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3 pm Aug 26, 2014

How SAT, PSAT and AP help students who want to apply to universities abroad

Want to know how SAT, PSAT and AP help students who want to apply to universities abroad? Join a live web chat with Lisa Jain, representative of 'The College Board in India' at 3 PM.
18 questions answered
  • Could you recommend any good institutions for training my child in PSAT in Bangalore? or in the US? Asked by: asma
  • Lisa Jain Hi Asma. The PSAT tests skills that students are already learning in high school, hence school course work is sufficient preparation. Since the scores do not directly impact admission into universities, students should not feel compelled to take additional classes or ‘coaching’ to prepare for the PSAT. The PSAT Score Report provides a detailed skill breakdown and performance review, helping students identify their strength and weakness areas so that they can adopt smarter and more effective strategies while preparing for SAT or other similar tests. The College Board provides some sample questions for PSAT on the website at www.collegeboard.org/psat under the ‘Preparing’ section.
  • College Board website does not allow foreign students to register online since it insists on a valid USA address. Can you please correct it, else foreign students loose out on the various tutorials available on the College Board website. Asked by: nik
  • Lisa Jain Hello nik. Students from around the world are able to access College Board's resources on the website. For instance, students can create an account to register for the SAT, view their scores for SAT/PSAT/AP, access the free college planning tool called My College QuickStart, or create an account on the comprehensive college search portal called Big Future. Many of the resources available on the College Board website, to prepare for SAT, are free, and students from across the world can access them at http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/
  • Hi. I have 4 years experience in IT information/Application security. However I find very few uni's offering post graduate courses in this field? Can you comment on it. Also, which scholarship schemes should be followed for a good deal in Uni's in states? Asked by: Omar
  • Lisa Jain Hi Omar. The College Board’s programs and resources are aimed at helping high school students connect to college success and opportunity at the undergraduate level. Therefore, I cannot comment on your question related to postgraduate studies.
  • I have heard of SAT, but what is PSAT and AP? How can it help students? Asked by: Deepa
  • Lisa Jain Hi Deepa. Advanced Placement (AP) is a globally recognized academic program that enables high-school students to pursue university-level studies in a wide variety of subjects. Taking AP courses helps students to stand out in the college admissions process, by demonstrating to admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them. AP Exams also enable students to earn credit, or advanced placement, or both, at a majority of colleges and universities on the basis of successful AP scores (defined as a score of 3 or higher on the 5-point AP Exams scale). This can enable students to graduate early, save tuition, pursue a double major, move into upper level courses sooner, gain time to travel abroad or complete an internship. Succeeding in AP can also help students earn academic scholarships and awards. AP courses and exams help students develop the critical thinking, reasoning and communication skills that are essential for success in college. AP can help a student illustrate his or her competence in a particular field of study and also give students an opportunity to study a subject they are interested in but not able to study at their school. Students usually take AP Exams in Grades 11 and 12, while some might take them earlier, in Grade 10. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), is a comprehensive, standardized assessment administered at schools in October that helps prepare students for the SAT. The PSAT is an important step in a student’s path to university success. It assesses subject matter and problem-solving skills in three areas: Critical Reading, Writing, and Math. Students typically take the PSAT in Grades 9, 10 or 11, or in all three years. The PSAT Score Report provides a detailed skill breakdown and performance review, helping students identify their strength and weakness areas so that they can adopt smarter and more effective strategies while preparing for SAT and other similar tests. PSAT offers excellent practice for the SAT. Research conducted in the US indicates that students who take PSAT score up to 189 points higher on their SAT. Since PSAT scores are not shared with universities, so it’s a no-stress way for students to find out where they stand. The PSAT is less than 1/4 the price of the SAT, so it’s very cost effective. It gives students free access to online college planning resources and tools through “My College QuickStart”, and students receive information from colleges when they check "yes" to Student Search Service.
  • What is the difference between SAT, PSAT and AP? How much weight do the scores in these exams carry? Does it also help in getting financial Aid? Asked by: Harshwardhan Phatak
  • Lisa Jain Hi Harshwardhan. The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets students show colleges what they know and how well they can apply that knowledge. Each year, more than 2 million students in 175 countries and territories take the SAT, and most colleges and universities in the United States use the SAT to make admission decisions. In fact, standardized admission tests such as the SAT are a critical component of the application process in colleges overseas. Some universities in Singapore and India also require SAT scores for admission. The SAT can help students connect with colleges, universities and scholarship programs through the ‘Student Search Service’. Also, the SAT provides students with the most comprehensive performance feedback of any admission test. The SAT Subject Tests allow students to highlight academic achievement in subjects of their choice. Some universities might require them as a mandatory part of the application, while other universities might recommend them or not need them at all. Students should do thorough research of the universities they plan to apply to, to understand their test requirements. Advanced Placement (AP) is a globally recognized academic program that enables high-school students to pursue university-level studies in a wide variety of subjects. Taking AP courses helps students to stand out in the college admissions process, by demonstrating to admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them. AP Exams also enable students to earn credit, or advanced placement, or both, at a majority of colleges and universities on the basis of successful AP scores (defined as a score of 3 or higher on the 5-point AP Exams scale). This can enable students to graduate early, save tuition, pursue a double major, move into upper level courses sooner, gain time to travel abroad or complete an internship. Succeeding in AP can also help students earn academic scholarships and awards. AP courses and exams help students develop the critical thinking, reasoning and communication skills that are essential for success in college. AP can help a student illustrate his or her competence in a particular field of study and also give students an opportunity to study a subject they are interested in but not able to study at their school. Students usually take AP Exams in Grades 11 and 12, while some might take them earlier, in Grade 10. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), is a comprehensive, standardized assessment administered at schools in October that helps prepare students for the SAT. The PSAT is an important step in a student’s path to university success. It assesses subject matter and problem-solving skills in three areas: Critical Reading, Writing, and Math. Students typically take the PSAT in Grades 9, 10 or 11, or in all three years. The PSAT Score Report provides a detailed skill breakdown and performance review, helping students identify their strength and weakness areas so that they can adopt smarter and more effective strategies while preparing for SAT and other similar tests. PSAT offers excellent practice for the SAT. Research conducted in the US indicates that students who take PSAT score up to 189 points higher on their SAT. Since PSAT scores are not shared with universities, so it’s a no-stress way for students to find out where they stand. The PSAT is less than 1/4 the price of the SAT, so it’s very cost effective. It gives students free access to online college planning resources and tools through “My College QuickStart”, and students receive information from colleges when they check "yes" to Student Search Service.
  • how to prepare for English Literature Subject in SAT Asked by: Srustijeet
  • Lisa Jain Hi Srustijeet. The College Board provides a wealth of resources to students to practice for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. You can access these at http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/ The Official SAT Study Guide Book for all Subject Tests is an excellent resource for practice.
  • When we have a substantially good profile and transcripts then why is SAT score so important to get to a top university? Asked by: Niharika Talwar
  • Lisa Jain Hello Niharika. The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets students show colleges what they know and how well they can apply that knowledge. Each year, more than 2 million students in 175 countries and territories take the SAT, hence the SAT provides universities with a standardized and uniform method to understand student skills, irrespective of their background, country, gender, academic curriculum, etc. Moreover, the skills tested on the SAT are those that students require, to succeed at college. Hence, the SAT provides universities with a sound measure of a student's college readiness.
  • When should one start to prepare for SAT/PSAT and AP? What are the subjects that one should emphasize? Apart from studies, what other things one should focus on while preparing for these exams? Asked by: Ajay C
  • Lisa Jain Hello Ajay C. Students can take the PSAT early, in Grades 9/10, as it provides excellent practice for the SAT and the Score Report helps them identify skill gaps, which they can work upon to improve their performance on the SAT. We recommend that students take the SAT for the first time in Grade 11 (Oct/Nov/Dec). If they need to take the SAT again, they can then do it at the end of Grade 11, or early in Grade 12. Taking the SAT in Grade 11 gives students time to concentrate on other important things when they are in Grade 12, such as their college applications, school exams etc. If students plan to take SAT Subject Tests, it's a good idea to take them in May or June in between Grades 11/12, or just at the beginning of Grade 12. Students can take AP Exams in May, after Grade 11 or Grade 12. Occasionally, students also take AP Exams after Grade 10. Students can choose to take Subject Tests or AP Exams in subjects that they would like to demonstrate an interest or ability in. The PSAT and SAT measure skills in critical reading, writing, and math.
  • My daughter is an Indian citizen. Does she still stand a good change of getting admission in a US medical college if she scores well in her SAT? Thank you for your answer Asked by: ss
  • Lisa Jain Hello. Before applying to medical school in the U.S., students typically have to complete a four-year bachelors/undergraduate degree, with all of the prerequisite classes needed for the particular medical schools being applied to. The SAT can be useful for your daughter if she is applying for undergraduate studies in the U.S. You can check if her shortlisted universities for undergraduate studies require her to take the SAT using www.bigfuture.org
  • Can you list out the subjects covered in SAT, PSAT and AP exams and does College Board have any special arrangement in order to help students prepare for exams? Asked by: Ruchika Chopra
  • Lisa Jain Hi Ruchika. The PSAT and SAT test skills in critical reading, writing, and math. Subject Tests are available in a variety of subjects across English, History, Math, Languages, and Sciences. More than 22 different AP Exams are available in India across English, Math, Social Sciences, Sciences, Humanities etc. The College Board provides students with a wealth of resources to prepare for the SAT. These can be found on http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/ Some of the free resources include 'Question of the Day', free full length practice test, practice questions for each SAT section, and Skills Insight. Students can also purchase the Official SAT Study Guide Book with 10 practice tests, or the Official SAT Online Course.
  • With confusing information on the internet from multiple counselors on studying abroad, it is difficult to filter genuine details. What is College Board and how can you assure us that the information shared by your organisation is authentic? Asked by: Manika Arora
  • Lisa Jain Hi Manika. The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than 7 million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT and the Advanced Placement Program. Headquartered in New York, USA, the College Board’s programs and resources are used by schools, universities, students, and educators in more than 175 countries. The College Board runs a free, comprehensive website called BigFuture (www.bigfuture.org) where students can find information about several colleges and universities in the U.S. and elsewhere. Using BigFuture, students can search for information using the filters or parameters that are relevant to them. We do not rank institutions on BigFuture, and our endeavor is to help students find colleges/universities that are 'best-fit' for them.
  • What is the right age or grade at which the student should appear for PSAT the first time Asked by: atg
  • Lisa Jain The PSAT is administered once a year in the month of October only. Students should be encouraged to take the PSAT in Grade 9, and then again in Grade 10, as this will allow them to measure improvement in skills over time. If a student isn't already planning to take the SAT early on in Grade 11, he/she could take the PSAT again in Grade 11, as this will provide good practice for the SAT. The PSAT result will be available in the first week of December, so students in Grade 11 can use the Score Report to identify skill gaps and prepare for taking SAT in the subsequent January or later. However, it is recommended that students take the SAT early in Grade 11, hence taking PSAT in Grade 9/10 is most suitable for students in India. American citizens should be encouraged to take the PSAT in Grade 11, though, as they could qualify for the NMSQT scholarship based on their Grade 11 PSAT scores.
  • what is the minimum age for applying to US schools through SAT/PSAT Asked by: Sachin
  • Lisa Jain Hello Sachin. The PSAT is not a university admissions test, and is not required as part of the college application process. The PSAT helps students prepare for the SAT, and the PSAT score report is very useful in understanding skill gaps and improving on weaknesses. The SAT is typically taken by students in high school, in Grades 10, 11 or 12. Some students might take SAT in their gap year. Students are eligible to apply to universities upon graduating from high school.
  • Is Sat the only criteria for graduate education or the board results are also taken into consideration. Asked by: Samir
  • Lisa Jain Hello Samir. I'd like to clarify that SAT is used by universities for admission into undergraduate courses (after high school), and not for postgraduate courses. Universities look at an application holistically, and SAT is one of the components of an undergraduate college application. A student's academic performance in school, all through Grades 9-12,is very important for college admission, and not just the 'Board results'. Additionally, a university might require students to write essays, provide letters of recommendation and look at the student's extra-curricular activities as well.
  • I believe one can appear for SAT any number of times. But does it reflect badly on the college application if you appear more than once in attempt of trying to better the previous score? Asked by: pranjal
  • Lisa Jain At least half of all students take the SAT twice, and most students do see an improvement in their scores the second time they take the test. Universities do not consider this to be a negative sign. However, students should be discouraged from taking the test too many times, unless there is reason to believe that their scores can improve dramatically, on their third or fourth attempt. Research does not indicate that SAT scores continue improving with multiple attempts. Instead, I recommend that students focus their time on other important aspects of the college application, and on their academic performance at school.
  • How is GRE different from SAT, PSAT & AP? Asked by: Gautam
  • Lisa Jain Hello Gautam. The SAT, PSAT/NMSQT and AP are programs run by the College Board. Each of these are designed for high school students studying in Grades 9-12. SAT and AP are helpful for students applying for undergraduate courses in the U.S. and elsewhere. The GRE, on the other hand, is a standardized test used for admissions into postgraduate/graduate courses.
  • what is difference between SAT and ACT Asked by: RAJU
  • Lisa Jain The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test, run by the College Board, that lets students show colleges what they know and how well they can apply that knowledge. Each year, more than 2 million students in 175 countries and territories take the SAT, and most colleges and universities in the United States use the SAT to make admission decisions. Some universities in Singapore, India and other countries, also require SAT scores for admission. The SAT can help students connect with colleges, universities and scholarship programs through the ‘Student Search Service’. Also, the SAT provides students with the most comprehensive performance feedback of any admission test. The SAT is 3 hours 45 minutes long in duration, and tests student skills in Critical Reading, Writing, and Math. The ACT is not a College Board program, hence I would encourage you to read about it independently.
  • Dear Lisa, Nice to meeting you. I wanting to know that I am needing to write this LSAT exam. Please be telling. Asked by: Khurana Swati
  • Lisa Jain Hello Swati. The LSAT is not administered by the College Board, hence I am unable to answer your question. Thank you.

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Lisa Jain
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