SAT / TOEFL
It is a special course designed for students who aspire for their undergraduate degree in the top most universities across the world. SAT/TOEFL preparation is a value add offered to all students in our PACE Junior Science Colleges, so as to provide everything under one roof.
Non-PACE college students can also simultaneously prepare for SAT/TOEFL at PACE along with their other commitments in their respective school/college.
In our PACE Junior Science Colleges, we not only prepare our students for SAT/ TOEFL exams, but help them to utilize their time in the best possible way by motivating them to participate and organize various socio-cultural activities such as college annual cultural festival, to hone their skills further.
Our student Aditya Ramakrishnan, from PACE Bhavani Shankar Road Junior College of Science in Dadar, has been selected by MIT (U.S.A), Stanford and various Ivy League Institutes for the Batch of 2016. He was motivated, guided and helped by PACE to take 'Each one, adopt one 'initiative wherein he had formed a team of students to mentor the underprivileged students of our college (who are being given free education at PACE colleges). He had a SAT1 score of 2310 and 800/800 SAT 2 scores in Math and Physics.
Our student, Tanvi Chheda, got offer letters from universities such as Cambridge University and Cornell university (Ivy League Institute) with a Sir Ratan Tata Scholarship worth Rs one crore. She had also been chosen as the finalist for the 2011 QuestBridge National College Match, due to her commitment to academic excellence and her determination to succeed. Tanvi had a SAT1 score of 2190 and SAT2 scores of 800/800 in Math, Physics and Chemistry, all three.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
A standardized test, SAT 1 measures Verbal, Mathematical & Writing skills. The test intends to primarily aid Undergraduate Schools to assess the potential of the applicants for advanced study. Universities in the US, while inviting applications from prospective students, ask for SAT1 scores. The examination is entirely a paper-based Test. The test is scored on maximum of 2400. The SAT 1 score alone cannot guarantee admission into a school i.e the test is only one of the major factors taken into consideration in the long process of an applicant getting admitted into a graduate school he/she desires. SAT1 has three sections i.e. Critical Reading, Math and Writing. The following is the SAT 1 test structure.
SAT Subject Test or SAT II
Subject Tests are designed to measure a student's knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as his ability to apply that knowledge. Students who want to go to the universities in the US are required to take SAT Subject Test.
The examination is entirely a paper-based Test. The test is scored on a maximum of 800. SAT II Subject tests are one-hour tests offered in the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math Level I, Math Level 2, English Literature, US History, World History and Languages.
Students of PACE need not go for any separate formal training for SAT II. The curriculum covered at PACE thoroughly covers the entire subject preparation in Math and Science related subjects. Our students normally score full marks in these tests.
The US-based College Board develops and administers both the SAT1 and SAT II. The exam is conducted six times a year: May, June, October, November, December and January. The student can register for the exam online on www.collegeboard.com. The SAT scores must be from a test date within five years of the planned date of enrolment. College Board is responsible for setting questions, conducting the test and sending score reports to each examinee. For detailed information about SAT, please refer the official website of SAT i.e. www.collegeboard.org
Test of English Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The TOEFL has four sections: Reading, Listening and writing;
The first 2 sections have objective questions, and the last 2 sections have subjective questions. In the Speaking section you have to answer by speaking into a microphone to record your responses. Some question tasks, called integrated tasks, require the students to combine more than one skill for e.g. reading, listening and then writing; or reading, listening and then speaking. The integrated tasks appear in the writing and speaking section only. The total time for the test will be approximately 4 hours.
The score for each section will be in the range of 0-30, and the overall score range will be from 0-120. The score will be available within 15 working days after the test. A student can register for the exam online on www.TOEFL.org. The TOEFL scores must be from a test date within two years of the planned date of enrolment.
American College Testing (ACT):
It has four sections - English, Math, Reading and Science Reasoning. The English section has 74 questions on sentence correction, the Math section has 60 math problems on Class XI and Class XII topics,the Reading section has 40 questions on reading comprehension and the Science Reasoning section has 40 questions on logical science reasoning. A student earns one ACT score (1 to 36) on each test (English, Math, Reading, and Science), and a composite ACT score, which is an average of these 4 tests. The composite score falls between 1 and 36.Registration deadlines fall approximately five weeks before each ACT test date. A student can also register online at ACT.org. One may retake the ACT test as many times as one wishes.
ACT is conducted in Mumbai four-five times a year : April, June, October, December, February.
Should a student take the SAT or the ACT?
This depends on the requirements of the schools to which a student is applying. If any of the schools do not express a preference, the choice is up to the student. Virtually all U.S. colleges and universities will accept SAT scores in lieu of ACT scores.
Extra curricular activities :
Reputed colleges want bright students. But even more, they want bright, all rounder students who demonstrate leadership qualities, social initiatives, proficiency in sports or if a student has any career or study interest outside the regular classroom, he can use it to make his application strong.
Essay Writing :
The personal essays, and/or statement of purpose, also play a very important role in the process of evaluating the application for both admission as well as financial aid because it gives the faculty assessing the application in terms of their most significant impression of the student as an individual.
An essay must be concise, the student must define his or her academic goals, and/or research plans, it should include justification for choosing the academic program and specialization, and for selecting the particular college as well as the advantages and benefit of studying that particular course.
Letters of Recommendation :
Letter of reference or recommendation letter plays a very important role in the admission process. A recommendation letter is a signed statement from a person who knows the student very well professionally or has taught him in a subject that is related to the course he is applying to. It should list his positive and negative qualities, strengths and weaknesses, his character and integrity and other such information.
Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on the behalf of the student. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a student's chances of selection.