In addition to studying for your TOEFL exam, there are many other things you have to consider before applying to a college in the U.S. Because there are so many different schools of all sizes and types, it can take a while to find your right fit. As you’re preparing for your TOEFL test, use these strategies to help you find the right school for you.

Make a Short List of Schools

Start by narrowing down the list of schools you are interested in attending. It may help to restrict yourself to a certain geographic region, or if you know what you want to study, research the schools with the best reputations in that field. Your list of schools should include colleges you feel confident that you will be admitted to as well as a few schools that are more challenging in terms of admission. If you’re not sure how to narrow your school options, talk to other TOEFL students and your teachers for advice.

Create a Deadline List

All colleges have deadlines for applications, TOEFL scores, acceptance, fees, and more. Each college operates on its own schedule, and if you miss a deadline, you won’t usually be able to apply again until the following year. Avoid disappointment by making a list of deadlines for all of the schools to which you are applying. It may help to set reminders on your phone so you’re notified when deadlines are approaching.

Sell Yourself in Your Essay

Your college essay is your chance to tell the schools you want to attend why you would be a good fit for their student bodies. Use your essay to discuss the unique perspective you can bring as an international student and to describe what makes you who you are. This is a chance to help admissions officers see past your grades and TOEFL scores and understand you and your academic goals.

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