NCAA Guide Part 3: Making the grade
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As soon as you know the NCAA is a possible part of your sporting future, you'll need to connect with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. Be sure to register sooner rather than later - don't wait until your graduating year, as all transcripts starting from Grade 9 should be forwarded to the system.
Basically, if you graduate from a Canadian secondary school then you should be fine to enter a U.S. college and be deemed eligible as the NCAA. You'll need to write the standard test required by all American post-secondary schools - an SAT or ACT.
But where you come from in Canada is important. In the eyes of the NCAA, not every provincial school system was created equal. Because of different determinations of what is considered "satisfactory" in different provinces, some places have higher requirements than others for eligibility.
If you live in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I, Newfoundland or the Yukon, you'll need at 60 per cent average to be eligible. The requirement for Manitobans is 56 per cent, and other provinces and territories is 50 per cent.
Aspiring for a higher grade point average (GPA) is a good idea. The better you do during your high school career, the less you'll need to score on the SAT test. The lowest possible GPA, and you'll need to pull up your socks and score 820. If you have a top GPA, you'll only need to score 400 to be eligible.