Preparing for College

Should Bicultural Family Stay in Turkey or Move to U.S.?

Question: My children are in their sophomore and freshman years of high school. They were born in Turkey and are dual citizens (Turkish/American). We are considering a family move to the U.S. for education and employment opportunities. Since they spent all of their education (thus far) outside the U.S. will they be required to take the SAT/ACT? Should we wait until they have graduated from high school before moving or move now so they can improve their skills to get a higher score on the SAT/ACT? I would appreciate any guidance you can give us on this issue. Thank you.

Your children will be required to submit the SAT or ACT regardless of whether they live in the U.S. or abroad (except at those colleges that are test-optional for all applicants). They may be required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores, too. (If English is spoken at home or is the primary language of instruction at school for at least four years, then they can skip the TOEFL.)

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