Salah: “Before the Test, spend about one hour a day over the course of several weeks as that is more effective than multiple hours each day. Give yourself time to practice each test before taking it. There are many preparatory courses, online services, and books to choose from, but no matter which route you select, make sure to take some timed practice tests before you take the actual test. This will help you gain familiarity with the exam and boost your confidence. Lastly, understand the scoring of the test you are taking and do not panic!
AK: “To stand out as an applicant, you should take challenging courses in Math, English, Science, History, and a Foreign Language. Not only will schools consider these courses for admission into their school, these courses will help you build basic skills that you are going to use all of your life. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself, it will pay off in the long run!”
Kaya: “Extracurriculars provide insight into who you are as a person and what you can contribute to a community. Don’t fill your application with generic activities, instead pick two or three activities that you are passionate about and dedicate yourself to doing those activities as best as you can.”
Salah: “In my experience in Admissions, stellar essays include tangible evidence of a student’s passions. For example, a project, experiment, portfolio, or a venture on which they spent substantial time learning or creating. I encourage students to not just tell what their passions are, but to show the evidence in their essay.”
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Salah: “Boarding schools use personal and teacher recommendations to add a more subjective and personal perspective to their assessment of your abilities, which can show aspects of your personality that don’t always come out on tests and papers. Therefore, choose teachers who can speak to your personal integrity, honesty, work-ethic, and your human side.”
Kaya: “Research the school and prepare well before the interview. This will help familiarize yourself with basic questions about the school that you will be asked during the interview. As an International student, you potentially have a great advantage, because you bring a unique and different perspective to the school, so be confident, share your experience, and believe in yourself!”