*Analysis performed by MEK founder and Headmaster Mr. Gunn Ahn
We are happy to announce that 83 BCA Prep students have received interview invitations this year! This number forms our largest group of interviewees ever, compared to 59 students in 2016 and 71 students in 2015.
The BCA math admission tests on January 7th and 8th were the most difficult ones yet. These tests were even more challenging than 2015’s Sunday test, which the majority of applicants could not complete. What has changed?
Before 2017, Sunday’s test was usually more difficult than Saturday’s. This year marks the first time both tests shared a high difficulty level. Mr. Ahn projects the lowest passing adjusted scores* for 2017 to be under 30 for all 7 academies.
What does this mean for your child’s chances of a BCA acceptance?
BCA’s most challenging tests yet are not bad news for prospective students! In fact, they can actually give you an advantage in the admissions process.
Until 2012, less than 5% of admitted students had B’s on their 7th or 8th grade report cards, even if they obtained very high scores on entrance exams. School grades were a more decisive factor than test performance, knocking out a significant number of applicants.
However, this trend has changed since the tests have become more difficult.
In 2013 and 2014, the number of B-students admitted to BCA surged to 40%! In 2015, 35% of admitted students had B’s because the Saturday test was relatively easy. In 2016, this number decreased to 25% because the tests were easier than those from 2015.
When the tests become easier, school grades become the more decisive factor in the admissions process. Use test difficulty to your advantage with MEK!
Since the 2017 test was so challenging, Mr. Ahn expects the number of admitted students with B’s on report cards to return to 40%.
We know this is a lot of information to process! What does it all mean for your child?
Do not be disappointed with B’s on middle school report cards! Overcome average school grades by drastically improving your admission test performance with MEK’s Exam Prep 8 and BCA Prep!
MEK is here to help students present the best possible portfolios during the increasingly competitive high school admissions process. Our students succeed in record numbers because they outperform applicants unprepared for evolving, difficult tests!
- Adjusted scores: # correct answers – 0.25 x # incorrect answers
- All data comes from MEK’s BCA Prep program
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