Exam Preparation


Carfax Private Tutors offer preparation for all major English, American and international qualifications. All subjects required for 11+, Common Entrance, (I)GCSEs, A levels, International Baccalaureate, are taught in accordance with the syllabi and specifications of all relevant examining bodies. These courses of study can be taught full time or as supplementary programmes after school.

Candidates for British school and university entrance receive specialized tuition and advice preparing them for various entrance tests: from Verbal, Non-verbal, and Numerical Reasoning Tests, through Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA), to aptitude tests such as BMAT, LNAT, HAT and others. Dedicated interview preparation is also provided.

American programmes taught include the Advanced Placement Program (AP), Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT), Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), and Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Pupils whose first language is not English receive help with preparation for various language tests including IELTS and TOEFL.

Any other type of programme can be organized on demand. Carfax regularly provides tuition at undergraduate and postgraduate level for university students requiring additional help, for example in Finance or History of Art.

Younger pupils can, where appropriate, benefit from a wide range of supplementary tuition. This is particularly important if they have changed schools or moved country, and helps to ensure that they do not fall behind in their studies. Carfax tutors have extensive experience of supporting pupils who need assistance with their Mathematics, English and other core subjects. Well-planned tuition in these areas can provide children with a firm foundation on which to build their future knowledge and provides confidence and understanding to those who might otherwise find some subjects frustrating. Tuition can also stand as a challenging supplement for pupils who are working at a faster pace than their peers at school.

For pupils who are studying in a school in which lessons are taught in a language which is not their native tongue, on-going tuition from an early age can aid language development, reading ability and conversation skills.

Parents may feel that their child would benefit from supplementary tuition for a few hours a week, while others prefer enrolment in an intensive revision session.

With ever-increasing competition for places at leading schools, preparation for entrance tests has become crucial to success. Individual tuition allows pupils’ knowledge and understanding to be extended and challenged far more than is possible in a class-room setting, providing a supportive environment in which their learning can progress quickly.

Carfax tutors are ideally placed to support pupils who aspire to achieve entry at leading schools worldwide. Many have studied at top public schools themselves, and all have an excellent understanding of the various academic challenges involved. Carefully tailored tuition, ranging from a few hours a week to full-time study with a residential tutor, helps pupils perform well in their entrance examinations.

All subjects required are catered for, including those required for scholarship entry. In addition to tutorial support, pupils can also study full time for courses ranging from intensive half-term revision sessions to long-term study.

As part of the wider Carfax Education Group, Carfax tutors draw on the expertise of specialist educational consultants, with a proven track-record of supporting pupils with high academic aspirations. This wider provision encompasses all aspects of applications for senior schools, ranging from accompaniment to entrance examinations to considered advice on which schools are most appropriate for the child in question. This breadth of expertise is unparalleled, providing all pupils with the highest possible levels of assistance and support.

Given the significance afforded to GCSE results by university admissions tutors and employers, there are a range of circumstances in which parents and pupils may benefit from individual tuition. Some pupils may be struggling in one or more subjects and require supplementary tuition (ranging from a few hours a week to intensive sessions at half-term or other holidays), while other need support to achieve high marks in re-sits. Tuition is also available for pupils preparing for all other equivalent examinations, including IGCSEs and the IB Middle Years Programme.

Carfax tutors help all pupils to achieve their potential and can support those who are struggling in improving their marks significantly. Depending on the number of subjects in which a pupil needs tuition, an appropriate range of support will be put in place. Some pupils may need just a few hours of work with a tutor in one subject, while others may require full-time support from a residential tutor in order to achieve their goals. Long-term study can also be arranged at Carfax Tutorial Establishment in Oxford, which specializes in preparing pupils for examinations at all levels.

Carfax offers tuition in A Level, IB, AP and other school leaving examinations. Some pupils are seeking entry to leading universities and want to ensure that they do as well as possible in their examinations – others need help in preparing for re-sits.

Carfax tutors offer academically rigorous tuition in all subject areas, going well beyond the requirements of the examinations. This allows pupils to achieve excellent marks and also serves as a strong foundation for work at university. Tutors can work with pupils for a few hours a week, at the Carfax office in Knowledge Village, or in their own home for convenience. Where appropriate, pupils can also enrol on long-term courses of study at the Carfax Tutorial Establishment, a specialist tutorial college in Oxford, which specializes in preparing pupils for examinations and entry into the leading universities of the world.

With tutors possessing a high level of expertise and a wide range of additional advice and support available from the Carfax Education Group (including, where necessary, guidance on A Level subject choice), pupils are offered a distinctive and unmatched level of support.

Universities require non-native speakers of English who have never studied in the language to demonstrate English proficiency.  Two widely accepted tests are the IELTS and the TOEFL.
Since both these exams measure language skills in an academic setting, mere fluency in English is not enough to receive high marks.  A thorough understanding of the exam format and extensive practice are also necessary. Obtaining a high score not only allows the test-taker to satisfy an admission criterion but also provides an opportunity to stand out among the pool of applicants.

Carfax specialists begin with a diagnostic test to ascertain the pupil’s level.  A customized program is then designed to enhance existing strengths and improve weaknesses.

Experienced Carfax tutors provide guidance on answer techniques and time management.  Regular practice tests and targeted individual feedback quickly and efficiently prepare the candidate.

The SAT, GRE, GMAT and LSAT are standardized entrance exams used for admission to American universities.

The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is used for entry to an undergraduate program; the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) demonstrates readiness for a post-graduate program; the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) for a post-graduate program in business; and the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) for legal studies.

Due to the standardized nature of the tests, international pupils are able to compete for the leading universities of the United States on a level playing field. Pupils require specialist preparation, but with tuition support, international pupils can achieve test scores equivalent to native candidates.

Carfax tutors will familiarize the pupil with the exam format, teach time management, revise key concepts, and provide extensive practice.  Carfax will also help the pupil to understand scoring and to determine what his or her target scores should be.  A diagnostic test at the beginning of tuition highlights the areas on which the candidate needs to concentrate.  A personalized program coupled with regular mock exams given in real conditions allows the applicant to reach his or her full potential.

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