G9-12 (i.e. F.3 – F.6) is high school in the U.S. While there is no mandatory national high school graduation exam like the HKDSE, students can take SAT / ACT to testify their academic aptitude when applying to universities.
There are 3 types of high schools in the U.S.: public schools, private day schools and private boarding schools, all require English testing and / or standardized academic aptitude test such as the SSAT for admission.
Students can choose to acquire a U.S. undergraduate degree via Community College, International Year 1 or Direct Entry. Each route means a 4 year undergraduate degree.
Community College is a low cost spring board to top U.S. universities because
Some top State universities have guaranteed admission to community college graduates from the same State.
The tuition of community college is 50% of university.
International Year 1 (IY1) is for students who apply for universities in 2nd semester of final high school year. Deadline to apply for International Year 1 is before May.
Direct Entry is for those well prepared candidates and deadline to apply is between November to mid-February.
Different post-secondary options have different intakes and will require different level of TOEFL / IELTS score.
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