University and Career Counseling

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University and Career Counseling

The counselor works closely with students to help them find a college or university that is the right match for them in terms of academics and campus environment. The College Counselor and school personnel advice and support students in the application process, but the ultimate responsibility for the application process lies with the students and parents. The planning process for post-secondary education and future careers begins in grade nine at Academia Cotopaxi and accelerates with each passing year:

Grade Nine

Students make the transition into High School and are encouraged to take their studies seriously, as 9th grade is the time to establish a strong foundation. Using online resources and during workshops with the college counselor, grade 9 students begin the process of exploring the path to a successful career.
Students also take the NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test and results are shared with parents and teachers.


Students should continue working hard in their classes to build on their foundation and consult with their counselor at registration time about selecting the appropriate courses to meet their post-secondary goals. Students also participate in workshops with the counselor in which they further explore their interests and possible career opportunities. The Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) test is administered to give students a look at college entrance exams. Students also take the NWEA MAP Tests and results are shared with parents and teachers.

Grade Eleven

Students should continue focusing on their academics. Junior year grades are looked at closely by college admissions officers. Throughout the junior year, the College Counselor conducts college seminars for juniors in which aspects of the college search and application process are explained in detail. Students are given guidance in taking all appropriate college entrance exams (SAT, SAT subject tests, IELTS, ACT, TOEFL), interviewing with schools, preparing applications, writing essays, and preparing themselves for life after Academia Cotopaxi. A comprehensive college workshop on all aspects of college admissions is also presented to all parents and students in February. This “College Night” offers important information on all aspects of the college admissions process. Students are invited to attend the various college fairs* offered throughout the school year and to meet with individual college representatives as they visit Quito. During grade eleven the college counselor meets with each grade eleven student individually as well as with each student together with his or her parents. All juniors take the Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in the fall as preparation for their first Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in the spring. Eleventh graders are encouraged to visit universities during school holidays.

Grade Twelve

The College Counselor continues to conduct college counseling seminars for seniors throughout the year, during which pertinent aspects of the college search and application process are reviewed. Students work on their college applications together with the college counselor during grade twelve seminars. Every grade twelve students meets individually with the college counselor and a follow up meeting is held with the student and his or her parents. Students are also guided and prepared for the transition that they will make to university. It is important for students to remember to stay focused on their academics. Senior year grades can sometimes make or break a college admissions decision. Students must also remember not to let their grades fall after they receive a letter of admission to a college or university. All college admissions decisions are conditional and can be reversed if a student’s grades fall.

*An average of 150 colleges from the U.S., Canada, and Europe visit Quito every year, recruiting English speaking students.



MAP (Measure of Academic Progress)

In the High School, students in grades 9 and 10 take the MAP two times each year. The MAP is a standardized test that compares student achievement to similar students in North America and internationally.


Testing for all 10th, and 11th grade students. This test is a preparation for the US college entrance testing of the SAT as well as a qualification test for a number of university scholarships. Information will be given out by the College Counselor. Testing takes place at Academia Cotopaxi.


This widely required college admission exam is offered on several dates throughout the year. Students usually take the SAT at the end of grade 11 and/or during the first half of grade 12. The registration deadline and other test dates are announced through the College Center and can also be accessed at:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Students who are not native English speakers wishing to enter North American universities usually need to take the TOEFL to demonstrate English language proficiency. Tests are internet-based and given throughout the year. Several testing sites are available in Quito. Information about the TOEFL is available in the Guidance Office or online at:

To read more about this test, please click here

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Is a test that measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work in environments where English is used as a language of communication. An easy-to-use 9-band scale clearly identifies proficiency level, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9). It is recommended that students who want to study in the United Kingdom take this exam.

ACT (American College Test)

This college entrance exam is accepted at most US universities and is an alternative in some cases to the SAT. Students usually take this in the second half of grade eleven or the first half of grade 12. Like the SAT, this test is offered several times throughout the year. Registration for this test is done through the College Center. Deadlines and other test dates will be announced through the College Center. Information about this test can be found at



We are committed to parent involvement and sharing best practices. We offer learning opportunities for parents through parent workshops, conferences, and webinars. You can find the latest Learning Opportunities on our website as well as tailored college counseling workshops for parents of students exploring post secondary options.


Resources for the SAT & ACT

Updated by Lysha Wasser April 27, 2018


SAT International Registration


How to send your SAT score after taking the test

  1. CollegeBoard Sign In
  2. Click on: Send Score Reports to Colleges
  3. Verify password for security check
  4. Click on: Send Available Scores Now (in a blue box)
  5. Search for institutions and add to your list of selected recipients
  6. Select your scores you wish to send and continue
  7. Confirm order


Free Resources


Online Classes - Not Free


SAT Tutors in Quito

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