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Xingjianma
Squire
posted 10-01-08 09:49 PM CT (US)         
As the title indicates, I'm taking the SATs in Hong Kong on the 4th. It's been my dream to make my way back to the US on my own account, and besides, if I get enrolled early I might be able to avoid the dreaded Chinese College Entrance Exam Just taking this test is costing a small fortune, so I'm hoping to nail it on my first try. Anyways, I know all universities claim that they don't have any cut off score, but I was hoping to get the feel of what to expect. I'm expecting to score 2200 on SAT I, and I was wondering what kind of school I could get into if I was looking for financial aid? (Yep I'm poor).

I'll bring some photos back from HK. It's been 10 years since I was last there, but I heard it haven't changed much.

Cheers!

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Mr Wednesday
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posted 10-01-08 11:11 PM CT (US)     1 / 19       
The SAT was out of 1600 when I took it.

*feels old*

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Xingjianma
Squire
posted 10-01-08 11:18 PM CT (US)     2 / 19       
"The new SAT, established in 2005, ......"
Feel free to look it up

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InquilineKea
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posted 10-01-08 11:49 PM CT (US)     3 / 19       
Hey xingjianma, haha, I think you should visit http://talk.collegeconfidential.com. That site has A LOT of people who know about international admissions @ http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/international-students/. Actually, johnleemk and The Dover Demon, both from heavengames main (and who also have accounts on CC ), managed to get from Asia to relatively prestigious North American universities. Johnleemk managed to get from Malaysia to Dartmouth and The Dover Demon managed to get from Hong Kong to UBC to McGill. Natalinasmpf is also planning on doing this IIRC. I can give you contact info for both Johnlee and The Dover Demon.

Just out of curiosity - are you more into math/science or the humanities?

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Xingjianma
Squire
posted 10-02-08 00:19 AM CT (US)     4 / 19       
Wow, thanks for the reply. That's a great website, browing as we speak. I will probably be wanting those guys' contact info, but after I get back. I haven't really thought too much about what I wanted to study, but most likely it will be something to do with science, i.e. physics, chemistry, engineering, etc. I'm most interested in history, but I don't think it would be wise to choose a history major, as it's much harder to get a job compared to studying science.

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InquilineKea
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posted 10-02-08 00:25 AM CT (US)     5 / 19       
Okay I see. Yeah, once you get back, feel free to e-mail me at simfish@gmail.com if you want their contact info.

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UnnamedPlayer
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posted 10-02-08 01:08 AM CT (US)     6 / 19       
when I was learning about US schools, they boasted about their financial aid stuff and then added a clause that it doesn't apply to international students. maybe things have changed recently though with all the news and desire to be equal opportunity and whatnot. it depends on the school. i think you can get money easily from less selective but still wealthy schools.
Julius999
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posted 10-02-08 11:00 AM CT (US)     7 / 19       
What is the SAT test exactly, out of curiosity? The only thing I know is what score you need to be considered for Oxford University (1400+ in Critical Reading and 700+ in the Writing Paper).

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Eaglehaslanded
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posted 10-02-08 11:31 AM CT (US)     8 / 19       
I got confused between SAT and SATs.

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General_Zavier
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posted 10-02-08 08:28 PM CT (US)     9 / 19       
I took the PSATs last year as a sophomore. I never did find out what I got because I'm to scatterbrained to have remembered to pick up my scores, but I don't remember them being that difficult. But the ACT is still way easier.

However it all depends on where you want to go to school. The Midwest(where I am) mostly uses your ACT score, while the east and west coasts go for the SATs. And they don't learn things in the South. (jk)

But yeah, good luck taking it, I know how maddening taking them can be.

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Enraged Orange
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posted 10-04-08 05:11 AM CT (US)     10 / 19       
2200 is definitely fine for anything, really. Your big concern is gonna be that a lot of schools are much worse with financial aid for international students.

Also, this is just my opinion, but I would strongly encourage you to go for the history major if that's what interests you. The job market isn't bad enough that a person with a college degree, even in a "soft" major, is gonna have any trouble getting a decent job. There's more to life than maximizing income - if you're doing something you don't enjoy, is it really worth it? Also, Asians, especially those actually from Asia, overwhelmingly go into the hard sciences, so it might even help you get in if you indicated you were interested in something like history (it would certainly make you stand out from the crowd, at least).
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(id: Lord_Fadawah)
posted 10-04-08 06:02 AM CT (US)     11 / 19       
Being different can often be an advantage. I'm told that female IT professionals have no problems finding work, because bosses don't want their businesses to become boys' clubs.
Xingjianma
Squire
posted 10-05-08 06:36 AM CT (US)     12 / 19       
Thanks for the output guys. I'm back from HK, and I feel I did pretty well.

General_Zavier: Where do you live?

Enraged Orange: Thanks, but the Chinese job market is ... well, very very very competitive would be way of an understatement. As I'm not certain where I will work, I would like to have both options. Also, it's not that I don't like the other majors. I am also interested in Chemistry and Physics, and I'm very good at taking those tests I'm just a little more interested in history than anything else. Besides, whatever major I choose, I will definitely take some history courses, so I may still be able to achieve something in that field even though it's not my major.

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General_Zavier
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posted 10-05-08 04:08 PM CT (US)     13 / 19       
Where do you live?
In Chicago, Illinois. I actually live in a suburb, but I've spent quite a bit of time in the city as one of my sisters is attending med school at UIC.

Do you have anywhere specific you'd prefer to go to school? Or are you just seeing where you get in before you make any decisions?

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Xingjianma
Squire
posted 10-06-08 00:36 AM CT (US)     14 / 19       
Meh, Chicago eh? Ever wonder your way down to Missouri?

I don't really have a preference right now, but obviously I hope to get into a top 10 university. So I guess yeah, I'm probably going to look at my options first before anything else.

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Enraged Orange
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(id: RoboPaul88)
posted 10-06-08 06:19 AM CT (US)     15 / 19       
I'm from Missouri - where are you looking at there?
Xingjianma
Squire
posted 10-06-08 10:41 AM CT (US)     16 / 19       
9, Missouri! I'm not really looking at anything there (though Washington in St. Louis probably would be a good choice). Where in Missouri are you from? Do you happen to know a small town called Rolla?

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Emperor Alexander
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(id: Alex Coles)
posted 10-06-08 11:30 AM CT (US)     17 / 19       
Pfff, SATs. In my school they determine the set you will be in after the event so it's really insignificant. You can fail at them completely, and then if you work the way you used to, you'll probably get moved back to the set you were in before you took them. So, all the "OMG IT'S IMPORTANT" is actually a load of bull...

Well, unless it's different in these other countries.

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Enraged Orange
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(id: RoboPaul88)
posted 10-06-08 09:16 PM CT (US)     18 / 19       
9, Missouri! I'm not really looking at anything there (though Washington in St. Louis probably would be a good choice). Where in Missouri are you from? Do you happen to know a small town called Rolla?
I'm from St. Louis, but I've been to Rolla many times and know a couple of people who go to the college there. It's known in Missouri at least as a very good place for science and especially engineering. It's a nice small town too, I really like the area, but one thing to keep in mind - the college is something like 75% male...

And WashU is of course a great place (I live about a block away from it), but it's very expensive and hard to get in to.
Pfff, SATs. In my school they determine the set you will be in after the event so it's really insignificant. You can fail at them completely, and then if you work the way you used to, you'll probably get moved back to the set you were in before you took them. So, all the "OMG IT'S IMPORTANT" is actually a load of bull...

Well, unless it's different in these other countries.
The SATs in America are completely different from the SATs in the UK. Here they're a standardized university entrance exam.

[This message has been edited by Enraged Orange (edited 10-06-2008 @ 09:19 PM).]

Xingjianma
Squire
posted 10-11-08 06:32 AM CT (US)     19 / 19       
St. Louis can probably be best described as the center of Missouri We used to go there at least once a month to shop, etc. I loved Rolla when I loved there, it was a very nice town to live in, quiet and peaceful. It basically sprang form the ground due to the existence of the University formerly known as UMR, so no surprises.

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