Foreign students who want admission in USA have to face many challenges. Entry tests are not offered on a regular basis; above all, there are not many preparation sources available outside USA for foreign students. The process of admission is quite complex in the US as compared to the universities in other countries. Here are some important tips that will definitely help foreign students while applying for a US university.
Don’t Take Your SAT/ACT Lightly
In most of the countries a single entry tests is being held for admission, and other factors like Grades, Application essays, reference letters and extracurricular activities are given less importance. As compared to this scale of admission SAT and ACR are easier and unlike other entry tests in many countries students can take them many times. They are not as difficult as they look. So, plan things properly and don’t waste a lot of time in SAT/ACT preparation because many colleges don’t even consider them significant these days and prefer to approach students based on their academic performance.
Don’t take the SAT/ACT too lightly
Where on one hand you need not to worry about them there on the other hand you also need to get average score in your SAT/ACT. A low score can lead you to rejection. Try to have balance an don’t stress yourself out about them. You should check your targeted university preference about SAT before preparing it.
In America, all the applicants of universities take their SAT on the same time and because of that, they have each other’s support in preparation. You being a foreign student are on your own so always come earlier then the deadlines and take notes of international SAT/ACT. Registering yourself earlier also helps you to save a chance for yourself to take these exams again in case you don’t score well.
Get familiar with the tests
SAT and ACT are common tests in the U.S., but they have many differences. Most of the students can only complete one of them successfully. It is worth mentioning that the ACT is not available in many countries but if you are planning to go to the States, you should first get familiar with the tests. Some US universities also demand subject tests so check each institutes TOEFL policy before applying for admission.
The material of SAT and ACT usually is strange for foreign students because they are not exposed to any of it in their schools and colleges. Most of the students go crazy trying to learn questions of SAT and ACT while others end up in low scores. You need to know that scores can’t be chosen like this; every student has a different caliber. To know your caliber and area of expertise you should go for diagnostic test before signing up for admission in a particular field and university. Diagnostic test helps you to identify your weaknesses and once you identify them you can play smart in SAT and ACT by efficient preparations.
Most of the students consider SAT and ACT as barriers in their way due to which they can never boost up their morale towards them. Try to set reasonable goals for yourself because it will help you in grabbing amazing opportunities. Some factors i.e. Grades and extracurricular activity performances are irreversible but you can control your test scores. And it can only be done with positive attitude and smart learning.
Learn to Write
You need to know that your college application is your reflection; it is a way to present yourself in few words. There is a good chance that you have not practiced to write any such essay in your high school and learning to pen down an application essay in a short span of time can be hectic.
Therefore, you need to prepare in advance. To be a good writer you need to read and write in advance as much as you can. Here writing doesn’t mean writing text messages to your friends. If you want to prepare yourself for college application essay, you need to produce meaningful short essays on a daily basis. Reading literature and good pieces of journalism can be very helpful if you’re seeking to improve your writing.
Almost everyone is familiar with Common Application essay; it comprises of 250-850 words and is required along with your admission application. This essay is demanded by almost 500 schools in USA; however, some universities like California, Texas and Wisconsin require other essays. Apart from these, many colleges demand additional statements and essay comprising 500-2500 words.
Remember that there are no absolute answers for such requirements; however, this is one puzzle you need to solve to get yourself into any institute. These essays are important but a great essay can be defeated with a mediocre one when there is a tussle between academic cuts of different students.
If you’re a foreign student, it will be very difficult for you to choose your college as compare to US residents. But you have no need to worry about this; there are two guidebooks available which will help you a lot in this regard. One is written by students themselves named as The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges; it examines almost 330 good schools of USA for your ease other is called as The Best 378 Colleges; published by Princeton Review. Both of these books are loaded with important info you may need to select your dream school in the United States.
The Right Attitude
You need to know that if you’re applying from some foreign country to study in the US you need a lot of patience, diligence and a good deal of work for long spans of time. To get yourself into a good institute is not an easy job and the reward will come to you after hectic and concentrated work. Therefore, for this hectic yet fruitful journey, you need a right attitude and this attitude is not planned on a day before you apply but needs a long rooted planning of months.