With the help of IST tutors, our Hong Kong students have achieved excellent results on the New Redesigned SAT, which replaced the old SAT in March 2016 focuses on Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. The questions in these English sections ask for meanings of words in context, command of evidence, analysis in History, Social Studies, Science, US Literature, and World Literature. To achieve a high score on the New SAT, students will need to able to determine explicit and implicit meanings, use analogical reasoning, cite textual evidence, determine central ideas and themes, summarize and understand relationships, and interpret words and phrases in context.
In addition, New SAT students will need to be tutored in analyzing word choice, text structure, point of view, purpose, arguments, multiple texts, and quantitative information. The Vocabulary on the New SAT will be more useful and relevant, eliminating many of the obsolete and obscure words.
Furthermore, the New SAT Essay shall be optional, however it is required by most of the top universities. The New SAT Essay is 50 minutes and asks students to read a passage and write a commentary supported by evidence, which explains how the author builds a persuasive argument.
The New SAT Math shall have calculator and non calculator sections, which shall ask students to solve systems of quadratic and higher-order equations and inequalities, create expressions, rearrange and interpret formulas, analyze relationships using ratios, proportions, percentages, units, and graphs, and summarize qualitative and quantitative data. Area, volume, angles, triangles, circle theorem, and trigonometric function questions shall also be tutored by for the New SAT Math.
For students who are stronger in Science than English, we recommend the ACT, instead of the SAT. They are both similar as they are both accepted by most American universities. The other major difference is the written essay. The ACT Essay asks candidates to analyze, develop, and evaluate the relationships among the three different perspectives presented. Whereas, the SAT Essay asks candidates to write a commentary that focuses on the language and literary devices used, which clearly favors candidates who are stronger in English.
The mean average SAT score for Caltech (California Institute of Technology) is 1545, which is the 99+ percentile, which is the highest. Chicago, Harvard, Princeton, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Yale are all above 1500, which is the 98 percentile. To achieve these scores, students need to be doing questions everyday.
Principal SAT Tutor, 2005 – present
Mr Don Ho has been successfully tutoring SAT students in Hong Kong at International Scholars Tuition since 2005. Some have achieved excellent scores and received offers from Ivy League Universities, MIT, Berkeley, Chicago, and Stanford. Don’s methods focus on improving accuracy, speed, and memory by using fun mnemonic learning strategies and practice to increase confidence and reduce the time required to answer each question, which are essential to doing well.
Senior SAT Math Tutor, 2009 – present
Mr Daniel Chan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons.) in Chemistry from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a Bachelor of Science Degree (Advanced) from the University of Sydney, Australia, majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry. As a student, Daniel achieved a perfect score of 800 on his SAT Chemistry, SAT Math, and the Mathematics section of the SAT Reasoning Test. Since 2009, Daniel has been tutoring internationally focused students at IST in Mathematics, ACT, UKCAT, and BMAT.
Senior SAT Math Tutor, 2009 – present
Mr Calvin Chan has a Masters of Science in Mathematics from the CUHK and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (Hons) from Imperial, and has tutored Mathematics at IST since 2009. Calvin tutors the Mathematics sections of SSAT, ISEE, SAT, and ACT.
SAT English Tutor, 2018 – present
Mr Ian Thomas tutors the English sections of the SAT, SSAT, ISEE, and ACT. Ian is a retired Hong Kong Magistrate who earned his Bachelor of Law from Queen Mary and Master of Law from Hong Kong University. Since 2018, Ian has been tutoring at IST.
SAT Math Tutor, 2018 – 2019
Miss Yenga Yan joined International Scholars Tuition in 2018 after she graduated from Cambridge University. In addition to the Math section of the SAT, Yenga tutors the Math sections of the ACT, ISEE, UKiset, and SSAT, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mandarin Chinese. As a student, she was awarded the Gold Senior UKMT Maths Challenge.