Our services, which guide students holistically from college selection to admission, include the following:

Application Management

We guide the student in producing the strongest applications 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 written supplements are successfully aligned to each college’s institutional priorities and the student’s strengths.

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College Selection

We have unrivalled knowledge of a vast number of top institutions, and we conduct continuous consultationsto help a family decide on suitable schools. It should be remembered that undergraduates in the US are members of a college community first; members of an academic elite second. There are just under 4,000 universities and colleges in the US, and each is trying to create its own unique community. It is crucial that a student’s choices are the right ‘fit’ – not least for the likelihood of success of an application.

College Visits

We view college visits as a crucial part of the decision-making process that grants students a real ‘feel’ of the college campus and community. We can arrange private college and university visits, and our network of past and current Heads of Admissions enables us to present the very essence of a college community to a student and their family. We can accompany a student and make appropriate introductions, guiding a family in asking the right questions. Many universities welcome direct dialogue with a student – they believe this interaction enables the student to make more informed decisions. Many times, a college will look wonderful on paper; however, a visit will ensure that a student feels comfortable on campus and is happy with their choice.

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SAT & ACT Testing

We provide our own general strategies on SAT/ACT tuition, and work with specialised US partners to provide the most effective test preparation programmes.

We conduct a diagnostic assessment to determine a student’s suitability for either the SAT or the ACT format before recommending a suitable programme. Standardised testing remains a central element of a successful application to many of the top universities, and our tutoring models concentrate on the techniques required to maximise scores. With careful preparation, students are able to do very well even without strong subject knowledge.

For students not in the US high school system, SAT/ACT instruction is important for three reasons:

  1. US standardised testing focuses heavily on a wide vocabulary and the mechanics of English grammar. These are largely ignored in the British education system, even at the top independent schools.
  2. US.standardised testing in mathematics focuses heavily on topics that are not covered by GCSE or AS Maths syllabi in the UK (e.g. geometry). Students need the cultural-curricular literacy to perform well in these tests.
  3. US standardised testing is virtually all multiple choice. Assessment styles in British and other systems do not provide students with the appropriate 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

Echoing the unique communities within each US university, each application comes with distinct writing requirements, unlike anything students will have covered in standard curricula. A strong application will require students to write about themselves creatively, reflectively, and proficiently, crafting individual application ‘narratives’. While we will never write an essay for a student, we provide continuous guidance on the crafting of personal and supplemental essays – more of an art form than an academic ‘statement’. We can organise courses to discover and/or improve writing style, or to submit an outstanding art portfolio. We can involve a combination of exceptional writing tutors, subject specialists, and consultants with college-specific admissions experience to ensure that the creative components of an application make it stand out from those of other applicants.

Mentoring & Support

We work with a student and their family to support and recommend choices of academic and extra-curricular pursuits that are likely to strengthen the overall US college application. We involve, as necessary, a number of mentors and tutors to guide a student towards creating a student profile that combines strong academics with interesting, in-depth extra-curricular involvement. Especially if started early, mentorship can be most effective in helping an applicant stand out.

Please call us to discuss your US college application.

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