As reported in the Star today:
“I’m not sure why I’ve been selected, but one reason could be that US universities not only look at your academic achievements but also your extra-curricular activities,” said Anushree, who is currently completing the Preparatory Programme for Overseas Universities at Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten).I'm sure many of you readers out there have taken a similar route through either the overseas preparatory programme at either Uniten or at INTEC of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) to gain entry into some of the top schools at the United States.
Anushree, who hopes to double major in economics and music, is one of the three Bank Negara Special Scholarship Awards recipients who got full scholarships to pursue a study option of their choice without being bonded to the central bank.
I'd like to find out more about these programmes, as having taken the 'A' Levels route through Singapore to the United Kingdom, I'm pretty clueless with regards to the preparatory programmes and processes here in Malaysia. I hope to compile the information I receive from you guys and put out a "roadmap" thingie for future prospective top students out there.
I'm curious for example, on whether these preparatory schools help you with the process through the standard SAT tests or are there other entry requirements etc. Is there are "managed" application programme by these schools to help students into the top schools or is it largely individual efforts. How is it that many of these students are still enrolled into some of the most mediocre schools in the United States? Are there special "channels" whereby these US universities accept the school's students en-mass?
Send me an email and tell me about your experiences :).