Admission requirements vary depending upon the university. Some institutions are highly selective while others accept most applicants. In general, the following factors will be key in the assessment of your application:
- 'O'-level and 'A'-level results
- Scores on tests such as the SAT and the TOEFL
- Application essays and letters of recommendation
Each of the 3,600+ schools in the American educational system has its own unique set of admissions requirements. There is no centralized agency that can input your qualifications into a database and inform you which universities will be eligible for you. Here are some guidelines that can get you started.
Application and Fee – with every application there is a fee associated and is usually USD50.00
Deadlines – Be sure to note the admission deadline dates as they vary for each school
High School Achievements – Your school transcript are important as well other information such as involvement in clubs, leadership and outstanding talent.
To Apply click common Application ( www.commonapp.org )
( Note: About 500 US colleges and Universities use common Application forms. For other institutions, please visit their website to apply.)
Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or another undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. More than half of US universities will accept students with 'O'-level results. Universities will not give 'O'-level students any advance credit, since they consider the 'O' levels to be the very basic requirements needed for admission./p>
All US universities recognize as viable candidates students who have completed 'A' levels. Some universities may award exemptions for 'A'-level passes. For example, University of Pennsylvania awards advanced credit to students who have scored grades B and above in their GCSE A level exams. You can find this information on each institution's website.
International Baccalaureate (I.B.) program is known to have a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum. Students who have successfully completed this program may receive some advanced credit from the school as well. This policy is up to each school; different schools will give different amounts of credit. Some schools may not give any credit.
If you are a technical graduate and wish to 'to up' your diploma with a Bachelor's degree from the US, you may have a long road ahead of you. US universities require all students to take core courses, plus more courses in your major field of study. Technical graduates can expect to study between 24 to 30 months in the US to complete a Bachelor's degree.
English Proficiency Test
Most US universities require you to take TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) but there are also increasing number of US universities accepting EILTS (International English Language Testing System) as an indicator of the student's English proficiency. There is however Bruneians may not require taking these tests if US admissions officers understand that Brunei students are taught in English. The minimum TOEFL score required by most universities for admission is 570 (Paper-based test) and 230 (Computer-based test).
List of US institutions accepting IELTS (including requied IELTS score http://bandscore.ielts.org )
Other required tests
SAT I: This is required for almost all Courses and Universities
SAT II: A few universities may require you to take two or three subject tests
ACT: A few universities may also require you take this test
Your past academic record is one of the most important deciding factors in securing admission to a US university. Graduate schools are seeking individuals who have proven ability in a specific area, or have demonstrated skills that can be parlayed into a specific field.
Universities in US have their own marking and evaluating systems which follow the GPA (Grade Point Average) system. It is based on the 5 points scheme – A, B, C, D & F.
3. Work Experience Details
Number of professional and vocational courses require relevant work experience. For instance, many MBAs or master's courses in information studies require at least a couple of years' work experience.
4. Letter of Recommendation
Letters of reference or recommendation letters play a very important part in your admission especially in courses that earn you a master's or doctoral degree. A recommendation letter is signed statement from a person who knows you well professionally or has taught you in a subject that is related to the course you are applying to. It should list your positive and negative qualities, strengths and other such information.
The personal essays, and/or statement of purpose, play a very important role in the process of evaluating your application for both admission as well as financial aid because it gives the faculty assessing your application their most significant impression of you as individual.
Interviewing prospective candidates is getting common in the US admission structure. A few universities may take your interview to know you better. The interview could be with a college representative or "third party" representatives, staff, faculty or alumni of the college or simply a telephonic interview. These interviews are usually informal and more of an opportunity to exchange information. The interview will try to judge your abilities and interests.
Many courses and universities in US require you to take one of the standardized tests like GRE (Graduate Record Examination), GMAT along with English Proficiency tests. Different programs require you to take certain standardized tests for admission and there is a certain minimum that you have to score in those tests to get admitted to those universities:
GMAT: For graduate courses in Management
GRE: For graduate courses in fields other than Management
LSAT: For admissions to Law Schools
MCAT: For admissions to Medical Schools
UNDERGRADUATE (ASSOCIATE AND BACHELOR DEGREE) PROGRAMS
Students will not be asked to travel overseas for an interview at any university. A few institutions may require students to meet Brunei alumni for a meeting. This is very rare, however.
In the US, the best schools are interested in bright people who have proven they to be well rounded and proficient in a great variety of activities, including community involvement and leadership positions. This section is the key to distinguish your application from other suitable candidates and a chance to market yourself.
A personal statement should include your reasons for choosing a particular course, the suitability of your education and experience for the chosen course, your personal interests and career goals.
Some courses like Business School courses will have their own essay questions and format. Others may ask for resume or reasons for applying to that particular course.
4. Statement of Purpose / Personal Essays
The author or teacher must indicate his position, how long he/she has known the applicant and in what capacity. He/she should briefly discuss the need, importance and usefulness of the study the applicant proposes to undertake. Authors are usually asked to rank applicants in their letters of recommendation, which helps admission officers to interpret the academic credentials of foreign students. Students should obtain letters of recommendation (often on the prescribed forms sent by the institutions) from teachers who know them as a person as well as student. You may like to request your author to give concrete examples that may show your qualities and help your case.
Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate's chances of selection.
UNDERGRADUATE (ASSOCIATE AND BACHELOR DEGREE) PROGRAMS
3. Letters of Recommendation (Testimonials)