Since 2020, many universities in Vietnam have also used SAT certificates for admissions.
Equal educational opportunities for all students
The SAT exam is a common benchmark for universities in the United States and many other countries around the world to categorize, select, and award scholarships to students. Since 2020, many universities in Vietnam have also used SAT certificates for admissions. By 2023, there have been 20 schools that have announced admissions criteria based on SAT scores, notably top schools such as Foreign Trade University, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, and National Economics University…
With the desire to provide equal educational opportunities and open the door to university for students from all 63 provinces, the free SAT Open Class, powered by The Vietnam Foundation and Khan Academy Vietnam, has entered its second phase.
Present at the opening ceremony of the second-phase SAT Open Class, Ms. Tran Thi Minh Thu – Head of Continuing Education – Higher Education of Lao Cai Department of Education and Training shared: “The SAT Open Class for students across the country not only helps them self-improve knowledge and skills related to the SAT exam, but also a place for students to support each other, learn together, and share useful knowledge. I really hope that the students will study diligently and accompany each other to conquer their dreams.”
Agreeing with Ms. Thu’s opinion, Mr. Nguyen Phu Chien – Principal of the Foreign Language Specialized School under the University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, gave his opinion: “Together with IELTS/TOEFL English certificates, SAT certificates in study abroad applications help students win valuable scholarships at universities around the world, especially in the US.
The higher the SAT score, the greater the chance of being admitted to top universities, and being awarded a high scholarship. In Vietnam, more and more universities have accepted SAT scores as a basis for admissions. Thus, the SAT certificate not only helps students in applying for study abroad scholarships but also opens up many opportunities for admission to the top-tier universities of Vietnam.”
The need of early preparation
Principal Chien also believes that amid the growing trend of SAT-based admissions, early preparation for the SAT with a clear plan is essential. He hopes that students in the open class will prepare in advance effectively to achieve their highest scores so as to apply to universities with more ease.
As one of the students who started preparing for the SAT very early, Khanh An just scored 1520/1600 in the June exam this year. An said: “I have been preparing for the SAT at Khan Academy for a long time and was lucky to participate in the free SAT Open Class. After just two months of being accompanied by class monitors, I have made a lot of progress and I have scored over 1500.”
Pham Khanh Ly, a first-year student of the Marketing faculty at National Economics University, used her SAT score for admissions in the 2022 admission season. Khanh Ly said: “Using the SAT score will open up more opportunities for you to conquer the university of your dreams. Therefore, you should prepare as early as possible.
The SAT certificate has a validity of 5 years, but many universities in Vietnam, for example, HUST (Hanoi University of Science and Technology) and NEU (National Economics University) only consider SAT scores valid for 2 years. Thus, I suggest starting to study and prepare for the SAT from the summer of the 10th grade onwards, then taking lots of mock tests before registering for the actual exam. Around May – June of the 12th grade, you will start submitting your SAT scores to the universities you are applying to, which will greatly reduce the burden of exam preparation.”
The special feature of this open class lies in the diversity of students. There are many students who have just started 10th grade coming from remote areas such as Lao Cai, Tuyen Quang, Yen Bai, Tay Ninh, Dak Lak, Soc Trang, Ha Tinh, Thanh Hoa, Quang Binh… Each student carries with them “big dreams” when participating in the 12-week or 20-week SAT Open Class. Moreover, they all set a goal to score 1500+ to continue to become class leaders guiding the next generation of students to conquer the SAT certificate.