Case Studies

Stories of Remarkable Success

Since 2017, Ascent Prep has supported thousands of students and families, helping them to achieve their educational goals. Dive into our case studies to hear what they think about Ascent Prep and how we guided them towards success!

Students Get into Dream Schools, See Quick Improvement, and Land Top University Offers!


Students admitted to their desired schools


Students see significant improvement after only 8-10 hours of training


Students with offers from Top 5 UK & Top 3 HK Universities

Jessie C.
Desire Subject Physiotherapy
Programme Medicine and Allied Health Professions Admissions Preparation Course
Hours Attended 20

From a young age, Jessie was passionate about sports, especially football and competitive jump roping. An injury during a jump roping competition that required physical therapy piqued her interest in the profession. Jessie chose Biology and Chemistry as her subjects, and her predicted DSE scores met the entry requirements. However, she had doubts about her suitability due to her petite stature and introverted nature, fearing these could be obstacles to becoming a physical therapist. Despite Jessie's excellent grades, her father was also concerned about her career choice, worrying that Jessie was blindly following a trend without truly considering her interests and abilities, as choosing this field would mean committing to a career as a physical therapist.

Our education consultant recommended the shadowing program by Ascent Prep, the only official preparation program recognized by AEAS, offering students clinical internship experiences and professional mentorship. Seeing it as an opportunity to resolve her doubts and increase her chances of being admitted to higher-ranking universities, her father enrolled her in the program.

During the shadowing process, she gained in-depth knowledge of a physical therapist's daily duties, including assessing patients, developing treatment plans, and guiding patients through rehabilitation exercises. Though challenging, she found the work meaningful. Throughout this period, Jessie had the opportunity to ask many questions, particularly about her concerns. After completing the shadowing program, her determination to become a physical therapist was strengthened.

When preparing her personal statement, Jessie tried writing it herself but felt it lacked persuasiveness. With her tutor's guidance, she realized many areas needed improvement. The tutor helped her reorganize her experiences volunteering in physical therapy, highlighting her passion and dedication to the field. During interview training, she learned how to showcase her strengths and effectively answer the interviewer's questions. For example, Ascent Prep tutors taught students how to answer common situational questions, such as:

  • What do you think are the basic professional ethics for a physical therapist?
  • How do you view the relationship between physical therapists and their patients?
  • How would you handle conflicts of interest with patients?

Ascent Prep tutors prepared students for these ethical questions and situational challenges to test their problem-solving abilities, such as:

  • How would you deal with a patient unwilling to cooperate with treatment?
  • How would you respond to an emergency during treatment?
  • How do you collaborate with other healthcare professionals?

Ultimately, with Ascent Prep's assistance, Jessie was accepted into the Physical Therapy program at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and also received offers from the University of Nottingham, University of Birmingham, Brunel University, and the University of Salford in the UK. Among these options, she chose the University of Birmingham and was awarded a scholarship for her outstanding performance.

This journey highlights the value of Ascent Prep, offering practical clinical experiences and professional guidance, enabling students to not only improve academically but also to find their direction in their future career paths.

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Sophie F.
Desire Subject Architecture
Programme Portfolio Guidance
Hours Attended 10

Sophie is a high school student from Hong Kong who has been passionate about architecture since she was young. She excelled academically and actively participated in various architecture-related activities, such as architectural model competitions and visits. However, as the time for further education approached, Sophie began to feel somewhat lost, due to her very high standards for herself. She knew that to gain admission into architecture programs at prestigious universities like Cambridge or UCL, she needed not only excellent academic grades but also well-rounded abilities and creativity.

By chance, Sophie attended a lecture by Ascent Prep, where the instructors shared their experiences in helping students gain admission to top universities. Ascent Prep introduced her to a mentor who was studying architecture at Cambridge. The mentorship and classes were designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter and encouraged Sophie to think critically about the core of architectural studies, enriching her personal statement with diverse elements. In these classes, Sophie learned about architectural history, theory, and design. Her tutor explained complex concepts in an engaging way, making it easy for Sophie to understand.

For instance, during a mock interview, Sophie encountered a challenging question: "What do you think are the professional ethics of an architect?" She had never considered this question before, but with her tutor's guidance, she was able to articulate a well-thought-out answer, boosting her confidence for the actual interview.

The art portfolio is a critical component of university applications, and Sophie's tutor helped her create a portfolio that was both deep and creative. The tutor meticulously guided her through the selection and arrangement of her works, covering her academic research, practical experience, and personal interests. Under the tutor's guidance, Sophie revised her portfolio multiple times, resulting in an impressive collection of work.

Sophie's efforts were rewarded when she was accepted into the Architecture program at the University of Cambridge. Her portfolio showcased her unique understanding of architecture, including a sustainable design proposal that received high praise from her tutor. Moreover, Sophie performed excellently in her university interviews, demonstrating her academic abilities and personal charm.

Sophie's success story is a testament to the effectiveness of the Ascent Prep program, which is dedicated to helping students realize their potential and achieve success in their educational pursuits.

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Andy M.
Desire Subject AEAS
Programme Official AEAS Test Preparation Course
Hours Attended 30

Andy attended a local Hong Kong secondary school. Despite having average grades at school, he has always been afraid of English, to the point of hesitating to speak it. Andy is a typical slow starter; when under pressure, he easily feels overwhelmed. This became even more evident after he took the AEAS test unprepared, resulting in scores far below expectations. The AEAS report recommended Andy to undertake an English course for 20-30 weeks, and the substantial cost of attending a 30-week language course in Australia, including tuition, accommodation, and student insurance, caused considerable concern for his parents. Not only were they considering the dual factors of time and finances, but they also hoped that Andy could have more opportunities to apply to his desired schools. That's when they found us, the only official preparatory course institution recognized by AEAS. In the 1-on-1 courses at Ascent Prep, students receive meticulous instruction from teachers and consultants, improving their English skills and gradually overcoming their fear of English. To the parents' surprise, the child performed excellently in the AEAS test. By achieving good results in Hong Kong, the AEAS report reduced the required language class from 30 weeks to just 4 weeks before entering mainstream schools in Australia. This not only saved money but also allowed the child to integrate into the Australian mainstream education system sooner.

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Timmy T.
Desire Subject Law
Programme National Admissions Test of Law (LNAT) Preparation Course
Hours Attended 15

I remember the first time I met Timmy and his parents, I noticed that Timmy was a well-prepared student. That day, he brought a three-page resume to meet with the consultant. Opportunities are for those who are prepared, and Timmy, who started studying in the UK from Year 9, has always been actively involved in school activities such as debating, volunteer service, youth exchange programs, and Model United Nations (MUN), among others. During the meeting, Timmy was excited to share his first trip to the UK at the age of 12 to join a study tour in Cambridge. Since then, he has dreamed of studying at a traditional and prestigious university and has been very proactive in preparing himself. Knowing Timmy's strengths were in Humanities, his parents sent him to study in the UK early. After achieving excellent results in his GCSE exams, Timmy solidified his desire to study law and began to engage with Ascent Prep to enroll in an LNAT course. Timmy was one of the few students who approached us on his own, stating that since the LNAT does not assess legal knowledge but rather focuses on textual analysis, he wanted to prepare early to allocate time for revising for public examinations later. To apply for the Law program at the University of Cambridge, which requires at least a score of 27, the persistent Timmy, after 10 months of preparation, achieved an impressive score of 29 and smoothly received an interview invitation from the University of Cambridge's Law Department. He often emphasized how patient his teacher was in explaining the parts of the questions he answered incorrectly and suggested that he meticulously record every mistake he made. By reviewing these notes continuously 2-3 days before the exam, he reminded himself not to repeat the same errors. He believes this strategy was one of his keys to success and is very grateful for Tutor Tami's advice and guidance.

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Ronald L.
Desire Subject Computer Science
Programme Oxbridge Admissions Tests Preparation
Hours Attended 10

Ronald attended a traditional boys' school on Hong Kong Island and took the HKDSE examination. He developed a strong interest in computer science from junior high school and always wanted to study it, believing it to be the major trend driving future societal development and considering it to have unlimited job potential. Unfortunately, his school did not offer ICT as an elective subject. However, most universities in the UK accept students who have studied Physics to meet the mathematics-related requirements, without the need for computer science studies during secondary school.

Initially, when he approached Ascent Prep, he only planned to apply for computer science at Imperial College and began a MAT Admissions Preparation Course. After four classes, Ronald learned that the TMUA required by the University of Cambridge's computer science department was not as difficult as he had imagined and had many similarities with the MAT, so he decided, with his tutor's advice, to aim higher and apply to Cambridge. Because of his decision to apply to Cambridge, Ronald's application deadline was moved up by more than three months, necessitating that he use the summer holidays to complete his Personal Statement and start preparing for the potential Cambridge interview.

Upon our suggestion, Ronald agreed that his academic knowledge in computer science was insufficient, so he took additional Knowledge Building classes to expand his understanding of extended mathematics and computer science knowledge at the university level, along with studying some academic literature to better equip himself. Ultimately, Ronald's wishes were fulfilled, and he was delighted to receive an interview invitation from the University of Cambridge, proving his excellent performance in the TMUA and his outstanding Personal Statement. He was very thankful for the encouragement and support from his tutors, which emboldened him to challenge himself, and he could hardly believe he had the opportunity to interview at Cambridge, considering it an achievement well beyond his expectations.

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Michelle T.
Desire Subject Medicine
Programme University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) Preparation Course
Hours Attended 15

Michelle has always excelled academically from a young age and aspired to apply to medical school as early as her third year of middle school. She attended a local traditional girls' school, which offered the British A-level curriculum (IAL), choosing to study subjects she felt confident in: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. During the summer after completing her IGCSEs, she became acquainted with Ascent Prep and, through our arrangement, did a five-day internship at a cardiologist's clinic. What struck her most during her internship was the doctor's busy schedule, visiting patients who had just undergone surgery early in the morning to follow up on their recovery progress, and then seeing patients non-stop from noon, which gave her a profound sense of the mission of being a doctor. Michelle started a UCAT Preparation Course during the Christmas of her first year of A-levels, where the tutor taught exam techniques, such as how to quickly understand questions, save time on answering, and patiently solve questions that were answered incorrectly. Eventually, Michelle achieved an excellent UCAT score of 2830, with a Situational Judgement Band 1, and received an interview invitation from the University of Nottingham's medical school. Around Easter, she began attending Personal Statement Guidance classes, where the tutor taught her how to select worthwhile extracurricular activities to include in her Personal Statement, pointed out the lack of academic literature references, and suggested revisions. The final product not only contained medical academic content but also clearly expressed why she wanted to study medicine and her passion for it. Due to her studies in Phy Chem Bio, she also took the BMAT exam and scored 12.7, surpassing the cut-off score and receiving an interview opportunity from Imperial College. With the chance to attend a G5 medical school, another consultant advised arranging three additional targeted mock interviews for her for Imperial College, highlighting areas for improvement to ensure she was in the best possible state. Michelle also sought opportunities to attend local medical schools, applying through Non-Jupas and was delighted to receive an interview invitation from the University of Hong Kong's medical school. This shows that for a student aspiring to study medicine, it is recommended to start preparing one to two years in advance to increase their chances of success.

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