Getting Started: 5 Key Admissions Factors

October 4, 2018 - Flutura Selaci

Getting started can be a little daunting; we've put together a handful of key factors that will help you in this journey.

When to start

The ideal time for UK students to start looking into the US admissions process is the summer break following your GCSEs or beginning of Year 12 at the latest. Do plenty of research; identify which schools you're interested in and which you'd like to visit. Once you have created your target US university list, your next step is to find out what the SAT/ACT score ranges are and where you stand in relation to these.

Standardized test scoring

The US admissions test scoring is different to that of the UK content based exams. The SAT and ACT scores are not marked based on how well you personally do in relation to the actual questions, rather, how well you do in relation to how well OTHER students do on the same test. The exam requires preparation and rewards those who are most prepared. View Kaplan's test prep options 

Jobs, Internships & Volunteer Work

American admissions officers love a well-rounded individual and look to see what kind of story a student's application tells. The criteria (in a rough order of priority) are as follows: A-Level grades, SAT/ACT test scores, extracurricular activities, teacher recommendations, application essays and the interview. Extra-curricular activities are important to demonstrate your time-management skills and show you have a desire to learn and grow. Make yourself stand-out from the crowd by excelling both academically and in extra-curricular activities.

The Competition

International students make up 5.3% of University students in the US. Competition is rife and you will be evaluated in relation to you student peers. This is why it's vital for you to make your application stand out!

Knowing The Universities

There are many US universities across America, each with their own unique characteristics. You will need to take into consideration a range of factors such as cost, location, and the quality of life. Please see the next tab for further guidance in selecting the right university for you.