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    An orientation on
study abroad planning &
    SAT prep guide
               by Mitul Gada
                         USA                     Australia   Canada


Career Prospects

Visa Regulations


Availability of

Poor           Average         Very Good        Excellent

    Breakup of Costs          Average Annual Figures in USD

Actual costs vary greatly depending on program type, degree
          level, university, geographic location, etc.

Scholarships and Fellowships          Trusts / Scholarships in India
offered by Universities               for Studies Abroad

   •International Organizations       •K C Mahindra Scholarship
   offering Scholarships              •Nehru Trust for Cambridge
   •Fulbright Commission               University and Trinity College
   •The United Nations                •Singapore International
   •AMIDEAST                          Airlines – Youth Scholarships
   •World Health Organization         •Nanyang Technological
                                        University (Singapore)
                                      •J N Tata Endowment
                                      •ITC Scholarships

International Banks                         Indian Banks
•   With/Without Co-signer                  •Security to be provided by
     1. Citibank                              parents
     2. Bank of America
•   Upto 25 years to repay                  •State Bank of India, Bank of
•   Begin installments upon graduation or     India, Andhra Bank, Syndicate
    a year after                              Bank, Canara Bank, Private
•   Competitive Interest Rates (10 - 15%)     Banks, Centurion Bank of Punjab
    Other Loan Programs
     • Access Group                         •Upto 15 years to repay
     • Sallie Mae
     • International Education Finance

            Application Procedure
                                  Standardized Tests
                                     • SAT
                                     • TOEFL / IELTS
• Future Career
  - specialization                Additional requirements
                                 • Extracurricular Activities &
• Short-list destination(s)                         certificates
                                 • Academic Transcripts
• Short-list Colleges            • Recommendation Letters
  (be realistic)                 • SOP
                                 • Financial Aid/Scholarships

           TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language)
• Accepted in the US, UK, Canada, Singapore
•   Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) – Administered by ETS
•   4 Sections - Listening , Speaking , Reading , Writing
• All sections worth 30 points. Total score out of 120.
  Good Score 90+
•   Scores valid for 2 years ; register at
•   NO coaching required for an above average student
•   Get any 1 books out of: Barron’s, Kaplan, Princeton, Cliffs
“The Application Race for the Aug intake”

                                        Complete                 Apply
                                                   Admns.         For
              SAT-        SAT-II         & Send
                                                   Decisions    Student
  Decision   TOEFL        (if required)   Apps
  10th       11th        12th        12th grade    12th grade    june      Jul–
  vacation   beginning   beginning                 (mar-may)               Aug
             (oct/nov/   (oct-nov)

 How Important Are These Scores?
Large University                                   Small University

  Scores                                                        Personals
           Grade Point                            Grade Point
             Average                                Average

                     Personals include Applications,
                    Extra Curricular Activities, sports
                      international conferences etc.

                                Essays, SOP, LORs
                                          Describe how you
                                                                           Don’t use flowery

             Consider this a               will contribute to
                                                                         language and please
              “sales pitch”                  the college’s
                                                                          follow instructions
                                          unique community

                                               Talk about your

                 Choose the
                                         characteristics and back them       Ensure its genuine
            “right recommender”
                                                 with examples

                 Make a strong                                               Proof read for
                                              Keep it concise,
          presentation of yourself and                                       spelling errors
                                           comprehensive, relevant
               your qualifications

• Register at (administered by ETS)
• Exam fees U.S $ 94. Postponing fees $ 22
• Conducted 6 times a year in India (oct/nov/dec/jan/may/june)
• Scores valid for 2 yrs.
• An option of discarding the scores
• Scores to 4 colleges free; Additional score report: 9.5 $ each.
• Accepted in U.S and Singapore
• A decent score 1800+        exceptional score 2100+
• Recommended to take SAT twice
• Calculators are allowed
• Special concession for students with disabilities (dyslexia etc.)
                         SAT paper pattern
No. of sections     Type of sections                      Details

     3                    Math                (800 marks) 25 + 25 + 20 = 70 mins

     3            Critical Reading            (800 marks) 25 + 25 + 20 = 70 mins
                      (blanks + passages)
                         vocab based

     3                  Writing               (800 marks) 25 + 35 + 10 = 70 mins
                  (essay + grammar based Q)

 _______                                       ___________ __________________
    9                                         (2400 marks) 3 ½ hrs. + breaks
                     MATH SYLLABUS
    ARITHMETIC                          GEOMETRY
•   Number properties               •   Lines n angles
•   Fraction n decimal              •   Triangles
•   Percents                        •   Polygons
•   Ratio n Proportion              •   Circles
•   Averages (mean, median, mode)   •   Solid Geometry
•   Exponents n roots               •   Co-ordinate Geometry
  ALGEBRA                               MISCELLANEOUS
• Basic Algebra                     •   Counting (P n C)
• Simple Equations                  •   Probability
• Quadratic Equations               •   Rates (STD / Time n work)
                                    •   Sequence n Series

     How is SAT different from school
             syllabus exams?
• importance of concepts
• a lot of “reasoning & logic” involved
• scores based on mathematical reasoning (not
  maths) and verbal reasoning (not english)
• methods and steps don’t matter
• taking help from the options
• quick thinking required

     How is the SAT testing related to
    practical life managerial aspects?

•   time management
•   stress management
•   working with the available resources
•   “out of the box” thinking

    The 2 factors on which your score depends:

• inbuilt aptitude for this exam (which differs from
  person to person ; hence don’t compare and don’t
  generalize the study plan)

• up-gradation till a certain level (taking genuine SAT
  training, using the right material, taking authentic
  tests, organizing your study plan based on your
  strengths and weakness)

The 3 imp skills for acing the quant sec:
• Concepts
• Understanding the language of the question
• Approach
   -Conventional             - Modern
           (Variables             (Substitution
            Equations              Back solving n elimination
            Formulae)              Smart use of calci
                                   Following the trend
                                   Diagramatic presentation)

The 3 imp skills for acing the verbal section

•   Word Power (vocab) and its application (sentence completion)

•   Grammar rules and essay writing abilities (writing section)

•   Reading and Interpreting simultaneously (reading comprehension)
Authentic SAT material (a big dilemma)

• Barron’s SAT math n verbal workbooks
• Kaplan SAT math n verbal workbooks
• Princeton math n verbal workbooks

• Barron’s SAT
• Kaplan 2400
• Mitul’s hard math n verbal question sets

Full length tests
• Kaplan 12 test papers for the SAT
• Princeton 11 test papers for the SAT

Books “NOT” to be used

• Kaplan SAT

• Princeton: Cracking the SAT

   How to start your preparation?

• part A (topic wise concepts n practice)

• part B (section tests : math, reading, writing)

• part C (full length tests : 10 approx)

• Best time to prepare (10th vacation or the first half of
  11th grade year for SAT I… similarly for SAT II,
  either the 11th vacation or the first half of 12th grade)
• Total duration of preparation(for an above average
  student, 2 months without school/college and 3.5
  months along with school/college)
• Per day efforts (4 hrs. without school/college, 1.5 hrs
  with school/college)
• Prioritize SAT over your socials etc… (a half
  hearted preparation and attempt can cost u time,
  money and carrier plan)

Bottom line

• test of endurance (maintaining concentration for 4
  hrs at a stretch)

• test of maturity (keeping yourself calm n composed
  without getting panic)

• test of smartness (you don’t have to be super
  intelligent to crack the SAT; just be smart enough)

 SAT subject tests (SAT II)
• Required by few top colleges in addition to SAT I
• Evaluates your command and knowledge in specific subjects
• Questions more direct and indepth than reasoning based (unlike SAT I)
• Duration : 1 hr
• Can take either SAT I or SAT II on a particular SAT date; but not both
• Can take upto 3 subject tests on the same day
• Confirm with the unis and/or your counselor reg the subjects chosen
• Books (for any subject): Barrons, Kaplan, Princeton

List of subjects for SAT II subject tests

  English                                                     Languages
                                                              Chinese with listening
 History and Social Studies                                   French
U.S. History (formerly American History and Social Studies)   French with listening
World History                                                 German
                                                              German with listening
 Mathematics                                                  Spanish
Mathematics Level 1 (formerly Mathematics IC)                 Spanish with listening
Mathematics Level 2 (formerly Mathematics IIC)                Modern hebrew
  Science                                                      Latin
Biology E/M                                                   Japanese with listening
Chemistry                                                      Korean with listening

                Practice tests tips !

• take the tests in ideal testing conditions

• score the tests

• always check the explanatory answers after u finish the test

• learn from the mistakes and upgrade
                 Importance of “genuine”
                     SAT TRANING
•   myths n misconceptions

•   direction and regularity

•   pool of students to interact with

•   comparative performance

•   avoiding loss of opportunity cost (time n money)
 The parameters should be competent TRAINERS…
  not BRANDS…
• meet the faculties before enrolling
• check their competence and experience
• material provided and the support reg doubts
• ask for a demo session if possible
• consult some ex-students and ask them about their
• beware of false claims
How are “WE” different ??

•    expertise : trainers with 2300+ SAT scores and
    indepth subject knowledge

• experience : exclusive SAT experience of 9 yrs.

• methodology : topic wise practice, sectional tests,
  full length tests

• material : authentic SAT books (barrons, princeton,

• Support : doubt solving sessions till the exam date

Options for students:

• class-room training

• personal training

• video-conference training
         (for students outside Mumbai)
IMP: To students who have already scored decently (2000+) in SAT,
  we generally recommend not to take any coaching as just preparing
  on their own will suffice. We give all the necessary guidance reg
  how to go about SAT and draft a rough study plan for them.

  But for those who haven’t been exposed to any kind of “entrance”
  training earlier definitely should not take any chance. They certainly
  miss the important concepts, shortcuts, smarter approaches,
  regularity, interaction with other SAT students etc. which can
  happen only in a classroom ambiance. Not scoring on SAT for the
  first time not only makes you spend again but also makes you waste
  a lot of time again. Moreover it also shakes your self belief. And all
  this is definitely not worth saving a few grands. You might as well
  finish it off once and for all by preparing in style and hence not
  leaving any stone unturned.

  A lot of students who claim to “manage” SAT on their own forget that
  they don’t have to manage it but have to “excel” at it.
           The “SAT SCAM”
According to a recent article by TOI, since there is dearth
of genuine SAT trainers around, a lot of non qualified
individuals pose themselves to be training for the same.
Ignorant students become easy prey to such consultants
who lure them by tall claims and low pricing.

The issue is that you realize the problem only once you
pay up as most of these test prep companies neither
provide any testimonials nor any demo/trial SAT session
which helps you making a judicious choice when it
comes to authentic SAT training.
Hence we have uploaded a list of around 40 students,
along with their scores & email ids, so that you may have
a reference check with few of them before you proceed.
As a lot of these students are second timers, we have
also mentioned their earlier trainers with whom they dint
have a pleasant experience.

Also to maintain utmost transparency, we allow a
demo/trial GMAT session at any of our centers so that
before you enroll, you exactly know what you are paying
for. Prior registration required.


•   Anvisha Pai, 2330, Ambani,
•   Neil Satra, 2350, Ambani,
•   Anika Havaldar, 2200, Ambani,
•   Agastya Shastri, 2140,
•   Yash Saraf, Ambani,
•   Akshat Goenka, 2030, Ambani,
•   Shally Madhok, 1900, Ambani,
•   Rishabh Bhavnani, 2030, SAT, Singapore int,
•   Yuvraj Rajan, Ecole Mondiale, babson,
•   Sanaa Jhurani, Ecole Mondiale, babson,
•   Anjali Merchant, Ecole Mondiale, babson
•   Aakanksha Goenka, Ecole Mondiale,
•   Yashwardhan Rajan, Ecole Mondiale,
•   Agrima Batra, Ecole Mondiale,
•   Radhika Nehlani, Ecole Mondiale,
•   Rishika Srisrimal, Eciole Mondiale,
•   Abhinav Subramaniam, Ecole Mondiale,
•   Tulsi Mehta, 2020, SAT, Ecole Mondiale,

•   Siddhant Kothari, 2050, ASB,
•    Yash Kothari, 2020, ASB,
•    Meera Brunner, 2030, ASB
•    Meloni Bendre,
•    Ayesha Pagdiwala,
•    Chloe Berman, ASB,
•    Miel Yusuf, ASB,
•    Nishant Mehta, 2050, SAT, Jamnabai
•    Anmol Thakeria, Podar international
•    Shradha Bhatia, 2030, Podar

•    Rohan Mehta, (previously joined Princeton)
•   Ruzeveh Godrej, (previously joined Nussan, bandra)
•    Ankur Seksaria, (previously joined R.Saraswati, Vile Parle)
•    Sanjit Oberoi, (previously joined IMS)
•    Hitesh, (previously joined IMS)
•    Abhishek Kothari, (previously joined Jayant Pai, dadar)
•    Vivek Laddha, (previously joined TIME)
•    Rachita Kumar, (matunga), (previously joined KGC, pedder rd)
•    Merlyn D’souza,, (previously joined both Sonia Mutalia, khar & IMS)
•    Nikhil Tanwani, (khar), (previously joined Sonia Mutalia, khar)
•    Anand Piramal (Piramal group), Harvard, (previously joined Ezra,
•    Puneet Sehgal, (juhu), Darden, (previously joined prof Narsee,
•    Nikhil Keswani, (previously joined prof. Narsee, andheri)
•    Uday Kumar, (previously joined Eduworld, churchgate)
•    Rohan , Bhopal, (previously joined KGC, pedder rd)