Once you make a shortlist of colleges you’d like to attend, it’s time to start applying. If you are learning English as a second language, there are some special steps you must take to make your application irresistible to college admissions officers. Here are some helpful tips on when and how to apply to college.

Apply at the Right Time

Earlier is always better when it comes to submitting a college application. If you scramble to complete your application right before the deadline, you may accidentally overlook some errors or omit information. Plus, if your application is among the first to arrive, you will show the admissions officers that their college is one of your top choices and that you’re excited to attend.

Polish Your Essay

Your admissions essay is a big part of your college application. Take your time and make sure the final version has no typos or other errors. If you are an ESL student, ask your English teacher to proofread your essay. In addition to good grammar and spelling, your essay needs a unique topic. Use the essay to illustrate your personal background, and choose a topic that you are knowledgeable and passionate about.

Visit Multiple Colleges

The best way to determine whether a college is really right for you is to visit the campus. You’ll get a look at the college’s community, students, faculty, and staff. If you sign up for a tour, you can also get answers to any questions you may have, and you’ll show your interest in attending.

Ace the iBT TOEFL Exam

A high iBT TOEFL score will make you a desirable applicant for colleges across the United States. By doing well on this exam, you can demonstrate your skills in written and spoken English. This also shows college admissions officials that you will thrive in an academic setting. Enrolling in an iBT TOEFL prep class is an excellent option for improving your study skills, practicing simulated computer tests, and learning test-taking strategies.

Know Your Deadlines

Each school has different entrance requirements and deadline dates and it’s very important that students know the deadlines for each school and plan things like taking the TOEFL test in advance, accordingly.

At ASC English, we want all of our college-bound students to excel. On average, ASC English students raise their iBT TOEFL scores by 15-30 points after taking our preparation courses. Our school is also partnered with several two- and four-year colleges and universities in the Boston area, helping you transition to a successful college career. Call us at (617) 860-3212 for more information.