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2018-07-30 11:56:46

Admission to UK schools: preparation for the entrance exams

Admission to UK schools: preparation for the entrance exams

In order to successfully enroll in schools in the UK (and throughout the world), it is first of all necessary to pass the entrance exams well - and this requires qualitative preparation.

Preparing for the entrance exams will solve several academic problems:

  • Improve the level of foreign language skills to the level required for training
  • Leveling differences foreign educational systems, to bring the level of knowledge of the student to the required denominator (especially often required for mathematics and natural sciences)
  • Adapt to the new educational system, understand its evaluation system, scores, criteria for evaluating the answers
  • To remove the emotional tension, prepare for the exam morally and emotionally.

Depending on the chosen institution, its rating and prestige, the requirements for the entrants can be very different. Entrance examinations may be absent altogether (only documents submitted are considered) or higher-level examinations are offered that are almost the same as the national olympiads (such tests are taken in the most selective rating schools ). In the second case, schoolchildren will have to withstand quite a serious competition - in particular, foreign students of South-East Asia always show themselves well.

In order to begin a successful preparation for the entrance exams, first of all you need to determine the existing level of knowledge. Please note that entrance examinations are usually held in October-November with announcement of results in December; Additionally tests can be scheduled in February and March. But the competition in the spring exams is even higher, since the number of vacant seats is already less than in the autumn, and there are still many applicants for them.

The nature of the entrance tests also depends on the age of the applicant. For example, in schools in the UK:

  • Junior students take English and math
  • Pupils of 10-11 years take an additional test for logical thinking
  • Pupils of 13-14 years of age take an additional examination in natural science (a comprehensive course that includes the basics of physics, chemistry and biology). In addition, most top institutions can add exams on history, geography, French and others at their own discretion
  • Pupils of 15-17 years applying for graduation classes, pass English, mathematics and pass a personal interview. In addition, each student surrenders those subjects that are included in the course for their future profession and specialty: for example, students who have chosen financial and banking, hold an examination in economics, future architects in physics, physicians in biology and chemistry.

The most optimal and effective way is to start preparing for the entrance exams in advance, at least 3-4 months before the start of testing, and choose an intensive course. By experience, this time is enough to level the differences between foreign educational systems. It often happens that a schoolchild must study whole new sections of physics, biology, mathematics and other disciplines.

Qualitative preparation for the entrance exams is an important, but not the only, step to entering the best schools in the UK and the world. Smapse is ready to help you on this long journey, saving your strength and time.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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