In this Wall Street Journal's article on April 6, Ivy League Acceptance Rates Fall to Record Lows Due to Covid-19, it shared the acceptance rate of some Ivy League and elite schools, including Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Duke, NYU, Dartmouth, MIT, U Penn, and Princeton, and all reached the lowest of all time. The possible reasons are the increase of applicant and the surge of deferred enrollment from last intake, which were both caused by the pandemic. Read the full article.
Based on the recent data from Common App, till Feb. 2021, among all the applicants applying via Common App, only 44% submitted SAT or ACT scores, which represents a huge decrease from last year, 77% in 2020.
It's not that surprising since more and more universities have opt-in flexible application requirements on tests, plus the test cancellation due to the pandemic.
Does this mean that when applying to those more selective schools, we'd really go for "test optional"? We are not so sure to jump to conclusions.
Let's take a look of the numbers. For those applicants to more selective universities, the dropping rates of submitting ACT or SAT are actually lower than that of the less selective ones.
According to 11th Fleet's recent article, currently there are 22 international schools in Taiwan. A “true” international school as defined by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education requires that the student holds a foreign passport. Note this definition is different from a school that offers an international curriculum and does not require a foreign passport. There are a few schools in Taiwan that fall into this category, which we will cover in Part II of this article.
There are a variety of International schools in Taiwan, American vs Japanese, religious vs secular, and a European school in between.
As students and colleges adapt to new realities and changes to the college admissions process, College Board is making sure our programs adapt with them. We’re making some changes to reduce demands on students.
We are no longer offering SAT Subject Tests™ in the U.S. Because SAT Subject Tests are used internationally for a wider variety of purposes, we’ll provide two more administrations, in May and June of 2021, for international students.
We will also discontinue the optional SAT Essay after the June 2021 administration.
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2021 AP exams dates are on May 3 to 7, and May 10 to 14. Among all the test centers in Taiwan, the ones opens for public, not limited to their own students, will close registration around mid October. Please be sure to sign up early for the limited seats. TrinityScholar phoned each of the schools open to public to confirm the subjects available. Contact us If you need this information.
We also offer hassle-free registration services, including attending the pre-test information sessions*, so you'd focus on the test preparation.
Registration Deadline: Monday Oct. 12, 2020.
Contacts: AP Advanced Placement.
*Some schools require the test-takers to participate the information session in person.
On July 6th, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has made the following announcement regarding the visa regulation toward international students (F-1 students):
Since we are not sure if there will be more updates, we strongly recommend that you should contact your school/program immediate to prepare yourself for the fall semester.
If you plan to return to the campus:
In the past few days, we’ve received numerous inquiries regarding the new visa regulation and here’s our analysis and update for your reference. Should you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.
TrinityScholar's Key Takeaways
Juniors--Why you should continue preparing SAT/ACT.
Although many universities have already announced that for Fall 2021, they will go with “test optional” or waive the requirement of SAT/ACT results, if you do have a decent result to share, it could bring you some advantages in the decision process. Without a standardized test result, we can imagine how difficult it will be for the Admission Committee to make the decisions. Therefore, if you have a decent result, it will make it easier for them to decide if you are academically qualified for the school and reach a conclusion.
Also, no standardized test result means they need to rely heavily on your official transcript. If you happen to be someone who didn’t pick up upper school works in time, then this might be at your disadvantage. A good SAT/ACT result can be a good support for your low or not that ideal GPA.
We know that the influences of COVID-19 will not just disappear but linger for a couple of months or even years. Therefore, prepare yourself early on after entering high school will be a better idea. Moreover, if you can have a satisfied score in junior or even sophomore year, then you don’t need to worry what would happen to later tests no matter it’s test format change or sudden cancellation. You can also plan your extracurricular life better to give yourself enough time and space to demonstrate your unique characters to the colleges to get a better shot.
Writing each application is the responsibility of the student. We encourage students to consult with parents, teachers, and your TrinityScholar counselors regarding the topic, organization, and effectiveness of the writing. It is imperative that the essay be the student’s own work. Although your TrinityScholar counselor is available to help; however, there should be enough time provided for appropriate editing. Here are a few questions we receive frequently regarding college essays: Why is the essay so difficult for students? Often there is complete freedom in the answer. Students find it difficult to talk about themselves (don’t want to brag). They struggle with “saying what they (the colleges) want to hear” Some just hate writing essays!
Why do colleges ask you to write an essay?
Most of the time, students would apply to more than one school, so here's the sample check list to make sure you won't miss anything.
QUESTIONS YOU MAY BE ASKED
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.