Specialised Test Preparation

Why Specialised Test Preparations?

Specialised tests are as important as interviews and personal statements. With meeting the minimum cutoff score in these tests, candidates usually cannot be considered for further selection rounds. Mentees are often ill-equipped to handle specialised test prep simultaneously with their tough academic workload. Hence, key guidance, content and pedagogy by QC mentors are instrumental in order to shorten the learning curve and maximise study efficiency and performance.

Mentoring Objectives

  • Diagnose Mentee’s Academic Weaknesses
  • Review Academic Content Required for Specialised Tests
  • Review Academic Content Required for Specialised Tests
  • Timed Practices and Mastery

Types of Specialised Tests

Language (TOEFL/IELTS)

Non-native English mentees have to score well in these tests in their applications to selective US or UK universities. Mentors will help them master the various components of the tests including reading, writing and listening.

Country-Specific Tests (SAT I, II, ISAT)

The USA Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and the Australian International Student Admissions Test (ISAT) are examples of some country-specific tests. Some top Ivy League universities require a score of >1500 for SAT I, which is the 99th percentile. QC Mentors who have successfully mastered these tests are able to lead mentees to prepare well for these crucial tests.

Course-Specific Tests (LNAT/BMAT/UKCAT/NSAA)

Some courses have further admission testing to gauge the aptitude of the mentee. These can be exceedingly tough (Olympiad level) and requires extremely strong candidates who have a firm foundation to work out answers from first principles. QC mentors will guide mentees to prepare robustly for these tests.

Outstanding QC Students

More likely to gain admission to an Ivy League university

More likely to gain admission to Oxford or Cambridge

More likely to gain admission to 

Duke, UChicago and Northwestern

More likely to gain admission to the UK’s top Russell Group universities including King’s College London, UCL and Imperial College London

More likely to gain admission to 

Stanford and MIT

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Case Studies


Sean Lim

School: ACS Independent

The interview preparation was a rigorous process, involving a strong team of consultants that provide incisive opinions and feedback. The sessions were intense and holistic, targeted at improving not only our abilities to communicate our ideas, but the quality of our content as well.




I thought the interview was very useful since I got to practice and also because the interview structure is very different from the typical ones, so it was good to learn how to approach them. Also would have been a bit more helpful if we had sessions with Bianca first since she covered the basics before going down to the centre to have the proper interview.



School: Raffles Junior College

The interview sessions were more useful as the interviewers I worked with were alumni of the specific degree themselves. Therefore, they staged very realistic interviews, similar to the actual one in terms of reading material, questions asked, and general flow. I also learned to manage my body language and organise my answers better.



School: Raffles Junior College

The interviewer preparation helped me most importantly in two ways. First, I practiced being able to answer more well thought out and organized responses on the spot and also getting used to being asked hard questions and expected a response immediately. Without the practice it would’ve have been extremely daunting to just suddenly be asked a challenging question and be expected to answer it in a short-time frame and also the ability to come up with a coherent response in a short amount of time was absolutely critical.

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