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According to College Board, the SAT measures literacy, numeracy and writing skills. The SAT also assesses the proficiency of test takers in analysing and solving problems. These are broadly the same skills that are needed for academic success in college. Therefore, College Board proclaims that use of the SAT in combination with high school grades provides a better indicator of success in college than high school grades alone.

The Composite SAT Score ranges from 400 to 1600, combining test results from two 800-point sections – Mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing. The minimum score in each section is 200. The Essay is scored separately and is rated on three dimensions – Reading, Analysis and Writing. The Essay will have three scores (one for each dimension), each ranging from 2 to 8.



What is the SAT?

The current SAT was adopted in 2016 with the explicit purpose of increasing the effectiveness of the test.

The SAT contains the following sections:

  • Reading  – “skills and knowledge at the heart of education: the stuff you’ve been learning in high school, the stuff you’ll need to succeed in college. It’s about how you take in, think about, and use information.” **

  • Writing and Language  – questions which test “command of evidence,” “words in context,” “analysis in History, Social Studies and in Science,” “expression of ideas,” and “Standard English Conventions.”

  • Math  – questions that are designed to mirror the problem-solving and modeling you’ll do in:

    • College math, science, and social science courses

    • The jobs that you hold

    • Your personal life

  • The Essay component will have a complete makeover and will be “like a typical college writing assignment in which you’re asked to analyze a text.”

All of the skills will be within the context of a strictly timed and fiercely competitive exam.  For this reason, some students who are accustomed to earning top grades in school are surprised to see that their SAT scores lag behind. Such students often benefit from test preparation techniques and a thorough understanding of the format and nature of the test.

**Details about the SAT on the College Board

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Any student interested in attending university in the US should consider taking the SAT or at least a mock exam.  Taking a mock or practice exam allows students to understand where they rank among students worldwide, which universities they should consider researching, and what steps they need to take to earn the score they need to attend their ideal school.

Furthermore, once students have earned an SAT score they are able to better understand how admissions scores such as the SAT fit into the overall academic profile of a college applicant.  School grades, extracurricular activities, and personal essays are just some of the additional factors that admissions officers weigh along with SAT scores in determining who gets admitted and who doesn’t.

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The SAT is offered four times a year internationally – in October, December, March, and May. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the winter of their Grade 11/Year 12 year and a second time during the fall of their Grade 12/Year 13 year. In today’s competitive environment, however, a number of clients have also started their preparation in 10th grade and earlier.  

The SAT Dates in 2017 – 2018:

October 7, 2017  (Registration Deadline: September 8, 2017)***

December 2, 2017  (Registration Deadline: November 2, 2017)***

March 10, 2018 (Registration Deadline: February 9, 2018)***

May 5, 2018 (Registration Deadline: April 6, 2018)***

***To register for the test and see upcoming test dates, visit the College Board website.  For our Hong Kong and China-based clients, please visit the International exams page here.

SAT Courses: Service


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  • Critical Reading

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  • The ultimate SAT course for those who want the largest gain in the shortest time

  • Personalized drilling exercises designed to target students’ individual weaknesses

  • Drilling sets comprising 1000s of practice questions

  • Teaches fundamentals, strategies, and classic questions for all 4 sections of the test

  • 3 full length mocks with reviews led by top SAT instructors


  SAT Private tutoring  :   750HKD /hr

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  • Best-selling comprehensive SAT strategy course

  • Students boost scores by more than 220 points on average

  • Teaches fundamentals, strategies, and classic questions for all 4 sections of the test

  • Students can retake the course for free

Good For: Perfect introduction to SAT test preparation

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• Customized Schedules

  • Uses The Edge’s proprietary SAT Test Prep system to identify and eliminate areas of weakness

  • Available in 1 on 1, 1 on 2, and 1 on 3 settings

Good for: Students who need more individual attention or who have busy schedules

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Program Details | SAT Regular Course

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Course Structure

  • 25 Hours of classroom instruction with a total of 10 sessions

  • 5 complimentary hours of Essay Writing Workshop 

  • 3  full-length practice tests

  • Free SAT exam review sessions

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