Required exams and testing for admissions in US Colleges and Universities

University admission or college admissions is the process through which students enter tertiary education at universities and colleges. Systems vary from country to country, and sometimes from institution to institution. In many countries, prospective university students apply for admission during their last year of high school or community college.
In some countries, there are independent organizations or government agencies to centralize the administration of standardized admission exams and the processing of applications. Most colleges in the United States require prospective students to send SAT or ACT scores for admission. International students may also be required to send TOEFL scores to show their English proficiency. AP courses and exam scores are important because they demonstrate that students are able to handle rigorous classes. In addition, some colleges give college credit for an AP exam score of 3,4,5. ACT- The tested areas in the American College Test include English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. Scores in each are range from 1 to 36, with 36 being the best. The composite score is the average of the four areas. AP- Advanced Placement exams are offered once a year, which usually in May. Students who earn high enough scores receive credit for an undergraduate college course. Scores in each content area range from 1 to 5, with 5 being the best. SAT- The Scholastic Assessment Test is a standardized test that includes Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Scores range from 600 to 2400, with 2400 being the best. TOEFL- The Test of English as a Foreign Language is a U.S. college admissions test required for students if English is not their first language. Sections on the test include Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. Scores range from 0-30 in each section, for a total score of 0-120, with 120 being the best. To prepare your admission in US Colleges and Universities, you may complete your High School diploma in one of our American Schools, member of the Nacel International High School USA system:

  • American School in Paris: Notre-Dame International High School

  • American School in Beijing: St Paul American School

  • American School in the USA: St Paul Preparatory School

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