I want to get into pre-med and I have a couple of universities in mind. The problem is the requirements because my school doesn't offer AP classes and taking SAT/ACT is not common here. I'm afraid of applying mainly because I am lost on what to do first.
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Hi i’m in the same situation,
1) AP classes do not matter that much if you’re an international student, colleges bear in mind that there were no APs offered at your school
2) SAT or ACT centres are usually there in every country, you should study or get a tutor and find a center
3) do as many medicine or science etc related extracurriculars as you can and make sure they’re high level e.g intern at a private practice, do research internships
Normally, SAT testing centers are available in most countries. You can locate a test center closest to you and self-study for the SAT. Type in "SAT centers in (name of your country). "
There are a plethora of resources online that can help to raise your score such as Khan Academy. You can also purchase SAT prep materials from Amazon and have them shipped to you.
Pro tip: Make youtube your best friend. Search for "How I raised my SAT score" and you'll see many videos offering advice.
Here is a summary of what you need to do:
1. Create a college list.
2. Take the SATs and do well on them.
3. Request your school transcript - good grades are important as this will determine your GPA.
4. Create a common application account. This website allows you to fill out one application that will be sent to multiple schools. The honors and activities part is extremely important. These require strategy. Ensure that you are putting your best foot forward.
5. Request recommendation letters.
6. Write essays. You are expected to write a main common app essay, along with any supplemental that your schools may require.
7. Schedule interviews if your school offers them.
Optional: Apply for scholarship programs at your school. Some schools give financial aid to international students, so you may need to fill out the CSS profile or the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) to qualify for more money (depending on which one your school accepts.)
There are usually outside academies that offer the SAT/ACT. Ask around if there are any or google them in your country.
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