June 28, 2019

Last year the US welcomed over one million international students to its colleges and universities. As part of the undergraduate application requirement for nearly all four year institutions, students need to submit a standardised test score, either the SAT (formerly known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test) or the American College Test, ACT, both of which are administered privately and outside of the school curriculum.

Receiving US institutions will have capabilities to interpret results from either test and there is no preference from one test over the other but you should always check with the universities to which you anticipate applying to best understand their testing policies.

We encourage students to sit and self-score a trial test for both the SAT and the ACT to identify if one test is...

April 12, 2019

The number of US universities travelling to Australia to recruit students (like you!) is increasing every year.

In preparation for the upcoming college fair, below are questions to consider asking university representatives. Some of the representatives will be alumni (having graduated from the university they are representing) and live locally in Sydney and other representatives will be working in the admissions office of their respective university and have travelled to Sydney to recruit students and market their university to Australians. The financial commitment a US university makes by sending an admissions officer to Australia demonstrates the institutional enthusiasm for increasing applications from Australia and many offer scholarships to qualified international candidates.

One bit of...

March 11, 2019

Last Monday night a crowded room of parents and students had the pleasure of attending an information evening in Sydney to learn more about four US universities: Delaware University, Indiana University, University of Akron and University of Vermont.

All four institutions compete in the NCAA Division I sporting competition, the highest level of intercollegiate sport and which also award athletic scholarships to qualified candidates. If you’re not a sportsperson or not at that very high level of performance, you may still be eligible for a merit scholarship based on your marks from years nine and/or your SAT or ACT test scores and supporting application material. All four institutions award merit based scholarships to international students, something not all institutions do. They also all pr...

August 30, 2018

As part of the US undergraduate application requirement to most four year institutions, students are required to submit a standardised test score, either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT), both of which are administered privately and outside of school hours. Both tests are assessing competencies in comprehensive reading and writing and maths – the ACT also has a testing section on science which does require knowledge in the subject matter, however, many of the questions are analysis and interpretation based. Both tests have an optional writing component required for admission purposes by some institutions.

The College Board, who administers the SAT, announced in February 2017 that it will be reducing SAT testing dates outside of the US from six to four per ye...

July 26, 2018

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Following my recent article highlighting the changes in the new SAT, let's now look into optional standardised tests required for admission purposes by some US institutions. These tests, specifically the essay or writing component offered by the SAT and/or the ACT as well as the SAT Subject Tests are not required by all institutions.

Writing component

As there is no centralised application process blanketing the 4,000 degree granting institutions in the US, individual institutions are able to determine if the SAT or ACT writing component is required for admission purposes. The tests are 50 or 40 minutes respectively and assess a student’s ability to read a passage and demonstrate an understanding by constructing a persuasive argument a...

August 17, 2017

Last month I had the opportunity to attend the 24th annual conference for the International Association for College Admission Counseling which was held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio... which is also the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. More on that later.

Case Western Reserve is a prominent private research institution with nearly 95 undergraduate degree courses, 140 dual degree programs and over 100 interdisciplinary academic and research centres and institutions. Its combined undergraduate and post graduate student body of 11,000 students represents 91 countries from around the world.

The International ACAC conference is an annual opportunity for over 1,200 members who work in the field of international admissions to come together to discuss current topics and...

July 4, 2017

After attending several Secondary School Tertiary Expos around Sydney the last few months a common question is ‘what is the Common Application?

To assist, we have written an article on the Common Application and have outlined the recent enhancements for the 2017-2018 application.

The Common Application is an undergraduate college admission application system which allows applicants the opportunity to select and apply to member institutions from one online application form. Member institutions include over 700 institutions (of the over 4,000 degree granting institutions in the US) in all states with the exception of North Dakota. They are colleges and universities from the public and private sector, large and small student populations and varying levels of competitiveness and application requ...

May 7, 2017

Last evening I attended the Study in the USA Information Evening at Redlands in Cremorne jointly delivered by Linden Educational Services and EducationUSA. Redlands Hall was filled with students, parents and career advisers from all over Sydney and beyond as both the organisers and representing colleges gave their insights into US student life and opportunities.

“If you study abroad you will have a life changing experience” said Rob Force, Vice-Consul, US Consulate General Sydney prior to the introduction of the eight university representatives in attendance which included: Central Penn College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Uni, Fairleigh Dickinson Uni, Uni of Buffalo - New York, Uni of Colorado Boulder, Uni of Hawaii at Monoa, Uni of South Carolina, and Whitworth University. Each spoke about...

May 2, 2017

As part of the US undergraduate application requirement to most four year institutions, students are required to submit a standardised test score, either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT), both of which are administered privately and outside of school hours. Both tests are assessing competencies in comprehensive reading and writing and maths – the ACT also has a testing section on science which does require knowledge in the subject matter, however, many of the questions are analysis and interpretation based. Both tests have an optional writing component required for admission purposes by some institutions.

The College Board, who administers the SAT, announced in February 2017 that it will be reducing SAT testing dates outside of the US from six to four per ye...

April 19, 2017

Touring US college campuses provides students an intangible insight into the campuses in which they are visiting. Students will learn about the campus in a way which cannot be conveyed on a website or in print material, but rather the feel of the campus. Internationally Educated appreciates visiting US colleges and universities can be a significant undertaking of time and money; however, campus tours will provide an opportunity to explore different campus offerings in search of your best fit institution.   

Campus tours should be organised through the office of admissions. Things to consider when taking a campus tour are the feel of the campus – do you see yourself fitting in with the respective student body? What type of students make up the student population? Are they sports minded,...

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