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Oxford Royale's Oxford Summer School 2018

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SAT Preparation Programme Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2018

A summer programme designed to help students improve their SAT score. Includes general advice on exam technique, as well as specific focus on Math, Reading and Writing.

2 weeks | Available July 2018

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Rigorous SAT practice with ORA's faculty
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 130 nationalities in 2017
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

Strong SAT scores are vital for students who wish to apply to American universities. Our two-week summer SAT preparation course introduces students aged 16-18 to the core principles of Math and Evidence-based Reading and Writing that they will need to master in order to achieve a high score on this exam.

The programme is taught in small classes to ensure that students receive individual attention. At the start and the end of each session, students complete a full diagnostic test with questions typical of the actual SAT exams.

Where could the SAT Preparation course lead you?

Why choose SAT Preparation for 16-18 years?

At Oxford Royale Summer Schools, our SAT Preparation summer schools focus on practical ways of preparing you to sit the SAT exam, giving you a thorough understanding of what’s required in each section and what the examiners will be looking for.

With equal emphasis on all sections of the exam, we’ll teach you the techniques needed to gain the highest marks in each style of question. Not only will you leave us equipped with these new techniques, but you’ll have lots of opportunities to practise SAT questions under realistic conditions, which is sure to boost your confidence when you get to the real thing. We’ll also help you work on your grammar, vocabulary, mathematics, essay-writing, exam technique and much more, so there’s really no better way of preparing.

How will the SAT Preparation course help me?

We recognise that, within a class of 15 students, there will be considerable variety in terms of strengths, weaknesses and areas to improve. For that reason, we will retain a degree of flexibility for the SAT Preparation lessons.

All 15 students in a class will take all of their morning lessons together. These morning sessions will be ‘General SAT Prep’, and will cover an overview of Math, Reading and Writing and will include useful general tips, advice on exam technique, different styles of questions and more.

For the afternoon sessions, which take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week, students will be asked to select a specialism of either “Reading & Writing” or “Math” as the area on which they would like to work further.

This new structure will enable students to improve on all areas of the SAT, whilst also allowing them to target an area that needs further development. We are confident that this is the best way to boost SAT scores.

Is this course for me?

The SAT exams are highly competitive, and only with thorough preparation will candidates be successful in their applications. This means that you’ll need to do everything you can to prepare in order to succeed on this challenging course. In choosing to join Oxford Royale Summer Schools’s SAT Preparation course, you’re taking a powerful step towards achieving your ambitions.

Topics covered

The SAT Preparation course at Oxford Royale Summer Schools includes the following key features:

  • Small class size
  • Over 40 instructional contact hours
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Practice tests and mini-timed sections
  • SAT vocabulary
  • SAT reading comprehension
  • SAT essay writing
  • SAT grammar
  • SAT math question types

Students will attend a morning session on General SAT Prep, before specialising on their choice of Math or Reading & Writing in the afternoon session.

This course requires no previous knowledge. The course will be found helpful by students who have taken the exam before as well as those for whom the exam is totally new.

What will you get out of the SAT Preparation course?

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • Explored the key competencies of the SAT exam, including reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar and math
  • Examined different types of questions, and how best to answer them
  • Performed diagnostic tests to assess their current performance
  • Prepared for the final exam by taking practice papers under realistic conditions
  • Discussed with their teachers what the examiners will be looking for, and how best to answer questions on the final exam

Welcome to the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.

Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.

As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridoor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

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SAT Preparation for Ages 16-18 is residential in the following locations:

(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our registrations team)

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