Accreditation - The granting of approval to an institution of learning by an official review board after the school has met specific requirements. Our own school is accredited by some of the world’s most renowned accreditation institutions. It is always a good idea to check that the university or college to which you are applying is accredited. ( 


ACT American College Testing. This a standardized test of high school achievement that is required/accepted for undergraduate admission by most US universities. The sections are divided into English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning, which means that some universities accept the ACT as a replacement for SAT I plus 2 SAT II subject tests. The four tests are scored individually on a scale of 0-36, and a composite score that is the average of the four tests is also provided. Individual university websites must be checked for minimum admission requirements. The school code for ACT is 681059. The ACT Test Centre code is 867016.


Ancient Universities This term refers to seven British and Irish universities that are amongst the oldest universities in the world. They are the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dublin.


BA - Bachelor of Arts. A type of undergraduate degree awarded for studying an arts related subject. (


Bachelor’s Degree - An undergraduate award of three or more years of full-time or equivalent part-time study.


BArch Bachelor of Architecture. A type of undergraduate degree awarded specifically for studying architecture.


BEng - Bachelor of Engineering. A type of undergraduate degree awarded specifically for studying engineering.


BSc- Bachelor of Science. A type of undergraduate degree awarded for studying a science related subject.


Campus -The physical location from where a program of study is being delivered.


CEEB - College Entrance Examination Board. Our school’s CEEB code is 681059.


Clearing - When students get their IB results and don't get the grades required by their chosen universities, they can go through Clearing. This is the system operated by UCAS to allocate places on courses that still have vacancies after the publication of the A level and IB results.


CommonApp- Common Application. This is an undergraduate university admission application that students can use to apply to any of the member colleges and universities. Most of these members are from the US but a few other universities from other countries are also included. The online application is only filled out once and submitted to all schools with the same information. Students are able to submit and track other components of their application such as supplements, payment and school forms.


Community College - College that offers programs (usually two years or less for full-time students) leading to certificates or associate’s degrees. These programs prepare students for immediate employment, or for transfer to a four-year college. (


Co-op - This refers to certain programs in Canada that offer industrial placement.


Doctoral Degree - An award conferred following the satisfactory completion of an original research project which is comprehensive in both theory and practice, and results in a significant contribution to knowledge or understanding and/or the application of knowledge within the field of study. It leads to the award of Doctor of Philosophy. (



Early Action - It is a type of early admission process for admission to colleges and universities in the United States. Unlike the regular admissions process, early action usually requires students to submit an application by November 1 of their senior year of high school instead of January 1. Students are notified of the school's decision by mid-December instead of April 1. Early action allows candidates to decline the offer if accepted, and depending on the program, it may be possible for a candidate to apply to more than one early action school. There are two types of early action programs: restrictive early action and non-restrictive early action. Restrictive early action allows candidates to apply to only one early action institution and to no institutions for early decision, while, as the name implies, there are no such restrictions on non-restrictive early action. Regardless, the applicant is still permitted to reject any offer of admission in both types of early action. Some universities offer EA I and EA II; these are two ‘batches’ of early action applications with different deadlines. (


Early Decision – It is a common early admission policy used in college admissions in the United States for admitting freshmen to undergraduate programs. It is used to indicate to the University or College that the candidate considers that institution to be his or her top choice. Candidates applying early decision typically submit their applications by the end of October of their senior year of high school and receive a decision in mid-December. Early decision differs from early action in that it constitutes a binding commitment to enroll; that is, if offered admission under an early decision program the candidate must withdraw all other applications to other institutions and enroll at that institution. Some universities offer ED I and ED II; these are two ‘batches’ of early decision applications with different deadlines. (


English Language Proficiency - Proof of a student’s ability in the English language. When this is required, TOEFL and IELTS are normally accepted. Check individual university/embassy websites to find out what the minimum acceptable scores are in the different sections of each exam.


EXTRA - Extra is a new option for applicants, designed to give additional choices if a student is not holding any offers through UCAS. It means that the student will no longer have to wait until Clearing to seek a place.


FAFSA–The Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form is required for any American student who wants to be considered for federal aid of any kind in the US. Make sure you get your form in by the deadline! (


Financial Aid - Anything related to the way you are paying for school. Loans, scholarships, grants, work awards, and any other resource you use are all considered part of your financial aid. (


Foundation - This is a preparatory course which allows students who do not have the required entry qualifications to study for a year and then enter in to the first year of some undergraduate courses. It can also be called a foundation programme or a foundation year.


Fresher’s Week - First week of the first term of the first year of a university course. It's packed with events and entertainment designed to help students settle in, make friends, and to tell them everything they need to know about how the university works.


Freshman- At any university, a freshman is a student in their first year at university.


GPA–Grade Point Average. This is calculated electronically for Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 according to a scale listed on the school profile. Unweighted GPA equates all subjects and uses the same scale for all subjects. Weighted GPA gives more weight to subjects at Higher Level than Standard Level because of the amount of work involved.


Greek Life - Sororities and fraternities are known as the Greek system, and often greatly influence the campus social life of a college or university. (


Hidden Ivies – Universities and colleges in the United States that rival the Ivy League universities and are just as tough to get accepted into; they start with Amherst and finish with Williams. Generally there are 50 universities that are part of this select group.


HND – Higher National Diploma. This is usually a ‘top up’ course that takes one to two years. It is not a degree course.


I-20 – The I-20 is a multi-purpose document issued by a government approved, U.S. educational institution certifying that you have been admitted to a full-time study program and that you have demonstrated sufficient financial resources to stay in the U.S. The I-20 is officially titled the "Certificate of Eligibility" because with it, you are "eligible" to apply for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate. (


IELTS – International English Language Testing System. This test can be used to provide evidence of English proficiency. The band scale range for each of the four sections in listening, reading, writing and speaking is from 0 to 9. Universities and embassies range in their score requirements, so individual websites must be checked.


Industrial Placement –It is a work placement which is completed with an organisation outside the University. The focus is on applying what has been learnt at university in an industrial setting.


Ivy League - Although the term 'Ivy League' officially refers to an athletic conference in which the eight colleges' sports teams compete, it has grown to have much wider connotations, because the members of the Ivy League compete academically as well as athletically.


These universities were some of the earliest American institutions founded:




Junior - At our school, a junior is a student in Grade 11. At an American university, a junior is a student in his/her third year of university.


Liberal Arts – Historically, subjects that fall into this category are those that were deemed essential in order to take part in civic life. Nowadays, liberal arts is a term that covers a wide spectrum of subjects and differs from one school or university to the other. A liberal arts college in the US is one where a core of academic subjects is taught in addition to the focus of the degree in order to provide the student with a broad exposure to the sciences and humanities.


LLB- Bachelor of Laws. A type of undergraduate degree awarded specifically for studying law.


Major – A student’s primary area of study.


Master’s Degree - An advanced program of study and research, designed to provide expert knowledge of a relevant field of study.


Minor – A student’s secondary area of study.


National Merit Scholarship - These competitive scholarships are limited in number and are offered by corporations and colleges to US citizens. Winners are determined by PSAT scores and other criteria. (


OUAC –Ontario Universities’ Application Centre. This online application centre processes undergraduate applications for universities in the province of Ontario. The centre forwards applications to all the requested universities.


Oxbridge - The collective name for the two oldest universities in the UK, Oxford and Cambridge. Any student can apply to only one of these universities.


Portfolio– A file of materials created by a student which displays and explains skills, talents, experiences, and knowledge gained throughout life. (


Postgraduate - An advanced level academic program which is normally available only to a person who holds a bachelor degree or diploma.


Prerequisite - A course or group of courses which must be successfully completed prior to undertaking a more advanced course.


Rank – This is a measure of how the student’s performance compares to other students in the same class.


Red Brick - Refers to a style of building - or a period from around the turn of the century through to the Second World War. Used to describe a university whose main buildings are in that style, and is shorthand for 'not Oxbridge but well established'. The redbrick universities are the University of Manchester, University of Birmingham, University of Liverpool, University of Leeds, University of Sheffield and the University of Bristol. (


Rolling Admissions – It is a policy used by many colleges to admit freshmen to undergraduate programs. Under rolling admission, candidates are invited to submit their applications to the university anytime within a large window. The window is usually over six months long, and some schools do not have a previously specified end date (the window simply closes when all spots are filled). The university will then review the application and notify the applicant of their decision within a few weeks from submission. (


Russell Group - An association of 24 Britishpublic universities. This includes the Universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Imperial College, King’s College, Leeds, Liverpool, LSE, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Queen Mary, Queen’s Belfast, Sheffield, Southampton, UCL, Warwick and York.


Sandwich Course - Programs in the UK that offer a year of industrial placement. This year usually falls between the second and third year of the degree program.


SAT – This a standardized test of high school achievement that is required/accepted for undergraduate admission by most US universities. The SAT I test examines Critical Reading, Writing and Mathematics, with 800 points from each section for a total score that ranges from 600 to 2400. Each SAT II test examines one subject with a maximum score of 800. Most highly competitive universities require two SAT II subject tests. Individual university websites must be checked for minimum admission requirements. The school code for SAT with is 681059. The SAT Test Centre code is 54208. These are for ABS students ONLY. Not to be shared with students at other schools!


Scholarship- A non-repayable financial award to students to help finance their studies. Merit-based scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement. Need-based scholarships are given upon proof of inability to pay the full tuition fees. Also referred to as ‘ grants’.


Senior - At our school, a senior is a student in Grade 12. At an American university, a senior is a student in their final year of university.


SEVIS –Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. This is a U.S. government database, which processes information and produces a PDF file of the I-20.


Sophomore - At an American university, a sophomore is a student in their second year at university.


Supplementary Form – Additional forms that are required for applications. Check individual university websites to make sure that any supplementary forms are submitted. Supplementary forms for individual universities on the Common Application will automatically appear as soon as your choices are made, if they are necessary. For all other universities, each university website or portal must be checked regularly to see if any supplementary forms are needed.


TOEFL– Test of English as a Foreign Language. This test can be used to provide evidence of English proficiency. The internet-based test (iBT) is scored on a scale of 0 to 120 points, with four sections in reading, listening, speaking and writing. Universities and embassies range in their score requirements, so individual websites must be checked.


Transcript - An official academic record from a specific school. It lists the courses you have completed, grades and information such as when you attended. (


UCAS– Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. This organization handles all applications for full-time undergraduate courses in the UK.


Undergraduate- An academic program of study leading to a qualification, such as an associate degree, diploma or bachelor degree.


X-Factor – What universities look for in a candidate. i.e. We have absolutely no idea!   Just checking if you were reading this all the way to the end! J

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