Most frequent questions and answers

This depends on your destination of choice. While many countries evaluate criteria beyond academics, USA, in particular has a different admissions process. If you’re aiming for a top university, then college planning must start as early as in 8th or 9th grade. Many parents make the mistake of waiting until 11th or 12th grade thus hurting their chances of being admitted to a good university. You may be interested in Uwezo’s unique College Prep:Peace of Mind™ offering that is a comprehensive approach to college admissions.

Absolutely! Not only that, but Uwezo has a well-defined process for helping you understand whether ACT or SAT is a better fit for you. We have dedicated instructors who really know what they’re doing. Many students have trouble with Reading Comprehension or Grammar. Uwezo has specialists to work with you in deciphering your weaknesses and helping you overcome them. We have several independent modules in Math, English and Science (ACT only) before you move on to the 10-15 mocks tests that we recommend for practice.

Admissions Officers want a consistent track record of performance. Top universities in the US have criteria beyond just academics or SAT/ACT score. They would like to know that the applicant has demonstrated leadership skills, community service, soft skills, etc. While colleges in all countries value extracurricular aspect of your resume, in the USA it can make or break your chances. There the admissions officers apply a different measurement to gauge whether a student is ready for the challenges in college. These “other” traits are as important as getting a high GPA (Grade Point Average) or a top score in SAT or ACT. To know more about what top colleges really need, see our College Prep:Peace of Mind™ offering.

That depends. If a student is looking to get admission into a very sought-after program, it is recommended that the student take subject SATs, even if the college doesn’t ask for it. This will definitely strengthen their application. Most top colleges ask for at least 2 subject SATs to be taken. Some colleges will accept the ACT in lieu of subject SATs, but it’s best to check with an Uwezo counsellor before drawing any conclusions. 

Uwezo can optimize your portfolio in several ways. For instance, if you are a forward-thinker and aiming for a top university, then planning must start as early as 8th or 9th grade. Our College Prep:Peace of Mind™ program is for someone just like you. It’s a comprehensive service that includes all aspects of building an outstanding resume: ACT-SAT training, Subject SATs, Vocabulary Building, Writing Skills, Internships, Leadership Development, college counselling and college applications. Please click here to understand more about this one-of-a-kind service only from Uwezo Learning. What if you’re already in 11th or even 12th grade? No problem. Uwezo can still maximize your chances of college admission. While we might not be able to enhance all aspects of your resume, we can still do a lot. Also, remember that quality essays that articulate who you are and what you care about are important components of a college application. Similarly, teacher recommendations have an impact on your application. Depending on how soon you approach us, we might be able to assign you a leadership project and/or find you a short internship to boost your resume further. 

Yes, yes, yes and yes! Each country follows a slightly different process of evaluating applications. Various universities have their own criteria for IB, IGCSE or CBSE; experts at Uwezo will help guide you in the right direction. A few colleges in some of these countries will require or appreciate SAT or ACT or Subject SATs. Some will offer you only conditional admission until the board exam results are published. Uwezo’s advice is to start the application process early and avoid last-minute emergencies. Almost all these countries, including the USA, will want evidence of English proficiency via TOEFL or IELTS.