The SAT exam is a crucial step in gaining entry into most American Universities and Colleges. With more and more students considering study in the US, ExamTime.com decided to conduct their very own interview with an International student who has been through the process.
International student, Susie Doyle took time out to sit with us and give us a detailed insight into what it was like sitting the SAT as an international student. We have put together her top 10 tips for anyone consider taking the SAT exam from overseas.
For a more detialed insight into the life of an International student, read ExamTime’s entire interview with the Cornell University graduate by clicking here: SAT Exam Interview for international students.
10 SAT Exam Tips for International Students:
1. Take Your SAT Exam Early
Student’s who wait until late Spring to take the SAT are not giving themselves enough time to retake the exam, if needed. Most students take the SAT more than once – allowing themselves a chance to get used to the exam requirements, the SAT test-taking environment, and the type of questions he or she may find on the test. If you apply for and sit the SAT exam earlier in the year, you have more opportunities to sit the exam again if it doesn’t go to plan the first time. The SAT’s run throughout the calendar year but if you opt to take the last available exam, you won’t be able to take it again until the following year so be careful with your options.
2. Study Hard
Each student, regardless of whether the student is top of his or her class or struggling to get by, should give themselves a minimum fo 10 weeks to prepare for the SAT. For International students planning to take the SAT to attend a college or university in the United States, studying overseas can be an exciting opportunity; you will get to experience different cultures and make new friends, but as Susie mentions, “Study hard in your school exams as it is good to have a back up plan”. If the SAT exam does not work out, make sure you have something to fall back on.
Several students want to come to the United States with a Bachelors level degree already in hand. Likewise, International students who study in the United Stats want to go home with a high-level degree that helps to qualify them for a higher salary and more secure job. While studying abroad can be advantageous and exciting, make sure your degree or qualification is recognised when you get back home. Susie advises that you do “thorough research” into your University and course of choice.
4. Understand Scholarship Opportunities
Most schools have a set amount of scholarship money allowed to International students. Be sure to inquire eary on any International student schoalrships that you may apply for with any school you are accepted to. Likewise, be sure to research popular schoalrship websites available in the United States for third-party scholarship opportunities for International students. Scholarships are a great way to get into a University and can relieve a student (or their parents) of financial strain. If you believe you have a particular skill-set, “Check to see if your University of choice has scholarship opportunities”. These may be obtained through sport like Susie did, or through entrance exams.
5. Do an SAT Prep Course
As Susie mentions in the full length interview, the SAT exam is very different in its format than any school exam you will sit in your locale. With this in mind, “Make sure you do a SAT prep course“. You simply will not be able to walk into the SAT and do well, you need to become familiar with areas such as timing and formatting. A variety of worldwide SAT prep courses are offerred through www.SATPrepGroup.com. SAT Preparation Group works with students all over the world through a comprehensive online program that allows each student to work one-on-one with an elite SAT Prep Coach.
6. Cut The Costs
In our SAT costs section we focused on the various cost factors of the SAT for international students. ”Avoid additional fees by getting your registration done early on”. When you total everything up, sitting the SAT from overseas can become expensive. So take Susie’s advice and have all your paper work ready in time. Also, do your very best on the SAT. The higher your score, the more you will save as a college Freshman. Student’s that score higher on the SAT are allowed more scholarship opportunities and are able to avoid preliminary college courses suggeted for college Freshman not yet ready for college-level coursework.
7. Manage Your Time
Similarly to when you take the SAT exam, time management is crucial during your application period. ”Allow plenty of time for the processing of your application”. The last thing you want to do is send off your application and have it arrive when the window is closed. Be sure to manage your study schedule for the SAT effectively. Likewise, manage your scholarship and college application schedule. Do not miss an important date for your college application or a scholarship deadline for a scholarship you’re more than qualified for. Being organized with your time is crucial.
As an overseas student taking the SAT exam, one of the biggest issues can be logistics. If the University you are applying to does not have an electronic facility; ”Allow transit time for the delivery of your exam, or check to see if you can send it electronically”.
9. Postgraduate Applications
“If you plan to do a postgraduate course back home, make sure your US degree is accepted”. This is a very important piece of advice. Can you imagine spending four years majoring in the US only to come home and realise your degree does not qualify you entry to a post-grad course? Do your research early on and make sure your qualification is recognised back home.
10. SAT Subjects
Not every University requires that you must sit an SAT subjects test so check in advance. ”Check to see if the University you’re applying to requires you to sit just the SAT exam or SAT Subjects Exam also”.
To visit the original article from ExamTime, see Susie’s 10 SAT Tips for International Students by cilcking here.
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