US Exams

The US aptitude tests are very different to school exams. We can provide instruction for the SAT I, ACT, SAT II, and ISEE. Please read below for more information on these tests and contact us to discuss your needs.

Subjects Covered

SAT I

The SAT I assesses the skills that are taught in all schools: reading, writing, and mathematics. It lasts 3 hours and 45 minutes. The Critical Reading section asks questions about sentence completion and passage-based analysis through the use of long and short texts. The Mathematics test has two types of questions: multiple choice and student-completed. The Mathematics portion assesses numeracy, algebra, geometry, data analysis, statistics, and probability. The Writing portion of the exam is divided into two parts: multiple choice questions based on error detection and a long essay. We provide classes before some of the SAT I exam dates so please contact us to discuss your needs.

See more detail on our SAT I tutoring. Or read our article on the frequently asked questions and the differences between the SAT I vs ACT.

ACT

Some students will prefer to sit the ACT which is similar to the SAT but has four sections: Critical Reading, Writing, Mathematics, and Science. There is an erroneous perception that the SAT I is “more valid” than the ACT as both are widely used and accepted. We recommend that any prospective student take a practice test in both before choosing which test to take.

See more detail on our ACT tutoring. Or read our article on the frequently asked questions and the differences between the SAT I vs ACT.

SAT II

The SAT IIs are hour-long tests that assess specific subject knowledge such as Mathematics level I, Mathematics level II, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Spanish, German, Latin, US History and English Literature. The material on these tests is different to the standard UK syllabus and therefore warrants some extra preparation. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

US College & Ivy League Consulting

We know that applying to College is a daunting time. It can be difficult to know what programmes are strong in particular areas, and how to select the perfect fit. At Wentworth Tutors, we provide a bespoke service to assist our clients with these difficult decisions and to support them through the process. We provide a complete service: support from the very first attempts to create a College List through to Wait List support and school selection.

See more detail on our Ivy League and US College Consulting services.

ISEE & SSAT

ISEE and SSAT are used for application to some secondary schools in the United States. We can provide tutors who are experienced at teaching and mentoring students through their preparation for these tests. But we can also monitor progress through mock exams we organise. Our tutor (and you) will be able to see student progression and test feedback; we use this to tailor our tutoring approach to maximise impact.

See more detail on our ISEE and SSAT tutoring or read about the differences between the ISEE and the SSAT.

American (USA) Schools Consulting

We help families moving to the United States every year to select schools in areas ranging from Seattle to Houston, LA to New York, and Greenwich to Baltimore. Each year we also help many students gain access to the UK based American schools such as ASL, ACL and TASIS. Additionally we tutor, on a weekly basis, numerous students attending these UK based American schools.

See more detail on our American (USA) Schools Consulting.

Selected US Exams Testimonials

Please see below some example US Exams Testimonials that we have received. If you would like to hear more, you may be interested to read about our tutor guarantee or to read about Wentworth Tutors' philosophy and approach in a letter to parents from Dr Katherine Wiles, our Founder. Alternatively, some more US Exams Testimonials can be found on our dedicated testimonials page, where you can filter by subject.

ISEE | Emily Hennah

"Emily is lovely and [my son] really enjoys working with her" ... See Emily Hennah's tutoring profile.

SSAT | Wentworth Tutors Private Tutoring

"The first session went very well. [My son] liked [the tutor’s] style and is keen to have her return."

SAT/ACT | Sophia Ohler

"We're very impressed with Sophia, she's lovely and [my daughter] gets on with her very well. Sophia is very inspiring and a good role model for [her]." ... See Sophia Ohler's tutoring profile.

ISEE | Thomas Evans

"Everything went well and I’m optimistic my daughter will get into both schools and then have their choice of where to go. Her ISEE results are in and they are strong." ... See Thomas Evans's tutoring profile.

SAT II [Chemistry] | Dr Katherine Wiles

"Katherine was fantastic at knowing what parts of the Chemistry syllabus I hadn’t covered. My score improved from a 650 to a 790!" ... See Dr Katherine Wiles's tutoring profile.

ISEE | Caitlin Rea

"You have captured our imagination with your methods ; I have to confess this was very much an eye opener for me, so much so that I have been inspired to learn more about what [student] knows and doesn't, how he copes and how you go about it.- From parent " ... See Caitlin Rea's tutoring profile.

ISEE Lower Level | Catriona Ramsay

"Catriona Ramsay is a fabulous tutor -- we've never engaged one before and I must say we are very pleased to know such a competent, conscientious and brilliant professional. Catriona 'got' [our daughter] immediately and understands what [she] likes and dislikes. She knows how to negotiate working on the subjects [she] is less keen on (i.e. maths) and devises creatives ways to make learning these topics more fun. Catriona has advised us on various aspects of the ISEE test for which I am very grateful as this is our first experience of taking an exam for an American primary school. Her knowledgable comments and calm demeanor have been very reassuring these past months! [Our daughter] looks forward to her sessions with Catriona and respects her highly. The tutorials are always very lively with lots of ideas sparking interesting conversations." ... See Catriona Ramsay's tutoring profile.

Selected Profiles of our US Exams Tutors

Please see below some example profiles of the US Exams Tutors that we represent. If you would like to hear more, you may be interested to read about our tutor selection criteria or to read about Wentworth Tutors' philosophy and approach in a letter to parents from Dr Katherine Wiles, our Founder. Alternatively, some more US Exams Tutor profiles can be found on our dedicated tutors page, where you can filter by subject.

I recently completed my Natural Sciences degree at Christ's College Cambridge, where for my first two years I read maths, physics, and chemistry. In my final year I received the second highest First in the university in history and philosophy of science. Before Cambridge I went to Oundle School, a private boarding school in Northamptonshire.

After a stint working at the Cabinet Office I am now a studying for my Graduate Diploma in Law. My timetable is flexible and essentially self-managed, giving me lots of time to tutor outside of my legal studies.

I started tutoring my friends and peers while at school and have now been tutoring for around 7 years. In that time I have mostly taught maths, english, physics, chemistry and history at GCSE and A level, but have recently begun more intensive tutoring for the UK's 11+ and 13+ exams. ...
I graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2012 with a 1st class degree in Natural Sciences and the Cambridge University Physiology Prize for excellence in my written dissertation. Raised in both Princeton, New Jersey and Cambridge, England, I am an expert in the differences between the American and English educational systems as I was accepted as an undergraduate to Harvard, Princeton, MIT, CalTech, and Cambridge. I have been tutoring since 2005 as both a private tutor and in the non-profit sector. ...
Nicholas is a recent graduate of the University of Cambridge, where he studied preclinical medicine before moving to pursue global health projects. After a stint at the World Health Organisation Nicholas is now studying for an MSc in International Health Policy at the London School of Economics. With a mother as a teacher, and many other family members working in education, he has experience in working with children of all ages covering a variety of subjects, and has also spent time teaching in China and Kenya during university holidays. ...
My passion for tutoring stems from my own personal experience with understanding the impact that excellent teachers can have on our lives. At Winchester College, the leadership and inspiration of my teachers motivated me to succeed, and is reflected in my consistently strong academic record. Having now graduated with a First Class BA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and successfully completed an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, I am keen to share my understanding and passion of the sciences and mathematics with new students. ...
I graduated from Cambridge University (Newnham College) with a 2:1 in Social Anthropology (and a 1st in Development Studies) in 2009. I have been tutoring private clients since 2005 in subjects ranging from English, Maths, English as foreign language, Interview Technique and Preparation, Test & Exam Preparation and Mentoring. However, my current focus and speciality is tutoring students for all levels of the ISEE and SSAT test. I have an excellent track record of increasing test scores and helping tutees to have the confidence and ability to achieve the grades required for their desired schools whilst also acting as a mentor throughout the preparation process. ...