US University Timeline for UK Students

Year 11

  • Review US university application process with Head of 6th Form or Guidance Counsellor
  • Begin building an extracurricular CV
  • Address opportunities for growth in maths, reading and writing prior to SAT/ACT prep; make intentional curriculum selections for Upper Sixth
  • Spring/Summer: Take practice SAT/ACT to gauge baseline for prep
  • Summer: Explore universities through visits and summer programmes

Year 12

  • September: Start regular tutoring programme for the SAT/ACT
  • October: Begin work with advisor to build a university list; visit universities
  • December: Potentially take the SAT/ACT for the first time
  • March: Target SAT date for most students
  • April: Target ACT date for most students
  • May/June: Potential SAT/ACT retakes and/or SAT Subject Tests
  • Summer: Complete personal statement & supplemental essays; explore US university campuses; take intensive SAT/ACT course if needed

Year 13

  • August/September: Finalise university list; begin intensive tutoring for SAT Subject Tests; request recommendation letters
  • October: Complete Early Decision applications
  • November: Complete University of California application
  • December: Common Application due for January Regular Decision deadlines; Early Application results
  • March/April: Regular Decision results

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