Resources

On this page, you'll find selected resources written or recommended by the USApps team. These include guides to choosing between the SAT or ACT, ISEE or SSAT; a summary of the information required for the Common Application, including personal statement prompts; and an application timeline for students in sixth form. There are guides for teachers who might not be accustomed to writing reference letters for US schools, and sample transcripts for schools who haven't supported US applications before. Finally, we include links to purchase test preparation books for work with one of our tutors or independently.

Students who work with us have access to many other resources, including our comprehensive guide to College Choice, exclusive worksheets tailored to UK students' knowledge gaps, and official practice exams.

You can sort these resources by choosing a category on the right.

All PDF links are files stored on DropBox. You do not need a DropBox login to access them; just press Esc or click the X to close the login box that appears.

 

USApplicants - SAT vs. ACT Guide

by USApplicants, Ltd.
A practical guide for students, this one-page tool outlines key differences between the SAT and the ACT and includes questions for students to consider which test is best for them.

USApplicants - ISEE vs. SSAT Guide

by USApplicants, Ltd.
A practical guide for parents, this one-page tool outlines key differences between the ISEE and SSAT.

USApplicants - Sixth Form Application Timeline

by USApplicants, Ltd.
A timeline and checklist for students in sixth form applying to schools in the USA

USApplicants - Common Application Elements

by USApplicants, Ltd.
A list of sections in the Common App, as well as essay prompts for 2015-2016

Choosing a Referee and Planning Their Preparation

by Fulbright Commission
A worksheet for applicants to consider who should write their reference letters, and a checklist for how to prepare them

Guidelines for UK Teachers Writing Reference Letters

by Fulbright Commission
A set of guidelines for UK teachers writing reference letters for students applying to US universities

Helpful Reference Letters - A Guide for UK teachers

by Harvard University
A selection of tips and example reference letters to guide UK teachers unfamiliar with US admissions

Sample Transcript for UK Schools

by Fulbright Commission
A sample transcript for schools unfamiliar with the US admissions process

SAT II - Preparing for the SAT II Subject Tests (PDF)

by College Board
Official 2015 preparation booklet for all SAT II Subject tests. Includes sample questions and answers.

The Official SAT Study Guide (link to purchase)

by College Board
College Board's official practice test book, includes 10 practice tests with answers

The Real ACT Prep Guide (link to purchase)

by ACT Inc.
ACT's official practice test book

The Official Study Guide for All SAT Subject Tests (link to purchase)

by College Board
College Board's official practice test book for all subject tests

The Official SAT Subjects Tests in Mathematics Levels 1 & 2 Study Guide (link to purchase)

by College Board
College Board's official practice tests book for subject tests in mathematics

The Official SAT Subject Tests in U.S. & World History Study Guide (link to purchase)

by College Board
College Board's official practice tests book for subject tests in history

Barron's SAT, 27th Edition (link to purchase)

by Barron's
Barron's big book of practice tests

Gruber's Complete SAT Guide 2015 (link to purchase)

by Gruber's
Gruber's practice tests and strategy book

12 Practice Tests for the SAT 2015 (link to purchase)

by Kaplan
Kaplan's big book of SAT practice tests

11 Practice Tests for the SAT & PSAT (link to purchase)

by Princeton Review
Princeton Review's big book of SAT practice tests

Barron's ACT (link to purchase)

by Barron's
Barron's practice tests and strategy book

Gruber's Complete ACT Guide 2015 (link to purchase)

by Gruber's
Gruber's practice tests and strategy book

Kaplan ACT 2015 (link to purchase)

by Kaplan
Kaplan's big book of ACT practice tests

ACT Elite 36 (link to purchase)

by Princeton Review
designed for students already scoring in the higher ranges

Cracking the ACT Premium, 2015 Edition (link to purchase)

by Princeton Review
Princeton Review's big book of ACT practice tests

Kaplan SAT Subject Test Biology (link to purchase)

by Kaplan
Kaplan's Biology practice test book

Kaplan SAT Subject Test Chemistry (link to purchase)

by Kaplan
Kaplan's Chemistry practice test book

Kaplan SAT Subject Test Literature (link to purchase)

by Kaplan
Kaplan's Literature practice test book

Kaplan SAT Subject Test Math Level 2 (link to purchase)

by Kaplan
Kaplan's Math 2 practice test book

Kaplan SAT Subject Test Physics (link to purchase)

by Kaplan
Kaplan's Physics practice test book

Kpalan SAT Subject Test Spanish (link to purchase)

by Kaplan
Kaplan's Spanish practice test book

Kaplan SAT Subject Test U.S. History (link to purchase)

by Kaplan
Kaplan's U.S. History practice test book

Cracking the SAT Biology Subject Test (link to purchase)

by Princeton Review
Princeton Review's Biology practice test book

Cracking the SAT Chemistry Subject Test (link to purchase)

by Princeton Review
Princeton Review's Chemistry practice test book

Cracking the SAT French Subject Test (link to purchase)

by Princeton Review
Princeton Review's French practice test book

Cracking the SAT Literature Subject Test (link to purchase)

by Princeton Review
Princeton Review's Literature practice test book

Cracking the SAT Math 1 Subject Test (link to purchase)

by Princeton Review
Princeton Review's Math 1 practice test book

Cracking the SAT Math 2 Subject Test (link to purchase)

by Princeton Review
Princeton Review's Math 2 practice test book

Cracking the SAT Physics Subject Test (link to purchase)

by Princeton Review
Princeton Review's Physics practice test book

Cracking the SAT Spanish Subject Test (link to purchase)

by Princeton Review
Princeton Review's Spanish practice test book

Cracking the SAT U.S. History Subject Test (link to purchase)

by Princeton Review
Princeton Review's U.S. History practice test book

Cracking the SAT World History Subject Test (link to purchase)

by Princeton Review
Princeton Review's World History practice test book

Success on the Upper Level ISEE (link to purchase)

by Test Prep Works, LLC
USApplicants' recommended text for students preparing for the Upper Level ISEE

Success on the Middle Level ISEE (link to purchase)

by Test Prep Works, LLC
USApplicants' recommended text for students preparing for the Middle Level ISEE

Success on the Lower Level ISEE (link to purchase)

by Test Prep Works, LLC
USApplicants' recommended text for students preparing for the Lower Level ISEE

Success on the Upper Level SSAT (link to purchase)

by Test Prep Works, LLC
USApplicants' recommended text for students preparing for the Upper Level SSAT

Success on the Middle Level SSAT (link to purchase)

by Test Prep Works, LLC
USApplicants' recommended text for students preparing for the Middle Level SSAT