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Hey,

I just finished my GCSEs and I am constantly wondering what I can do in order to go to an America university. I have no knowledge on this whatsoever and haven’t really had any help. What can I do and when do I have to start filling out forms etc? What do I have to do in order to get there and is it particularly hard..?

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You'll need to sit SAT or ACT tests - you should probably sit them for the first time by around April, so that you can resit them if necessary.

You'll also need to have a lot of money, as US universities are hugely expensive, and you won't be eligible for a student loan.
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What’s the difference between SAT and ACT tests, im completely new to this, how do you sign up in order to do this and do you need to chose a university first. I swear you needed to do them in year 13 not year 12? Also do you need to revise for them and does it matter what a levels you do? Sorry for the many questions !
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Given that early applications are in November, and you want to leave yourself at least two testing dates before, in case you need to resit to improve your test scores, it's advisable to sit them first by the April of Year 12.

I don't have all the info, but there are lots of websites you can look at, including the Fulbright Commission. http://www.fulbright.org.uk/going-to...lying/timeline

With regard to A-level choices, some people advise you to choose as broad a range of subjects as you can, because in the American system, students don't specialise as early in the UK system, and keep going with almost all subjects - including all key subjects - until the age of 18. I have a friend who got into Darmouth College (an Ivy League school), who did Maths, History, a language and a science, for example.
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Given that early applications are in November, and you want to leave yourself at least two testing dates before, in case you need to resit to improve your test scores, it's advisable to sit them first by the April of Year 12.

I don't have all the info, but there are lots of websites you can look at, including the Fulbright Commission. http://www.fulbright.org.uk/going-to...lying/timeline

With regard to A-level choices, some people advise you to choose as broad a range of subjects as you can, because in the American system, students don't specialise as early in the UK system, and keep going with almost all subjects - including all key subjects - until the age of 18. I have a friend who got into Darmouth College (an Ivy League school), who did Maths, History, a language and a science, for example.
Do you reckon maths psychology English and media would be ok?

Do you need to revise for them and how do you revise for them and is it only English and maths?

Also where do you sign up to do it and where do you do it?

What’s the difference between ACT and SAT?
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Do you reckon maths psychology English and media would be ok?
It really depends what sort of university you're aiming for. Harvard or Stanford, then no. A middling state school, possibly.
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i did an exchange in canada and i wasnt cut out for it by a long shot. i think the only folk that would succeed there are the the A*A*A* ppl. whats more is that the cultural difference is bigger than one might expect so i reckon a good proportion maybe 1/4 couldn handle it
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There's a far bigger range of universities in the US. There are private universities and public universities.

Among private universities, there are the Ivy League (Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth etc.), Stanford, and loads of liberal arts colleges and other universities.

Then there are public universities - each state will have a public university system comprised of several schools. Each will have a flagship school that is the hardest to get in to (e.g. University of Florida), and then lots of other schools that are easier to get in to e.g. University of Central Florida, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University)
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There are literally thousands - you're going to need to do tonnes of research.
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What’s is a liberal arts college and an Ivy League is that just like a private school in London? Sorry I don’t know much!

What about something like NYU as I want to go to university in New York?
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What’s is a liberal arts college and an Ivy League is that just like a private school in London? Sorry I don’t know much!

What about something like NYU as I want to go to university in New York?
The Ivy League are a bit like Oxbridge - it's a group of the most elite universities.

NYU isn't in the Ivy League - it's still very prestigious though. It's also one of the most expensive universities in America - about $50,000 to $60,000 a year.
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And look on the Wikipedia page for Liberal Arts Colleges.
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