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What are good “stand out” electives for college admissions?

I’m going to be a sophomore next year, and I am planning on taking debate and mock trial as electives. Should I change one of them to have more variety? What kind of electives make a student stand out for college applications?
26 May '16, 12:44 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do colleges care about the new SAT essay?

I’m not a great writer, so I opted to register for the SAT without the essay. Now I’m worried about how this decision will affect me when it comes to applying to colleges. Generally speaking, will colleges care more if I don't do the essay, or if I do poorly on it? Will they really care about the e...
18 May '16, 01:11 satstudentx1
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Should I quit my sports team to focus on the SAT?

I am on my school basketball team, and there is a 50% chance that I'll be co-captain next year. Unfortunately, my grades aren’t that great, so I really need to study and do well on the SAT. Should I stay on the basketball team, possibly as co-captain, even though it’s so time consuming, or quit and...
25 May '16, 15:35 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do colleges prefer AP or IB?

I'm just a freshman in high school right now, but I will be applying to some prestigious schools in the future. To help shape my high school plan, I'm wondering what is more impressive to schools (particularly Ivy Leagues): IB or AP classes/scores?
26 May '16, 12:03 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Does your high school affect your Ivy League chances?

I will be starting high school next year, and I have the option of going to two different schools. The first is a prestigious public high school that is completely focused on academics, and will likely be very difficult to excel in. The other option is my local high school, which will offer a greate...
24 May '16, 12:22 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do I need a work resume for American Universities?

I’m working on applying to a few American Universities as a Freshman, and I was asked to write a job resume as a requirement for Salem State University. How do I do this considering the fact that I've never been employed or worked for anyone? Is this common for American Universities?
11 May '16, 11:46 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How long are SAT scores valid?

My son is 15 years old and he will be taking the WAEC in Nigeria next year. I would like him to start preparing for the SAT as well, but I’m not sure when he should plan to take it. How long are SAT scores valid for admission to U.S. Universities?
05 May '16, 09:44 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Are average GPAs on school admissions pages on a 4.0 or 5.0 scale?

I'm confused about whether I should be looking at my weighted or unweighted GPA while doing my college search. Do colleges typically refer to just one on their admissions pages?
03 May '16, 20:22 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Top engineering schools with a 33 ACT?

I’m an international student interested in pursuing engineering at a top U.S. school. I recently raised my ACT score from a 28 to a 33! I feel that this accomplishment has opened a whole new set of doors for me, but I’m not sure where to start looking. Do you have a shortlist of schools that I can n...
10 May '16, 14:31 Laura_PrepSc...536
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How do schools determine their new SAT benchmarks?

Since the SAT is new, and there won't be exact statistical admission averages, will schools use the same correlation guidelines published by the College Board to determine acceptance criteria? If not, how do they generate their own range of scores for freshman acceptance?
05 May '16, 08:45 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Can I get into Johns Hopkins with a 3.8 GPA?

I'm a freshman in high school and currently have a GPA of 3.5. I am going to work as hard as possible in my sophomore and junior years to increase my GPA to a 3.8. Is it possible to get into a school like Johns Hopkins with that GPA?
03 May '16, 16:25 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Audio Engineering Major - Which SAT Subject Test should I take?

I plan on majoring in audio engineering, is there an SAT Subject Test that will help me get into a good program?
10 May '16, 12:23 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Do my extracurriculars make me too “well rounded”?

My school specializes in science and engineering, but I’m actually looking into pursuing a career in medicine. I’ve taken all of the math and science APs, and received good scores, but my extracurriculars are pretty split between activities related to medicine, and activities related to engineering....
30 Apr '16, 11:39 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do colleges recalculate GPAs?

Do colleges recalculate high school students' gpa according to the rigor? I know that they like AP and honors courses, but I'm not sure if or how they recalculate gpa when they are looking at our transcripts for admission.
14 Jun '16, 10:46 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Do colleges care more about AP courses or SAT Subject Tests?

I thought about doing both, but I don't want to waste time and money if I should be focusing more on one. What do you recommend?
28 Apr '16, 14:45 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Can I get into Georgetown with just an IB Diploma and SAT Reasoning?

Their website mentions that 3 SAT Subject tests are required, but I'm wondering if an IB diploma would work as an alternative.
28 Apr '16, 13:59 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Are foreign language requirements mandatory for acceptance?

I’ve noticed that some schools list 2 years of a foreign language as part of their admission requirements. Does this mean that I won’t be accepted if I haven’t taken 2 full years of a foreign language at my school? Could proof of language proficiency be enough?
27 Apr '16, 10:06 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Are there schools that require ACT scores?

I feel really comfortable with the SAT, and I would rather just focus on that one test, but I don’t want to be limited when I’m applying to schools next year. I've heard that there are some schools that specifically require ACT scores (instead of either/or). Is this true?
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