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Wednesday
Jul232014

Elite SF at the Sing Tao Education Fair

Check out this video of Elite of San Francisco's Assistant Director, Carrie Zhou, at this year's Sing Tao (Chinese Newspaper) Education Fair!

Monday
Jul212014

Summer Boot Camp Vocab Audio 2014 - Week 7

Attention, Elite Summer Boot Campers (and everyone else)! Elite Summer SAT Boot Camp is here, and that means so is a brand new set of 2000 Elite SAT vocab words! 

Now you can STREAM AUDIO of Elite SAT vocab practice words, definitions, and example sentences. Just use the player below! We'll be posting 250 new vocab words and recordings each week, all summer long.

For even more practice, you can find last year's vocab audio at eliteprep.com/vocab-2013. Happy studying!

Monday
Jul142014

Interview with Elite's Carrie Zhou on SingTao TV

To our Cantonese-speaking students and parents...

Elite of San Francisco Assistant Director was recently interviewed by SingTao TV and Radio. Check out the video!

 

 

Monday
Jul142014

Summer Boot Camp Vocab Audio 2014 - Week 6

Attention, Elite Summer Boot Campers (and everyone else)! Elite Summer SAT Boot Camp is almost here, and that means so is a brand new set of 2000 Elite SAT vocab words! 

Now you can STREAM AUDIO of Elite SAT vocab practice words, definitions, and example sentences. Just use the player below! We'll be posting 250 new vocab words and recordings each week, all summer long.

For even more practice, you can find last year's vocab audio at eliteprep.com/vocab-2013. Happy studying!

Wednesday
Jul092014

Summer Boot Camp Vocab Audio 2014 - Week 5

Attention, Elite Summer Boot Campers (and everyone else)! Elite Summer SAT Boot Camp is almost here, and that means so is a brand new set of 2000 Elite SAT vocab words! 

Now you can STREAM AUDIO of Elite SAT vocab practice words, definitions, and example sentences. Just use the player below! We'll be posting 250 new vocab words and recordings each week, all summer long.

For even more practice, you can find last year's vocab audio at eliteprep.com/vocab-2013. Happy studying!

Monday
Jun302014

Summer Boot Camp Vocab Audio 2014 - Week 4

Attention, Elite Summer Boot Campers (and everyone else)! Elite Summer SAT Boot Camp is almost here, and that means so is a brand new set of 2000 Elite SAT vocab words! 

Now you can STREAM AUDIO of Elite SAT vocab practice words, definitions, and example sentences. Just use the player below! We'll be posting 250 new vocab words and recordings each week, all summer long.

For even more practice, you can find last year's vocab audio at eliteprep.com/vocab-2013. Happy studying!

Monday
Jun232014

Summer Boot Camp Vocab Audio 2014 - Week 3

Attention, Elite Summer Boot Campers (and everyone else)! Elite Summer SAT Boot Camp is almost here, and that means so is a brand new set of 2000 Elite SAT vocab words! 

Now you can STREAM AUDIO of Elite SAT vocab practice words, definitions, and example sentences. Just use the player below! We'll be posting 250 new vocab words and recordings each week, all summer long.

For even more practice, you can find last year's vocab audio at eliteprep.com/vocab-2013. Happy studying!

Monday
Jun162014

Summer Boot Camp Vocab Audio 2014 - Week 2

Attention, Elite Summer Boot Campers (and everyone else)! Elite Summer SAT Boot Camp is almost here, and that means so is a brand new set of 2000 Elite SAT vocab words! 

Now you can STREAM AUDIO of Elite SAT vocab practice words, definitions, and example sentences. Just use the player below! We'll be posting 250 new vocab words and recordings each week, all summer long.

For even more practice, you can find last year's vocab audio at eliteprep.com/vocab-2013. Happy studying!

Sunday
Jun152014

Meet the Elite 2014 Students of the Year

Each year, Elite USA awards scholarships to a few of our students who most notably demonstrate the qualities we are committed to: a sincere passion for learning, an exceptional work ethic, and a great attitude. Our 2014 Elite Students of the Year have worked hard, overcome obstacles, participated in countless extracurricular activities, and excelled academically.

On June 7, Elite students and staff assembled at the Elite Teacher Convocation 2014 to celebrate the successes of the past year and recognize the efforts and achievements of this year's outstanding Students of the Year. Congratulations to all our 2014 Southern California Students of the Year!

2014 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STUDENTS OF THE YEAR


Aisli Valencia

Aisli is a graduate of the Los Angeles Leadership Academy, where she was a member of the Elite Community Scholars Satellite Program. Aisli will be studying Biochemistry at Occidental College this fall.


Raquel Matamoros

Raquel attended John Marshall High School and Elite's Community Scholars Satellite Program there. She'll be attending UC Riverside and majoring in Global Studies starting this fall.


Christina Chu

Christina attended Centennial High School and is this year's Student of the Year from Elite of Anaheim Hills. Christina looks forward to attending Brown University in the fall, where she'll be studying Biochemistry/Molecular Biology.


Michael Carter

Michael attended Elite of Arcadia and Maranatha High School. He will be heading east to attend Johns Hopkins University where he'll be studying Biology (Pre-med).


Lucy Choi

Lucy is a graduate of Cerritos High School and plans to attend UC Berkeley to study Public Health in the fall. She is this year's Elite Student of the Year from Elite of Cerritos.


Steven Truong

Steven is an Elite of Fountain Valley’s 2014 Student of the Year. He's a graduate of Fountain Valley High School and plans to study Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley.


Helen Kirkby

Helen is a graduate of University High School and attended Elite of Irvine-Newport Beach. She looks forward to starting at UC Berkeley, where she'll be majoring in Political Science.


Kang Min Daniel Lee

Kang Min graduated from the LA Center for Enriched Studies and attended Elite of Los Angeles. This fall, he will be heading to Dartmouth College.


Gilbert Bao

Gilbert is this year’s Elite of Northridge Student of the Year. He graduated from Agoura High and will be attending the University of Chicago to study Economics.


Gloria Seo

Gloria attended Elite of Irvine-Northwood and is a graduate of Foothill High School. Gloria will be heading to Pomona College to major in Chemistry.


Ben Cohen

Ben attended Elite of San Diego-Rancho Bernardo and is a graduate of Rancho Bernardo High School. He looks forward to attending Princeton University this year.


Jessica Cao

Jessica attended Centennial High School and is Elite of Rowland Heights’ 2014 Student of the Year. She will be starting at Brown University this year.


Ashwin Rao

Ashwin attended Elite of San Diego and Carlsbad High School. He will be a freshman at the University of Michigan this fall.


Dahnby Jun

Dahnby attended South High School and was will be attending UC Berkeley, where she'll study Integrative Biology. Dahnby is this year’s Elite of Torrance Student of the Year.


Sharon Lee

Sharon is a graduate of Valencia High School and is Elite of Valencia’s 2014 Student of the Year. Sharon is looking forward to attending Stanford University starting this fall and studying Art Practice with tangents in Business and Communications.

Thursday
Jun122014

New Elite Locations in San Jose and Thousand Oaks Now Open!

Elite Educational Institute is pleased to announce the opening of our two newest locations in San Jose and Thousand Oaks, California!

Elite's most recently opened branch in Thousand Oaks location is our 22nd branch in California and our 44th branch worldwide. 

Summer classes at these locations are in progress and still enrolling! To learn more about our newest branches, visit the Elite of San Jose and Elite of Thousand Oaks branch pages.

Tuesday
Jun102014

What Makes Elite Special? Watch to Find Out!

Get to know Elite Educational Institute – our teachers, students, programs, special events, and plans for the future! At Elite, we're all about learning.

Friday
Jun062014

Summer Boot Camp Vocab Audio 2014 - Week 1

Attention, Elite Summer Boot Campers (and everyone else)! Elite Summer SAT Boot Camp is almost here, and that means so is a brand new set of 2000 Elite SAT vocab words! 

Now you can STREAM AUDIO of Elite SAT vocab practice words, definitions, and example sentences. Just use the player below! We'll be posting 250 new vocab words and recordings each week, all summer long.

For even more practice, you can find last year's vocab audio at eliteprep.com/vocab-2013. Happy studying!

Friday
May302014

2 out of 12 New UCSD Medical Scholars are Elite Alumni

For the second year in a row, two of the twelve students accepted to the highly selective UCSD Medical Scholars Program are Elite students!

Each year, UC San Diego invites 500 of the most highly qualified applicants from their regular admission pool to apply to the UCSD Medical Scholars Program. Students cannot choose to apply to this program but must be invited. From this pool of 500 applicants, no more than 12 students are accepted each year. 

If accepted, students are guaranteed admission into the undergraduate program of their choice and provisional admission to the UCSD School of Medicine without having to take the MCAT. This makes the UCSD Medical Scholars Program one of the most competitive and highly selective Bachelor/M.D. programs in the world.

Congratulations to Vrajesh Shah from Elite of Fullerton and Kushagra Mathur from Elite of Irvine-Newport Beach on your acceptance to the UCSD Medical Scholars Program!

Monday
May052014

Ethan’s Quick Reference Guide to the Eight Types of SAT Critical Reading Questions

1. Main Idea

What this question is usually asking: What’s the big idea? What’s the main point or thesis?

Tip: Decide what the main point is before looking at your answer choices.

Examples of this type of question:

  • The main point of the passage is to
  • The passage can primarily be described as
  • The passage as a whole primarily concerned with

 

2. Direct Comprehension

What this question is usually asking: What does the author mean [in this tiny part right here]?

Tip: Use the “one thumb” rule: answer is often within one thumb’s distance above or below the reference line.

Examples:

  • The phrase “X” refers to
  • The author apparently believes which of the following about X?
  • All of the following X can be found in the passage EXCEPT 

 

3. Purpose/Rhetorical Strategy

What this question is usually asking: What is the author doing in this part of the passage? (or) Why is this section of the passage here?

Examples:

  • The purpose of the fifth paragraph is to
  • The author mentions X in order to demonstrate
  • The quotation marks around X serve to emphasize

 

4. Inference

What this question is usually asking: What is the least we can assume here?

Tip: the answer on the SAT is likely to be a very conservative inference and there will always be textual evidence.

My favorite exercise for this: What’s the least we can assume based on the statement, “Kobe Bryant once scored 83 points in a basketball game...”?

Examples: 

  • It can be inferred from X that
  • The statement in X suggests/implies that
  • X is based on the assumption that

 

5. Analogy/Application

What this question is usually asking: based on the relationship between A and B (in the passage), what is the relationship between X and Y (in the answer choices).

Tip: Here you’ll likely have to determine the relationship between two things and then apply that relationship to one or two other things.

Example: Say that in the passage a physicist criticizes the work of a painter. The “relationship” here is one person criticizing something outside his/her field. An question SAT might ask:

Which of the following would be analogous to that situation?

a. a mother criticizing her child’s choice of clothing
b. a farmer telling a sailor about his fear of an impending drought
c. a circus artist taking issue with the research methods of a psychologist

etc.

The answer is C. The key here is to determine the initial relationship (the one mentioned in the passage) first and then look at the answer choices.

Examples: 

  • Which of the following, if true, would most directly prove/disprove/affirm/undermine/ support X in the passage?
  • Which best describes/characterizes the relationship between X and Y?
  • Which of the following situations is most analogous to X situation in the passage?

 

6. Compare

What this question is usually asking: How is A related to--or different from--B?

Tip: Again, look at the passage first to determine the relationship. Then look at the answers. Notice I’m repeating that. Why? It’s important.

Examples:

  • Both passages agree on which of the following points?
  • The author of Passage 1 would most likely assert with of the following about 2?
  • Compared to Passage 1’s tone, Passage 2’s tone is 

 

7. Tone

What this question is usually asking: What’s the attitude/feel/vibe of the passage or selection?

Tip: First ask yourself “Is the tone negative, positive, neutral or ambivalent? Then ask, “How strong 1-10?” Usually you can cross off 3-4 answers just by doing that.

Examples: 

  • The author’s tone in X is best described as
  • The author’s attitude toward X might best be described as
  • The mood of X is best described/characterized as 

 

8. Vocab in context

What this question is usually asking: What does this word mean as it is used here?

Tip: It’s probably not a weird word. It’s probably a word that you know being used in a way you might not know.

Tip 2: So you’ll probably cross out the obvious definition. (Examples: If the word is “striking” chances are you’ll cross out “hitting,” in favor of something more like “noticeable.” If the word is “staple,” chances are you’ll cross out “thin metal wire,” in favor of something more like “primary” or “standard,” as in “staple crop.”)

Examples:

  • The word “X” most nearly means
  • In context, the word “X” is best understood to mean
  • In line X, the word Y most nearly means
     

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Written by Ethan Sawyer – Ethan is a writer, teacher, speaker, college essay specialist, and voice actor. He has worked at Elite since 2003 is also the coordinator for the Elite Community Scholars Program, a program very close to his heart. You can email him at ethan.sawyer@eliteprep.com. The views expressed in this blog post are Ethan's and don't necessarily reflect those of Elite Educational Institute.

Friday
May022014

Summer Classes in Corona, CA

This summer, Elite of Anaheim Hills will be offering a special satellite program at La Sierra University in Corona, CA! To sign up, contact Elite of Anaheim Hills to schedule a free diagnostic test and consultation. 

 

Saturday
Apr262014

Elite Branch Scholarship Deadline Extended to May 10

Great news for busy high school seniors!

The Elite Southern California Branch Scholarship application deadline has been extended to Saturday, May 10!

There's still time to apply, so don't wait. Scholarships of $1000 and $1000 will be awarded to a number of curent or former Elite seniors.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION »

Remember, to submit your application, you may:

  1. Email the completed application and all supplemental materials to your Branch Director with ELITE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION in the subject line.
  2. Submit the completed paper copy to your local branch.
  3. Mail the application and the attachments, with sufficient postage, to your local branch.

Best of luck!

Wednesday
Apr092014

Elite SoCal Branch Scholarships – Apply Now!

The Elite Southern California Branch Scholars Award is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their academic achievement, their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to overcoming challenges and reaching their goals.

Each Elite Branch Scholar will be awarded a scholarship in the amount of $1000.

The Elite Student of the Year will be awarded a scholarship in the amount of $2000.

Scholarship applications are due May 1. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must be current high school (or home-schooled) seniors who have attended classes or are currently attending classes at one of the following branches of Elite Educaitonal Institute: Anaheim Hills, Arcadia, Cerritos, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Irvine-Newport Beach, Irvine-Northwood, Los Angeles, Northridge, Rowland Heights, San Diego-Carmel Valley, San Diego-Rancho Bernardo, Torrance, Valencia.

Applicants must also be available to receive their awards at the annual Elite Teacher Convocation in Long Beach on Saturday, June 7.

To submit your application, you may:

  1. Email the completed application and all supplemental materials to your Branch Director with ELITE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION in the subject line.
  2. Submit the completed paper copy to your local branch.
  3. Mail the application and the attachments, with sufficient postage, to your local branch.

 

DOWNLOAD SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION »

Thursday
Mar202014

Summer Session Registration is Open!


The perfect time to prepare for the SAT is summer, when students are free from the obligations of homework, clubs, and teams. Elite has a variety of programs, schedules, and locations to give you the flexibilty to select the program that best meets your needs. Summer classes start in June – contact your local branch today to schedule a free diagnostic test and consultation and find out which program is right for you!*

Summer Session programs include:

SAT Boot Camp
Elite's well-known and highly-regarded SAT Boot Camp is a rigorous program designed for high school students who want to commit a significant portion of their summer to raising their SAT scores. Students take a 3.5 hour practice test every Monday and attend class and test review Tuesday through Friday.* Classes focus on key test content – Critical Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Writing, and Math skills – everything necessary to perform your best on the SAT. 

SAT Essentials
Our SAT Essentials weekday and weekend programs feature our proven curriculum, while offering a more streamlined approach to SAT prep and a less intensive schedule.

PSAT Boot Camp / PSAT Essentials
The Elite PSAT Program is designed for students in 9th and 10th grade who want to get a head start on preparing for the PSAT and SAT. PSAT Boot Camp offers a set of three interlocking classes (Critical Reading, Writing and a Math class previewing Algebra II) taught at a pace better suited to younger students.

AP/Honors Preview
Elite's AP Preview courses are designed to prepare students for the challenging coursework they will face in the upcoming school year by helping them get a head start during the summer months.

ReadiPrep™ English and Math
Aimed at students in grades 5-9, ReadiPrep™ English focuses on developing students’ critical reading and thinking skills through an interconnected course of study involving reading comprehension, vocabulary and grammar studies, persuasive writing, and test skill development. ReadiPrep™ Math provides students with a preview of the math coursework they can expect to study during the school year.  With this head start in English and Math, students will have strong foundation to build upon as they enter their fall semesters.

*Classes and schedules vary by branch. Check your branch's summer session schedule for details.

Thursday
Mar132014

UC Admission Decisions Release Dates


High school seniors, the wait is almost over!

The University of California campuses will release admission decisions generally between March 14 and March 27, and a few UC campuses have started sending out freshman admission decisions on a rolling basis already. Below is a list of admissions decision release dates, by campus:  

UC Berkeley March 27
UC Davis March 14
UC Irvine March 17-21
UCLA March 21 (early evening)
UC Merced March 6 (Rolling)
UC Riverside January 14 (Rolling)
UC San Diego March 15
UC Santa Barbara March 17
UC Santa Cruz March 15
 

There are three possible admission decision outcomes:

  • You are admitted – Congratulations! Be sure to submit your Statement of Intent to Register and enrollment deposit by May 1st! 
  • You have been denied admission – Boo! But don't sweat it. This is the reason for applying to several colleges, and if you planned wisely, you are bound to be admitted to one or more of these colleges. 
  •  You have been offered a spot on the waitlist – What, more waiting?!?!  

Waitlists

According to the University of California, all UC campuses, except Merced, will use waitlists for their freshman pools.

Almost all of the UC campuses have more qualified students than they have space for. So the campuses need to make some difficult decisions when selecting the freshmen class. Being offered a spot on the waitlist means that you may be admitted if an applicant who has been admitted to the campus decides not to attend (by not submitting the Statement of Intent to Register) and a space opens up. 

 What you need to know:

  • You might receive waitlist offers from more than one campus. 
  • Once offered a spot on a waitlist, you must opt in by April 15 deadline. Instructions for doing so will be included with the waitlist notification. (Some of the campuses will require you to submit a statement discussing your interest in attending that campus.)
  • You may accept the offer to be put on more than one waitlist. 
  • The UC campuses will notify students about their waitlist status no later than June 1.
  • Even if you accept a waitlist offer at a UC campus, you should submit an SIR to one of the campuses to which you have been admitted to in order to ensure you have a college to attend in the fall. If you later accept an offer of admission from a UC campus where you have been waitlisted, you must submit an additional SIR and enrollment deposit to the second campus (and you will forfeit your deposit at the first campus).

Appeals

If you are denied to a campus, but feel you have grounds for an appeal the decision to deny your application, you may submit an appeal. 

  • Please keep in mind that the purpose of the appeal process is to address compelling new information or correct a possible oversight in the initial review. 
  • The freshman appeal deadline is April 15 for most campuses (March 28 for Santa Cruz).

Good luck!

Thursday
Mar062014

Here's What the New SAT Will Look Like


Nearly a year after the College Board’s announcement that the SAT would be undergoing a significant redesign, College Board President David Coleman recently revealed more information about what we can expect to see on the new SAT®. Here are the major changes:

The first new SAT will be administered in spring 2016.
The redesigned exam will be divided into three sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math, and the Essay. The Essay section is optional, though many selective colleges are likely to make it an admissions requirement.
The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section will abandon sentence completions and “rare” vocabulary definitions, instead asking students to interpret the meaning of words based on the context of the passage in which they appear. Students will study source documents from a broad range of disciplines, and on some questions, will be asked to select the quotation from the text that supports the answer they have chosen. Every exam will include a passage from one of the nation’s “founding documents,” (e.g., the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution) or from one of the important discussions of such texts (e.g. Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream speech”).
The Math section will require students to analyze data, charts, and graphs in order to solve problems grounded in real-world contexts. It will cover three major areas: linear equations; complex equations or functions; and ratios, percentages and proportional reasoning.
The Essay section will appear at the end of the test rather than the beginning. In it, students will read a passage and explain how the author builds an argument, supporting their claims with evidence from the passage. The essay prompt will be shared in advance and remain consistent; only the passage itself will change from test to test. Students will have 50 minutes to complete the essay.
The SAT will be scored on a 1600-point scale: 800 points for the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and 800 points for the Math section. Essay scores will be reported separately.
Points will no longer be deducted for incorrect answers.
The SAT will be offered in print and, at selected locations, on computer.

You can find more details about the new version of the test at the College Board website. The College Board is planning to release more information about the new test, including example questions and text passages, on April 16, 2014. We’re keeping an eye on all developments and will share new information with you as it becomes available.


So, what does this mean for me?

If you’re a student or the parent of a student, you’re probably wondering how all this will affect you and how Elite is preparing for the upcoming changes.

If you are in the class of 2014, 2015, or 2016, you’ll take the current version of the SAT, and the new changes to the SAT will not affect you. If you will be graduating from high school in 2017, you will have the opportunity to take either the current version, the redesigned version, or both.

No matter when you’ll be taking the SAT, here’s the good news...

We’ve got you covered.

Over the past 27 years, Elite has acquired a wealth of expert knowledge and experience in creating the most effective curriculum to prepare college-bound students to succeed on the SAT.

We successfully met the challenge of developing a system of lessons and practice tests to reflect the changes in the SAT in 1994 and more recently in 2005. We’re confident that we will be able once again to swiftly adapt our curriculum and teaching methods to reflect the new changes to the SAT.

One of major goals of the College Board, as stated on its website, is to create a redesigned SAT that focuses on the “knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career readiness and success.”

At Elite, we’re excited about these new changes and applaud the College Board's efforts to create a more transparent, accessible, and relevant exam. Elite's curriculum has never been about picking up tips and tricks or simply beating the test. For years, we've taken an “evidence-based reasoning” approach to reading comprehension and persuasive writing, and have taught core math knowledge and reasoning skills rather than having students simply memorize formulas to be used on the test and then forgotten.

Elite’s focus is on developing fundamental academic skills that prepare students not only for college entrance exams, but for life.

Rest assured that our trained teachers and counselors will be ready to guide students through every step of their journey with the most up-to-date information available and to offer courses specifically tailored to the exams that best fit their plans.

If you have questions or comments about the new changes to the SAT, please do not hesitate to contact your local Elite branch.

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