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    Hey,
    Ive sent my ucas ages ago, and didnt include my SAT details, now since SAT's are the equivalent to alevels i may have been given an unconditional offer straight away as opposed to conditional based on the alevel exams i was doing this summer. My SAT results are really good but the alevel exams i have just done will be fail. Should i just call my admissions tutor and arrange to meet him and show him the certificates and SAT results so that he may give me unconditional offer/increase my chances of getting in?

    What action should i take? Would admission tutors accept qualifications at this stage? Also would i be able to use the SAT scores in clearing? considering the Clearing form number will show that i only did Alevels. Please i need assurance, what is the most likely thing to happen?

    Thanks much.
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    How did you forget to put them down? The universities have already made all their offers now - you may be too late.
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    I say definately ring them and explain the situation...
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    (Original post by G4ry)
    How did you forget to put them down? The universities have already made all their offers now - you may be too late.
    i already have a firm and insurance both conditional offers. Me mind thinks that if i call the admissions tutor and explain to him that i havent included sat results due to ucas system confusion, silly mistake etc.

    would he:

    a) turn my offer into unconditional based on the high points scored on SAT
    b) say 'sorry' and refuse to consider them, or not take them seriously
    c) keep them in mind together with the alevel results (which i screwed up) and consider me then.
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    Sorry if it's not much help, but there's only one way to find out.
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    (Original post by G4ry)
    Sorry if it's not much help, but there's only one way to find out.
    Ya i know, its just that im afraid they may reject them or clearing may reject my SAT's. If i call and my SATs get rejected then i would definetly have lost a year and failed to enter uni considering my Alevels are gonna be (E/U).
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    (Original post by swatfa)
    Hey,
    Ive sent my ucas ages ago, and didnt include my SAT details, now since SAT's are the equivalent to alevels i may have been given an unconditional offer straight away as opposed to conditional based on the alevel exams i was doing this summer. My SAT results are really good but the alevel exams i have just done will be fail. Should i just call my admissions tutor and arrange to meet him and show him the certificates and SAT results so that he may give me unconditional offer/increase my chances of getting in?

    What action should i take? Would admission tutors accept qualifications at this stage? Also would i be able to use the SAT scores in clearing? considering the Clearing form number will show that i only did Alevels. Please i need assurance, what is the most likely thing to happen?

    Thanks much.
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    SATs are not equivalent to A-levels. Several APs would perhaps carry the same weight as three full A-levels. Your offers would've been based on the A-levels you put on your UCAS, if you had included your SATs on the UCAS form alone then UK universities would not have considered you --- i have a friend in Cali who wanted to study here, but was told to either do APs (four or five, at level 4/5) or to first complete her freshman year at a US college before reapplying.
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    I may be wrong but doesn't 'unconditional' mean 'not dependent on conditions such as what grades you're going to get this summer etc.'? That's what I thought ......
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    (Original post by chiaki)
    I may be wrong but doesn't 'unconditional' mean 'not dependent on conditions such as what grades you're going to get this summer etc.'? That's what I thought ......
    Yes you're right but I'm wary of Mongooses claim that SATs aren't equivalent to A Levels. Is this anything to do with the discrepancy between SAT and ACT scores in America? I know that students coming from American high schools have to submit additional examination information, because an American high school diploma on its own isn’t considered satisfactory entry qualification for entrance here but if you had scores over 550 in SAT I and SAT II you should be okay?
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    (Original post by waiting2smile)
    Yes you're right but I'm wary of Mongooses claim that SATs aren't equivalent to A Levels. Is this anything to do with the discrepancy between SAT and ACT scores in America? I know that students coming from American high schools have to submit additional examination information, because an American high school diploma on its own isn’t considered satisfactory entry qualification for entrance here but if you had scores over 550 in SAT I and SAT II you should be okay?
    ya my scores exceeded 550 plus i have a high school diploma and E,U,U in my alevels
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    i should at least be able to get onto a foundation year no?
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    (Original post by waiting2smile)
    Yes you're right but I'm wary of Mongooses claim that SATs aren't equivalent to A Levels. Is this anything to do with the discrepancy between SAT and ACT scores in America? I know that students coming from American high schools have to submit additional examination information, because an American high school diploma on its own isn’t considered satisfactory entry qualification for entrance here but if you had scores over 550 in SAT I and SAT II you should be okay?
    Sorry, i really suppose it depends on what you want to study. My mate wanted to study sciences, had good SAT I scores as well as SAT II Phys, Chem, Writing and AP Calc and Brit Lit and US Hist and tonnes of ECs, and despite this she was still told she needed to do more science APs or do her Freshman year with relevent science courses. If you want to study humanities or arts i suppose they might not be so particular.
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    (Original post by swatfa)
    ya my scores exceeded 550 plus i have a high school diploma and E,U,U in my alevels
    You should be able to do a degree course here, but Mongoose is right, it depends on what you want to study, if you're heading towards the science/maths field or other high demand courses/or even a highly ranked university then they'd expect you to have better qualifications. What I do know is that the minimum entry qualification for entrance to UK universities should be:

    1) At least a score of 550 in both verbal and mathematical sections of the SAT I andat least 550 on any relevant SAT II subject tests, or

    2) Grades of 3 and above in at least two, and preferably three, AP exams.

    Your University may ask for better than that but that's the minimum - I know that because at one point I was living in the US and didn't think I'd come back here to do A Levels. Good luck anyway.
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    (Original post by swatfa)
    ya my scores exceeded 550 plus i have a high school diploma and E,U,U in my alevels
    What were your scores for any relevant SAT II subject tests? Your A Levels have been clearly disastrous but all isn't lost if you're able to submit AP/SAT II scores in the field of proposed study.
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    (Original post by waiting2smile)
    You should be able to do a degree course here, but Mongoose is right, it depends on what you want to study, if you're heading towards the science/maths field or other high demand courses/or even a highly ranked university then they'd expect you to have better qualifications. What I do know is that the minimum entry qualification for entrance to UK universities should be:

    1) At least a score of 550 in both verbal and mathematical sections of the SAT I andat least 550 on any relevant SAT II subject tests, or

    2) Grades of 3 and above in at least two, and preferably three, AP exams.

    Your University may ask for better than that but that's the minimum - I know that because at one point I was living in the US and didn't think I'd come back here to do A Levels. Good luck anyway.

    why isn't SATS equivalent to A Levels here if most American universities accept it :confused:
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    (Original post by little_melanie)
    why isn't SATS equivalent to A Levels here if most American universities accept it :confused:
    I only have some vague ideas but don’t know if they’re right. British universities do accept SATs but they prefer you to have achieved really high marks. My cousin had to achieve over 1500 in her SATs and five APs at level 4 to get into to Cambridge!
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    (Original post by little_melanie)
    why isn't SATS equivalent to A Levels here if most American universities accept it :confused:
    SATs are standardised aptitude tests which test general skills such as verbal and numerical reasoning, whereas A-levels require subject-specific knowledge at an indepth level. In addition there are SAT IIs which are subject-specific, but would still not be considered equivalent to A-level - APs are optional exams that can be taken that are considered comparable to A-level, which give students 'advanced standing' when they enter college, eg if they had AP German they would be exempt from the otherwise compulsary foreign language requirement. Also note that US Universities follow the liberal arts system, where students entering college follow a range of contrasting courses, up until i think the third year, where they then specialise and 'major' in a specific subject. The whole thing takes four years. Compare this with the UK where students enter university for a specific degree course (which possibly required specific A-levels to be studied) which lasts 3 (or 4) years.
 
 
 
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