Best choice for students entering US and Canada Universities - ACT
Standardized entrance exams for admission in an undergraduate program are a norm in the universities in the US to judge the academic readiness of the applicants for university level education. ACT (American College Testing) is among the most recognized entrance exams in these universities. Domestic as well as international students looking forward to apply to an US university can take up the ACT. The ACT scores are also acknowledged for admission in the well-known universities in countries including Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom where the medium of instruction is English.
ACT is an entirely secondary school curriculum based test comprising of four sections: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. The test effectively evaluates the high school knowledge proficiency through these sections covering the major subjects. The English and Mathematics sections measure the skills of the applicant in written English, verbal English and mathematical skills. The Reading section measures the comprehending ability and the Science section evaluates the analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills in the field of natural sciences. The optional Writing test focuses on the evaluation of the quality of writing skill to match the entry at university level. ACT is an objective test consisting of multiple choice questions but also has a ACT Plus Writing test option is available who want to apply in colleges that require the writing test scores.
The international students willing to do their college in the US or Canada can easily register for ACT and apply to the universities of their choice. The test is standardized and is conducted at more than 400 test centers across the world for the convenience of international students. The applicants can indicate the universities they want to apply while registering for the test. The test scores are directly sent to the schools indicated while registering and the schools send the letters if the scores are acceptable to them. The ACT website also aids in choosing the colleges and also has information on financial aids for education. The website also has a world-of-work map that helps in choosing the career path by indicating the relation between various occupations based on work tasks.
ACT and SAT are the most prominent admission entrance tests for applying in US schools. Applicants, especially international students, can benefit by taking up ACT in various ways. The test structure of the ACT is favorable to international education as it is completely based on secondary school level subjects. ACT is focused on examining the knowledge acquired the high school and requires lesser preparation compared to SAT which also includes critical thinking and reasoning. Unlike other similar entrance exams like SAT, the ACT also measures the academic knowledge in science.
Many of the international students looking for higher education are in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics field. Science section is an excellent benefit to reap on for these students. And also for students who have good knowledge of science and lag behind in English language, this provides an opportunity to increase the chances of scoring more and getting acceptance from more number of schools and universities.
ACT also has a wider coverage of schools and universities in the US which accept the ACT scores for admission process. Moreover, in terms of scoring method also ACT offers a better chance to score more than SAT, as the ACT scores are based on the number of right answers and wrong answers are not penalized. Despite all the advantages, the awareness about ACT as an admission entrance test is much less compared to SAT due to the lack of marketing. Though the number of international students taking up ACT is on rise, the percentage is much lesser compared to the domestic students. With so many advantages ACT proves to be a better platform and is ought to gain popularity among international students to fulfill their dream of studying in the US.
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