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SAT Preparation Programme Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2020

A summer programme in Oxford 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 2020

  • 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 150 nationalities in 2019
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

Aiming to facilitate the potential for individuals to reach academic excellence, this course familiarises students with the SAT exams and improves their chances of gaining strong scores.

This two-week summer course introduces students aged 16-18 to the core principles of math and evidence-based reading and writing. They will need to master these subjects in order to achieve a high SAT score, vital for those wishing to apply to American universities.

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 SAT exams.


This course requires no previous knowledge and will be useful both for students who have taken the exam before as well as those for whom the exam is new.

What to expect from the SAT Preparation course

At Oxford Royale Academy, our SAT Preparation summer course focuses 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. We retain a degree of flexibility for the SAT Preparation lessons to accommodate the variety of strengths and levels of preparation apparent in the students.

The SAT Preparation summer course at Oxford Royale 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 sessions.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • Explored the key competencies of the SAT exam, including reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar and mathematics
  • 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

Take this course if...

Take this course if you want a head start in preparing for the SAT exams, and want to improve your key competencies in reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar and mathematics.

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 admissions team if you would like more information. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor 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 Admissions Team on [email protected] 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 Admissions Team for more detailed information.

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.

Guest Lectures & Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates, involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.

Coach Excursions

The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include at least one coach excursion to places of historical and social significance in the UK.

Extra-curricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.

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

(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 admissions team)

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