给参加美国大学标准化考试的国际学生的建议

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两个标准化考试

SAT考试是一个3小时的测试,评估学生对高中数学、阅读理解、写作和语法技能的掌握程度。SAT有三个测试:阅读测试,写作和语言测试,以及数学测试。此外,考试偶尔也会有研究目的的试题。这些问题可能出现在考试的任何部分,考试时间将延长20分钟。这些问题不包括在计算分数中,但学生必须参加。这是笔试。
ACT考试是一个2小时55分钟的标准化考试,评估学生对高中数学、阅读理解、写作、语法和科学的掌握程度。有四个选择部分:英语、数学、阅读和科学,还有一个可选的作文部分。你可以在整个数学部分使用一个认可的计算器。如果在美国以外的国家参加考试,则在电脑上进行。和SAT一样,ACT也会在考试日期测试问题,为以后的考试做准备。你的考试可能包括一些不会计入分数的问题。

提前计划考试日期

提前为SAT或ACT考试做准备是很重要的,尤其是对于生活在其他国家的学生。虽然这两种考试都是国际考试,但可供学生选择的考试日期较少。SAT日期可以在这里找到:https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/international ACT日期可以在这里找到:https://global.act.org/content/global/en/products-and-services/the-act-non-us/registration.html
我们鼓励学生在申请截止日期前至少两个月参加考试,对于大多数将参加一次以上考试的学生,由于考试中心的空间有限,以及考试中心可能需要学生旅行,需要提前计划和报名。学生也应该计划多次注册SAT/ACT考试,因为过去曾有作弊事件导致考试在最后一刻被取消。

考试成绩的登记和发布

国际SAT不允许延迟注册,而ACT可以(需要额外的费用)。SAT成绩在考试后12-15天公布,ACT成绩在考试后两个工作日开始公布(但网站给出提示,分数可能需要长达8周的时间)。ACT考试成绩将在所有成绩公布后才会公布(例如,ACT写作考试的成绩需要更长时间才能公布,但整个考试成绩只有在所有科目成绩公布后才会公布)。
在大三结束的时候,学生应该已经完成了整个ACT和/或SAT考试(我建议这两者都要参加,看看学生擅长哪一个),以决定他们将正式注册哪一个。然后,他们应该有一个适当的计划,他们计划参加哪个考试,以及他们计划注册哪个2-3个考试日期。每个考试的官方网站都会列出最终报名日期。

英文原文:

Tips for International Students Taking U.S. College Standardized Tests

Although many U.S. institutions will be test optional for the Fall 2022 class (this application cycle), test optional — as I shared in an earlier blog post — is not test blind. Thus, test scores can still matter in the admissions decision and therefore, international students still have a few points to consider.

The Two Standardized Tests

The SAT test is a 3-hour test evaluating mastery of high-school math, reading comprehension, and writing and grammar skills.  The SAT has 3 tests: the Reading Test, the Writing and Language Test, and the Math Test. Also, the test occasionally includes test questions for research purposes. These questions may appear in any of the test sections, and testing time will be extended by 20 minutes.  These questions are not included in computing scores but students are required to take them.  This is a paper based test.

The ACT test is a 2 hour, 55 minute standardized test evaluating mastery of high school math, reading comprehension, writing and grammar skills, and science. There are four multiple choice sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science, and an optional Essay section. You can use an approved calculator on the entire math section. The test is given on a computer if taken outside the US. Like the SAT, ACT tries out questions on test dates to develop future tests. Your test may include questions that will not count towards your score.

Plan In Advance-Test Dates

It is important to plan in advance for the SAT or ACT, especially for students living in other countries. While both tests are offered internationally, there are less test date options available for students.  SAT dates can be found here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/international ACT dates can be found here: https://global.act.org/content/global/en/products-and-services/the-act-non-us/registration.html 

Students are encouraged to take tests at least two months ahead of the application deadline and for most students who will take the test more than once, advance planning and registration is required given limited spaces in testing centers and limited test centers which may require travel for students.  Students should also plan to register for the SAT/ACT more than once given there has been a history of cheating incidents which have then led to last minute test cancellations. 

Registration and Release of Test Scores

The international SAT does not allow for late registration whereas the ACT does (for an additional fee). SAT scores are released 12-15 days after administration and ACT scores begin to be reported as soon as two business days after your test date (but the website notes that infrequently, scores may take as long as 8 weeks). The ACT score will not be reported until all the scores are available (e.g., ACT with writing will take longer to score, but the entire test results will only be reported when the entire test is scored).


Towards the end of junior year, students should already taken an entire ACT and/or SAT (I advise both to see which students excel at) to decide which they will officially register for.  They should then have a plan in place for which test they plan to take, along with which 2-3 test dates they plan to register for.  Each test’s official website will list the final date for registration. 


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