American School of Madrid. College Admission Preview Thursday, February 1, 2007 Kim Cullen. Guidance Office/College Counseling. Kim Cullen, Upper School Guidance and College Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org Anna Pointing, Upper School Guidance Secretary, CAS Coordinator, UCAS support
College Admission Preview
Thursday, February 1, 2007
Kim Cullen, Upper School Guidance and College Counselor
Anna Pointing, Upper School Guidance Secretary, CAS Coordinator, UCAS support
Juan Ortiz, Director Técnico (Selectividad, LOGSE)
As a college-preparatory school ASM Guidance Office focuses on helping to identify those colleges or universities that most closely “match” the individual student’s interests, needs, abilities, and potential.
Standardized testing is an important factor in admission of using new procedures at most colleges and universities, however, they generally count less than the curriculum and grades.
SAT Reasoning: Measures aptitude and potential
SAT Subject: Many schools require three SAT Subject tests: English, Math IC or IIC and a 3rd of your choice
ACT: Measures actual learned knowledge
TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language – required of international students by a large number of universities
If you are going to do one only, always check with the universities first.
It doesn’t hurt to take both.
SAT Reasoning measures aptitude
ACT measures acquired knowledge
A note about the TOEFL:
Increasingly, the more competitive universities will want international students to take the TOEFL no matter what; independently of whether the student has studied in an English-language school since kindergarten, or whether the student is in IB HL English.
Students are encouraged to take the TOEFL before the end of 11th grade. This will take off some of the pressure in 12th grade.
Should you take an SAT Preparation course? Consider the following:
Add a “0” to your PSAT score to get a rough idea of how you would do on the SAT
Catalogs in Guidance Office
Catalogs in Guidance Office
Range of catalogs about US, British and Canadian universities.
Advantage: compare and contrast schools
Disadvantage: printed books can become quickly outdated.
College Connections Program
College Q&A Alumni Panel Program
* Neither ASM nor the counselor have experience with these organizations. The names are provided merely as resources that parents may want to look into.
When choosing where to apply, you must face the toughest question of all: Will the college choose you? Assessing your own academic record and the colleges statistics will enable you to apply appropriately.
In the last two years, the average number of colleges to which ASM students have applied is around 8.
It is recommended that you apply to 2-3 in each of the following categories:
Colleges where your chances of admission are less than 50/50
“Likely” Schools – Realistic (mid-range)
Colleges that possess the significant features you desire and at which the probability of admission is 50/50 or better
Colleges that have most of the features you desire and at which the probability of admission is “highly likely” to “certain”. It is important that you would be willing to attend one of these schools.
Early Decision and Early Action are programs which allow keenly interested and well-qualified students the opportunity to apply by November and receive a decision early, usually before Christmas.
Early Decision: This is a BINDING contract between the student and school. Students admitted under this plan are obligated to attend and MUST withdraw all other applications. Deadlines are typically around November 1 or 15.
Early Action/Priority: This is a non-binding plan which allows students to keep other applications active. Deadlines are typically around December 1.
Regular Decision: This is the program through which the vast majority of students will apply. Deadlines are typically at the end of December/early January.