ArborBridge Introduces Online SAT Preparation to Schools in Mexico, Guatemala

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ArborBridge, the world leader in online test preparation, is going south of the border for the first time this week.

In the 2012-13 school year, 14,199 Mexican citizens were studying in the United States; roughly half of those were undergraduates. In that same year, 1,113 Guatemalan students were in the U.S.

Josh Stephens, ArborBridge’s Director of International Development, is making presentations and meeting with college counselors at some of the top international schools in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Guatemala City. Students, counselors, and parents will have the opportunity to discuss the role of standardized testing the U.S. college admissions process and to get acquainted with ArborBridge’s distinctive approach to test preparation.

ArborBridge specializes in preparing students around the globe for the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests, which are the major entrance exams required by most U.S. colleges and universities. This is ArborBridge’s first major foray into Mexico and Central America.

“Students in Latin America have strong ties to their families and cultures, and they have great opportunities at local universities,” said Stephens. “Students in Latin America are not clamoring to get to university in the U.S. the way some students in other regions are.”

“At the same time,” added Stephens, “the draw of U.S. universities is unmistakable, and students from the region know that they will integrate well into American educational culture.”

The proximity of these countries to the United States and the cultural ties between them have fostered a steady influx of students in recent years. In the 2012-13 school year, 14,199 Mexican citizens were studying in the United States; roughly half of those were undergraduates. In that same year, 1,113 Guatemalan students were in the U.S.

Mexico ranks ninth among countries that send students to the United States.

These figures do not account for American expatriates who grew up abroad and have returned to the U.S. for college. Reports indicate that up to 1 million Americans live in Mexico, making it the largest American expatriate community in the world, by far.

A thriving middle class and widespread prosperity in cities such as Mexico City, the heart of the Mexican economy, have enabled parents to send their children to the United States. As well, many Mexican applicants can qualify for financial aid at U.S. universities, thus strengthening the ties between the two countries.

ArborBridge’s goal is to ensure that students in these countries – be they Mexican, Guatemalan, or American – have every opportunity to prepare for standardized tests.

Stephens will be meeting with both students and with American expatriates and multinational students, who collectively reflect the diversity of Latin America and the vibrancy of its expatriate population. For many expatriate families, the convenience of ArborBridge’s online tutoring – which can take place at any time of day with students located anywhere in the world – is crucial.

“ArborBridge is proud to support the relationship between the United States and its closest neighbors,” said Stephens. “We want to ensure that any Mexican student applying to the U.S. has the chance to earn a fantastic SAT or ACT score and make the most of his or her college experience.”

About ArborBridge
A global leader in education and admissions test preparation, ArborBridge ( has helped students from over 30 countries and all six continents maximize their scores on the SAT and ACT exams. ArborBridge students have seen SAT point increases exceeding 600 points and have gained admission to highly selective universities, including Harvard, Stanford, Cal Tech, NYU, Columbia, and Berkeley. ArborBridge tutoring is live, one-on-one, and delivered online by elite American tutors using ArborBridge's proprietary SAT/ACT curriculum, designed to help students raise their scores as conveniently and efficiently as possible.

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