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The IELTS is currently accepted by around 3,000 U.S. higher education institutions. Unlike the TOEFL, the IELTS is a pen-and-paper English proficiency test available in two formats: Academic and General Training. The Academic TOEFL is the one sometimes accepted as an alternative to the TOEFL test. If you plan on taking the IELTS, make sure you check if your chosen U.S. university accepts it. More details on the test at www.ielts.org. In Romania the test is administered by the British Council www.britishcouncil.org/ro/romania-examene-de-limba-engleza-ielts.htm.


Just like the SAT, the ACT is a standardized admission test designed to examine students’ readiness for college-level work.

The test covers 4 main subject areas: Mathematics, English, Reading, and Science. There is also an ACT Plus version, which includes a 30-minute writing test.

The basic registration fee is $35 for the ACT without the writing test and $50.50 for the Plus version. This fee covers the delivery of a score to up to four universities. More details and additional fees on the official website: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/actfees.html.  

Basic differences between the ACT and SAT tests can be found here: http://www.actstudent.org/faq/actsat.html

Test Format
The ACT includes a total of 215 questions. It is a 3 hour and 30 minutes test, without the added writing section. The test is organized as follows:
•    English: 75 questions in 45 minutes;
•    Mathematics:  60 questions in 60 minutes;
•    Reading: 40 questions in 35 minutes;
•    Science:  40 questions in 35 minutes.

Usually the ACT and ACT Plus are administered internationally in October, December, February, April and June, with the ACT Plus unavailable in February. Details on the test and registration dates can be found on the official website: http://www.actstudent.org/
The English Test
The English Test is design to test candidates’ attention and concentration. During this test you will have a few paragraphs to read and then multiple choice questions.

There are two ways of analyzing a candidate’s abilities in this section, so the section carries two subscores: for Usage and Mechanics (punctuation, grammar, sentence punctuation) and Rhetorical Skills (strategy, organization and style).  

The Mathematics Test
The ACT Mathematics Test measures a candidate’s basic knowledge of formulas and computational skills. The questions in this section are also multiple-choice.

Test-takers will receive three subscores for the Mathematics Test based on knowledge of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.

The Reading Test
During this section, test-takers will work with a number of prose paragraphs and multiple questions for each, questions that will allow them to show their capability to understand the main point of each passage, as well as their ability to extrapolate this information.

There are two subscores for this section:
•    One in Social Studies (anthropology, archaeology, history, economics, political science,etc) and Sciences (biology, medicine, astronomy, chemistry, geology, physics, etc); and
•    One in Arts (short stories or excerpts from short stories or novels) and Literature.

The Science Test
This test is based on knowledge accumulated in fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, and so on. This is also a multiple-choice answer test.

The Writing Test
This optional section is an essay writing test, which measures students’ collage entry-level composition skills. During this section, test-takers will receive a prompt and two points of view. Based on the prompt, they will have to construct their essays from one of the points of view available.

The main four tests are scored individually on a scale of 1–36, and a composite score is provided which is the whole number average of the four scores. For the Writing test, the final score is from 2 to 12.

According to the official website, scores are generally available online within 2 ½ weeks after each national or international test date. Score reports are normally released within 3 to 8 weeks after each test date. If you took the Writing Test, your score reports will be released only after all your scores are available, including Writing, within 5 to 8 weeks after the test date.

An ACT-SAT score concordance table is available on the ACT website at http://www.act.org/solutions/college-career-readiness/compare-act-sat/.  
More useful links
Details about the test: http://www.testmasters.net/ActAbout
Official website: http://www.actstudent.org/
Useful FAQs: http://www.actstudent.org/faq/

Stay Connected! Share Your Story!

Poza 6.7Going to the U.S. to study after working with FEAC for your application makes you part of the Fulbright-EducationUSA worldwide community. In order to bring more students closer to U.S. study opportunities, we actively inform our audience about Commission and Advising Center activities and the achievements of Romanian students in the U.S.

As a vital part of our community, please keep us posted on your activity and latest results by sending us periodic articles, pictures, video or written testimonials, links to your blogs and any other materials you think would be of interest to the Fulbright-EducationUSA network. We will post them on our website, in our newsletters and on the Fulbright Educational Advising Center and Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission’s social media accounts.

Best of luck on your U.S. academic adventure! We look forward to your updates!

Poza 6.5You do not need to have a U.S. visa when you apply. The visa only becomes relevant when you need to physically be on a U.S. campus.  International students enrolled on U.S. campuses enter the USA on an F-1 visa. After applying, getting admitted and funded, you will accept one school’s offer and receive the I-20 form from them. You will use this document to apply for your visa, alongside other documents like your acceptance letter and financial aid offer.  

Visas ar usually issued for the duration of your academic program. Even if you already have a U.S. visa – say the B-1 visa for tourists – you will need to apply for the student visa. According to our records at the Fulbright Educational Advising Center, legitimate students are always granted the visa.

Full details on the U.S. Embassy in Romania’s website, here.

Poza 6.6The Fulbright Commission offers students admitted to U.S. universities a full-day Pre-Departure Orientation held usually in mid-July. The orientation program is meant to facilitate the students' cultural and academic adjustment during their study or research program in the United States. The training program includes workshops and sessions featuring U.S. Embassy reps and Romanian and U.S. students and professors who share their U.S. academic experiences.

Everyone accepted to a higher education program in the USA is welcome to attend the Orientation before they leave for their study program in the U.S.. Contact us for details!
Before you leave Romania to start your U.S. program, double-check that you have all the documents you will need for your travel and stay in the United States:
•        Passport and non-immigrant visa: hand-carry your passport and certificate of eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) with you at all times during your travel. On the plane, before you land, you will complete the Arrival-Departure Record (I-94 form). At the point of entry the U.S. Customs and Border Protection will take your biometric fingerprints and photograph. Part of the I-94 will be stapled into your passport. Do not lose it! The stapled portion will be removed when you leave the United States;
•        Confirm that you have the I-20 or DS-2019 issued by the school or program you will be attending;
•        Contact information: have the name and phone number of your international student adviser on campus, in case you need to call him/her upon arrival in the United States;
•        Birth certificate and marriage certificate, if applicable. Be sure to obtain notarized translations of these certificates if they are not in English;
•        Medical documents: bring certificates of immunizations and vaccinations, prescriptions and medical and dental records. Many U.S. schools have specific immunization requirements you must meet before you can enroll in class. Make sure you meet them before you leave for the USA;
•        Academic transcripts: bring your official transcripts, outlines, or description of courses you have taken, and contact information of the office for international students on your U.S. campus;
•        College or university acceptance letter;
•        Financial aid letter/proof of availability of funds for U.S. study.

The visa application process and traveling to the USA are comprehensively covered during the Pre-Departure Orientation you can attend at the Fulbright Commission.


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