EDUCATION ABROAD
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Why should a student prefer to study abroad over Indian Institutes?
Knowledge itself is power. Likewise, many students prefer studying abroad because of various reasons. Students are inclined towards pursuing their studies abroad due to various reasons like better quality of education, global exposure and a chance to imbibe varied cultures. Many students prefer to keep the option of applying abroad as open to enable them take a decision closer to the time.
Studying abroad could be an important aspect of one’s life.
Apart from better education and international rankings of the Institutes abroad, there are several other advantages. Some of them are:
An opportunity to meet different people and share experiences
  • Education in US / Canada / Australia / UK /Singapore is valued worldwide
  • Provides an opportunity for skills development & a life-time experience
  • Offers flexibility in course curriculum
No two applicants have the same reason for studying abroad. For one it could be as simple as not getting into the right College / University in India and for the other it can be because there are not many job opportunities in his/her field of study and for many, an easy way to a secured future.
Whatever the reason for a student deciding to study abroad, he/she will find that higher education abroad adds considerable value to his/her professional development. A good degree is a stamp of excellence for life. It can enhance his/her career and prepare him/her for leadership in his/her country or anywhere in the world. It can broaden his/her horizons and exposes him/her to a variety of perspectives, the latest technology, and state-of-the-art research and training. He/She can make contacts with colleagues abroad which may lead to collaborations with leading international researchers. With the large number and variety of colleges and universities outside India, he/she is certain to find one that matches his/her needs and interests, no matter what are his/her criteria.
Application process makes the vital difference and is the most important criteria.
The application process for studying abroad is time consuming and requires applicants to start preparing well in advance of their anticipated start date. It is very important to begin the admission process early because in many cases application deadlines are at the start of the semester (sometimes as many as ten months). You also need to allow time for scheduling any standardised tests needed for admission and then having the results of these tests sent to schools. There is no uniform world-wide application system. Each college or university establishes its own unique policies.
The basic steps for applying abroad are:
  • Identifying country, universities and the course of your interest
  • Taking various tests
  • Filling up the application forms
  • Arranging and preparing essays and recommendation letters
  • Completing and sending application forms along with required documents
  • Reporting various test scores to the universities
For admission to universities abroad, it’s not just the academics, which are given complete weightage in the admission process to universities abroad unlike India, it is more about a holistic approach.
The following major aspects are taken into consideration by Ivy League Institutes during the admission process:
  • Standardized Test scores of the students (SAT / TOEFL / ACT)
  • Academic scores of Grades 9th / 10th / 11th
  • Extra curricular activities and other initiatives taken by the student
  • Taking various required tests
  • Essay Writing
  • Lectures of Recommendation
  • Reporting various test scores to the universities
  • Advance Placements (optional)
SAT & ACT
The SAT (SAT 1) and ACT are standardized aptitude tests required for students around the world to gain admission to American universities. The structure and content of the SAT and the ACT differ, however either score is accepted by most universities. Students can sit either the SAT or the ACT for submission to US colleges; they are advised to not waste time taking both. While the SAT/ACT is only obligatory for application to the US, an exceptional score can strengthen a student’s application to other international institutions too.
This SAT (SAT 1) must not be confused with the Subject SAT (SAT 2) scores that students are required to submit to DASA for application to NITs and IIITs.
SAT
The SAT comprises Maths and Writing & Language sections, with an optional essay. Although the essay section is optional, it is recommended as it strengthens the application, and is required by some of the more prestigious schools. The test lasts 3 hours without the essay, or 3 hours and 50 minutes with, and is scored on a scale of 400-1600.
The Maths section is scored out of 800, and tests student’s knowledge of topics such as arithmetic, algebra I & II, geometry, trigonometry and data analysis.
The Writing & Language section is also scored out of 800, and includes both reading comprehension and grammar and writing logic.
The content of the reading comprehension component of the Writing & Language section are as follows: 1 passage on US and World Literature, 2 on History/Social Studies, and 2 on Science. These 5 passages test students’ understanding of vocabulary in context, command of evidence, scientific reasoning, and ability to construct, logical arguments.
The writing component of the Writing & Language section tests students’ logic and expression of ideas, higher-level writing skills, and punctuation rules. The 50-minute essay is scored on a scale of 2-8, that factors into the student’s final SAT score. Students will be required to read a passage whose author takes a stance on a particular issue and explain how the author builds his/her argument to persuade the audience using appropriate supporting evidence from the text.
ACT
The ACT contains Maths, Reading, English and Science sections, with an optional, but recommended, essay. The test lasts 2 hours and 55 minutes without the essay, or 3 hours and 50 minutes with the essay. Each section is on a scale of 1-36, and the final score is an average of these 4 sections.
The Math section tests Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Plane Geometry and Trigonometry.
The English section is made up of 5 essays or passages, followed by a set of multiple-choice questions that test usage & mechanics (grammar rules, punctuation, word usage and sentence construction) and rhetorical skills (writing strategy, organization of ideas and writing style).
The Science section discusses data from biology, earth/space sciences, chemistry, and physics. The ACT Science section does not test students’ specific subject knowledge; it tests their understanding of and ability to interpret scientific data. Students will be asked to interpret experiment charts, graphs, tables and research summaries, and determine a suitable next step for the particular research experiment. They will also be asked to identify specific information from scientific arguments, infer implied information from these arguments, and analyze similarities and differences between multiple arguments.
The Reading section contains 4 passages – on prose fiction, social studies, humanities, and natural sciences – with 10 questions per passage. These questions test students’ ability to identify specific facts and details mentioned in the text, determine meanings of words using context, explore texts for specific evidence, identify the main purpose of/point made in a passage, determine the author’s tone, identify cause-effect relationships, and make comparisons and analogies.
Redesigned SAT ACT
Scoring
400-600
Subscore and Cross-test Scores available
(Analysis in History/Social Studies,Analysis in Science,Command of Evidence,Words in Context,Expression of Ideas,Standard English Conventions,Algebra,Problem Solving & Data Analysis,Advanced Math)
1-36
Timings (including 50 mins optional essay)
3 Hours 50 minutes
(including 30 mins optional essay)
Sections
Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: 200-800
Math: 200-8041
Optional essay (separately scored)
English: 1.36
Math: 1.36
Reading: 1-36
Science: 1-36 Optional essay (separately scored)
Negative marks No negative marking No negative marking
Format Online or Offine Online or Offine
Dates 6 times a year Jan, May, June, Oct, Nov, Dec 5 times a year April, June, Sept, Oct, Dec
SAT SUBJECT TESTS
SAT Subject Tests, also referred to as SAT II, are designed to measure a student’s knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as his ability to apply that knowledge. Students who want to go to the universities in the US are required to take SAT Subject Test.
The examination is entirely a paper-based Test. The test is scored on a maximum of 800. SAT II Subject tests are one-hour tests offered in the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math Level I, Math Level 2, English Literature, US History, World History and Languages.
Students of PACE need not go for any separate formal training for SAT II. The curriculum covered at PACE thoroughly covers the entire subject preparation in Math and Science related subjects. Our students normally score full marks in these tests.
The US-based College Board develops and administers both the SAT1 and SAT II. The exam is conducted six times a year: May, June, October, November, December and January. The student can register for the exam online on www.collegeboard.com. The SAT scores must be from a test date within five years of the planned date of enrolment. College Board is responsible for setting questions, conducting the test and sending score reports to each examinee. For detailed information about SAT, please refer the official website of SAT i.e. www.collegeboard.org
The SAT Subject Tests are one-hour exams that allow students to demonstrate knowledge and showcase achievement in specific subjects.
By taking the tests, students can:
➣ Differentiate themselves in a competitive admission environment by providing a more complete picture of their academic achievements and interests
➣ Highlight their strengths in particular subjects or programs of study, such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), the humanities or foreign languages
➣ Help English language learners demonstrate achievement in subject areas that are not as reliant on English language mastery, such as math, science or foreign languages.
SAT Subject Tests are flexible. Students can:
Choose to take tests in subjects they know well
➣Take one, two or three 60-minute tests per sitting
➣Change the subjects or the number of tests they want to take on test day (except for Language with Listening Tests).
➣Take the tests with confidence knowing that the content comes directly from topics taught in the classroom.
Which Subject Tests to Take?
Students should consider taking the tests in subjects in which they have an interest or excel. They should research whether prospective colleges require specific Subject Test scores for admission. Some colleges grant an exemption from or credit for a freshman course requirement if a student does well on a particular SAT Subject Test.
20 SAT Subject Tests
There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, History, Languages, Mathematics and Science.
English
Literature
History
U.S. History
World History
Mathematics
Mathematics Level 1
Mathematics Level 2
Science
Biology E/M
Chemistry
Physics
Languages
French
German
Latin
Spanish
Modern Hebrew
Italian
French with Listening
German with Listening
Spanish with Listening
Chinese with Listening
APPRECIATION LETTERS
Appreciation Letter from Stanford University
Appreciation Letter from MIT University
Appreciation Letter from Cornell University
OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Reputed colleges want bright students. But even more, they want bright, all rounder students who demonstrate leadership qualities, social initiatives, proficiency in sports or if a student has any career or study interest outside the regular classroom, he can use it to make his application strong.
Essay Writing:
The personal essays, and/or statement of purpose, also play a very important role in the process of evaluating the application for both admission as well as financial aid because it gives the faculty assessing the application in terms of their most significant impression of the student as an individual.
An essay must be concise, the student must define his or her academic goals, and/or research plans, it should include justification for choosing the academic program and specialization, and for selecting the particular college as well as the advantages and benefit of studying that particular course.
Letters of Recommendation:
Letter of reference or recommendation letter plays a very important role in the admission process. A recommendation letter is a signed statement from a person who knows the student very well professionally or has taught him in a subject that is related to the course he is applying to. It should list his positive and negative qualities, strengths and weaknesses, his character and integrity and other such information.
Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on the behalf of the student. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a student’s chances of selection.
ADVANTAGES OF EDUCATION ABROAD
Synchronized learning complementing IIT-JEE/Medical preparation
Preparation for the JEE/NEET programme complements and enhances the applicant’s portfolio as students outperform their peers in the board exams due the intensive preparation. Several top international universities mandate submission of a JEE score. Our students will have a dual advantage in terms of their enhanced performance at the board exam for their respective standard and an outstanding performance in the most reputed entrance exams along with best results in Board exams and SAT II exams. We will also guide them on various options to optimize their potential and make their application strong.
Innovative Study Material
Exhaustive study material will be provided to the students. The study material consists of recommended best books, PACE booklets and hand-outs with interesting and innovative assignments sufficient to generate interest amongst the students.
Highly experienced and qualified faculty
We have a team of experienced and competent faculty members comprising of the best professors from the industry who are experts in teaching students for SAT.
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