Our services, which can be used individually or as part of a package, include the following:
We guide the student to producing the strongest application possible.
We supervise each component of an application, liaising with family and school to set timelines and monitor deadlines along the way, to ensure that an application and its supplements are successfully aligned to institutional priorities and the student’s strongest suits.
We conduct individual or continuous consultations to help a family decide on suitable schools. There are just under 4,000 universities and colleges in the US. Each is trying to create its own unique community, so the right ‘fit’ of a student to a college is key – not least for the likelihood of success of an application.
We have unrivalled knowledge of a vast number of the top institutions. It should be remembered that undergraduates in the US are members of a college community first; members of an academic elite second.
We can arrange private college and university visits. Our network of past and current Heads of Admissions enables us to present the very essence of a college community to a student and his/her family.
We can accompany a student and guide a family in asking the right questions, making appropriate introductions. As private institutions, many universities welcome direct dialogue with families.
We view college visits as a crucial part of the decision-making process that grants the students a real ‘feel’ of the college campus and community.
SAT & ACT Testing
We provide our own ‘general strategies’ SAT/ACT tuition and work with specialised US partners to provide the most effective test preparation programmes. Standardised testing remains a central element to a successful application to many of the top universities.
We conduct a diagnostic assessment to determine a student’s suitability to either the SAT or the ACT format before recommending a programme. All of our tutoring models for standardised testing concentrate on maximising score. This, unfortunately, is not the area to discover a ‘love of learning’.
For students in the British system, SAT/ACT testing is so important for three reasons:
U.S. standardised testing focuses heavily on a wide vocabulary and an excellent command of English grammar. The mechanics of English grammar are largely ignored in the British education system, even at the top independent schools.
U.S. standardised testing in Mathematics focuses heavily on topics that are not covered by GCSE or AS Maths syllabi in the UK (eg. Geometry). Students need the cultural-curricula literacy to perform well in these tests.
U.S. standardised testing is virtually all multiple choice. Assessment styles in the British system do not prepare students with the techniques for this exam format.
We have seen first hand how much more effective SAT/ACT preparation can be if delivered by specialised professionals.
Writing, Essay & Art Support
A strong application to the US demands that a student is a highly proficient writer. Even the top humanities students in the British system will often need writing support for their US applications.
While we will never write an essay for a student, we provide continuous guidance on the crafting of a personal essay – considered more of an art form in the context of the common application.
We can organise writing courses and/or art coursers to discover and/or improve writing style or to create an outstanding art portfolio. We can involve a mixture of exceptional writing tutors, subject specialists, and consultants with college-specific admissions experience to ensure that the creative parts of an application stand out from other applicants.
Mentoring for US college applications
We work with a student and his/her family over a period of six to thirty-six months to support and recommend choices of academic and extra-curricular pursuit that are likely to strengthen the overall US college application. We involve, as necessary, a number of mentors and tutors to support and guide a student towards creating a student ‘profile’ that combines strong academics with interesting and in-depth extra-curricular involvement.
We guide a family to align a student’s course choices and extra-curricular activities with prospective college applications. Starting early, mentorship can be one of the most effective methods to helping an applicant really stand out from his/her peers.
CONTACT THE US COLLEGE APPLICATION TEAM
+44 (0) 203 638 0462
Please call us to discuss your US college application. If you would prefer to make an online enquiry, please use our client enquiry form.