University Admission Consultation and Test Preparation
UK Universities Admission Results
2019-2020 has been a record-breaking year for our UK University Admissions Consultation team*:
- 11 students have been admitted to Oxford and Cambridge
- 50 offers from top 4 London universities, including the LSE, Imperial, UCL, and KCL
- 20 medical school and veterinary school offers received from Cambridge, Imperial, UCL, KCL, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Keele, Sheffield, RVC, and HKU (students are yet to hear back from the CUHK)
- Our students received over 100 offers from Russell Group universities
- This year, we have supported students in their applications for Architecture, Arts & Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English Literature, Land Economy, Law, Linguistics, Management, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Pharmacy, Philosophy, and Politics
* All of the statistics were received from students who have used the UK and HK university admissions coaching service at CANA.
CANA Elite Online Seminar "The Do's and Don'ts with your UCAS Offers"
Under the unprecedented situation, seeing the cancellation of the public examinations like the IB and A-levels, you might wonder how this might impact your UK university offers, as well as what you could do in response to the current situation. We are very honoured to have invited Dr. Colin Crowder, the Director of Liberal Arts and Deputy Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Durham University, to share with all of us the followings:
- Recapping on what has happened, in terms of what universities have done, and what the exam boards have done
- Looking ahead, how this might impact on the
(1) decisions on offers in May
(2) the results in June/July/August
(3) students' options once they have results (including taking into consideration possible changes to university education at the start of the academic year)
If you are a prospective UCAS offer holder, you are highly recommended to join the "Do's and Don'ts with your UCAS offers" seminar to understand the latest updates firsthand. Here is the details:
Date and time: 17:00 - 18:00 on Sat 25th April 2020 Online Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Crowder from Durham University
Fee: $180 per registration
Click to register NOW!
*There would also be a 15 mins Q&A session to answer queries from the audience.
Why Choose UK Universities?
Reputation - Many UK universities are highly reputable among big corporations and academic fields, providing promising career prospects for their graduates. As well as Cambridge and Oxford, other renowned UK universities such as LSE, Imperial College, King’s College London etc. are in the Russell Group.
Dedication - Most UK university courses focus on one discipline. Students will gain an in-depth exposure to various topics and schools of thought within that discipline. It is difficult for a student transfer from one discipline to another during undergraduate studies. Therefore, professional courses such as medicine and engineering usually ask for a specific combination of high school subjects from their applicants.
Conversion - For HK students hoping to study law, the UK is the preferred destination because of the similar legal system. UK medical schools are also preferred by HK medicine students, because students can start studying and training from undergraduate level.
How to apply to top UK universities?
Students apply to UK universities through UCAS, which has two major application deadlines: 15th Oct for Oxbridge and medicine applicants, and 15th Jan for other applicants. Preparation usually starts four months before submitting the UCAS application. If you are aiming for Oxbridge or medicine, you should start preparation for at least six months before submitting your UCAS application.
Here are the key elements in the application process:
- Predicted grades (provided by school)
- Reference letter (provided by school)
- Personal statement (provided by the applicant)
- Entry test (for some universities and some disciplines)
- Interview (for Oxbridge, all medicine, dentistry and veterinary courses, and Engineering courses at Imperial College)
If you are applying for art related disciplines, such as Fine Arts and Architecture, you need to submit your art portfolio according to the university’s requirements.
At CANA, our team of 70+ Oxbridge and Ivy League graduate consultants provide full coverage of the popular disciplines, including Economics, Law, Medicine, Engineering, Management, Psychology, Mathematics, Natural Sciences etc. We will manage the timeline and guide both you and your family through the process, including:
- discipline and career exploration
- personal statement
- entry tests
- interview coaching
- strategic university and college selection
- post-application follow-up
You will gain peace of mind about maximizing your chance of success in this competitive process. We have guided over 45% of our Oxbridge applicants to successfully receive offers from these two institutes, together with offers from other top 15 UK universities.
UK University Entry Test Preparation
We provide comprehensive support on a full range of UK university entry tests, such as UCAT and BMAT for students applying for Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, and LNAT and Cambridge Law Test for students applying for Law.
Our instructors are either medicine or Oxbridge graduates who have aced the tests themselves. You will acquire techniques targeting different types of questions in the test and will be provided with extra reading to substantiate your arguments where essay-writing is needed.
“Cana's team was extremely helpful throughout the application process. In two months, they went through my many personal statement drafts, marked my LNAT practice essays and prepared me well for my interviews. My tutors, graduates from Cambridge, guided me to explore different areas of law in Skype sessions. They explained fundamental legal concepts to me and provided material for further reading. They also kept challenging my answers to push me to my limits. My actual interviews were conducted in a similar academic style, and I could apply the skills I previously honed. Thank you very much, Cana!”
A.L., Oxford University, Law
“Admissions coaching at CANA helped tremendously in preparing me for the real interviews by providing insights into the interview and admissions process. In mock interviews, I was asked to navigate complex legal issues and was probed with challenging questions that I often couldn't answer, the process of which taught me how to approach different interview questions as well as improving my reasoning abilities and argumentative skills. The experience further allowed me to understand the mindsets of different interviewers — which, I believe, greatly improved my performance in the actual interviews.”
L.H., Cambridge University, Law
"Pairing me up with a consultant who really knew the medical application system and had experience working in the NHS was beneficial in understanding the nuances of the application process. They helped me to portray myself in the best possible way, picking and choosing the vital points of my resume to demonstrate in my personal statement. One of the most important things to me about CANA’s Uniapp program was the versatility of it. Whatever session you arrange with the consultant is up to you: some personal statement checking, interview preparation... Each hour was not set into stone. My strongest piece of advice is to be yourself through the application process as that is the easiest way to get through it. CANA will help you define yourself to the admission departments, because at the end of the day, they don’t wish to see pretty words on a sheet of paper, they wish to see the individuality in the applicant behind them."
K, Cambridge University, Medicine
"Consultants in Cana gave me valuable advice on my UCAS application, especially on my personal statement planning. As LSE focuses much on the quality of the personal statement, it took me long to plan and write it. During the process, Joyce provided much help in structuring my PS and ensured the logical flow of ideas. She also introduced me to many new economic concepts I have not encountered before which enriched my economic knowledge. I was also given mock interview practices, admission test practices for my Oxbridge application. Words can’t describe my how thankful I am for their accompaniment throughout the application. Thank you very much! "
C, LSE, Economics
Our UK Admission Consultants
Medicine / Natural Sciences (Biological)
University of Cambridge
Imperial College London
The IB was tough and grueling program, but I credit my peers, teachers and the wonderful tutors at Cana for providing a challenging and fulfilling environment for me to learn. Cana tutors are not only knowledgeable in their fields but also approachable; willing and able to answer any questions I had on hand. Overall, I'm really happy with completing the IB and I can definitely say that the feeling of accomplishment after receiving my score made all the hard work worth it.
CANA's consultant team consists of graduates and students from Oxbridge, I think that the team is very reliable, trustworthy and supportive. The consultants organised the tutorial timetable nicely, helping me to avoid procrastination and make me feel well prepared before the interview. Apart from technical support, CANA consultants also gave me invaluable encouragement during the application process.
The tutor, being a graduate of Law from Cambridge, is very familiar with both legal concepts and the Oxbridge interview style. He is also one of the most articulate, critical and intelligent people I have ever met. During the sessions, he pushed and challenged me with the toughest and most difficult interview scenarios and questions. In many cases, I didn't know how to answer them, but he taught me that the most important focus was the reasoning process, not the answer itself. The training proved to be extremely applicable during my real interview.
I knew I was in safe hands after my very first lesson with my consultant. The reading material provided much inspiration for my personal statement, and I was also pushed to navigate through difficult legal scenarios. Never did I imagine that I could feel so passionately about a subject, and would therefore like to thank “Cana” very, very much.
Cana’s services have helped me realize my dream of getting into medical school. The tutors have given me confidence and courage to fulfill my own potential in a time of uncertainty and nervousness. They have given me knowledge that extends beyond my academic career, I have also gained friendships through Cana’s overwhelming hospitality.
CANA gave me direction in my application process. They provided many resources that helped me understand the complex US admissions process and gave me insight into how university admissions officers would see my application.
OUR SUCCESS STORIES
Here at CANA Elite, we truly believe that every student is unique, and yet all have the potentials to reach their goals with the right guidance. Academic excellence is derived from both passionate teachers and eager students. That is why we provide a uniquely designed learning experience that is tailored to each individual student. Named after the location of first miracle, we hope that CANA Elite can be the place of miracles for each of our students, helping them to reach their goals.