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Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Alisha Mashruwala is a Partner at OnCourse and a Harvard graduate, and is also a Psychology major with a minor in Economics

I have completed 6 months in the BA Psychology Program from Flames University. I am looking to apply for Undergraduate studies to the US. Should I apply as a freshman or as a transfer student?
— Madhav Sharma

If you have a high school diploma or GED and you have less than one year of transferable post-secondary-school college credit, then you should apply as a freshman candidate. If you have at least one year and no more than two years of transferable post-secondary-school college credit, then you should apply as a transfer student.

My son is interested in studying Acting at the undergraduate level in a good US university after Grade XII. He is currently studying in the IBDP program. Does he need to prepare a portfolio for his application?
— Simran Singh Sidhu

l Most undergraduate Acting programmes in the US require an Acting Evaluation as a part of the application. Though each college may have specific requirements for the Acting Evaluation, a general guideline for preparing the Acting Evaluation is:

MONOLOGUES: Two contrasting monologues: Universities may require different genre of monologues like: contemporary, Shakespearean, European, etc
CONVERSATION: You will have an opportunity to converse with your evaluator immediately after presenting your monologues.

Please note that some colleges may accept an online audition but most colleges will require you to attend the audition on-campus on designated time and days.

My school is studying in Grade XI at Pathways International School. He shall be applying to study Bio-medical Engineering in the US next year. A lot of his friends are taking the ACT instead of the SAT. And he is also interested in taking the ACT. Can you please give me more details about it?
— Malvika Gupta

The American College Test or ACT is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions in the US. The ACT consists of 4 sections: Math (60 minutes), English (45 minutes), Reading (35 minutes) and Science (35 minutes). The ACT includes an optional essay, known as the writing test. The duration is about 3 hours, 3.5 hours including the essay.  ACT is on a score of 36. A composite score of all the sections is considered. ACT doesn’t undertake Negative Marking. If you take the writing test, you will receive a writing test subscore and a combined English/writing score. You may need to register early since availability of the ACT test in India is much less compared to the US. Most colleges may waive the requirement for the SAT Subject Test if you have taken the ACT. The SAT and the ACT really are equally accepted by all colleges.

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