Is there any difference between the Canadian and the American
SAT test? It is standard for all of North
America? Does it vary depending on what level of education you are
The biggest difference would be that there is no Canadian
SAT. The US does have an SAT and it's required for pretty much all admissions
into American colleges and universities. Canada doesn't have this
type of standardized test, and admissions are based mostly on
personal grades, extra-curricular activities, etc. However, some
Canadian universities have their own required tests, and
international students are required to take standardized
TOEFL tests to ensure their English is at
an appropriate level.
There is only one official SAT test which
is standardized all over the world. It does not vary by which level
of education you're applying for, but your score determines whether
you should apply to certain places or not. For example, if you
don't score very high, you're unlikely to get accepted into
Harvard. I hope that answers most of your questions.
Thanks Oren, how does the TOEFL stack
up in difficulty to the SAT?
The TOEFL only tests your English
skills, no math. It's also structured differently in terms of the
English testing, as it includes listening and speaking sections in
addition to reading and writing. TOEFL is
an internationally accepted test, and it can help you get into
universities not only in the US and in Canada but also in the UK,
Australia, New Zealand, and other English-speaking countries.
In terms of difficulty, that's more of an opinion issue, and since
I haven't taken both tests I can't really answer that, but I expect
the tests have similar difficulty in terms of vocabulary, grammar,
Very interesting, thanks Oren.
i think i can help you with the TOEFL. i
had my TOEFL exan three weeks
ago.compared to the SAT test i have done
at home it is considerably easier. the reading section isn`t that
hard, definetely easier than the SAT. the
listening is clean and with no hard questions and there are 30
minutes for you to write an essay. what i had most dificulty in was
the speaking since you have between 15 and 20 seconds to prepare
your answer and 45 to 60 seconds to speak so the time issue is
little pressing. everything else is not that big of a deal and a
lot easier than the SAT. hyope the info
That's great info cappy_bg, thanks a lot!
Has any Canadians on the board written the SATs in hopes of
getting into an American university/college?
What were your expectations before the exam?
How did you find it?
Was there much prep work that went into it?
And did you score low or high considering you're a Canadian?
According to what I've heard from a few Canadian friends who
took the SAT last year (without preparing
more than a couple of weeks), the level wasn't that hard. Taking
into account the fact that they have a high-80, low-90 average in
grade 12, I think that's reasonable. They also found the math
section much easier than the reading and writing ones.
They scored a bit lower than they wanted to, I can't remember
exactly what it was but it was still a very respectable score. They
ended up going to Canadian universities though, but mostly because
it was close to home.
thanks for heplping to know something about TOFEL and SAT
hey hi all !
I've one question to ask u all guys..
well am doing my B.E. mechanical from an reputed college in India,
but the thing is its "part-time" & not full-time as when I took
admission I was working some-where. Anyways, now I want to quit
this part-time course & go for full time B.E. mechanical course
in a good Canadian University after giving SAT & TOEFL exams.
So is it possible if I score good I can expect to get a good Uni
& say if I score good in exams, do uni's accept students like
me who was previously pursuing B.E. mech part-time but now wants to
do it full-time ?
I would really appreciate your sincere help.
Canadian universities generally require a good TOEFL score, but they don't require the SAT, it's an American test used by US schools
Canadian schools base their admissions on grades. Being enrolled
in a part time course can give you an advantage- if you have a high
grade point average in your mechanical engineering courses it will
give you a good chance of being admitted into a good university.
The university will most likely ask for your transcript from the
current institution you're in, and possibly previous transcripts as
well. Your grades will be the main source for admissions, and the
good universities may also ask for an admissions essay or something
I believe universities will accept students who were previously
enrolled part time, if they have good grades, because it shows that
they have the potential to succeed since they've already started a
similar program. Also, if your current college has an international
reputation, it's possible that some of the courses you've taken may
account for credits and you won't have to retake them, but that
depends on the university's decision and I'm not too sure how that
so I don't need to give SAT for getting
admission into B.E.[mechanical] course for Canadian
But still if I give an SAT examination
would that be an plus-point for getting an admission in an good
& could you please let me know, what is the minimum score
require in TOEFL for getting an good
& i would really be thankful if you can let me know where I can
find information about all reputed universities' minimum
requirements, expenses n all ???
An SAT may be a plus, some
universities may look at it while others don't, it depends on the
institution. The same goes for TOEFL
scores- for example, U of T requires iBT scores around 90+ for some
programs, but other institutions may ask for a lot less or even
To find information about programs, you can start by checking
out the Canadian
SchoolFinder for some great institutions and programs.
well my dear friend I've not given TOEFL yet so I tried to fill Canadian school finder
but in vain..
it is giving me error saying TOEFL score
What should I do ?? pls help
Canadian schools do not require a TOEFL score. You should be able to successfully fill
out the School Finder forms, leaving the TOEFL score blank.
What is most likely causing no results is the fact that there
are currently no schools available that relate to what you're
requesting. This is probably due to it being close to the end of
August and most schools have filled their quota. I highly recommend
trying your search again when September rolls around. You will
likely find what you're looking for when the schools reopen their
doors for submission.
ohh thanks for that suggestion … I'll try it later in
But one more question like in that school-finder under the
qualification section the first 2 questions are:- current education
level & next education level
So I've already mentioned I'm perusing my B.E. mechanical but
part-time but am searching for an good Canadian university for
doing B.E mechanical full-time.
So how should I fill the form ??? thanks in advance :)
You wouldn't have to enter that into the forms you are filling
out in the School Finder, Sankalp. Once you find a school, you
would relay that information to them directly.
can any one please advise me about what is the minimum time one
should prepare for the SAT eXAm??i am a
I suggest study as much as you can. For students coming from
India like yourself, the math sections tend to be a bit easier but
the English ones are typically harder, so you may want to focus a
bit more on those. You should prepare until the scores on practice
tests are about the same as the scores you wish to achieve on the
actual SAT, and it really depends on the
individual person, so I can't really say a week or 6 months. I
think usually a month or two of casual studying followed by a few
days of intense review are usually quite enough for most
i have a low sat score can i get an admission into one of the
canada university. Also i am from nigeria how is my chance.
please i need an advice.
I'm from Brazil and I have already taken the TOEFL test. I got the score of 102. Does anybody know
if my score can help into a Canadian Scholarship or financial
AID? I really want to get into a Canadian
University or College, however I don't think I'd be able to afford
it… any help???
I am doing my high school in India. Fortunately I have got the
permanent residence in Canada (toranto) and I will be moving after
my 12th. I have already cleared the TOEFL
criteria for university of Toranto. Do I need to give SAT?
i am considering studing in canada,on scholarship if posible
pliz help with any infomation you can.
hey i m doing my high school now and i want to do my
undergraduate studies in canada so which exam am i suppose to give
like SAT's or TOEFL and if i give then
how many marks should i bring to come in the name of consideration
in the university
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