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Vocabulary

1. Demographics- The characteristics of human populations and population segments, especially when used to identify consumer markets 2. SAT- an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities, a trademark used for a set of standardized college entrance examinations. 3. ACT- an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. It has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. 4. Degree- an academic award conferred by a university or college on successful completion of a course or as an honorary distinction 5. Bachelors Degree- a degree awarded by a college or university to a person who has completed undergraduate studies. 6. Diploma- A document issued by an educational institution, such as a university, testifying that the recipient has earned a degree or has successfully completed a particular course of study, such as a high school 7. Engineer- One who is trained or professionally engaged in a branch of engineering. 8. Biomedicine- The application of the principles of the natural sciences, especially biology and physiology, to clinical medicine. 9. Biomedical Engineers- The application of engineering techniques to the understanding of biological systems and to the development of therapeutic technologies and devices. 10. College- An institution of higher learning that grants the bachelor's degree in liberal arts or science or both. 11. University- An institution for higher learning with teaching and research facilities constituting a graduate school and professional schools that award master's degrees and doctorates and an undergraduate division that awards bachelor's degrees. 12. High school- A secondary school that usually includes grades 9 or 10 through 12 13. International Baccalaureate- a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission: focusing on the student to develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. 14. Undergraduate- a person studying in a university for a first degree. Sometimes shortened to: undergrad 15. Graduate- involves learning and studying for degrees, professional or academic certificates, or other qualifications for which a first or Bachelor's degree generally is required, and it is normally considered to be part of higher education. In North America, this level is generally referred to as graduate school. 16. Major- the main subject that a student studies at college or university 17. Minor- student's declared secondary field of study or specialization during their undergraduate studies

18. Private School- a school supported by a private organization or private individuals rather than by the government. 19. Public School- a school supported by public funds 20. AP Classes- college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students, 6 credits per class (2 more than on level) 21. Honors Classes- a class in which the most advanced students are placed, 5 credits per class (2 more than on level) 22. GPA (grade point average)- calculated by taking the number of grade points a student earned in a given period of time of middle school through high school 23. Quality Points- additional points for honors (+1) and AP (+2) classes 24. Unweighted GPA- without quality points 25. Weighted GPA- with quality points 26. Class Rank- standing in class 27. Transcript- In education, a transcript is an inventory of the courses taken and grades earned of a student throughout a course