Entrance Exam Preparation

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Here are some of our successful Entrance Exam Preparation students from 2017-18! We trained them for various prestigious gifted school entrance exams – IB, MACS, TOPS, UTS — and all were accepted!

In our Entrance Exam Preparation classes, we offer comprehensive preparation for students applying to specialized advanced-academic programs (e.g. IB, TOPS, MaCS, UTS, etc.) and ensure students are prepared no matter what the format of the examination will be.

Schools and school boards sometimes switch the format of the examination only weeks before the exam in order to make it difficult for students to prepare in advance. Brain Power has the solution to that! We prepare for all of the varying formats and equip the students with the foundational knowledge and test-taking skills so that they ace whatever is in front of them.

We have nearly two decades of experience with getting students in to the schools of their choice, no matter what the format of the exams. The majority of our students make it in to the program of their choice, and they report back to us that they felt confident and prepared thanks to Brain Power!

What do our programs include? 

  • writing (essays, supplementary application forms, reflection pieces, short answers) with personalized feedback
  • sophisticated vocabulary building
  • reading comprehension
  • analogies and logical/critical thinking
  • mathematics
  • science (for those examinations that have a science component, e.g. MaCS, TOPS)
  • collaborative activity support (how to demonstrate leadership and teamwork)
  • timed drills with personalized feedback … and much more!
Top row (left to right): Guest speaker Ilya Kreynin and Dr. Karine Rashkovsky with some of our successful UTS Stage 2 students: Vanessa Poiana, Jessie Chen, Yvonne Wu, Andrew Zhou, Andrew Ko; Bottom row (left to right): Stella Zheng, William Zhou

UTS – Stage 1, SSAT, IB, TOPS, and MaCS Preparation begins in summer (see “Summer” offerings at Brain Power) and may be continued in the fall session, which begins in September and continues into November. Students who pass UTS – Stage 1 and are invited to UTS – Stage 2 will be informed by UTS in late December. Interview Preparation: UTS – Stage 2 and More begins in early January and continues until the actual interviews occur (in late January).

For the purposes of registration, summer training (Stage 1: July-August), fall training (Stage 1: September-November), and winter training (Stage 2: January) are separate programs.  There are also various options for training and preparation, and students can register for preparation courses in English and/or Mathematics.

For UTS – Stage 1, SSAT, IB, TOPS, and MaCS Preparation, we meet twice a week in the summer; we meet once a week (usually in the late afternoon on Sundays) in the fall, when many of our students are also taking our full-year Brain Power classes, to cover various areas pertinent to mastering this type test (e.g. mathematics training, language arts training, stress management, timing, etc.). All materials are provided. Registration is required.

Interview Preparation: UTS – Stage 2 and More will address ALL aspects of the Stage 2 interviews and more! We will have practice drills and provide feedback, share helpful tips, and discuss intense improvement plans tailored for your child. All materials are provided. Registration is required.

To register or find out more information, please visit us at the Brain Power office or contact us at info@brainpower.ca


Got in? What next? More Brain Power!

Most of our Entrance Exam Prep students continue to study at Brain Power after being accepted to the gifted/specialty program of their choice. In fact, many Brain Power students attend gifted day-school programs, both private and public; why? because the Brain Power experience offers something not available at any other elementary or secondary learning institution in the GTA (and beyond). Here is one of our students giving his reasons for staying at Brain Power after being accepted into UCC:

“I still come to Brain Power after being accepted to Upper Canada College because Brain Power educates in a way no other institution can. It provides me with some of the most useful writing and oral skills I can possibly ever need. Most of all, I love going and spending time with others who want to enrich themselves, and enjoy great teachers who are also great friends.” Ernst Ma – UCC and Brain Power student


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