lewelma Posted December 5, 2016 Share Posted December 5, 2016 Hi all, DS is a dual citizen living his whole life in NZ. He is interested in applying for elite universities in America (possibly Harvard, MIT, Princeton). He has the credentials to have a shot at getting in, but NZ does not have American style standardized tests so he has never taken one. I'm trying to lay out a plan for him to shine in a format that will be quite strange for him. He is quite a mathematician, but he will definitely have to prep for the calculator section of the SAT given he has never used a calculator for math. Also, he reads the Economist and Scientific American, but I don't think he has ever answered a reading comprehension question in his life. We will also have to do serious prep on the writing, as he does not write fast, nor has he ever done the kind of writing that the SAT requires. So I am looking for general advice as to how to go about preparing and for a recommendation for a good prep book. There seem to be so many plus some online providers. Also, I understand he has to take some SAT subject tests, he has not settled on any specific schools yet, so I don't know how many, but sounds like 2 is generally expected. He would be up for Math, Physics, and Chemistry. Is there a specific prep book you would recommend? All exams in NZ are essay exams, so for Chemistry he wrote 6 one-and-a-half page essays and 10 half page essays in 3 hours (he prints small too). He has never taken a multiple choice test in his life, and I'm guessing he will over think everything. He would be applying for attendence in September 2018. There are no PSATs that I am aware of in NZ. There are testing sites for the SAT and subject tests and it looks like they occur multiple times a year, so he could take it more than once. But we are a bit short on time, I think. Open to all advice, Ruth in NZ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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