DISCLAIMER: This post was written based on the 2012/13 ADFP program, when the writer was still a student of INTEC. Since she left, INTEC may or may not have changed some of the information noted in this post, such as the arrangements of the classes or the courses/subjects that the students would be taking. The writer is by not to blame for any problems that may arise should the reader take the post for granted, thank you.
This post is specially written for those students under MARA / JPA / JPA-MARA / Petronas / YPBB / Yayasan Terangganu / etc who would be coming to INTEC Education College and taking up American Degree Foundation Program / American Credit Transfer Program. Hope this would help you guys in preparing for your pre-university life in INTEC
|Just some of the words you’ve have to be familiar with while you’re here|
INTEC Education College
Please oh please, don’t say you have no idea where INTEC is. I know a lot of people have absolutely no clue about the whereabouts of INTEC, but since you’d be coming down to INTEC, you should have at least a rough idea of where and what INTEC is.
INTEC Education College. Previously a preparatory college under UiTM, INTEC is located in Seksyen 17, Shah Alam. INTEC has preparatory programs for students such as A-Level UK, A-Level Medicine, A-Level German, Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT), American Degree Foundation Program (ADFP), American Credit Transfer Program (ACTP), Middle East Program (MEP), Program Teknikal Jepun (KTJ), Program Teknikal Korea, and French Program.
American Top University Student Association (ATUSA) & MEMENTO
This is the name for your student body, consisting of both ADFP and ACTP students. ATUSA is by far (according to most people here) the busiest and most active student body in INTEC. We host different activities and events such as the Black History Week, ATUSA Recreational Week, charity program, Show Me Your Art, drama competitions and many more. Oh, and MEMENTO refers to ATUSA’s yearbook.
ADFP & ACTP
So technically ADFP is the foundation year, and, if your CGPA allows it, you will be able to fly off to the States after completing your ADFP. Some people prefer to stay for ACTP here, and fly off to the States after their second year in INTEC. The difference between these two is that if you fly off after ADFP, you’d enter the university as a freshman (4 years in US), whereas ACTP students will enter the university as transfer students (3 years in US).
The picture above is the grading scale for the ADFP & ACTP here in INTEC. Yes, it’s high, I know. But it’s not impossible to get above 3.50. Some people even get 3.90 and above. So as long as you stay consistent and focused in your studies, it is achievable
SAT & TOEFL
SAT stands for Scholastic Assessment Test, a test conducted by CollegeBoard for students wanting to apply to a US university/college. On the other hand, TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language, is used to test one’s ability to converse in English.
INTEC will guide you on to how to register for SAT and TOEFL. You’d need to pay for SAT and TOEFL on your own, but if you’re a sponsored student, your sponsor would cover the fees for you [ for MARA, they only pay for the first time, if you retake or resit, you’d have to pay on your own ]
SAT – There’s three sections, namely Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing. 10 parts in the test all together, roughly about 3-4 hours overall. First part is always an essay part. Each section is 800 marks, total 2400 marks. Normally they’d take into account your Maths and CR sections, out of 1600. If you get 1000+ or 1200+, that is over the requirement for most universities. But, of course, the higher it is, the better. For Ivy League and the competitive universities, it’s better to get 1900/2400 and above.
TOEFL – There’s four sections, Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. It’s Internet-based, so you’re going to talk to a computer (yes). It’s easy, don’t worry. 30 marks each sections, 120 in total. Most universities require 79 and above, some lower, it depends on your university choices.
Fall, Spring and Summer
These are the three semesters you would be having here in ADFP. Fall semester (July-October), Spring semester (January-April) and Summer semester (May-June). Spring semesters are normally the most hectic semesters of all, and Summer semester is normally very relaxed, unless, of course, you’re taking Calculus 2 during Summer, like me -.-‘
NOTE: Major & Courses – In contrast to popular belief, a course does not mean the degree that you would be taking, for example Medicine, Engineering or Actuarial Science. For the US system, ‘courses’ refer to the ‘subjects’ you’d be taking, such as Calculus, Fundamental of Speech Communication, and many more. A ‘major’, however, refers to the so-called ‘course’ you would want to do, such as Medicine, Bio-technology, Finance, and others.
|Austin, Fall 2012|
During Fall, for ADFP, the classes are as follow :Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Eugene, Fargo, Glendale, Honolulu, Omaha. Normally the first few classes are for the Science stream students (Engineering, Biotechnology, Actuarial Science), and the last few classes are for the Arts stream students (Economics, Finance, Animation, Arts, Graphic Design, Psychology, etc). Omaha’s for the Australian-bound students. When you first come to INTEC, you’d sit for an English test to test your proficiency. They would then split the classes according to the level of English of the students.
|An example of a Fall schedule|
In Fall, most of the courses would be English courses (Writing & Language Awareness, Oral Communication, Reading & Study Skills with Critical Thinking), then an Agama/Moral class (Fundamental of Islamic Studies / Introduction to Theology and Philosophy) and either Precalculus or Precalculus for Business. You take these simple courses as the Fall semester is more towards getting you prepared for TOEFL and SAT, which means you’d be having TOEFL and SAT classes as well, including an SAT Practice Test every week.
|Denver and Eugene, Spring 2013|
Depending on your results for your Precalculus from Fall, you’d be repeating that course if you’re not eligible to continue with Calculus 1 (Science students) or Calculus for Business (Non-Science). During Spring, you’d be split into different classes according to your majors, and each class would take different courses. You would also need to take some English courses such as Speech Communication, Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking, as well as Agama/Moral, Philosophy of Islamic Akhlak. (all these courses compulsory for all classes, no matter what’s your major) Additional courses according to majors would be as follow:
Engineering students: Calculus 1, Introduction to Engineering, Physics, Chemistry (If I’m not mistaken. Oh, and Engineering students do not take Critical Thinking)
Biotechnology students: Calculus 1, Biology
Actuarial Science students: Calculus 1, Computer Programming 1
Arts students (Economics, Finance, Graphics, Animations, Psychology, etc): Between Calculus for Business, Arts, Business, Computer Processing (I’m not so sure about the other courses though, hihi)
And last but not least, Summer. In Summer, on average, you’d only take two courses. Some take one, others might have two or three. (I only have one, which is Calculus 2) Courses in Summer includes: Calculus 2, Calculus 1, American Cultural Studies, Introduction to Psychology, Computer & Information Processing, Introductory Microeconomics, Introduction to Engineering, Experimental Biology, Calculus for Business, Transaction in Islam, Introduction to Al-Quran and Sunnah. This depends on your previous two semesters’ results, and you’d be divided into different classes depending on which courses you would need to take.
This is basically an inter-program tournament in INTEC, where teams from different programs compete against each other in different games. There’s basketball, futsal, netball, badminton, bowling, frisbee, volleyball and table tennis.
|Yours truly during InPro 2012.|
i-KoPLN & i-ProKhas
These are INTEC’s compulsory programs for all students (Muslims only for i-ProKhas). Basically i-ProKhas is INTEC’s ‘Program Pemantapan Rohani’. i-KoPLN is the ‘Kokurikulum Pelajar Luar Negara’, where you’d be split into groups and each group will have to sell a certain thing during the Fiesta i-KoPLN (kind of like a small carnival)
More information would be given to you once you’re here in INTEC, so this is just a heads’ up.
Cemara, Akasia & Cendana
Welcome to your second home sweet home.
Cemara & Akasia are located in Seksyen 18, about 5 minutes away from INTEC’s campus. Cendana’s located in Seksyen 6, about 15 (I think?) minutes away. (well, depending on how fast you drive la) Most of the girls would be staying in Akasia, and some of them that does not fit in Akasia will be asked to stay in Cemara. Cendana is specially for the guys, junior guys, that is. Cemara’s for the senior guys, and some fast-track junior guys as well.
Each house includes: two two-bedded rooms (for Cendana, there might be three-bedded rooms), a living room with two sofas (no sofas in Cendana as of today, if I’m not mistaken), study tables and chairs, whiteboard, soft-board for each student, a small kitchen and a toilet.
For a closer look at a room in Akasia: (pardon the mess, we were in the midst of packing)
|Bedroom in Akasia|
|Study table in Akasia|
|‘Living room’ in Akasia|
MDS & JPKCA
Minggu Destini Siswa – Orientation week! Hurrayyy. Be prepared for a packed half-a-week orientation and group discussions/games/etc.
JPKCA – Jawatankuasa Perwakilan Kolej Cemara & Akasia. (For Cendana, it’s JPKC) We basically plan activities for the students in our respective colleges, and help to convey messages to and from HEP and the students.
Familiarize yourself with this website, as a lot of the US universities are using this application software for you to send in your application later on. Do note that not ALL universities are using CommonApp, so check the respective universities for their application processes.
PROMOTION: Check out the USAPPS 2013 Workshops to help you during your US University Application process. It’s free of charge, and it’s in Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, which is like, CLOSE BY. (well, pretty close la, within half an hour) It’d be really informative as Malaysians students who are in the States will be helping you out in your application process.
Okay, so, FINALLY, this post is DONE, Alhamdulillah. Hope it helps to clear some of the doubts in your mind. Oh, and welcome to INTEC Education College. ADFP’s a fun program, trust me. As long as you can manage your time and energy between your studies and the fun things, you’d be just fine, insyaAllah. Just comment if you have any questions. Until then, Assalamualaikum!