top of page

University Application Components

Practice with this


A college admissions test that measures English, math, reading and science. This is optional for most schools in the USA, but may be needed for certain universities.

Admissions Test

A standardized test typically the SAT or ACT used to predict the likelihood of a students success in college. Most universities do not require this test for the Classes of 2021 and 2022. Watch for updates.



An ID number that is assigned to a high school used in college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT. 


Demonstrated Interest

A student's expression of desire to attend a particular college through campus visits, contact with admissions officers, opening emails, attending information sessions, and other actions that attract the attention of college admissions personnel.



Student-crafted piece of writing showing admissions the qualities they possess. Some are mostly about personal character, while others are about achievements. The type of writing depends on what the university is asking for.


Extracurricular Activities

Any school activity, such as athletics, drama or music, that offers the student an

opportunity to complement their classroom experiences.


Grade Point Average (GPA)

Average of grade points earned from high school classes graded from A-F. 



International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. This program is recognized by universities around the world as a highly rigorous academic program.


IBDP Certificates

Certificates awarded in each subject for which a student passes an IB exam. These certificates are in addition to the ISHCMC HS Diploma.


Letter of Recommendation

An assessment of the student's aptitudes, abilities, and interests, written by a teacher or counselor and used by colleges and universities in the admission process.


Placement Tests

Colleges and universities use these examinations to place students in courses—most often mathematics and foreign languages—that match their proficiency. In some cases, a student's level of competency on the test may exempt them from having to take a course required for graduation.


Predicted Grades

Teacher's prediction of the grade the student is expected to achieve in the subject, based on all the evidence of the candidate's work and the teacher's knowledge of IB standards.



A college admissions test including Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math. This is optional for most schools in the USA, but may be needed for certain universities, especially for students taking IB Courses.



The official record of high school courses and grades, generally required as part of the college application.

More questions?  Let us help.  Meet with a counselor or email us at  Our counselors are available to help you feel more confident about the university application process.

bottom of page