0353f. The United States of America

Wednesday 16 September 2015
by  G. West

U.S. university procedures

In addition to the information below, please look at the Application Overview section of this site.

While a sophomore (in 2nd), start consulting university brochures, available through the CDI, (these must be shared) and meet with the advisor to discuss what you want to do. Choose the universities and subjects or majors you hope to study. For those interested in the U.S., sign up early enough to take the tests you may need to take, sending results to the universities of your choice: For many scholarshipcompetitions you must take the PSAT in October of your Junior (1er) year and must sign up for it by June of your sophomore (2nd) year.

To choose a U.S. university, think about budget, region, subject matter and consult BEST U.S. colleges for an idea of the quality and cost. Aside from testing, application is usually made separately to each university for a fee, unless you use the Common Application procedure

The cost of U.S. universities varies a great deal. If all expenses are included, one must cite an overall range between around $16,000 and $70,000 a year to attend a U.S. university.

It is up to you to locate the addresses and write off well ahead of time to get information, prices and application forms. Among the best websites to find out more about U.S. universities are http://www.usnews.com/college or http://www.review.com, the Princeton Review college site. When calling U.S. universities, remember it is between five and nine hours earlier there!

Finally, concerning finance, please go to our finance pages.

Then work with the advisor to prepare necessary reference letters or transcripts ALSO well ahead of deadlines (usually October of your senior year). Remember, for transcripts, much work is necessary. Please check out the pages of this site that describe all you need to do right away. Furthermore, certain U.S. applications require you to write essays which take considerable time. The advisor will have to upload teacher references, his or her counsellor reference, the transcript and other forms onto the university’s website which you must furnish him or her.

About 400 U.S. universities use the Common Application to facilitate applications and make the process faster and cheaper. You can check if the universities that interest you are included in this process by going to https://www.commonapp.org/

Contact the U.S. embassy for information on getting a student visa as well. Ambassade des Etats-Unis d’Amérique, 2 rue St Florentin 75001 Paris 01-40-39-82-91. Consulat des Etats-Unis d’Amérique, 12 Blvd Paul Peytrale, 13286 Marseille, Cedex 6 04 91 54 92 00

Entry Tests for the U.S.

To be accepted as an applicant to a U.S. university, you may have to take any or all of the tests below:

To enter a U.S. university, you will need the SAT or ACT (see links at the end) or both, and these must be taken before December of your senior (Tl) year and signed up for usually before June of your junior (1er) year.

It is also advisable to take certain SAT II tests, known as subject tests, to impress university entrance panels, and AP tests which allow you to get advanced college credit in foreign languages, mathematics, history or science... meaning it will take you less time and money to get a U.S. diploma (ask the advisor for details.)

Furthermore, you’ll have to take the TOEFL (also see links at the end) for some universities (English as a foreign language test) unless a U.S. citizen, and usually must score over 550 to be admitted. You must get information and are responsible for handling these exams, do not count on the advisor or the school.

Below are some of the addresses you’ll need for applying to the U.S.

PSAT/National Merit Tests: PSAT/NMSQT P.O Box 6720, Princeton, NJ 08541-6720. Phone: (00) 1 609 771 7070 or (00) 1 609 882 4118. Fax: (00) 1 609 530 0482. E-mail: psat.info@collegeboard.org The website is the same as for the SAT below. Students in 2nd must sign up by June to take the test in 1er in October. Cost about $US20

College Entrance Examination Board SAT Program The College Board P.O. Box 6200 Princeton, NJ 08541-6200 Web site: http://www.collegeboard.org (to train for SAT tests, contact the site to order books or see the advisor to see what books he has on hand to help you prepare.)

Advanced Placement tests. These exams can give you credit for college level work you’ve done in high school and save you time and money at college. The website is the same as for the SAT above.

ACT 2201 North Dodge Street P.O Box 168 Iowa City, IA 52243-0168 http://www.act.org

TOEFL P.O. Box 1109 6801 BC Arnhem The Netherlands (Pays-Bas) toefl@ets.org or Web site: http://www.toefl.org Tel. 31-26-352-15-77. These are given at regular intervals in Lyon and sometimes in Grenoble.

Pay attention to sign up dates. If you miss one, since the tests do not occur often, you may be unable to gain entry to the university you would like.


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