Standardised Testing

Standardised Testing

Standardised Testing

Boost your standardised test score and increase your chances of getting into your dream university.


The U.S University admissions test.

Learn from students who achieved perfect SAT scores and were admitted to top US universities. Find out more about our SAT tutoring program.

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What is the SAT?

The SAT is one of two standardised tests you can sit in order to apply to US universities. The alternative exam is called the ACT but it isn’t quite as popular.

In 2016, the SAT got a facelift. The new SAT exam consists of four sections: Reading, Writing and Language, Math with calculator, and Math no calculator. There’s also an optional essay section.

All of the sections (minus the essay) are multiple choice and each section features at least one graph or table.

Why FirstPoint SAT Tutoring?

Our tutors scored top marks on the SAT and are now studying at the best US universities – and they’ll help you do the same!

FirstPoint SAT tutoring works because it’s completely customised to you.

You start by taking an initial Diagnostic Test which will gauge your current level of ability and identify the specific areas you need to work on. This enables us to match you with the most appropriate tutor – one whose biggest strengths are your weaknesses.

Tutoring sessions are tailored to your ability level and your individual learning plan is designed to enhance fundamental reading, writing and mathematics skills where necessary as well as SAT “test-specific” skills.

What is a good SAT Score?

Most top universities, such as the Ivy Leagues, look for students whose scores range between 1410 and 1600, out of the maximum 1600. However, for those wishing to compete in college sports, the minimum requirement for NCAA and NAIA competition is approx. 900 out of a maximum 1600 score.

For many institutions that offer academic scholarships, a SAT score of 1200+ may be enough to meet the eligibility requirements for additional financial support.

Keep in mind that US universities place a lot of emphasis on other application factors, such as extracurricular activities, so a perfect score won’t necessarily get you in (but it does help!). Additionally, not all universities have such high average SAT scores.

SAT vs ACT: Which one?

The ACT is much tighter on time, which makes it harder to complete all the questions.

Some people work well under such strict time constraints while others struggle.

There’s no harm in taking both exams once, seeing which you prefer, and then retaking that exam. Or, simply sit a few practice exams to figure out which exam is best for you.

Most universities don’t prefer one exam over the other, so it’s best to sit the one that plays best to your strengths and test-taking style.

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The other U.S University admissions test.

Be guided by ACT tutors who know exactly what it takes to score a perfect 36. Discover the power of our ACT tutoring program.

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What is the ACT?

US universities use the American College Test (ACT) as an alternative to the SAT to assess your college readiness.

The ACT is divided into four sections: English, mathematics, reading and science. Like the SAT, there is also an optional essay component.

In total, the ACT is two hours and 55 minutes long (or three hours and 35 minutes long with the essay section).

The exam is offered seven times a year in the US and typically five times for international students, depending on the country.

Why FirstPoint ACT Tutoring?

Our tutors all achieved exceptional ACT scores and have undergone extensive teacher training to ensure they are equipped to help you learn.

Not only will your tutor guide you academically, but they will inspire you to replicate their success. Your tutor has achieved what you are now setting out to achieve; admission into a top US university.

Your personalised study program is designed to ensure you get the right attention, exactly where you need it.

Your ACT tutor will set goals for you and ensure you meet them with regular assessments and one-on-one sessions.

What is a good ACT score?

All four sections of the ACT are scored separately and are combined to give you a final score out of 36. The essay is not part of the combined score and instead is a separate score out of 12.

If you dream of going to an Ivy League or top tier university, you’ll need to score above a 32 to have a good chance of getting in.

Extremely selective universities such as MIT and Stanford look for even higher ACT scores than some Ivy Leagues but other good universities, such as UCLA and UC Berkeley, are more lenient.

Biggest difference between the ACT & SAT?

The biggest difference between the ACT and the SAT is time. The ACT is basically designed for you not to finish the exam, while the SAT allows more time per question.

Two other key differences are the science section in the ACT, and the ability to use a calculator in the maths section (in the SAT - no calculator).

Ultimately, you should sit the test that plays to your strengths. If you’re a science whiz, sit the ACT. The SAT works for people who are good with numbers on-the-fly.


The admissions test standing between you and your M.B.A

Work with MBA students and alumni from business schools with the world's highest GMAT entry scores. Find out more about our MBA tutoring program

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What is the GMAT Exam?

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is the main exam used to assess your potential for business schools around the world.

Graduate business schools use GMAT scores to decide if you’re a good fit for their program.

Most business schools take your GMAT, GPA, experience, essays and interviews into account when assessing your candidacy for their programs.

Why FirstPoint GMAT Tutoring?

With FirstPoint, you’ll be provided with a strategic plan and support from MBA students and alumni from the best business schools in the world.

Not only are our GMAT tutors top scorers, but they work on your schedule. With our online tutoring model, you can book lessons, learn and get access to study resources all in the one place.

Your GMAT tutor will help you get a great score and ultimately gain admission into your dream MBA course.

How is the GMAT Scored?

The Quantitative and Verbal sections are scored out of 60, the Integrated Reasoning section is scored from 1-8 and the Writing section is scored using half-integers from 0-6. You will also receive a percentile rank for each section, which shows the percentage of the population you have outscored.

Your total GMAT score will be somewhere between 200 and 800 and combines your Quantitative and Verbal scores but doesn’t take any other parts of the test into account.

What is a good GMAT Score?

Although the Quantitative and Verbal sections are out of 60, the highest score you can get is 51. You should aim for at least 47 in Quantitative Reasoning and 40 in Verbal Reasoning, which equates to a total scaled score of 710.

These scores will put you in line for the world’s most selective business schools, including Harvard and Stanford.

There are many top business schools that will accept lower scores, but with our help, you can reach your full potential and get into your dream university.

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The admissions test for postgrad programs in the U.S.

Connect with high achieving tutors who will teach you how to trackle the GRE and help you gain admissions into a renowned graduate school program.

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What is the GRE Exam?

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is required for entry to most graduate programs around the world.

The exam has three sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. Altogether, the exam takes about four hours to complete, including optional breaks.

You can take the exam online or on paper. The GRE is offered three times a year on paper both in the US and internationally, and year-round online in most locations

Why FirstPoint GRE Tutoring?

From day one, you’ll be connected with a tutor from a top graduate school who will create a personalised study plan for you based on your strengths and weaknesses.

Your time is valuable, so all of your tutoring sessions are conducted online in order to maximise efficiency and deliver the best results possible, no matter where you are (or your tutor is) in the world.

How is the GRE Scored?

If you take the GRE online, the “adaptive” scoring system will be in place.

Your performance on the first portion of both the Verbal and Quantitative section determine how difficult the next portion of both sections will be. This means that If you score well on the first set of questions, your next set will be more difficult, but you’ll be able to achieve a higher score.

If you take the exam on paper, there are medium difficulty questions and the scorer considers the level of difficulty so that no matter how you take the exam, the scoring is fair.

What is a good GRE Score?

A good GRE score is 330+, which equates to 710+ on the GMAT. To achieve this score, you’ll need at least 168 in the Verbal section and 162 in the Quantitative section.

Certain graduate programs may weigh one section heavier than another, but of course you don’t want to take any chances and it’s better to aim for the highest score possible in each section.

We’d recommended that you take a look at the specific courses you are interested in to find out what GRE scores they expect.