2018 BCA, HSPT, ISEE, and SSAT Prep:
As our annual fall session comes to a close, parents often ask me, “What’s the next step?”
Without hesitation, I have the same answer each time: College Prep!
At the end of the day, preparing for high school admissions is really just one more step toward preparing for college admissions. Once it’s completed, it’s time to move on to the next step.
So don’t lose momentum! Smart parents and students are eager to capitalize on their investment in our valuable High School Admissions Prep program by continuing with MEK in planning for the future.
We recommend the following courses and programs for our hardworking BCA Prep students, as well as HSPT, SSAT and ISEE prep students:
Algebra and Advanced Algebra
Our Fall Test Prep students have learned problem-solving skills for basic Algebra and test-taking skills at MEK. They have also been introduced to Algebra in the school classroom. However, our experience has shown that each school has different levels of depth in their coverage of Algebra topics. Often, what is covered in their school is not enough to set them up for success.
It is imperative that students come into their freshman year with a strong grasp of Algebraic concepts. Algebra plays a larger role than ever before in high school math curriculum and on college admission exams such as the SAT and ACT.
Therefore, this Spring semester, MEK presents our Algebra Problem-Solving course and Advanced Algebra course.
Through our Algebra class, student will develop a strong understanding of Algebraic concepts and strong problem-solving skills. Advanced Algebra will prepare students for high school Algebra 2 class, BCA and BT’s Math Analysis class, and Exeter Math – Algebra (applicable mostly for private school students).
Also, both classes will have a SAT Math Score as a class goal. Just one more step in preparing them for college admissions!
Advanced Writing Lab
Advanced Writing Lab teaches students to write keen literary analysis in a mature, sophisticated voice. AWL does not help students start brainstorming because as HS Admission Prep students, they already have this skill. Instead, it helps students write a timed essay on many non-fiction and fiction prompts. They will receive one-on-one attention and learn to revise their critical points at an outstanding level. This Lab is perfect for BCA Prep students who wish to continue to hone their analytical and writing skills or HSPT, ISEE, or SSAT students who need to learn literary analysis before entering high school!
SAT as Diagnostic Exam
Find out where your child stands!
After many years of Exam Prep, I have learned that a 1250 SAT score out of a possible 1600 is a great indicator that a student will enjoy high school success. Students who earn a 1250 SAT score before entering 9th grade easily build a strong GPA and succeed in high honor courses.
Check out where your child stands by taking a SAT Diagnostic practice exam and scheduling a high school consultation.
*SAT exam takes 3 hours. Schedule at your convenience or join a Free Test Event.
Some parents worry that it is too early for their child to take a SAT test, but this is not true. They are ready to see where they are because:
- The same content level and skills required for HS Admission Test Prep is required for the SAT. Our HS Admission Prep students have learned outstanding and well-developed test-taking skills.
- Many BCA English exam prompts and SSAT/ISEE test contents are well aligned with the SAT Reading section. Plus, HSPT Language section strongly aligns with the SAT Writing section.
- Even John Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth program asks for 8th graders to earn a 1200 SAT score for program eligibility.
Upcoming Events for BCA Prep Students
- Workshop for all students invited to BCA interview round
- Meet with Upperclassman Event for all BCA, BT, and A@E admitted students
We look forward to working with you throughout this entire exciting process. MEK will always be your personal consultant for school success, including the next big step—college admissions!
Written by Ann Ahn – Head Counselor of MEK Review