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SATs difference between Canada and the US?

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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 apply for?


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    oLahav
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    Oren LahavWed, 07 May 2008 19:32:30 -0000

    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.

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    Adam KoshWed, 07 May 2008 19:45:37 -0000

    Thanks Oren, how does the TOEFL stack up in difficulty to the SAT?

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    Oren LahavWed, 07 May 2008 19:55:29 -0000

    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, etc.

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    Adam KoshWed, 07 May 2008 19:57:22 -0000

    Very interesting, thanks Oren.

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    Oren LahavWed, 07 May 2008 20:01:33 -0000

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    mariaThu, 12 Jun 2008 11:49:05 -0000

    he lechuck
    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 is useful

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    Oren LahavThu, 12 Jun 2008 13:43:54 -0000

    That's great info cappy_bg, thanks a lot!

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    AngMon, 07 Jul 2008 00:19:10 -0000

    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?

    Thanks!

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    Oren LahavMon, 07 Jul 2008 13:34:15 -0000

    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.

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    AngThu, 10 Jul 2008 23:27:31 -0000

    Thanks oLahav!

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    rishithaThu, 07 Aug 2008 15:29:33 -0000

    thanks for heplping to know something about TOFEL and SAT

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    SankalpSun, 24 Aug 2008 06:51:33 -0000

    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.
    Thanks :)

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    Oren LahavMon, 25 Aug 2008 13:35:02 -0000

    Canadian universities generally require a good TOEFL score, but they don't require the SAT, it's an American test used by US schools primarily.

    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 like that.

    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 works.

    Good luck!

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    SankalpMon, 25 Aug 2008 16:50:34 -0000

    Okay…i see…
    so I don't need to give SAT for getting admission into B.E.[mechanical] course for Canadian universities.
    But still if I give an SAT examination would that be an plus-point for getting an admission in an good university ?
    & could you please let me know, what is the minimum score require in TOEFL for getting an good university ?
    & 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 ???
    thanks :)

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    Oren LahavMon, 25 Aug 2008 16:59:55 -0000

    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 more.

    To find information about programs, you can start by checking out the Canadian SchoolFinder for some great institutions and programs.

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    SankalpMon, 25 Aug 2008 18:58:06 -0000

    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 required.
    What should I do ?? pls help

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    Adam KoshMon, 25 Aug 2008 19:22:24 -0000

    Hi Sankalp,

    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.

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    SankalpMon, 25 Aug 2008 19:41:34 -0000

    ohh thanks for that suggestion … I'll try it later in September.
    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 :)

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    Adam KoshMon, 25 Aug 2008 19:51:14 -0000

    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.

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    sandy_saranTue, 21 Apr 2009 21:42:24 -0000

    can any one please advise me about what is the minimum time one should prepare for the SAT eXAm??i am a average student….

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    Oren LahavWed, 22 Apr 2009 21:17:05 -0000

    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 people/

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    amariamFri, 08 Jul 2011 22:07:01 -0000

    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.

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    sready4summerWed, 05 Oct 2011 17:26:26 -0000

    Hello! :D
    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???

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    Amal daveMon, 10 Dec 2012 08:07:36 -0000

    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?

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    jmutetaWed, 10 Jul 2013 12:00:50 -0000

    i am considering studing in canada,on scholarship if posible pliz help with any infomation you can.

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    alexhms02Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:55:38 -0000

    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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