International Students

For exams that ultimately result in a single numeric score, the SAT, ACT, and Subject Tests create considerable anxiety among international applicants to colleges in the United States.

Students often have many questions about US admissions tests:

How important are the exams?  When should I take them?  What do scores mean?  How can I study?  Can I really improve my score?

International students often face far more uncertainty than American students do — both related to the exams themselves and how to study for them. This uneasiness can lead to uncharacteristically low scores for international students and, consequently, a disadvantage on their applications.

These students might be fantastic scholars, but when you grow up in a culture where the SAT is not prevalent—and where its function might not even be understood—it can be hard to achieve the same scores as do bright, ambitious students in the United States. ArborBridge seeks to eliminate that imbalance and ensure that international students earn scores that truly reflect their academic potential.

Here’s how we do it:

Customized Curriculum

ArborBridge’s curriculum is designed for students to receive maximum personal attention. Diagnostic tests help ArborBridge tutors identify students’ strengths, weaknesses, and goals and customize their programs accordingly. We have no preconceived notions of what a “typical” student is.

Standardized Testing

Standardized, multiple choice-style tests prevalent in North America are often not the norm elsewhere in the world. ArborBridge tutors zero in on this fact, helping students unfamiliar with the SAT format to master it quickly and confidently. Tutors know that struggling with the SAT testing format is a reflection of a student’s experience—not of his or her intelligence.

English Language

The SAT and ACT examine a student’s knowledge of American English – but ArborBridge knows that there’s more than one kind of English. Whether students have learned English in school or are native speakers from the UK, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, or other Anglophone countries, there’s a good chance that the SAT and ACT will include idioms, diction, and even math terminology that non-American students might not recognize. ArborBridge tutors are on alert to address these linguistic challenges directly.

High School Curricula

ArborBridge tutors are familiar with the material that is taught—and not taught—in high schools around the world.  As a result, they know they might need to teach material that a student has never before seen, in addition to helping to translate the knowledge the student already has. Plus, ArborBridge works with college counselors to discuss students’ academic profiles and find out exactly what a given student has and has not learned in class.

Convenience & Flexibility

Lessons can take place at any time of day, no matter your location or timezone. Our programs are designed to accommodate even the most challenging of schedules.

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