School of Modern Skills graduates will be equipped with all of the critical tools to lead them into their next academic experience. They will have the intellect, confidence, social awareness and curiosity necessary to excel in their post secondary studies. We expect that our graduates will aspire to attend prestigious institutions of higher learning in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia and all over the world.
The School of Modern Skills counseling office exists to ensure that each Modern Skills graduate has the opportunity to attend an institution of higher learning worthy of his or her choice.
In addition to supporting students in their individualized college searches, university counseling includes advice on applying for scholarships and financial aid at colleges or universities, as well as preparation for college entrance exams such as the SATs, and TOEFL. The UCO also works with parents to help navigate the post secondary school choices.
That being said, the success and foundation of college planning will ultimately be the responsibility of each student. Thorough research and self-reflection before, during and after the application process through the college survey, will most certainly result in a ‘good match’ college or university.
Our college plans begins in the 10th year with guidance and information for students and parents regarding college environments, self awareness, discovering skills and talents, exploring fields of study and majors, discovering the UAE and the world market need in general. The official university counseling process at Modern Skills begins in the junior and senior year when we hold information sessions, group counseling sessions, college survey, workshops, university visits and university career fair to help both students and parents begin to prepare for and understand the post secondary stage and the application process.
These meetings and career workshops continue throughout the senior year, when students begin to meet with the school counselor on a one-to –one counseling session and through inviting parents in the next term. Juniors and seniors will work with their counselor to make a list of prospective institutions by the end of the 2nd term.
Career counseling at Moderns Skills continues after applications are submitted, and after students join their colleges as freshmen, when students need advice or when students needs more recommendation letters or report cards or even advice how to deal with a new situation. For those students who plan to attend university abroad, guidance will also be offered on the visa application process which begins after a student has formally accepted an offer of admission thorough our office relations with educational insinuations.
Standardized College Testing In SMS.
Below is a list of standardized tests that students take
SAT I Reasoning Test
Our students take their first SAT Reasoning Test at Modern Skills in November and December of their junior year. Students will be notified of the deadlines for registration. The scores on this test will give students, parents and the Counseling Office valuable information as college choices. For those who may not attain the required score will re-take through their Junior and Senior year.
TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language
All students studying for three years or longer in a country where the primary language is not English should take the TOEFL, which is now an Internet-based test (iBT). It is recommended that Modern Skills students take the TOEFL in the summer after their junior year by the counseling, but it depends on the direction of the English Department as well where Modern Skills students usually take their test during December and January from their Junior Year.
Usually school Tests supervisor register the students for the test.
Counseling Office is strongly committed to assisting its students in obtaining the best financial aid available. In addition to this, we encourage student initiative in securing scholarships. Below is a list of some websites that students may search in their attempt to acquire additional, private undergraduate funding.
United Arab Emirates University
Abu Dhabi Education Council