Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Standardized Tests for Admission to American Universities and Colleges

Students who are targeting admission to American universities and colleges in 2011
and 2012 have to begin planning on completing various components of the
application process.

One important component is the standardized tests that are invariably required
as part of the application package. These could range from a single test
(TOEFL) to as many as three. Students should verify which tests they need to
take and register for them in good time. Most 4‑year colleges and
universities in the US will require either the ACT (with or without Writing) or
the SAT I, but not both. Competitive universities and colleges usually will
also require SAT II, but many will fully or partially waive this latter
requirement for students who submit the ACT Plus Writing. Juggling them with
high school is a tough job, so proper planning to ensure there’s no clash with
other school events is important.

The ACT (American College Test) is a paper-based test conducted by ACT, Inc., at several locations around the world. The schedule for the next few months is:

International Registration Deadlines


Test Dates


Registration (online)

April 9, 2011

ACT & ACT Plus Writing

March 4, 2011

June 11 2011

ACT & ACT Plus Writing

May 6, 2011

October 22, 2011

ACT & ACT Plus Writing


December 10, 2011

ACT & ACT Plus Writing


February 11, 2012



In order to register for the ACT, go to: http://www.actstudent.org/

The SATs are paper-based tests conducted by College Board at several locations
around the world. The schedule for the next few months is:

International Registration Deadlines


Test Dates


Early Registration(must be received by)

Regular Registration (must be received by)

October 10, 2009

SAT & Subject Tests

August 19, 2009

September 9, 2009

November 7, 2009

SAT & Subject Tests

September 16, 2009

October 1, 2009

December 5, 2009

SAT & Subject Tests

October 14, 2009

October 30, 2009

January 23, 2010

SAT & Subject Tests

December 2, 2009

December 15, 2009

May 1, 2010

SAT & Subject Tests

March 10, 2010

March 25, 2010

June 5, 2010

SAT & Subject Tests

April 14, 2010

April 29, 2010

In order to register for the SATs, go to: http://www.collegeboard.com/

The GRE, GMAT and TOEFL are computer-based tests administered five days a week,
through the year at several locations around the world, so students can
schedule their tests more easily.

In order to register for the GRE, students can go to: www.ets.org/bin/getprogram.cgi?test=gre

For the GMAT: www.mba.com/mba/thegmat/scheduleagmatappointment

For a TOEFL appointment: www.ets.org/bin/getprogram.cgi?test=toefl

For more information and advice on admissions to US schools, please refer to Study in America: The Definitive Guide for Aspiring Students by Renuka Raja Rao, published by Pearson Education.

Monday, August 3, 2009

With the beginning of the Fall Season, universities and colleges across the US are gearing up to receive the studens enrolling for this semester.

Simultaneously, Admissions Offices begin to gear up for Admission Season 2010.

The Common Application 2010 is already available online at


Several universities have also put up their 2010 applications for graduate studies on their websites.

Students who are aiming to go to the US next year should begin their planning right away (many savvy students have started in January of this year!). Remember that successful applications are the result of meticulous planning and flawless execution of those plans.

Now is a good time for students to begin by familiarizing themselves with the application forms and requirements.

Renuka Raja Rao