• Philosophy
  • College Counselling Process
  • Test Preparation

Collegiate Schools' college preparation program is about more than getting into college. Our program is an articulated sequence designed to help students develop the ability to make informed decisions about their futures.

In a developmentally appropriate manner at each grade level, beginning Class VIII, the Collegiate Schools' college preparation program assists students as they make a profound transition into adulthood. Through the five-year journey (Class VIII-XII), Collegiate students encounter an atmosphere in which they find their voice through introspection and gain the independence required to articulate the type of college environment needed for the next phase of their formal education.

While parents and counsellors walk with a student on this journey, Collegiate Schools' college counselling program acknowledges that it is the student who must take ownership of the selection, preparation and application process. Ultimately, the student decides where to apply and which examinations to prepare for. However, by building a relationship over the critical five years, the Department of Higher Education at Collegiate School is able to guide, counsel, probe, recommend, refer, suggest, and inform each student as needed.

The college counselling process at Collegiate hinges upon the individual relationship formed between the counsellor and the student. As there is no single path through the curriculum of the Secondary and Higher Secondary School, there is no single path through the college counselling program at Collegiate Schools. Each student defies generalization. Each student has a unique story to tell, and different needs to fulfil through the college or career search. Each student engages the process at a slightly different point, and moves through the process at a slightly different pace.

As a result, the Department of Higher Education provides a coherent program designed for each grade level, and spends the majority of the time guiding students along their personal journeys. Students and parents are encouraged to meet with the college counsellor and have unfettered access to the counsellor throughout the Secondary and Higher Secondary School experience.

When students are equipped with the tools they need to undergo an honest appraisal of themselves, when thoughtful introspection leads to thorough research, and when careful attention is given to the minute details of the preparation for the examinations required for the opted career, Collegiate students conclude their Higher Secondary School experience prepared, excited, and confident to join the college or career that best fits their understood and articulated needs.

The process of preparing for college begins the moment students set foot in Secondary School at Collegiate Schools. The curriculum at Collegiate Schools is designed to ensure that students will be able and confident to face the challenges of a rigorous collegiate academic program. Our approach to college preparation is in keeping with our school mission to foster a passion for lifelong learning and pursuit of knowledge. At Collegiate Schools, college counselling is a highly personalized process focused on assessing the strengths, talents and dreams of each individual and finding the colleges or universities that best fit his or her needs.

Beginning normally in Class VIII, but no later than Class IX, and continuing through college placement in Class XII, college preparation is comprehensive and individualized. Our college counsellors work with students and parents to share successful strategies for standardized testing, assemble a thorough list of possible colleges, entrance examinations or tests, and offer advice on honing college applications. Collegiate School graduates join impressive colleges and universities, and the Department of Higher Education also assists them in choosing the best programs or courses for (under) graduation based for their interests and goals.

In brief, the school wide format is as follows:

Class VIII-X

Short group sessions are held in classes in which students are given tasks to introduce them to the concept of career, as well as facilitate access to the huge array of resources available to students in digital and book form. At times, lectures and interactive sessions by visiting business leaders help in students deciding upon their career goals.

Prior to the Class X's choosing subjects for Class XI, all students are met on a one on one basis to ensure that subject choices are accurate and future career or study pathways are not limited. This is reasonably straightforward at Collegiate Schools, as the timetable is structured to generally allow a broad selection of subjects.

All students will have an initial one on one interview with the counsellor during the course of the year. Approximately one hour per student is allocated to this and the process entails formal career profiling techniques developed and evolved through years of research and experience at Collegiate Schools internationally. Students are encouraged to start investigations into three or four areas of strength and career interest. Students are given specific activities to support this selection process and produce evidence of the progress in this process over Class IX-X.

Each student is expected to have a Careers' folder in which material of interest is retained. Prior to the Class X subject choice submission (for Class XI-XII), students are required to indicate their career(s) of interest. Students whose results/subject choices are not consistent with the particular career interests are re-interviewed to identify any issues that will prevent a student from achieving their chosen path.

Class XI-XII

During one study period every week, students will, under the guidance of the counsellor, have the opportunity to fine tune their plans via processing the myriad of information sources available. This is supported, where appropriate, by guest speakers, discussion sessions and brief one on one report back sessions.

For those students taking subjects, a series of meetings is conducted once a term on Wednesday during lunch time. These sessions provide an abbreviated version of what the remainder of the group is doing. The objective of this programme is for students to have narrowed down their options to a main choice and a back up by the end of the year in Class XI. Correct subject choice/examination results for the following year is essential.

Our test preparation for Class IX-X and Class XI-XII students are not limited to Engineering and Medicine, courses cover the following program areas:

  • Arts & Humanities,
  • Accountancy,
  • Business,
  • Engineering
  • Law,
  • Medicine,
  • Sciences

We realize that every Collegiate School location may not have the best of faculty for program areas.

Once a Collegiate School launches a Test Preparation Centre (TPC), our higher education test-prep partner program will deliver well-researched study material by its expert faculty using VSAT's remote delivery platform. The sessions will be beamed live from the studios of our partners, which are fully-equipped with the latest audio-video equipment for high-quality video broadcast. The VSAT infrastructure set-up in the Collegiate School premises receives the signal and broadcasts it in the classrooms on a real time basis.

The VSAT infrastructure offers two-way communication allowing students to ask queries and receive answers from our subject-matter experts during the live classroom session. In addition, an Academic Coordinator at the Collegiate School is physically present in every classroom to take attendance and address any doubts the students may have. Students can also replay all the recorded sessions at any time and learn at their own pace.

To summarize, each Test Preparation Centre (TPC) will have:

  • Two-way interactive VSAT platform
  • VSAT infrastructure with high-end audio-visual technology replicates a real classroom learning environment. Also, the two-way interaction makes it easy for students to get their doubts cleared by experts.

  • Classes by expert faculty beamed from the studios of our Higher Education test-prep partner.
  • Access to skilled and experienced faculty who are trained at our partners facility by renowned examination preparation experts, thus ensuring strict adherence to quality and predefined and approved methodology.

  • Comprehensive study material, tests and assignments
  • Includes subject-specific study material with thousands of specially selected Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) and Past Question Papers (PQPs) for self-practice and trend analysis in each subject. Students receive up-to-date and relevant study material pertaining to their course and in tune with the course pedagogy.

    Well-defined testing system, which includes CDT (Class Discussions Tests), SWMT (Subject-Wise Mega Tests), Mock examinations (full-length tests), ensures maximum practice, improvement in speed, enhanced accuracy and time management. The Test Series with all-centre ranking and detailed performance report enables students to compare their performance and progress with hundreds of other test-takers.

  • Whiteboard for local coordinator's use
  • Full access to online multimedia content
  • Power backup and 24x7 support ensuring 99.5% uptime
  • Central and local manpower support
  • Other benefits:
  • 24x7 online help, in addition to e-mail and end-of-session doubt clearing facilities
  • Provision for class sessions to be viewed by students at any time
  • Centralised monitoring system to track class sessions and student feedback
  • 24x7 online access for parents to check their child's progress