The GPA has a 4-point scale grading scale, whereas the APS score is calculated on a 7-point scale. When applying to South African universities, your Grade 11 and Matric results are used to determine your admission, however, when applying to America, your entire high school career is included in your GPA calculation and submitted for your university application. The difference between the two high school systems is simple. American high school starts in Grade 9 and consists of 4 years, while in South Africa, high school starts in Grade 8. Therefore, when converting your South African marks to the American GPA, you only need to include your Grade 9 - Grade 12 results when applying.
The difference between an APS Scale and GPA scale:
How to calculate your GPA:
The GPA ranked fourth among important factors considered for university admission. It is important to note, that the GPA does not take the difficulty of a subject into account, but admission officers will consider how difficult your subjects were when reviewing your application, so don't stress if your GPA is not what you thought it should be. The main attribute universities look for is a steady improvement in your grades over the years and that you've consistently worked hard to get your scores up. Depending on the specific university’s admission requirements and standards, with a good enough GPA, you may be eligible for scholarships to help pay for your tuition.
The Athletic Association GPA requirements:
As a student-athlete, in order for you to receive full NCAA academic eligibility and to be eligible to compete in your freshman year, you must achieve at least a 2.3 GPA in your core courses for Division 1 and a 2.2 GPA for Division 2 to fulfill the NCAA GPA requirements.
For NAIA purposes, as a student-athlete, you need to achieve a minimum overall high school GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale - the same GPA calculator as the NCAA guidelines are used to calculate your overall GPA.
Your GPA is a good indicator of your academic performance over a number of years. Students need to make sure they understand the difference between South African and American university admissions requirements and start putting in the hard work from Grade 9. A Good GPA will definitely increase your chances of getting into a great university, and you cannot procrastinate for four years and only work hard in matric. That is a recipe for more than a few unexpected tears.
Many South Africans who are aspiring to study in the USA will need to write the SAT exam, in order to apply to their dream universities. But, the question many ask is "How do I go about this?
Here are a few easy steps to follow in order to get registered for the SAT:
1. Get Registered:
Create an account on the College Board website. The College Board is the global administrator of the SAT exam and hosts the exam at thousands of venues around the world and at multiple venues around South Africa.
Once on the web page, click on the "Register Now" button, choose a username, password and follow the registration process. This will take anywhere between 45 minutes up to 2 hours.
2. Add Personal Info:
In the Personal Info section, of the registration process, is where you will face your first obstacle. Here, you will be asked to provide general information such as; your age, address and high school. Issues may arise when you are asked to select your high school from the drop-down list; however, South African High Schools usually do not appear on the list, and you will get stuck. At this point, you need to navigate to the "Search School" field where you will need to enter the following code; 000004. This code will allow you to select the option "My High School is Not Listed - International", enabling you to proceed to the next section.
While there are plenty of questions in this section, many of them are not compulsory, and your answers will not have any impact on your test registration or SAT score.
Remember, students should write the SAT with the "Optional Essay". So be sure to select the Essay Option.
Hats are not allowed; however, religious headscarves are permitted, but the picture must show your facial features, and your scarf must be tucked neatly behind your ears. This photo can be taken on your smartphone; however, we find that your school head and shoulder photos work best.
6. SAT Study Guide:
In this section, you have the option to purchase the SAT Study Guide, but keep in mind it will take time to be shipped and delivered to you. We recommend that students create a free account on the Khan Academy, which is an online portal with videos, exercises and practice tests to help you prepare. Start studying early; this exam is tougher than you think.
The last step in registering for the SAT exam in South Africa, is for you to make payment. The College Board will accept Visa and MasterCard. The current cost of the SAT Exam with the Essay is $125.50. Make sure you register before the deadline as you will be wait listed. Should you register late and a spot opens up you will have to pay extra to take the exam. The late registration fee is $35.50.
Congratulations, you have now successfully registered for your SAT Exam! Print out your Admission ticket and read through the exam instructions. Here, you will be able to see what items you are allowed to take into the exam centre and any other important instructions. Make sure you arrive on time, stay calm, relax and good luck!