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By many European universities' standards, a European high school diploma equals an American high school diploma plus two years of college.
Why is it that the American system is so complicated and requires so many things (with all its SAT's, ACT's, AP's, CLEP) to actually equal a European diploma such as the French Baccalaureate? Do you think it has to do with the American standards of education? And why is it that in order to get into a good American university you need a huge amount of extra-curricular activities and leadership compared to European universities, where a good grade in your Bac, Matura, Selectividad, or others will get you anywhere?
What are your views on this?