Effective ways to improve study skills

Study skills are various ways or approaches towards learning something. Every individual is different in terms of their learning approaches and understanding abilities. It is better to understand one’s own way that can lead to good results. Students with better study methods suitable for them can score well in exams and become successful in life. VIU School of Test Preparation advises the following strategies to improve study skills in students

  • Regular practice is essential to learn a subject thoroughly
  • It is always better to pen it down than to just refer it
  • Refer the subject immediately after learning it in class to have a better understanding of the subject
  • Most of the times stress leads to failure. So stay away from stress to perform well in exams
  • Stress is relieved when subject is referred well in advance than before the exam
  • Study environment plays a major role in effective learning and it is always advised to choose an ideal place for effective learning
  • Before studying any new topic it is advised to know an overview about the subject
  • Skimming is the best way to get an overview about a new subject
  • Brain-storming is one of the effective ways to learn a subject
  • Group discussions can also help in better grasp of the subject
  • In most of the cases, peer based learning approach can lead to good results
  • It is advised to maintain some gaps between the study schedule rather than a continuous stretch without breaks.
  • It is advised to understand concepts rather than memorizing it.
  • It is advised to take as many practice exams as possible for a better performance at exams
  • Maintain a steady schedule
  • It is advised to practice learning material to have a better grasp on the subject

These suggestions can give a positive result towards learning a new concept in a better way




TOEFL/IELTS for Au pairs

Being an Au pair in a foreign country is both challenging and rewarding in nature. Au pairs gain good experience staying with the host family. They also have an advantage to learn a foreign language. As per the rules set by US Department of State an Au pair has to complete a mandatory educational requirement during the course of stay in the USA. Even though the life style is hectic, Au pairs have to take out some time to finish the mandatory requirement. VIU School of Test Preparation offers TOEFL/IELTS for CEUs with a flexible schedule. Au pairs can complete 6 CEU’s in 12 weeks and prepare for the TOEFL exam.  The TOEFL preparation course gives students all the tools they need to succeed on the new TOEFL iBT® integrated skills test. The TOEFL Preparation course provides a wealth of practice for all sections of the TOEFL test. The school is located in the Virginia area near to the capital city of Washington DC. The school is set up with computer labs and classrooms that will make the classes stress-free and easy going. The faculty has extensive experience and are professionals in the field. The sessions are interactive and focus on securing a high score. Don’t miss the opportunity to improve your English and make new friends.


For more details, contact us on (703)591-7042 ext.372 or visit us on www.viu.edu/stp

Tips for LSAT Logical Reasoning section

LSAT is a law entrance exam. The Law School Admission Test, or LSAT, is a half-day standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world. Administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for prospective law school candidates, the LSAT is designed to assess reading comprehension and logical and verbal reasoning proficiency. The test is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada (common law programs only), the University of Melbourne in Australia, and a growing number of other countries. An applicant cannot take the LSAT more than three times within a two-year period. VIU School of Test Preparation offers result oriented training for LSAT exam. The course is taught by well experienced faculty who provide personalized attention to achieve high score. We would suggest the following tips for achieving good score in LSAT Logical Reasoning section

Step 1.Identify the Question type

Step 2. Read the question before the argument

Step 3. Untangle the Stimulus (look for conclusion and the evidence (underline the key words)

Step 4. Predict the Correct answer

TIP: Be familiar with all 11 types of logical reasoning questions

TIP: Did you know that the logical reasoning section makes 50 % of your LSAT Score

We wish you good luck in your LSAT Preparation

Tips for the TOEFL Exam

VIU school of Test Preparation offers result oriented training for standardized exams. The school has well experienced faculty who focuses on providing customized training to  achieve high score. We would like to suggest the following tips for achieving high score in your final exam

  1. Practice on computer
  2. Train yourself to work within a very limited time period.
  3. Take a test prep course
  4. Learn to type fast
  5. Register with ETS (Educational Testing Services)
  6. Bring your passport and other forms of ID for check in during test day
  7. Be on time during test day
  8. Do not use or check your phone during test breaks
  9. Be confident

We wish you good luck in your TOEFL preparation.

Proposed SAT changes from 2017

In the current SAT exam there is ¼ point penalty for wrong answers; in the new SAT, however, there will be no penalty. Presently, scoring is based out of 2400 which includes 800 for math, 800 for reading comprehension, and 800 for writing; in the future the test will be based out of 1600 where 800 will be for math and 800 will be for evidence based reading and writing. The optional essay will receive a separate score. Sub scores and insight scores will be available in future. In the current exam there are three critical reading tests (20-25 minutes each), three math tests (10-25 minutes each), three writing tests (10-25 minutes each), one essay (25 minutes), one experimental test, and five answer choices for multiple-choice questions. In future there will be: one evidence based reading and writing test comprised of a 65 minute reading section and a 35 minute language and writing section; one math test comprised of a 55 minute section with a calculator and a 25 minute section without calculator; one optional essay (50 minutes); and four answer choices for multiple choice questions. Presently the test is administered for 3 hours and 45 minutes; the new test will be 3 hours or 3 hours and 50 minutes with the optional essay.

The test is presently available in print and focuses on a broad range of content and skills. In the future it will be available in both print and digital formats. There will be fewer questions with a greater focus on in-depth analysis of content and evidence. In the present pattern, the essay is mandatory and students have 25 minutes to draft a response. Quality of reasoning and accuracy of data is not assessed and the score is combined with multiple choice writing section. In the future, the essay will be optional and students will have 50 minutes to analyze a 650-750 word document and draft an essay. Future tests will focus on reading, analysis, and writing skills, and requires students to analyze a source document and explain how the author builds an argument. The present math section focuses on a wide array of topics, puts more emphasis on computational skills, includes multiple choice, grid-in questions, and calculators are permitted for all sections. Future exams will have a concentrated focus on problem-solving, data analysis, algebra, and advanced math. There will be real world problem solving questions accompanied by informational graphics and calculators will be permitted for 37 questions out of 57 questions. It will have multiple choice and grid-in questions with one enhanced grid-in question.

In the present exam critical reading is in two parts which includes sentence completion and passage based questions coming from short (100-150 words) to long (400-850 words) passages. The writing section combines the score of multiple choice questions and the essay. In the future, reading and writing will be an evidence based reading and writing section. The reading section will not have any sentence completions and instead will test understanding of passages from US and world literature, history/social studies, and the sciences (500-850 words). The writing and language tests expression of ideas and standard English conventions through passages relating to careers, history/social studies, humanities and science. The questions are pulled from extended prose (400-450 words).