Here at AF, we pride ourselves in the diversity of our courses. We cover the very best of the US, UK and international education systems that today's world has to offer. We also offer a tailor-made tuition service, geared towards the needs of the individual learner. Here are just some of the areas that we cover:
In the US
In the UK
For those who wish to study further afield, we also offer a range of courses following the globally recognized IBDP curricula.
And that's not all, we also offer a range of personalized tuition options tailored to the learner's needs. Whatever your age, whatever your ability level and whatever your ambition may be, at AF we are here to support you.
For more in-depth information about the courses we offer, please refer to the Our Courses section below.
Of course if you want to study at some of the world's top universities, it's going to take a lot of hard work and study to get you there. Here at AF, we cover a wide range of courses and syllabuses to prepare you for success when you head overseas.
Here are just some of the courses we offer:
The SAT® Reasoning Test is mandatory (except in the case of those who take the ACT) for students wishing to enter US colleges and universities. In particular the critical reading and writing sections can prove problematic for students who hail from outside the US. Most schools recognise this, and as such a high score on the math section can be taken into account to counterbalance this effect. On the subject of scoring, from 2016 March, the SAT® reverts from its 2400 point scoring to the previous 1600 point system. Naturally, to be considered for top tier institutions such as the Ivy League, one would have to get as close to this top score as possible. It is important to check the required score with your school of choice as soon as possible. AF's consultants can help you with this.
Although students can take the test as many times as they like up until grade 12, we recommend that students don't take the test more than 3 times. We also recommend starting preparation as early as possible. Some students can start preparing for the test as early as the 7th grade.
SAT® SUBJECT TESTS
The SAT® Reasoning test is seen as a general test of student's cognitive abilities and overall intelligence. However, the SAT® subject tests provide an opportunity for students to show aptitude in a specific subject area. It's also important to note that whilst many schools will accept ACT scores as an alternative to scores on the SAT® Reasoning test, top tier schools will still insist on additional scores in SAT® Subject tests in addition to SAT® Reasoning scores. For example, the likes of Harvard, Yale, Georgetown and Princeton insist on at least 2 SAT® Subject test scores in addition to the SAT® Reasoning Test. It is best to check each individual school's website for exact requirements. AF's consulting team can help you with this. There are 20 different subjects to choose from, but most top tier institutions will require math plus one science and an additional subject of the student's choice.
Again we recommend that you start early in your preparation, perhaps as early as the second grade. AF offers a range of SAT® Subject preparatory courses to help you.
Established in 1959 as a rival to the SAT®, The ACT serves as an assessment for those wishing to enter universities, colleges and other higher education establishments in the US and Canada. In many ways viewed as an alternative to the SAT®, it is sometimes perceived as easier than the SAT® Reasoning Test, as it is presented each year in the same consistent format. Conversely, the SAT® is usually revised each year, increasing the unpredictability of the exam.
The ACT differs slightly in format from the SAT®, offering 4 sections, English, Math, Reading and Science.
The scoring system for the ACT is slightly more complicated, using a 36 point scale as opposed to the soon to be implemented 1600 point system of the SAT®. It's also important to note that due to the way in which the scores are calculated, your composite score will not be the sum of all your sectional scores.
Like the SAT®, it is best to begin preparing for the ACT as early as possible. AF offers a range of preparatory courses to help you with this.
AP® or Advanced Placement, to give it its full title, is a system created by the College Board, who also administers the SAT®, to allow high school students to study a curriculum of college level subjects. Studying these subjects at an advanced level in this way is a great way to give yourself an edge over the competition if you wish to study at some of the higher tier institutions in the US.
The General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level, or A Level, is a secondary school qualification recognized in the UK, as a main qualification andas an international school qualificaion worldwide. A Levels typically take two years to complete and students will usually study 3 or 4 of them simultaneously during the final two years of high school. An exam is conducted at the end of the 2 years to ascertain the final grade.
As an international equivalent to the GCSE, the two year course of study followed by 14 to 16 year olds in the UK, the IGCSE is an important first step for those who wish to study in UK universities in the future. Successful completion of IGCSE exams will lead on to study of the GCE A levels and hopefully, in the fullness of time, acceptance into a UK university.
The IBDP is aimed at students 16 to 19 years old and aims to empower students with both the knowledge and the skills to succeed in today's competitive world. Respected and recognized by top institutions all around the world, many schools across China and indeed Asia are now adopting an IB syllabus. Statistics show that students who study at an IB approved school have a higher chance of entering a top-tier university than other students who follow a regular course of education.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language is a standardized test offered worldwide as a measure of non-native English speakers' communicative abilities. It is very popular amongst US colleges and universities who use the TOEFL as a means to gauge students' suitability to study courses where the primary language of instruction is English.
Similar in many respects to the TOEFL test, the IELTS is also a standardized test of English. For those who wish to study in the UK, New Zealand or Australia, the IELTS test is, perhaps held in slightly higher regard than TOEFL in those countries. Although TOEFL is the more widely recognised English test in the US, more than 3,000 colleges and universities in the US currently accept IELTS scores too. If you want to study in the US, it's probably best to find out which of the two exams your institution of choice prefers.
Of course, wherever you study overseas, be it the UK, US or elsewhere, chances are you will need an advanced level of English to qualify. At AF we offer a range of general English classes to improve all four key areas, reading writing, listening and speaking. All our general English classes are conducted by native English speakers with several years of experience.
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