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US College Admissions Consultants
Applying to a US college is a complex procedure. Our specialist US college consultants will guide students at every step of the way, providing support to ensure the best possible chance of success.
We work with select US college counsellors and SAT tutors from leading Ivy-League US universities, to ensure students get the most accurate and up to date tuition and advice possible. Whether your son or daughter is applying to study film making at USC or an MBA at Stanford, we can advise on the advantages and disadvantages of colleges and their courses as well as the practicalities of admission – such as how to write the perfect paper, where to get a visa and how to secure internships through and after college. If required, we can introduce tutors to help prepare for the SAT, ACT, GRE and other college specific examinations. All of the tutors are US specialists and have had success with America’s top universities including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Penn, Cornell, Stanford and NYU.
If your child needs support with their US college application, please call one of our education consultants.
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Similar to UCAS, you can complete the Common Application once; this is then sent to all of your University choices. Many universities will also ask for further information and additional essays. The Common Application asks student to provide results transcripts from school, information about parents or guardians, a list of your extra-curricular activities and SAT or ACT scores and dates.
SAT or ACT?
Almost every college accepts either the Scholastic Application Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT), however it is advisable to check specific school entry requirements. Some colleges ask that students sit the ACT and take the optional writing section, as well as the SAT II (subject tests), if they are not taking the SAT.
We have summarised the main difference between the SAT and ACT below:
|The ACT includes Science based reading and reasoning questions|
|The ACT includes slightly more advanced mathematics, such as trigonometry, however most students find these questions more straightforward than the SAT|
|The SAT has a greater focus on vocabulary. The wording of the SAT essay question is often less straightforward than the ACT writing test, which are typically easier to understand|
|The ACT writing is not compulsory (but advised) and is provided as a separate score|
|The SAT is split into various sections, so students will flit between concepts. In the ACT students are asked about each concept in chunks|
|The ACT results are generally considered by admissions as an overall score, whereas the SAT results are generally considered per subject area|
When to get started?
To get a head start, applications to US Universities should begin in year 10. Investing time early in preparation rather than taking the SAT test multiple times is advisable. Although students can take the SAT as many times as they like, naturally schools will look favourably on the candidate who only took the test once.
Students often don’t think about their University applications until Year 12, as they embark on their A Levels or IB and don’t get started until they are well into their studies. Although this time line for applications and test preparation is fine, it is worth bearing in mind that students will need to work at a fast pace. Work on their applications and preparation alongside their existing studies may be problematic. For this reason we recommend starting work with a SAT tutor online, or in person at least one year before starting your application.
Applications are typically due by the 1st of January on year of entry. Offers then follow a few months later.
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