At this point in the school year, your child will have completed around half of the first semester. This makes the beginning of November an opportune time to take stock of your child’s academic progress for the year. Is she earning as many ‘A’s’ as possible? If not, consider finding a tutor for subjects that your child could use extra help. Online sites like Wyzant and Thumbtack offer numerous tutors for every subject that are easy to find. Your child’s high school may also have a free tutoring center for students to bring their questions to. Finally, the first and best place your child should start if she is confused about a particular concept is with her teacher. Encourage your child to make an appointment with her teacher to discuss any concepts she struggles with.
Some but not all highly selective colleges require students to take the SAT II subject exams. The requirement to take the SAT II is in addition to taking the SAT I. Specific subject tests have additional requirements than just the standard Number 2 pencil and photo ID that the ACT or SAT I require.
If your child is taking a subject test in mathematics, make sure that they bring an approved calculator on test day. Test centers will not provide one. The only Subjects Tests for which calculators are allowed are Mathematics Level 1 and Mathematics Level 2. Test takers must put the calculator away when not taking a mathematics test. A scientific or graphing calculator is necessary for these tests. The College Board recommends using a graphing calculator rather than a scientific calculator.
If your child is taking a language with listening subject test, your child must bring a CD player on test day. The listening section of the test is on CD. Give yourself time to find a CD player. Amazon has a wide variety to choose from. When signing up for a test date, especially with the language tests, make sure that the subject test is offered on that examination date. Not all subject tests are offered with exam examination.
Language Tests with Listening
Canadian colleges and universities have been attracting American students for generations. Public Canadian Universities offer programs that are internationally recognized and are often, even for American students, less expensive that public universities in the US.
In particular, The University of British Columbia (US News & World Report #31 for Best Global Universities, located in Vancouver), McGill University (US News & World Report #50 for Best Global Universities, located in Montreal), and the University of Toronto (US News & World Report #21 for Best Global Universities, pictured below) are renowned for their international reach, research, and high quality undergraduate education. These specific universities have world-class science and engineering programs. Their graduates are highly marketable across the globe.
For those despondent over the results of the election, these universities’ grads are highly sought after by top employers in the US, Canada, and other Commonwealth Countries (i.e. Australia). Canadian universities usually offer similar programs to American colleges including a wide array of majors, minors, study abroad programs, and the ability to intern for international companies and conduct research in on-campus labs.
To anxious parents worried about the distance between them and our northern neighbors, the expansion of low-cost airlines like WestJet, Air Canada Rouge, Allegiant, and Spirit, it may be quicker and cheaper to travel to Vancouver or Toronto than it is to travel to Seattle or Boston.