Where to Begin

Students (or parents on behalf of students),

Welcome to IvyEdge Global.  I know that thinking about ACTs, SATs and SAT Subject Tests (wait, what are subject tests?) can create a headache.  Add in admissions essays, recommendations, transcripts, and interviews and it starts to feel like you should go to college anywhere but the U.S.  Online research equals more confusion: IB, PSATs, TOEFL, APs – the acronym list continues.  Ok, I’ll stop.  Read the guide below to learn exactly what is relevant to you right now.  You can do this!

  • info_outlineHere’s what you need to know about the SATs and ACTs

    The SAT is scored out of 1600: 800 Math, 800 Reading and Writing.  This portion lasts 3 hours. There is an optional essay that is 50 minutes long and has no effect on your score out of 1600.  Taking this essay depends on the requirements of your colleges.

    Nearly every student will take the SAT two or three times, in search of a better score.
    SAT Test dates and registration details.

    Please note: there are additional test dates available to students taking the exam in the US.

    The ACT is scored out of 36: 36 Math, 36 English, 36 Writing, 36 Science all for a composite score out of 36.  There is also an essay that is scored separately.
    ACT Test dates and registration details.

    Students often wonder whether they should take the ACT or SAT.  As with any good life decision, IT DEPENDS! Coming soon: a comprehensive guide  to the differences between the two exams and how international students can perform better in one compared to the other.  Feel free to reach out to Paige at 686-4262 to discuss further.

    As a quick overview, the ACT Math covers more material, but asks more straightforward questions. In ACT Math, you are also allowed to use a calculator throughout whereas the SAT has a non-calculator portion.

    The ACT English has more questions and gives students less time per question than the SATs, but it is more of a reading comprehension exam.  The SAT English, on the other hand, includes an analytic and evidence-based component that may take students longer to answer.

    The ACT Science does not require a huge science background, but familiarity with basic terms is a big bonus in moving quickly through this section.

  • info_outlineHere’s what you need to know about the SAT Subject Tests

    SAT Subject Tests are hour-long tests, each scored out of 800. Most of the top fifty universities require two or three.  Up to three tests may be taken on the same testing day.  Business subjects are not offered.  Most Trinidadian students take the subject tests once, in Grade 12/ Upper 6 November, when CAPE has already prepared them for most of the material. Alternately, they can be taken at the beginning of January.

    Different universities require, recommend, or consider two or three subject tests related to your future field of study.  Most of the Ivy League schools require or recommend them. Coming soon: top twenty U.S. colleges and their varying policies regarding subject tests.

    Fun fact: Some schools, such as Brown, Rice and Duke do not require SAT Subject Tests if you complete ACT + Writing. However, they are necessary if you took the SAT instead of the ACT.

  • info_outlineHere’s what you need to know about admissions

    Early action and early decision applications are usually due at the end of October.  This means taking your SAT no later than the October of your Upper 6/ Grade 12 year and your SAT Subject Tests no later than November.  Regular decision applications are usually due at the end of December which means taking your SAT no later than December and your SAT Subject Tests no later than January.

    Many schools, especially in Florida and California, have later deadlines (January and February) and some have rolling admissions deadlines right up until May.  However, pay attention to financial aid deadlines, which may be much earlier.

    You can apply to most schools by applying through Common App. To begin, create an account on www.commonapp.org, select schools and start filling out the application.  For schools that are not on the Common App, there are three main alternatives: Coalition App, Universal App and school-specific applications. Their websites should have more information.

    There is obviously a lot more that goes into admissions than this overview, but hopefully this is enough to get you started.

  • info_outlineHere’s what you need to know about me

    I first started this because of my own frustrations with the process and the strong belief that many of my peers belonged where I did, but self-selected out from lack of knowledge, financial worries, or fear of failure.  I have been teaching for ten years, was an alumni interviewer at Princeton for six years, and a member of the Welcome Committee and Student Admissions Panel at Wharton for two years.   In a sentence, I am 100% committed to students who are 100% committed to the process.

  • info_outlineHere’s what you need to know about navigating the website

    First, take a look at the Timelines below to see what you should be focused on this year.  Then visit our Offerings page to see what programs or consulting packages are most suitable for you.

    Finally, if you want to confirm that you are making the right choice with IvyEdge Global, browse through the Homepage, About Us or Track Record sections to read more about what motivates us and makes us uniquely suited to help you.

  • info_outlineTimelines

    Rising Form 5 Students

    I doubt many of you are on this website.  It makes sense; you don’t need to take the exam this year.  Wait – you’re out of here? Not so fast. American students in your grade are all taking the PSATs this year to see how ready they are for the SATs next year.  And while I might never be able to convince you to do that, there is no harm in starting a little early, easy prep. The most difficult section in which to improve is the Reading portion of the Reading and Writing. After all, how can you teach yourself to read faster? Or better?  The good news is, when you take my class, you’ll learn the answer to that. For now, just start reading more.  Every day. 
    For the rest of you: 

    Note: These timelines do not include IvyEdge recommended deadlines e.g. when to follow up with your recommenders, when to start writing your essay, etc.  For those, please sign up for an admissions consulting package or reach out to me for more information at paige@ivyedgeglobal.com. Remember the first consult is always free! 

That’s it.  The official introduction to the journey on which we are about to embark.  If you have any questions, or suggestions, please email me at paige@ivyedgeglobal.com or fill out the form on the ‘Contact Us’ page.

Looking forward to working with you,