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SAT What?

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SAT What?

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Shuffling through the archives section, that is me in the flesh. I was actually trying to find some "reading material" since, I am not interested in reading another novel today. However, I did recently read google's article on "SAT Preparation", and found it very interesting. I do not live in the United States, so I don't follow their educational system. In Canada, we don't have SAT's. (Not that I know of, anyway.)

I will be going into Grade 11 in the fall; however, there isn't a test that I have to take for college. Universities and Colleges accept a student based upon his or her academic results. For example, I want to become a meteorologist. Perhaps I would like to attend Western University (located in London, Ontario). The University will then look at my report card and see my grades. They will examine my most important subjects -- those subjects that I need to get into the field of meteorology, such as science (Physics, Environmental Science), mathematics, and any other optional courses. They will then evaluate how well I've done in these courses, to see how well I might do in future courses at the University.

Canada has provinces (like the states in the United States), and I believe that each province has its own system of education. I do know that our school textbooks have "Ontario" written on them. High school in Ontario goes from Grade 9 to Grade 12. Just recently they have dropped the OAC (also known as Grade 13). At the end (or the middle) of Grade 12, you must submit your grades (with any other required information, such as an essay, for example) to the University or College. Sometimes you will be asked to submit a report card from Grade 11. I must admit I don't know all of the details, because I am still learning about them.

My sister will be attending Grade 12 next fall, which is her last year of high school until she is off into the big world. Usually, different Universities and/or Colleges will send representatives to high schools. They talk to the students and answer some questions. The majority of the time, they will have workers there that will help you. It requires a lot of work during your last year (since there isn't a test, so you can't prepare). So far, about three Universities have come to talk to her Grade 11 class (that happened in the spring). These talks are supposed to give you some idea about what you want to be and where you want to go to school.

I hope this has helped. The article seems pretty goopy to me, and I apologize. I just felt that I could try and answer any questions that someone might have (such as the Times Editor). I am still learning about the SATs or the PSAT, or the ACT, SAT, and ACT... I can see the little birdies in my head.... Quite frankly, I don't understand.

A very confused,
Who is very glad that it is summer holidays...



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