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.
- Diagnose Mentee’s Academic Weaknesses
- Review Academic Content Required for Specialised Tests
- Analysis of Past Questions
- Timed Practices and Mastery
Types of Specialised Tests
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
Why Interview Mentoring?
University admission interviews are notoriously rigorous and can determine the outcome of each application. QC offers proprietary interview preparatory courses by experienced mentors. Our mentors have aced these interviews and will provide our mentees with first hand insider knowledge on interview questions and professors. Content, pedagogy focus, with analysis of key techniques, are addressed for a competitive interview outcome.
- Review Academic Content
- Analysis of Simulated Interviews
- Analysis of Answering Framework
- Analysis of Faculty Admission Officers
Reading Lists & Progress Review – A reading list that covers potential interview topics will be prepared for the mentee. The reading materials depend on the course selection, college selection, and professor’s area of expertise. Mentors will review the student’s progress (academic and non-academic) and discuss key topics for the interview.
Framework for Anticipated Questions – Mentors will share a suggested framework for answering anticipated questions. Subject specific and general questions will covered using our unique Quintessential Framework. Higher order interview answers are only possible with a well thought framework that is systematic and coherent.
Body Language Correction – It is crucial to project confidence, compassion and knowledge to the interviewer. Good body language and choice of words are key foundation. Mentors will provide suggestions for improvements through an analysis of each candidate’s performance in the simulated interviews.