Шесть студентов и студенток из разных стран мира – что у них общего? Все они приехали в американский университет по обмену на один семестр. Они будут изучать английский язык, культуру США, будут специализироваться в своей области.
Эта серия Ежедневных диалогов посвящена жизни студентов в течение семестра в американском вузе. Диалоги рассчитаны на владеющих английским языком на среднем или более высоком уровне.
Трое студентов (Акини, Люсия и Яна) обсуждают процесс поступления в американский вуз.
Akinyi: Hey, I’m so glad you’re here. I need your help.
Lucía: You look really stressed out.
Jana: Yeah, what’s going on?
Akinyi: Well, I have a huge paper due for one of my business classes, plus my cousin wants to apply to college in the U.S., and her family is asking me all about the application process. Even though I went through a similar process not too long ago, I can’t remember everything I was required to do.
Lucía: We can help with that!
Jana: The actual application isn’t so bad. It’s the college essay and standardized tests that are awful!
Lucía: I agree. How about we make a list of all of the steps in the application process for your cousin?
Akinyi: That would be great.
Jana: Take the standardized tests — that would be the SAT and TOEFL for her. Get recommendation letters. Fill out the application form.
Lucía: Oh, don’t forget to mention the Common App. That can save a lot of time.
Jana: Right. Oh, and write the college essay.
Akinyi: And I remember paying all of those application fees too.
Lucía: This is a good list. Ajay wrote a great college essay. Maybe he can help your cousin with that part of the application process?
Akinyi: Yes, that’d be great. And thanks! I wouldn’t have remembered all of this without you.
Слова и обороты.
To be stressed out means to be worried about problems in your life, at school or work, etc. [Беспокоиться, переживать.]
In the context of school, a paper is a piece of writing that is done for a class. For example, I have to write a paper about the water cycle for my science class. It can also be called an essay. [Сочинение, эссе.]
In the U.S., the words college and university are often used interchangeably (meaning the words can be used to mean the same thing). Students go to college or university after high school to earn a degree. [Колледж, университет, вуз.]
The college application process refers to everything one needs to do to apply to colleges and universities for undergraduate study. The process includes completing an application, writing an essay, taking standardized tests, and having an interview. [Поступление в вуз.]
A college essay is part of the college application process. The person applying to college writes a short piece of writing that is about himself or herself. [Эссе для поступления в вуз.]
A standardized test is a type of test. All people who take the test answer the same questions. The test is scored in the same way, so scores can be compared. Two examples of standardized tests are the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The SAT is used as part of the college application process in the U.S. The TOEFL is used as part of the college application process in the U.S. for students whose first language is not English. [Экзамен.]
The common application, or “Common App,” is a standard college admission application that students may use to apply to a large number of colleges and universities. [Заявление о приеме на учебу.]
The application fee is the amount of money a student needs to pay when he or she applies to a college. [Вступительный взнос.]
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