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My American friend has been living in a different country for a few years and she has taken her IGCSEs and she also took her International AS level this year. She got ABBD and was planning to retake the subject with the D. She also started studying for A2 in these 4 subjects. She is a good student and had started working harder after the AS results so there was a good chance she would get all A's.
Now her family is going to move back into the US. Apparently to get into an American university she has to take SATs whether she has A levels or not. So she has decided not to complete A levels. Is this a good idea? Or would completing A levels be better? Would she have higher chances of getting accepted into a good university if she had A levels?
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It’s a very bad idea. SATs are a sort of aptitude test rather than evidence of studying specific subjects.
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My American friend has been living in a different country for a few years and she has taken her IGCSEs and she also took her International AS level this year. She got ABBD and was planning to retake the subject with the D. She also started studying for A2 in these 4 subjects. She is a good student and had started working harder after the AS results so there was a good chance she would get all A's.
Now her family are going to move back into the US. Apparently to get into an American university she has to take SATs whether she has A levels or not. So she has decided not to complete A levels. Is this a good idea? Or would completing A levels be better? Would she have higher chances of getting accepted into a good university if she had A levels?
Not all US colleges require the SAT (singular; SATs, plural, is a UK test taken by 11 and/or 13 year olds as I recall), and all that I'm aware of also equivalent accept the ACT. Regardless they require a completed high school diploma or equivalen, i.e. that they have completed 4 years of high school. If she doesn't complete her A-levels, she will not have satisfied this requirement and will need to take the GED to meet it. However most US colleges, especially the more competitive/"elite" ones, will expect students to have taken appropriate university preparatory coursework - which A-levels are one example of. Without having taken these, it may well make her application much weaker.
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Not all US colleges require the SAT (singular; SATs, plural, is a UK test taken by 11 and/or 13 year olds as I recall), and all that I'm aware of also equivalent accept the ACT. Regardless they require a completed high school diploma or equivalen, i.e. that they have completed 4 years of high school. If she doesn't complete her A-levels, she will not have satisfied this requirement and will need to take the GED to meet it. However most US colleges, especially the more competitive/"elite" ones, will expect students to have taken appropriate university preparatory coursework - which A-levels are one example of. Without having taken these, it may well make her application much weaker.
What is the university preparatory coursework that students studying in US high schools take instead of A levels? I used to think they just take SAT I and SAT II at the end of year 12 and that's it?!
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What is the university preparatory coursework that students studying in US high schools take instead of A levels? I used to think they just take SAT I and SAT II at the end of year 12 and that's it?!
No, they take AP (Advanced Placement) exams (which cover similar content to A-levels/IB HL). Some also take IB, since that also exists in the US, being an international qualification.
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My American friend has been living in a different country for a few years and she has taken her IGCSEs and she also took her International AS level this year. She got ABBD and was planning to retake the subject with the D. She also started studying for A2 in these 4 subjects. She is a good student and had started working harder after the AS results so there was a good chance she would get all A's.
Now her family is going to move back into the US. Apparently to get into an American university she has to take SATs whether she has A levels or not. So she has decided not to complete A levels. Is this a good idea? Or would completing A levels be better? Would she have higher chances of getting accepted into a good university if she had A levels?
No I think she can transfer her credits and even give her A levels in USA. If she is a good students then it would be better if she starts studying for SATs too it will help her get into better universities.
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