U.S. Admissions test Coaching – SAT / ACT / SSAT

U.S. Admission Test Coaching

SAT/ACT - Myths and Misinformation

1. Myth 1: SAT/ACT are no longer important

While a number of universities have rendered the SAT/ACT as being “optional” rather than “required”, it is a grave mistake to underestimate their role in acceptance consideration. Submitting SAT/ACT scores powerfully demonstrates not only the applicant’s eagerness and effort, but also the determination to perform tasks that is beyond and above what is required. Hence setting apart the student - from being a “qualified” applicant to a “good” applicant.

Action: Optimize your acceptance chances - submit high SAT/ACT scores.

2. Myth 2: Treat the first attempt as a trial run - don't worry about the scores
The first set of scores set the tone and act as a starting block for subsequent scores. Low scores for the first attempt mean lowered ceilings for all remaining attempts. Also nothing boosts a student’s confidence and motivation more than good starting scores.
Action: Be well prepared for the first attempt; treat it as though it is the only and the last attempt.

3. Myth 3: SAT is preferred by universities

Historically universities in both coasts prefer the SAT while universities in the “middle” section prefer the ACT. That is no longer true. Take the one that favours the student, in terms of: a) academic strength, b) personal temperament, and c) preference for test taking strategy.
Action: Take SAT and ACT assessment tests, and identify the test that favours the student.

SAT Subject Tests

Subject selection that maximises acceptance chances

Which subject(s) would enhance your academic CV? Understanding their role is crucial to making the best decision. The Subject Tests serve to complement and/or supplement students’ academic CV in the following manner:

1. Complement

  • Taking subjects that are not among the student’s current school subject selection will help to demonstrate breadth of academic proficiency, hence “adding on” to the school report card

2. Supplement

  • Taking subjects that are not showing well on the school report card will help to make up for signs of weakness in the said subjects, hence patching up for “cracks” on the school report card.


In addition to school report card, interviews, letters of recommendation, application essays, and extracurricular activity engagements, SSAT score plays a key role in boarding school acceptance consideration. In some cases, it serves as the benchmark for the the initial rounds of applicant elimination. Hence top scores are crucial for successful applications.

When to begin preparation?

Depending on the students’ proficiencies in Reading, Writing (grammar), and Math, it is suggested that students begin the preparation program no less than 6 months prior to the first test date - for the SAT/ACT and SSAT.

Why study with CANA?

At CANA, you can select, from a variety of test preparation programs, the one that suits your specific needs. Some programs are designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the entire syllabus, while others are tailor made - designed according to the strength and weakness of each student Mock tests are regularly conducted during scheduled check points to assess and optimize learning progress.

CANA’s 4-point Score Booster Scheme:

  • Lays out strategies, that are proven successful, for point improvement
  • Sets a timeline for cluster-point increments.
  • Inculcates students’ character: motivation, grit, focus, and personal best
  • Implements Error Logging

CANA’s track record

All our students have become proficient in syllabus contents and test taking techniques. Remarkable improvement in test performance is a norm, rather than an exception, for each and every student who has participated in our program:

  • Average score improvement for English Verbal sections: 25%
  • Average score improvement for Math sections: 29%

CANA’s stellar coaching staff

Our SSAT instructors are graduates of top elite US universities who have attained top scores in standardized tests. They have all been carefully selected by virtue of their rich experience in communication skills, coaching ability, client care, and passion for international education.

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Here at CANA Elite, we truly believe that every student is unique and has the potential to reach their goals with the right guidance. Academic excellence is derived from both passionate teachers and eager students. That is why we provide a unique learning experience tailored to each individual student. Named after the location of the first miracle in the Bible, we hope CANA elite can be the place of miracles for all our students, allowing them to achieve their dreams.