Welcome to the College Advising

We hope to provide you with valuable information that will assist in your search for the college that is best for you. Choosing a college is a big decision and it should not be made lightly. It is never too early to begin thinking about life after AAI. Whether you are thinking about a 4 yr. University, 2 yr. University, Institutes, employment, or military service, we can help point you in the right direction.

College Preparation:

College Search

COLLEGE SEARCH

Searching for the right college can be a challenge. Here are some links to search engines that can help you narrow in on the right college for you.

When you think about colleges, it is important to think about more than just their academic program. Other considerations include:

  1. Location – Is it in the mountains or near the beach? Is it hot year round or will it snow?
  2. Cost – What are the tuition, room and board expenses? Cost of living in that location?
  3. Size – How many students? Teacher/ Student ratio?
  4. Scholarship opportunities – Merit based? Need based? Sports based? Others?
  5. Majors offered – Bachelors? 5 Year Masters Program? How many years to complete?
  6. Extracurricular activities – Quality of sports teams? Clubs? Campus Life Activities?
Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

Paying for your education can be a challenge. When applying to college, you will be required to submit financial information in forms called the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and CSS / Financial Aid Profile. Colleges offer a wide variety of scholarships based on academics, financial need, sports, ethnicity, and more. GPA and SAT/ACT/TOEFL test scores play the biggest role in determining your academic scholarship and represent the easiest way to have money awarded to you for college. Scholarships are not only offered directly from the colleges, but also outside organizations offer scholarships for many reasons. The money is out there, but it does take hard work to find it!

Standarized Tests

Standarized Tests

THE SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST (SAT)

The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test. It is composed of 3   sections: writing and language, math, and critical reading. They also include   an optional Essay. The highest score possible is 1600. For more information, visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test

Register at:www.collegeboard.org.

*To take the exam here at AAI   enter test center code:85390The   registration fee for the SAT is$91.

Highly competitive colleges and specific programs such as engineering, computer science, require students to   take SAT II Subject Tests. Students should also complete this registration   online atwww.collegeboard.org. This web   site provides practice questions and preparation materials.

THE AMERICAN COLLEGE TESTING PROGRAM (ACT) 

The ACT is a college entrance exam which consists of up to 5 academic   sections. A score is reported for each of the four sections along with a   composite score. The four sections, English, mathematics, reading and reasoning are scaled from 1 to 36. The composite score is an average of the   four areas. ACT also offers an optional Writing Test. See how the SAT compares to the ACT. 

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/compare-new-sat-act.


Register at
:www.actstudent.org
To take the exam here at AAI enter test center code:866040The registration fee is$69.50   or $85.50 (with Writing Test).The   website listed above provides practice questions and preparation materials.
What   is the difference between the the SAT and ACT?

The SAT is more of an aptitude   test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities. The ACT is an achievement test,   measuring what a student has learned in school.

The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading,   Science, and an optional Essay.

The SAT has up to 4 components: Critical Reading, Writing and   Language, Mathematics, and an optional Essay.

 

Basic   ACT Questions:http://www.actstudent.org/faq/answers/actsat.html

TOEFL REGISTRATION

It is required of most   students for whom English is not their first language to complete anexam that measures their proficiency   in English. Students may take the Test of English as a Foreign Language to   demonstrate proficiency. The TOEFL consists of four sections: reading,   listening, speaking and writing and has a duration of 4 hours.

You can register for the TOEFL at:http://www.ets.org/toefl

The cost of the TOEFL here in Ecuador is$185.   There are practice materials available at the website above.

Test Preparation

Test Prep Websites

It takes time to prepare for the SAT and ACT exams. Whichever exam you choose to   take, you should dedicate time to study for the exam. Here are a few websites that offer free practice tests.


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