USA FOUNDATION PROGRAMME

Preparation of students into top Universities in the US at Global is quite extensive and rigorous as top US universities use the following qualifications in the admission & evaluation of students who are applying to the US for admission

  1. 5 Credits in IGCSE, WAEC or NECO
  2. SAT 1 and SAT 2 scores
  3. TOEFL/IELTS
  4. Honors or Advanced Placement
  5. Community Service
  6. Extracurricular activities
  7. Essays, letters of recommendation, etc

 

PREPARATION COURSES

SAT (SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT TEST)

SAT is major exam for admission  into undergraduate (Bachelors) level entry in the US. The SAT test is a medium through which an individual’s intellectual ability is measured. There are two types: SAT I and SAT II. SAT I is an aptitude test in Maths, English optional Essay and it is a compulsory requirement for nearly all four (4) year colleges and Universities in the United States.

The Redesigned SAT 1

The redesigned SAT measures the same skills and knowledge in ways that make sense for different grade levels, so it’s easier for students, parents, and educators to monitor student progress.

MAXIMUM SCORE OBTAINABLE

As of March 2016, the highest possible score is now 1600.

EXAM DATES

7th October, 4th November 2017, 2nd December 2017, 10th March 2018, 5th May 2018 and 2nd June 2018,

SAT 1 – MARCH, MAY, OCTOBER & DECEMBER

SAT II

SAT II is the subject test which is given to assess skills in specific subjects areas which includes Math, American History, Physic, Chemistry, Biology, Literature etc. The highest score attainable is 800 marks.

 

SAT 2 (SUBJECT SAT) – JUNE AND NOVEMBER.

SUBJECT SAT TEST OVERVIEW

SAT Subject Tests are college admission exams on specific subjects. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your strengths and interests.

SAT Subject Tests are generally given six times in any given school year,.

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT

“Advanced Placement” (AP) is a program of college-level courses offered at Global College. Courses are available in many subject areas, including English, history, humanities, languages, math, psychology and science. The focus is not on memorizing facts and figures. It’s on engaging discussions, approaching and solving problems together and learning to write well.

Benefits of taking AP courses

AP courses can help you gain the skills and study habits you’ll need to be successful in college. You’ll improve your writing, problem-solving, time-management skills, and learn how to stay focused on your work and goals.

You have an option at Global College to take AP courses just to deepen your knowledge of the USA curriculum or to earn a standing credit.

How do I earn college credit?

You may  earn college credit if you take an AP exam at the end of the course AND earn a score of at least three (3) on a scale of one (1) to five (5). Colleges and universities consider a score of three (3) an indicator of your ability to do successful college work.. Colleges may award credit or advanced standing. (“Advanced standing” means you don’t have to take a lower-level course that may be required for entering students.) Some colleges might even award BOTH! So what does this really mean? Simple: you’ll be able to move into upper-level courses sooner. That saves you time and money. It also may allow you the time and money to get a double major or even study abroad.

Time of the exam/Exam centers

AP Exams are usually given in the first two weeks of May.

AP exams comes up once in a year which is the Month of May. The exam centers are in lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, Jos and Yola.

 TOEFL

The purpose of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is to test the English proficiency of people whose native language is not English. It is a standardized  test which evaluates the potential ability of a student to use and understand the Standard American English at College level. It is required by several colleges and universities in USA . The exams consist of four (4) sections: Listening and Comprehensive, Structure, Reading Comprehensive and Writing. The highest base. Tests dates for TOEFL are about 30- 40 times per year and there are 4500 test centers in 165 Countries. You can retake the test as many times as you wish.

IELTS

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test of English Language proficiency. It is a complete range of English Language skills. There is an option of choosing the academic module intended for those who wish to enroll in universities and other institution of higher education. The General training module is intended for those planning to undertake non academic training or to gain work experience or immigration purposes. IELTS is accepted by most Australians, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and South Africa Institute, Academic Institutes in the USA and by various professional organizations. It is also a requirement for migrants to Australia and Canada.

SUBJECT SAT TEST OVERVIEW

SAT Subject Tests are college admission exams on specific subjects. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your strengths and interests.

SAT Subject Tests are generally given six times in any given school year, on the same days and in the same test centres as the SAT — but not all 20 tests are offered on every SAT date. .

  • The Language with Listening test is only offered in November.
  • You can take one, two, or three Subject Tests on any test date.
  • You can’t take the SAT and an SAT Subject Test on the same day.
  • Some SAT Subject Tests require you to bring special equipment — for example, CD players for Language with Listening tests.
  • You choose what tests to take when you register, but on test day, you can add, subtract, or switch tests — with some limitations.  

 

Early Decision & Early Action

            Early decision (ED) and early action (EA) plans can be beneficial to students — but only to those who have thought through their college options carefully and have a clear preference for one institution. 

Early decision plans are binding — a student who is accepted as an ED applicant must attend the college. Early action plans are nonbinding — students receive an early response to their application but do not have to commit to the college until the normal reply date of May 1. Counsellors need to make sure that students understand this key distinction between the two plans.

Approximately 450 colleges have early decision or early action plans, and some have both. Some colleges offer a nonbinding option called single-choice early action, under which applicants may not apply ED or EA to any other college.

ED plans have come under fire as unfair to students from families with low incomes, since they do not have the opportunity to compare financial aid offers. This may give an unfair advantage to applicants from families who have more financial resources.

Early decision has a deadline of 1st August.

 

REGULAR DECISION

Regular Decision (RD) has an application deadline of January 1. Decisions are typically released in mid-March and students have until May 1 to submit a commitment deposit. 

For Regular Decision applicants, the admissions office conducts an initial academic review of a student’s file to see if they meet Early Action admission credentials, and then moves forward with a holistic review of the applicant that balances the following primary considerations:

  • grades through the end of junior year,
  • the rigor of a student’s curriculum relative to the curriculum offered at her/his high school,
  • and results of either the SAT I or ACT.

Secondary consideration is given to the following factors in RD evaluations:

  • intellectual pursuits,
  • creative endeavours and intercultural experiences,
  • public service,
  • co-curricular activities,
  • community involvement,
  • leadership and family commitments,

8 STEPS TO STUDYING IN THE UNITED STATES

These steps should be taken two years before university. They are as follows:

  • Explore Universities- Discover over 3,800 U.S colleges and universities at bigfuture.com
  • Take the SAT and SAT subject tests – Find test dates and register at sat.org/international
  • Consider Admission requirements – U.S universities look at several factors including recommendation letters, when making admission decisions. Most require English –language proficiency exam, like the TOEFL or IELTS.

NOTE- Ask for recommendation letters several months before applying, so recommenders have enough time to meet deadlines.

  • Make a financial plan – be sure to figure out tuition costs and living expenses before applying. Check collegeboard.org/costs.
  • Assemble your application – Every part of your application is important, including essays. Take time to check that everything is filed out and included before submitting.
  • Apply
  • Make your decision – U.S universities send out decisions from January to March. Make sure to respond by the decision deadline.
  • Fulfill Visa or passport requirement.

 ADVANCED PLACEMENT

What is Advanced Placement (AP)?

“Advanced Placement” (AP) is a program of college-level courses offered at many high schools. Courses are available in many subject areas, including English, history, humanities, languages, math, psychology and science. The focus is not on memorizing facts and figures. It’s on engaging discussions, approaching and solving problems together and learning to write well. You’ll get to study fascinating topics and ideas. Who knows? One (or more!) might just become the foundation of your future college major or career.

Benefits of taking AP courses

AP courses can help you gain the skills and study habits you’ll need to be successful in college. You’ll improve your writing, problem-solving, time-management skills, and learn how to stay focused on your work and goals. Research shows that AP courses help students graduate from college in four years and qualify for scholarships.

AP courses can also help you get accepted into college. It’s less about taking the easy classes and earning an “A” than it is about showing colleges that you’re willing to take a challenging class, even if it lowers your grade point average. This makes you stand out in the admission process. It also shows that you are taking the initiative to prepare yourself for college-level work.

Who can take AP courses?

Your high school may require you to have a minimum grade point average or have taken certain classes before they allow you to take AP courses. However, don’t assume that you aren’t ready for AP courses. Check with your teachers or your high school counsellor to find out which courses are right for you.

How do I take AP courses?

Most students take AP courses offered through their high school. Check with your school counsellor to find out if your school offers them.

Can I take an AP exam without taking the course?

Yes. Any student can take the exam. An AP course is not required, but it does help you prepare for the exam. Other high school or honours classes as well as studying on your own can prepare you too.

How do I earn college credit?

AP classes don’t just earn you high school credit. You may also earn college credit if you take an AP exam at the end of the course AND earn a score of at least three (3) on a scale of one (1) to five (5). Colleges and universities consider a score of three (3) an indicator of your ability to do successful college work.

Colleges may award credit or advanced standing. (“Advanced standing” means you don’t have to take a lower-level course that may be required for entering students.) Some colleges might even award BOTH! So what does this really mean? Simple: you’ll be able to move into upper-level courses sooner. That saves you time and money. It also may allow you the time and money to get a double major or even study abroad.

You have to send your AP scores to each college for them to figure out what you are eligible to receive. Most four-year colleges in the United States, as well as colleges in more than 60 other countries, accept AP scores. In 2011, nearly 3,300 U.S. colleges and universities received AP scores from students. But keep in mind that policies vary from college to college. Do your research ahead of time. Use the links below to find AP policies for U.S. and International schools.

Time of the exam/Exam centers

AP Exams are usually given in the first two weeks of May. Plan ahead by checking out this year’s exam schedule and other important AP dates

AP exams comes up once in a year which is the Month of May. The exam centers are in lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, Jos and Yola.