Grade 10 students: How to prepare for your first attempt at the SAT

Once registered for the SAT, most students will embark on self-study sourcing papers online and dive straight into intense practice or will sign up for an expensive batch of mostly group classes.

Self-preparation can be effective for maths, as much of the content has been covered in the IGCSE syllabus, however, approaching the Reading and Writing sections without guidance and strategy will not be as fruitful. The skills required for the SAT are unlikely to have been addressed as part of grade school curriculums, particularly for International Students, and whilst test-takers mostly score well at maths they tend to stagnate around a particular mark for English.

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Why International students are at a disadvantage with the SAT

Whilst 2020/21 has seen a change in university admission criteria with an increasing number of US colleges no longer requiring a SAT score for entry, yet for many students, SAT tests still remain key to their university preparation. These tests are an expensive affair in terms of both time and money and require focused studying for at least 4 to 6 weeks.

Standardised tests aim to add a dimension of equality to the US college application process through objective testing alongside college essays, however this may not be the case for international students with different educational backgrounds to their American counterparts.

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