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COLLEGE CORNER

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Hello from the HS College Counselor! I am Emily Blalock and I am happy to work with students to find the best college or university to fit your personal and career interests.  The transition between high school and college can be an uncertain and scary time, but it doesn't need to be.  Let me help you organize your college search, maintain a college list and complete your applications.  This should be a fun and rewarding time of your life when you can let your accomplishments shine.  

                            I am here for you.  Send questions to Eblalock@scis-his.org

 

 

Did you miss the Parent Information Session on September 15, 2015?

Check out the 5 documents attached below for more information.  This was an introductory talk on how to help your student grade 9-12 get organized for the college search and application process.  In addition, I shared details about my expectations for myself, but also for students and parents.  

 

 

 

 

 

Naviance Information
All students and parents are encouraged to log into Naviance in order to view information pertaining to university admissions worldwide. This program provides searches for university preference, course and admissions information, and employment information as well.  For parent log in information, please contact Mrs. Blalock (eblalock@scis-his.org) or Dr. Gotuaco (jgotuaco@scischina.org) to receive a personalized log in invitation.

 

IB Around the World
For those of you who are interested in attending universities and want to know how your student’s IB diploma will be accepted worldwide, please choose your country and university for admissions requirements and IB credits. Many universities in the United States will credit IB students who receive 5, 6, or 7 in Higher Level courses with up to 6 credit hours for the IB course. This can be a potential savings to parents because some students can enter their first year of university as a sophomore based on achieved credit hours. The awarded credits vary per university, so please look on the link below and choose individual universities as necessary.
Link:  http://ibo.org/informationfor/parents/ (go to the bottom left corner and choose The IB In….)

 

International Students attending US Universities
The Open Doors Study is an examination of the number of international students attending US universities over the last several years, but it also explores how many US students are studying abroad. Please read through the attachment to gain more information regarding the 2014 Open Doors Study. You may access current information here:  http://www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors

 

TOEFL / IELTS
International students who are not US or UK citizens may be asked to demonstrate proficiency in English language in order to secure a US or UK university acceptance. This is often achieved through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Typically the TOEFL exam is used in North America, while the IELTS is used in the UK or Australia.

While the IB Diploma may suffice to demonstrate English proficiency, it is important to check individual university admissions requirements to see if they will require an English test or if this requirement can be waived.

TOEFL website: http://www.ets.org/toefl/
IETLS website:  http://www.ielts.org/

 

SAT Exams
Many universities in North America will use the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) as a gauge for student abilities in college. SCIS offers multiple dates for taking the SAT exam.

In order to find out about SAT test dates, deadlines, and completing the required forms, you can find more information at the following link:  http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-reasoning/register/test-dates

 

ACT Exams
An alternative exam is the ACT. It examines students skills in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science and is also accepted for North American universities. More information regarding dates, practice information, and deadlines can be found at: http://www.act.org/products/k-12-act-test/

 

 

AP Exams
While we do not offer AP courses, students are encouraged to take an AP exam for certain subjects because of the similarity of concepts, content, and skills that are taught in the first year of IB. Grade 12 students are not wholly encouraged to take AP exams because they will fall at the same time as the IB exams, and may cause increased stress. We do offer one AP World History course with grade 10 for interested students, who are encouraged to take the AP World History Course. Information about these exams and course syllabus can be found below:  https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse

Students who opt to take an AP exam in May, 2016, would be responsible for the cost of the exam, roughly $125 USD per subject exam. These are often credited for university credits within the United States if students achieve higher than a 3 out of 5. AP exams occur May 4-22 according to the schedule that can be found at this link:  https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam/ap-calendar

 

 

 

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