Introducing EIC’s new SAT & college prep programs
2015 is a year of both incredible opportunities and growing challenges for Chinese students striving for admissions to prestigious universities in the US. With a new SAT format slated for 2016 and a sharp decline in acceptance rates at top 30 American universities, competition has never been more fierce and success more uncertain.
On March 28th, EIC launched its new SAT & college prep program Prestige Only, a platform specifically designed to prepare Chinese students for competitive admissions. EIC’s SAT component of the program features a blended learning method which combines the best of both online and offline modes of instruction. Students will be prepared to ace the new SAT in a shorter period of time. The college prep component of the program is designed to be a 3-year long immersion experience, which will prepare students for admissions and success at top 30 American universities.
EIC launches Prepsmith
At a recent press conference, EIC released its online learning system Prepsmith, an in-house product built on 20,000 hours of R&D. Prepsmith, which can be installed on PCs and mobile devices, has built in more than 100 sets of real exam questions, 219 SAT knowledge points, and 10,000 questions. With blended learning at its core, the system seamlessly connects teachers, students, and parents to the learning process. Students attend offline courses and take online mock examinations on Prepsmith, which records and classifies errors to produce targeted exercises for specific concepts. Teachers assign homework online, analyze individual student’s outcomes, and coach targeted lessons. Parents can supervise their children through the Prepsmith app.
More than 5,000 users have already signed up. ACT, TOEFL, IELTS and other tests will soon be available on Prepsmith.
Top Quality Curriculum & Instructors
EIC Test Prep textbooks are made by an R&D team of graduates from top universities and expert curriculum developers with experience designing American exams. Together they have trained 7 students with perfect scores, 200+ students over 2300, 350+ students over 2200, and 500+ over 2000.
Despite its industry leading application of technology in the classroom, what defines EIC is its promise to ‘never treat students like lab rat.’ To keep this promise, all SAT teachers receive 140-hours of training and are required to pass an examination before being allowed in the classroom. The head supervisor, a Harvard MA in Education Policy and Management, has 12-years of teaching experience and is well known in Shanghai for excellence in educational administration.
The new SAT, which starts in 2016, will increase the ratio of American science, history, and sociology on the exam. Even English-proficient students will find the new SAT very challenging. With its experienced R&D team and quality instructors, EIC is fully prepared to help students ace the new SAT.
EIC’s Prestige Only college prep program
Acceptance rates to top 30 American universities are in sharp decline. In 2010, University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University had acceptance rates of 14.2% and 9.2% respectively. In 2014, the figures dropped to an all-time low of 9.9% and 6.9%. Similarly, Harvard University’s acceptance rate dropped from 6.9% in 2010 to 5.9% in 2014. This overall decline comes at a time when a record number of Chinese students are applying to top American universities.
EIC’s college prep program Prestige Only prepares students for competitive applications to top American universities and success beyond admissions. Students in the program receive tailored training and active assistance in academic planning from Ivy League graduates. Parents are also encouraged to actively participate in the development of their students. Weekly and quarterly updates will keep track of each student’s progress. During the actual college application process, Prestige Only students will have unlimited access to EIC American Office’s powerful resources. To take full advantage of this program, it is recommended that students start in grade 7.