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Hi,

In terms of academia, are 4 A Levels, SAT I, and a minimum of 3 SAT II subjects tests enough?

Or is more needed such as ACT and a greater number of A Levels.

I do have an account on CC, but many are unfamiliar with a person from a UK applicant and that is why I am asking here.

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Hi,

In terms of academia, are 4 A Levels, SAT I, and a minimum of 3 SAT II subjects tests enough?

Or is more needed such as ACT and a greater number of A Levels.

I do have an account on CC, but many are unfamiliar with a person from a UK applicant and that is why I am asking here.

Thanks all

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Yeah, should be plenty. You definitely only need to do the SAT OR the ACT, not both, and A-Level numbers aren't really that important. Just do well on the SATs you're taking / have taken and you should be fine!
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Yeah, should be plenty. You definitely only need to do the SAT OR the ACT, not both, and A-Level numbers aren't really that important. Just do well on the SATs you're taking / have taken and you should be fine!

Oh right thank you, very helpful
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Also note that if you're looking for a top college, you want to be taking what is seen as the most "rigorous" course load for your school. If your peers at your school are taking 6/7 A Levels and you're "only" doing 4, you're not going to be as competitive an applicant.
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Also note that if you're looking for a top college, you want to be taking what is seen as the most "rigorous" course load for your school. If your peers at your school are taking 6/7 A Levels and you're "only" doing 4, you're not going to be as competitive an applicant.
Yeah thanks only 4 other people are found 4 a levels at my school


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Yeah, should be plenty. You definitely only need to do the SAT OR the ACT, not both, and A-Level numbers aren't really that important. Just do well on the SATs you're taking / have taken and you should be fine!
hello I live in America. I grew up in a California school system.to get into a good university here SAT is mandatory.a lot of a California Teachers think you should take both the SAT and ACT.if you're looking to get into a lower quality University they only require a ACT test.
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hello I live in America. I grew up in a California school system.to get into a good university here SAT is mandatory.a lot of a California Teachers think you should take both the SAT and ACT.if you're looking to get into a lower quality University they only require a ACT test.
Oh right, do you know which month they test for ACT?

I am looking at Ivy leagues, would they be okay with just the SAT or would you need the ACT too.
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Oh right, do you know which month they test for ACT?

I am looking at Ivy leagues, would they be okay with just the SAT or would you need the ACT too.
I have no idea when the tests are.Ivy League schools probably want both unless you got a really high score on the SAT.Ivy League schools are really tough to get into
Ivy League schools have a lot of competition.there's so many good universities in the United States.you should always send in an application to multiple schools.when I was in high school they only offered the SAT and ACT test twice a year.
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I have no idea when the tests are.Ivy League schools probably want both unless you got a really high score on the SAT.Ivy League schools are really tough to get into
Ivy League schools have a lot of competition.there's so many good universities in the United States.you should always send in an application to multiple schools.when I was in high school they only offered the SAT and ACT test twice a year.
Ivy Leagues want both the SAT1 and 2 Subject Tests if I remember correctly. (If you submit just one, your application will be incomplete and you won't be considered.) I think Yale takes completed A Levels (not predicted results or AS Levels) as substitutes for subject tests.
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Ivy Leagues want both the SAT1 and 2 Subject Tests if I remember correctly. (If you submit just one, your application will be incomplete and you won't be considered.) I think Yale takes completed A Levels (not predicted results or AS Levels) as substitutes for subject tests.
like she said haha
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like she said haha
Hey,

I want to apply to Ivy league unis. Just wanted to ask you in your opinion should I do both the ACT and SAT I, and how many subject tests do you think I should take.

Thank you.
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Hey,

I want to apply to Ivy league unis. Just wanted to ask you in your opinion should I do both the ACT and SAT I, and how many subject tests do you think I should take.

Thank you.
I definitely think you should start off doing a timed, exam condition practice paper for both the SAT1 and the ACT. (I regret not trying the ACT, personally.) Then, use the percentiles/conversions to find out which test you're better at, or use intuition to decide which you prefer. Then you should focus your practice on that one test.

For the Ivies, you need at least 2 Subject Tests, but I recommend taking 3 as an international as it's possible to do 3 in one sitting and you kinda want to "prove" that you're qualified because our education systems are different. Luckily for me my A Levels matched what subject tests there were (Literature, French, Maths2,) But I know that it can be difficult to line them up, so it's not "bad" to only do 2.
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I definitely think you should start off doing a timed, exam condition practice paper for both the SAT1 and the ACT. (I regret not trying the ACT, personally.) Then, use the percentiles/conversions to find out which test you're better at, or use intuition to decide which you prefer. Then you should focus your practice on that one test.

For the Ivies, you need at least 2 Subject Tests, but I recommend taking 3 as an international as it's possible to do 3 in one sitting and you kinda want to "prove" that you're qualified because our education systems are different. Luckily for me my A Levels matched what subject tests there were (Literature, French, Maths2,) But I know that it can be difficult to line them up, so it's not "bad" to only do 2.

Oh right, thank feyy, I will have a go at that

Yeah thats true. Do you think 3 tests is the maximum that should be taken though for subject tests

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Oh right, thank feyy, I will have a go at that

Yeah thats true. Do you think 3 tests is the maximum that should be taken though for subject tests

Thanks.
3 tests is by no means the maximum. If you feel you can do more and do well, do more. It certainly will help you.
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3 tests is by no means the maximum. If you feel you can do more and do well, do more. It certainly will help you.
Ah right I see.

Lastly - is there any point in doing subject tests, after I have sent off my application. I mean will it be looked at/considered after I get the result back.
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Ah right I see.

Lastly - is there any point in doing subject tests, after I have sent off my application. I mean will it be looked at/considered after I get the result back.
It all depends on the timing. Say, you hit send to School A in October, and their last accepted testing date is December. If you take a November test, and send it to them, it will still be considered.

I'm not sure if that's what you're asking, though!
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It all depends on the timing. Say, you hit send to School A in October, and their last accepted testing date is December. If you take a November test, and send it to them, it will still be considered.

I'm not sure if that's what you're asking, though!
Yep thats what I was asking thanks.

Oh right, I have seen this on various uni sites, does this mean that if as you said the last accepted testing date is December, then taking subjects tests then would be fine or not. Sorry for asking you so many questions. :rolleyes:
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Yep thats what I was asking thanks.

Oh right, I have seen this on various uni sites, does this mean that if as you said the last accepted testing date is December, then taking subjects tests then would be fine or not. Sorry for asking you so many questions. :rolleyes:
Don't apologise, haha. The answer is yes. You can do the Subject Tests on their last testing date. That's totally fine.
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Don't apologise, haha. The answer is yes. You can do the Subject Tests on their last testing date. That's totally fine.
Oh right, thats good
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