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The three most overlooked parts of a university application

The application essay, résumé, and letters of recommendation are all vital parts of your university application, but equally important are these three components that are often completed quickly and without much thought. When these are completed carefully and with attention to detail, you can turn these elements into strengths and catch a university’s eye. 1. Application form These forms are usually the first form you will fill out online when applying for university. These typically require information such as your full name and address. Sometimes a university will not let you attach the rest of your application materials until you have completed the general application form. Remember: Do not wait until the last minute to fill out this form. It might take a couple of days for the un...

How Students Can Make the Most of End-of-Term Break

End-of-term break gives you a well-earned respite from the classroom. But getting a break from school doesn’t mean you can’t use the time wisely. It can give you time to put things in order before taking the leap to university, get advice and help from family and friends, and even keep your brain active before returning to school. Challenge yourself to tackle the following tasks during break: Complete university applications (Grade 12). You can finalize your university choices and complete applications in time for regular submission deadlines, most of which are in January and February. Dig into that college essay (Grade 12). It’s an important part of the college application process and requires a lot of thought and planning, so why not spend time away from the classroom to write a draft or...

Report: Does Test Anxiety Bias ACT Scores?

Test anxiety raises concerns about assessment validity and fairness. Keeping Your Cool: Does Test Anxiety Bias Performance on the ACT?, a new study from ACT, investigated possible measurement bias due to anxiety on the ACT test. The study revealed several insights about test anxiety: Many examinees reported test anxiety, but anxiety did not have significant negative effects on ACT scores—in general, for males and females, and for ethnic groups. Test anxiety was most strongly related to feeling unprepared for the ACT. Test takers should minimize anxiety by following practical recommendations supported by this study, even if is not expected to affect ACT scores. Read the report at this link. Click here to learn more about how students can reduce test anxiety.

December ACT test: Your last chance to take the ACT in Vietnam until April!

The 7-8 December ACT test dates will be your last chance to take the ACT in Vietnam until April! Have you registered to take the ACT? There is still time to sign up! The late registration deadline is Friday, 30 November. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Sign up for the ACT December test dates today! Are you planning on studying in the United States? Most US universities’ application deadlines occur in January and February. Taking the ACT in December is a great opportunity to share your ACT scores during the university application process. Remember: You can choose to take the ACT on Friday, 7 December or Saturday, 8 December, in the morning or the afternoon, depending on test center availability. Also: The ACT test is accepted by all US universities and more than 200 intern...

Infographic: How to request accommodations on the ACT test

ACT is committed to serving examinees with documented disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations appropriate to the examinee’s diagnosis and needs. ACT has established policies regarding documentation of an examinee’s disability. To assist international students who currently receive accommodations in school due to a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, see this checklist to guide you through the process of requesting test accommodations on the ACT® test.

6 tips for writing a great university admissions essay

Many universities require an essay from students when they apply to university. One recent report showed that US universities rated the application essay as highly important in making admissions decisions for international students. If writing is not your strength, or you are applying at a US university and English is your second language, this might be a cause for worry. Please don’t panic! Application essays present a great opportunity for you to communicate your unique strengths to university admissions officials. Some universities will give you specific prompts to answer. Others will ask you to tell your story and how it led you to university. No matter what the university asks you to write in your submission, remember that admissions officials are not simply looking for your abi...