US Applications Forum for School Advisors

UES hosts a free forum for teachers and advisors, dedicated to US College Applications.

The forum is a place for teachers to discuss anything related to undergraduate and postgraduate applications to colleges and universities in the USA. Topics include such areas as:

  • Standardised tests
  • Upcoming events
  • Waitlisting
  • Announcements by colleges
  • Managing applications in the school
  • General questions and concerns

To register , please follow these instructions:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on 'Register' in the top-right
  3. Click to agree to the terms
  4. Create a user ID and password, and fill in as many details as possible. It's useful for other members! Note : For your security, your email address will never be visible to other board members. NB: choose a username that helps identify you quickly to other board members. We would suggest " firstname-schoolname ", eg " tom-giantschool ".
  5. Shortly after registering, the board administrators will approve your registration, and you will receive an email confirming that you are able to log in.
  6. Head back to and login using your username and password.

Viewing the forum

There are three levels within the layout of the forum. There are general headings called categories, each of which contain more specific areas called forums, and under these are conversations called topics.

  • Once logged in you will be on the main page, containing a summary of all categories.
  • There are different category headings, such as "Standardised Testing” and "US Colleges and Universities".
  • Under each category heading, you can see various forums, such as "Redesigned SAT" under the Standardised Testing category.
  • Clicking on a category name, such as "Standardised Testing" will allow you to view all forums under that category.
  • Clicking on a forum will allow you to see all topics (or conversations) going on under that subject. For example, under the category "Standardised Testing" there is a forum called "Redesigned SAT". Clicking on that will allow you to see any conversations people are having about that test.
  • Clicking on an individual topic will allow you to read all the individual posts under that topic.
  • Topics and forums are arranged according to the last time someone posted; the latest ones at the top.

Joining a conversation

  • Click on an active topic, eg Standardised Testing -> Redesigned SAT -> What are your opinions so far?
  • You can read the previous posts, and click "Post Reply" to join in.
  • Write your post and click "Submit". Your post will now be visible under that topic.

Starting a conversation

  • A conversation takes place under a topic. You can start a new topic whenever you like.
  • Go to a category and forum of your choice, eg Standardised Testing -> Redesigned SAT
  • Under this forum, you can choose to add your own topic by clicking on "New Topic".
  • Give your new topic a relevant title, eg "Scoring the New SAT"
  • Write a description of this topic in the box below. This will be the first post in the conversation.
  • Other people will then be able to reply to this topic.
    NB: please try not to create new topics if they already exist elsewhere. For example, please don't create a new topic to do with your HE event, if you have already done so once before. It's easier to add to the old conversation - this will bump it up to the top!

Talking to someone privately

  • You can send private messages and/or emails to individual members.
  • Next to people's posts, you will see the username of the person who wrote that post, eg tom-giantschool.
  • Click on the username to go to the person's profile, where you can see information about that user.
  • You can click on "Send private message" in order to send a message through the forum.
  • You can also click on "Send email to ..." to send an email to that member. Note that this is done through the forum, and you won't be able to see their email address. They will receive your email but it won't show your email address. They will also be able to reply to you without their knowing your email address.

Keeping up to date

You can quickly see any posts you haven't read, as well as all your posts and unanswered topics, by clicking on "Quick links" in the upper left of the page.

We hope you find useful! If you have any questions at all, you contact the administrator of the forum on

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