ADMISSIONS / TEST PREPARATION / U.S. SAT & ACT

Our Test Preparation Methodology

Should you take the SAT or the ACT? When should you start studying? What does the preparation schedule look like?

The answers to these questions are not generic: to make test preparation effective, it must be tailored to a student's specific strengths and weaknesses.

The Keys Admissions team has a combined 20 years of test prep experience, and we know what it takes to successfully improve your standardized test score -- and it doesn't involve packed classrooms and a one-size-fits-all strategy.

We are proud to offer the most effective and flexible test prep packages in Singapore - at a friendly price point - so that your specific needs are met.


FOUNDATION BOOT CAMP (SAT & ACT)

1 day workshops (4 hours) held monthly to give you an overview of the test sections. $140 exclusive of GST.

You leave the workshop with:

  • section-specific strategies
  • a thorough understanding of the content you'll need to master
  • 2 complimentary mock exams
  • 30 minutes of 1-on-1 time with our experts to strategize your testing calendar & study plan
  • a personalized study schedule based on the results of your diagnostic test

FAST TRACK PREPARATION MODULES (SAT & ACT)

Two weeks of question/strategy-centric preparation aimed at students that have mastered the basics, but have begun to plateau in their performance. 10 hours of group class moving at an advanced pace, held 2x per week. $400 for 10 hours over 2 weeks.

Included in this module:

  • Daily preparation framework for 14 days + study plan to ensure continuous improvement
  • Reading, Writing, and Science (ACT) are taught
  • 2 classes per week - 1 weeknight/1 weekend - of 2.5 hours each focusing solely on performance-boosting strategies
  • 3 mock exams with digitized results

Optional Add-ons:

  • 2 hours of individual sessions at a discounted rate of $100 total
  • Math & Essay Extension - 5 hours at $150

"99TH PERCENTILE" SEMINAR

Weekly 3 hour class designed exclusively for high performers. Eligible students must take an entrance exam and meet the minimum score (SAT: 1350/ACT: 30). Seminar solely consists of advanced material to take students to the 99th percentile, and trainers themselves have 99.9th percentile scores. $500 for 4 classes over 1 month.

  • Section-specific Strategies employed by elite scorers
  • Proprietary 99th Percentile materials developed by The Keys Admissions team
  • Personalized 99th Percentile study plan for maximum performance increases
  • Access to additional exclusive office hours each week for 6 weeks leading up to the exam

About the tests

the sat

The rSAT, or revised SAT, is a 3-hour standardised test that measures language, critical reading and math skills. The rSAT also has an optional essay component that is an additional 50 minutes long (bringing the total to 3 hours and 50 minutes). 

The new SAT comprises of two sections - a Language and Reading/Writing section and a Math section - of 800 points each for a maximum score of 1600.

The essay is scored separately on three criteria - Reading, Analysis and Writing - for a maximum possible score of 24.

Please note that the SAT exam has been changed substantially since the March 2016 testing period.

SAT SUBJECT TESTS

The SAT Subject Tests, or SAT II's, are college admissions exams that test students in specific academic areas. Students can select which tests to take based on which strengths they'd like to highlight.

There are 20 SAT Subject Tests that span five academic disciplines - English, mathematics, science, history, and languages. Each test is scored on a scale of 200-800 and is 1 hour in length.

Most U.S. universities require you to submit between one and three subject tests, along with a full-length SAT or ACT.

THE ACT

The ACT is a 2-hour and 55-minute exam that measures skill in four areas: English, reading, science reasoning, and mathematics. The ACT also has an optional, "enhanced" writing section that is 40-minutes long. 

For each of the four ACT sections, you will receive a scaled score of 36 that is averaged to produce a composite score, which is what universities will pay most attention to.

The optional essay is also given a scaled score of 36, however, it is not factored into the composite score.