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Raise your Reading Score

Are you an International Student who is struggling to Raise your Reading Score on the SAT?

Yes? Then you are in the right place.

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Hi, I’m Michelle, founder of International Tester, and I have been helping International Students for over 18 years smash their SAT Reading scores and gain entrance to dream schools including Stanford, Princeton, Berkeley, NYU, Boston College, UPENN, Emory, and yes…even Harvard.

I understand how much harder it is for International Students to achieve on standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, MCAT, TOEFL, and IELTS. It has been my life’s work since 2001, when I moved to South Korea to teach English and started teaching the SAT. It is why I started International Tester 4 years ago.

When I started looking for ways to help my students, I was shocked about how little guidance there was for the Reading section. I mean, the big names in test prep would have a 900-page study guide, and a measly 30 pages would be devoted to the Reading section! The general advice was merely “Read more.”

MORE WHAT? Classics? Comic Books? Romance? Articles from magazines? HOW MUCH MORE? 16 books? An article a day? A novel a week? Who knows?

Truthfully, reading more only works if you know what you are reading for and what kinds of skills you are supposed to be developing. I mean, you could read all 1200 pages of War and Peace, but if you don’t understand any of it, how does that help?

The Blog is filled with Useful Information

There are over 100 blogposts jammed with useful and actionable information to help you elevate your score. SAT Test Prep book reviews, Tips and Tricks for the Reading and Writing sections, and both a Guide to the SAT Essay and a suggested Video Course to get a perfect score, can all be found on the Blog Pages. Bookmark the page and explore the distillation of years of knowledge.

FREE E-Book from International Tester

Get your FREE (you don’t even need to give me an email address) E-Book to help you tackle the SAT Reading: Literature Passages. Just click on the cover below. For years, I watched and waited for materials that would truly help International students. Some great stuff has been produced, but it didn’t satisfy a student whose first language wasn’t English. So, in 2017, I started writing my series, International Tester’s Guide to SAT Reading, and published volumes 1 (Literature Passages) and 2 (Global Conversation Passages.)

Why you need a higher Reading score

Reading is the most important skill you will need to be successful in university, and I am passionate about creating skilled and successful readers who can not only crush the SAT/ACT reading sections, but can overcome the mountain of reading required at top level American universities.

A high reading score on your SAT can elevate you above other applicants whose reading score is lower than yours. A high reading score can demonstrate your ability to comprehend and utilize English.

I have helped thousands of students reach their goals

I had the pleasure of learning from Michelle and improving my English skills through her online tutoring services for over two years. Her expertise in English, grammar, communication, editing, and the SAT is evident in her thoughtful lessons which are not only comprehensive in nature, but also tailored to the client’s needs. Michelle could always provide clarity on tricky topics and articulate nuances in English. She has the natural ability to facilitate intellectual, thought-provoking discussions (on literature or nearly any other topic) and to make meaningful connections with students. Without a doubt, Michelle would be an excellent candidate for any English teaching position. R. KIM, UNIVERSITY of WATERLOO

I just want to thank you sincerely for always listening to my complaints about how much I hate SAT and school and at the same time teaching most of what I know today. I honestly think that if it wasn’t for you there helping me every step of the way, I wouldn’t have been able to get up to where I am nowH. MOON, EMORY UNIVERSITY

I found your SAT literature guide super helpful. I think reading it the night before helped me achieve my 36 on the Reading portion of the ACT. C. KNAPP

Thank you so much for your help and dedication. N.NGUYEN

Thanks so much for your remarkable explanation on this topic. I really, like many others, have a difficulty in reading. A. REFAAT

Thank you so much for these amazing sources!! N. NGO

I cannot stress how thankful I am to have discovered internationaltester.com and it has been an immense help. J.PIETRAS

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You can follow the blog and get an email when I create new content, join my mailing list and get a helpful guide to tackling the SAT Reading section, or just bookmark the site and come back every week to see what has been added. If you have a specific question or problem, email me at m@internationaltester.com

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