MORE AP INFORMATION

More information on AP and SAT II

Posted by: "Lilian Lee" philippians_3_ten@yahoo.com   philippians_3_ten

Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:43 am (PDT)



Hi all

Thank you, Regina for providing all of us with so much useful information on the
AP. This is very helpful considering that NUS does not recognise 'home study
programmes'. I quote here from the NUS website, section on admissions with
international qualifications (same url that Regina sent):
* Foundation, Matriculation and Twinning and Home study programmes are not
suitable for admission purposes to NUS.

Since the American High School Diploma (including those awarded by home study
programmes like BJU, Abeka etc) is not considered a sufficiently good diploma
for admission (more of this below), I would like to suggest that the Advanced
Placement International Diploma is a diploma that homeschoolers could work
towards. I have not written to ask NUS yet if this is an acceptable diploma for
admission. But here is information about it copied from the College Board
website (http://www.collegeb oard.com/ student/testing/ ap/exgrd_ intl.html).
Curriculum and sample test papers are available when you click on the subjects.

Advanced Placement International Diploma Criteria
To earn an APID, students must earn grades of three or higher on at
least five AP Exams in the following content areas:
1. Two AP Exams from two different languages selected from English and/or world
languages:
English Notes
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
World Languages
French Language
French Literature
German Language
Spanish Language
Spanish Literature
Italian Language and Culture
Chinese Language and Culture New course for 2006-07. First exam in 2007.
Japanese Language and Culture New course for 2006-07. First exam in 2007.
Note: A student may submit a letter from an administrator at his or her school
verifying the student's mastery of a language not currently available within the
AP suite of exams. This verification, printed on school letterhead, will satisfy
the requirement for ONE AP Exam in the language category. However, a student who
utilizes this option must submit an additional AP Exam from another content
area. Thus, all students, however they satisfy the two-exam English and/or world
language requirement, must submit a total of five AP Exam grades of 3 or higher
to qualify for the APID.
2. One AP Exam designated as offering a global perspective: World History ,Human
Geography, and Government and Politics: Comparative.
3. One exam from the sciences or mathematics content areas:
Mathematics
Calculus AB*
Calculus BC*
Computer Science A*
Computer Science AB*
Statistics
Sciences
Biology
Chemistry
Environmental Science
Physics B
Physics C: Mechanics
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
*Note: Calculus and Computer Science courses may each count only once toward the
APID.
4. One (or two) additional exam(s) from among any content areas except English
and world languages. These include the content areas already described as well
as history and social sciences and arts:
History and Social Sciences
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics
U.S. History
European History
Government and Politics: U.S.
Psychology
World History
Human Geography
Government and Politics: Comparative
Arts
Art History
Latin Literature
Latin: Vergil
Music Theory
Studio Art: Drawing
Studio Art: 2-D Design
Studio Art: 3-D Design
Note: Students submitting verification of mastery of a language not currently
available within the AP suite of exams to satisfy the requirement of one of the
exams in the language category must offer TWO additional exams to fulfill the
fourth requirement. Thus, all students, however they satisfy the two-exam
English and/or world language requirement, must submit a total of five AP Exam
grades of 3 or higher to qualify for the APID.

As for the American High School Diploma, presenting it together with SAT I and 3
SAT IIs seems to meet the admissions requirement for NUS. (For sample test
questions, see
http://sat.collegeb oard.com/ practice/ sat-subject- test-preparation
) Information
about NUS requirement has been copied below.
18. American High School Diploma / Bangladeshi HSC / Filipino High School /
Myanmar High School / Mathayom 6 (Thai High School) / Pakistani Intermediate /
Sri Lanka ‘A’ Level / West Africa ‘A’ Levels / Others
* Applicants presenting accredited Diplomas obtained from a Polytechnic in
Singapore should apply under Category B in February 2010.
* Foundation, Matriculation and Twinning and Home study programmes are not
suitable for admission purposes to NUS.» Back to top

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English Language requirement
Applicants may present any of the following to fulfil the English Language
requirement:
Test
Minimum Acceptable Score
EL1119 C6
IELTS 6.0
MUET 200
'O' Level English C6
TOEFL 550 for paper-based / 213 for computer-based /
79-80 for internet-based*

* For TOEFL score comparison table, please refer
tohttp://www. ets.org/Media/ Tests/TOEFL/ pdf/TOEFL_ iBT_Score_ Comparison_ Tables.pdf


Please note that only TOEFL and / or IELTS scores obtained in the five years
leading up to 15 March of the year of application will be considered. For
instance, for applications closing on 28 March 2010, the validity period for the
scores is from 28 March 2005 to 28 March 2010 (both dates inclusive).
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Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I and SAT II) Requirements

SAT I - Reasoning Test
SAT I consist of 3 Sections, Critical Reading Section, Writing Section and
Mathematics Section. The minimum acceptable Reasoning Test scores are 600 for
the Critical Reading Section, 600 for the Writing Section, and 650 for the
Mathematics Section.
For SAT I, all 3 Sections (i.e. Critical Reading Section, Writing Section and
Mathematic Section) have to be taken in one sitting. Mixing and matching of
different sections scores from various sitting cannot be accepted.
SAT II - Subject Tests
SAT II consists of 3 Subjects Test. The Subject Test, Mathematics Level II is
compulsory. The two other Subjects Tests may be of your choice.
Compulsory subjects for the Subject Tests include :
* Mathematics Level II ^
* A second subject of your choice (excluding Mathematics Level I)
* A third subject of your choice (excluding Mathematics Level I)
For SAT II, the 3 subjects can be taken in no more than two sittings, but within
the period of one year. All other combinations or mixing of scores cannot be
accepted. Please note that the old test format (SAT I & II) and the new test
format (Reasoning Test and Subject Tests) cannot be combined. The validity of
scores is five years, e.g. for applications closing on 28 February 2010, the
validity period is from 28 February 2005 to 28 February 2010 (both dates
inclusive).
The second and third subjects should be chosen based on the subject
prerequisites of the courses you are applying for at NUS. For example, if you
are applying for Chemical Engineering, you will need to choose Physics and
Chemistry. If, however, you are applying for Business Administration, you may
choose any subjects except Mathematics Level I.
Please note that IELTS/TOEFL will not be required if applicants wish to apply
for Economics & Law/ Law if they are presenting SAT I and II as their basis for
admission.
No minimum Subject Test scores have been stipulated.
^ Mathematics Level II is a compulsory subject for all courses except Law.
Applicants applying for admission to Law may take Mathematics Level I in lieu of
Mathematics Level II.
For more information on Reasoning and Subjects Tests, please
visit www.collegeboard. com.
You may fax your scores to the University directly at (65) 6778 7570. Our
institution code is 3720. The score reports must reach the Office of Admissions
by your application closing date failing which your application will be deemed
incomplete and withdrawn from consideration.
Blessings
Lilian Lee