university in the United States of America. The SAT test is broken into three parts:

Writing

Critical Reading 

Mathematics

Each section of the exam is scored on a scale from 200 to 800 points. 


Why should I take the SAT?

If you want to go to university in the US, it’s required, along with TOEFL or IELTS. 


When should I take the SAT?

Traditionally, high school students looking to go to university took the test twice. Once in May of their junior year, and again in October of their senior year. Now with the recent rule change, you can take the test earlier and more often.


When is the SAT offered?

It’s offered six times a year in Hong Kong.

Where can I take the SAT?

In Chengdu, private international schools like Chengdu International School offer the SAT test to their students. If you are not enrolled at their school, you must go outside mainland China, with Hong Kong being closest and most convenient.


How do I get to Hong Kong?

PrepforAmerica offers a chaperone service for students who don’t want to worry about how to get to Hong Kong, where their hotel is, and don’t want to get lost on their way to the test center. 


How do I get a good score on the SAT?

Practice! Actually, practice alone doesn’t necessarily help, and can actually hurt your score. You need to first learn the proper techniques for taking the test. Then practice using these techniques. 

Oh, and memorize lots of SAT specific vocab.


Does PrepforAmerica guarantee a high score on the SAT?

No. PrepforAmerica does not make any guarantees about the score you will achieve on the SAT test. The score you achieve will be based on many different factors that are up to you to determine. Some of them are:

- how prepared are you to take the test?

- did you get a good night’s sleep prior to the test?

- test day nerves

PrepforAmerica teachers and counselors will prepare you as thoroughly as possible to ensure that you have the confidence and the knowledge to do well on the test, but the rest is up to you. 


University Admissions Counseling

What is the application process like?

The application process involves a lot of writing. From filling in applications to essay writing, the university application is when you introduce yourself for the first time to the universities of your choice. 


How do I know if a university is right for me?

Not every university will be the right fit for you. You will need to identify what things, be they location, student groups, or professor qualifications, are most important to you. Then you’ll need to do the research. Even then, the best way to know if a university is the right fit is to visit the campus, meet the students, and meet the faculty.  


Where do I find information about universities?

If you are looking for information about a specific university, it is more than likely it will be available on their website. If you have general questions about something like the university’s ranking, or the university with the best drama program, a quick web search will help narrow the field. 


How do I dress for an admissions interview?

You should dress like you want to be there. Treat this interview as you would any job interview; it is just as important. 


Where do I find information about scholarships?

Individual universities post scholarship information on their websites. In some instances there are scholarships available from non-university sources which require in depth research to find. 


How do I find out the truth about a university’s programs and culture?

Visit the campus, or if that isn’t possible find a way to meet current students online. 


Should I only apply to the US New & World Report’s top 100?

Not always. America has many universities that have specialized programs that are in the top of their field in both America and abroad, but for a variety of reasons the university as whole may not appear in the top 100 ranking. 


What do I need to take with me to university?

A lot of what you decide to take with you to university will depend on where the university is located, and if you are living in a dorm on campus, or an apartment off campus. A few items you might consider taking are:

Photos of friends and family

Items that remind you of home (la jiao, hua jiao, a childhood cuddly toy that is still on your bed at home)

Dictionary and thesaurus 

Laptop computer


What are universities looking for in a candidate?

This is largely dependent upon the university and the program you are applying to. In general, universities are looking for motivated individuals who are enthusiastic about their subject.