I just came across this article reminding students planning to pursue their education abroad to prep up for their SAT and ACT.
Here is a little heads up for some students who might not know about department requirements which are different from the university requirements.
Here is a hypothetical example that will help me explain the situation better.
Say you are applying to State University of New York (SUNY) for an undergraduate degree in Accounting; the admission criteria set for SAT is a minimum score of 1200 and that for TOEFL is 70.
Fortunately, you have met these minimum requirements and pack your bags to go to your university. Now, you to need to ensure that your department (Accounting is under the Business Department/School of Business) have the same criteria. As far as I know, university requirements and department requirements differ. The business department might require a minimum score of 1400 in SAT and 85 in TOEFL.
Universities usually ask students to write an entrance exam (mainly for English and Math) and if you still don’t pass this exam, you are required to take up one or two remedial courses before sitting in your actual English and Math classes.
The reason why I wrote about this is because a lot of international colleagues I have come across are unaware of these requirements and exams until they attend the university orientation in the US.
Please double-check these specific program requirements and expect the expected