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All the founders were educated in the United States at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Having worked in the industry for 20+ years each, they’re able to guide students not only with college applications but beyond as well, such as career guidance. Uwezo was founded in 2011 and we have counselled over 500 students to be admitted to top universities around the world.

Our faculty, across the board, has a minimum of 12-15 years experience teaching ACT, SAT, PSAT, GRE and GMAT. Our subjects teachers – IBDP and IGCSE – also have multiple years in the industry.

Our classes happen both at Gachibowli and Jubilee Hills centres. We generally start one batch every month at both centres. In some months such as April and May we start 2 batches as students have finished their exams and want classes during day times so we end up doing two batches, so that kids can finish the classes by the time school starts and do mocks, reviews and workshops after school starts in the evenings and weekends.

Except for summers, when classes happen during morning times, school day schedule is generally in the evenings at around 6PM. And on weekdays and weekends, when there is no school, classes start around 10AM.

We recommend students take at least 10 mocks of different complexity before he or she takes the the exam. Remember, it’s not the number of mocks one does but the diligence and attention with which they are done.

Whether online or offline, we keep our classes to fewer than 10 students, ensuring individual attention while maintaining the highest quality.

Our highest score in SAT to date is 1590/1600 and in ACT it is 36/36. Generally, about 20-25% of our students achieve 1500 or higher in the SAT and 33 or above in the ACT.

We do not calculate average scores as they’re not meaningful. However, we expect all our students to get at least a 1400 in the SAT and a minimum of 31 in the ACT. If the students are motivated, the results will follow.

We are different because of many reasons:

  • Numbers speak louder than words: About 25% of our students score 1500 or above in the SAT and 33 or higher in the ACT.
  • Secondly our content is superior and those who do at between 12 to 15 mocks have scored 1500 or above. Our workshop material is categorized by topic covered in SAT and we make sure students are proficient. This material is just one of our USPs.
  • Thirdly, and most importantly, we have in-house Apps that give detailed report of a mock down to the question level, so you’ll know exactly where you stand. We also have an App for online practice, either by topic or by entire mock tests
  • We make sure there is an incremental improvement after each mock by closely monitoring students scores by keeping track of the scores and publishing it to parents as well.

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.

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 learn more about our College Prep Program: Peace of Mind, a 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.

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.

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.

Advance Placement Tests have become even more significant after the College Board stopped offering Subject SAT Exams altogether, encouraging students to take AP’s instead. Outside the U.S. the exams take place only in May of each year. More importantly, the preparation is left to the student – in the U.S. AP’s are part of the school curriculum, albeit optional subjects. What AP’s to add to your resume is dependent on several factors, even beyond your major. Consult a Uwezo Counsellor for appropriate guidance. By the way, Uwezo does offer AP preparatory classes for certain subjects. Drop us a line to find out which ones and when.

We provide assistance in the process of documentation required for a visa. We don’t claim to have any contacts or relationships with embassies or consulates.

Some of the top universities are Harvard, Rice, Duke, Cal Berkley, UPenn, UCLA, USC, Georgia Tech, UIUC and many more.

Yes. 100% of students who came to us have gained admissions abroad.

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.

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