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Send all SATs or all ACTs to Yale?

I have a 2400 on the SAT and a 35 on the ACT. I know I have nothing to worry about with both of these scores, but my issue is with SAT subject tests. I kind of went overboard and took too many subject tests, and two out of my five scores are in the 600s. I'm worried these scores will hurt me in the ...
01 Nov '18, 02:16 Play123(suspended)
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Will a C ruin my chances at top schools?

I have dreams of going to the most competitive schools in the country, but I think I sabotaged myself by getting a C in AP Calculus. I don't want to be a science/math major, so that's probably good, but I still feel like the C might be a dealbreaker. I have all As otherwise. How worried should I be?
19 Jul '18, 05:43 sheeraz(suspended)
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Should I take AP Calculus or AP Statistics?

I'm going to be a senior next year, and I can't decide which class to take. I've struggled a bit in my Pre-Calc class this year, so I'm not sure if I can handle AP Calculus. I'm thinking about taking AP Statistics instead since I think I may be a business major in college. The schools I'm considerin...
12 Jul '18, 10:08 sheeraz(suspended)
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Difference between 3.7 and 4.0 GPA in the eyes of colleges?

I thought I had a 4.0 GPA because I've never earned a grade lower than a 90 in any of my high school classes. It turns out, however, that on the unweighted GPA scale my GPA is actually a 3.7 (according to my guidance counselor). I've taken the most difficult classes throughout high school, and I'm h...
05 Jul '18, 11:45 sheeraz(suspended)
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Taking six AP classes senior year?

Is it overly ambitious to take six AP classes senior year? I'm planning on taking AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics (B), AP English Lit, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC. I hope to attend Rice University.
02 Jun '18, 16:16 sheeraz(suspended)
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Mechanical engineering with a 600 Math SAT?

I really want to get into a good mechanical engineering program, but I'm concerned because my Math score is only a 600 (lower than both my Reading and Writing scores). I've gotten As in all my math and science classes in high school, so there's no issue on that front. Should I reconsider my major be...
31 May '18, 05:16 joeroot1234(suspended)
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Are scores from state-mandated ACTs acceptable on college applications?

I live in a state where all high school students have to take the ACT. Are my scores from the state-mandated test ok to submit to colleges? Or do I need to take the ACT again independently and submit those scores instead?
27 Jul '16, 12:21 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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29 ACT Score for Georgetown and NYU?

I'm planning on applying for transfer to Georgetown or NYU, and I have an ACT score of 29. Should I retake the test, or is my score high enough for these schools already?
28 Jun '16, 10:55 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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30 ACT score: should I retake it for California state universities?

I have a 30 on the ACT, and I'm debating whether or not I should retake. Money is tight, so I don't want to register for the test if it's unnecessary. The schools I'm worried about are UC Irvine/UC Davis, UCLA, and Berkeley. I do have a high GPA (3.9 unweighted) and have taken 8 AP classes, so I thi...
27 Jun '16, 16:09 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How Many AP Classes for Ivy League Schools?

I'm planning on applying to a couple of Ivy League schools. I know that they vary a bit in their expectations, but what's an estimate of how many AP classes should I take in high school if I hope to attend an elite college?
24 Jun '16, 13:46 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Will 4s on AP tests hurt my chances at top schools?

I got three 4s and one 5 on my AP tests. I know most applicants at really competitive schools will have 5s on all of their exams. How much will the 4s hurt me? Should I avoid sending these scores?
24 Jun '16, 13:32 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do Colleges Ever Reject Overqualified Applicants?

This may be a ridiculous question, but I'm wondering whether colleges ever reject students whose test scores and GPA are well above their average range? For example, if someone with a 2400 applied to a school where the average SAT score of accepted students was a 1700, could they get rejected? My th...
23 Jun '16, 11:34 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Applying to Cornell engineering without Physics and Calculus?

My school does not have Physics at all, and Calculus conflicts with AP Literature. I really want to take AP Lit but I am going into engineering most likely so if I miss Calculus that would be pretty bad. I found a pre-college class at UPenn that offers Calculus but it is a review class and it is not...
01 Jun '16, 15:54 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do some colleges ignore grades from freshman year?

I heard that certain colleges disregard your academic performance in 9th grade and just look at 10th and 11th grade. Is this true? If so, which colleges do it?
27 May '16, 12:29 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Which of these ACT scores should I send?

I'm wondering which one of my ACT scores is better. I got a 31 composite both times and was gunning for at least a 32, so I'm kinda bummed out. ACT #1 Composite: 31 English: 33 Math: 29 Reading: 34 Science: 27 Writing: 9 (comb. E and W: 31) ACT #2 Composite: 31 English: 34 Math: 33 Reading: 30 Sci...
20 Apr '16, 17:52 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Will joining lots of clubs help my college application?

I know its quality over quantity, but wouldn't BOTH quantity and quality be even better? Or would it not make a difference? I want to do as much as possible to maximize my chances of getting in a top college. My main extracurricular activity is the track team, but would it look better if I had that ...
13 Apr '16, 09:56 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Does undergraduate college matter for med school admissions?

I want to go to med school, but I don't want to pay a ton of money for undergrad beforehand. I was offered a full ride to Texas State (I know, not the best school), so if I took that offer I'd start off med school debt-free. However, I'm wary of choosing Texas State when I know I could attend a scho...
12 Apr '16, 16:23 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Minimum SAT score for Princeton?

I'm thinking of applying to Princeton, but I'm concerned about my SAT scores. I didn't do too well on the PSAT. What's the minimum score goal that I should shoot for if I want to have a good shot at being accepted?
05 Apr '16, 12:37 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Will submitting an application earlier improve my chances?

I'm planning to apply Early Action to a couple of colleges. Will submitting my application before the actual deadline (November 1st) give me an advantage over other students?
04 Apr '16, 09:56 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Apply to Stanford EA without Subject Tests or RD with Subject Tests?

I want to apply Early Action to Stanford due to the greater likelihood of acceptance, but it's too late for me to take the recommended two SAT Subject Tests before the application deadline. Should I risk applying Early Action without Subject Test scores, or should I wait and apply Regular Decision s...
01 Apr '16, 18:08 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do Selective Colleges Care About Class Rank?

I'm only ranked in the top 20 percent of my high school class, but I have a good GPA (3.8) and ACT score (32). Will my class rank hold me back at top universities where most students were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes? I'm considering schools like Rice University and Washington ...
01 Apr '16, 11:22 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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MIT with 33 ACT Score But 27 on Reading?

I'm hoping to apply to some very selective engineering colleges, including MIT and Caltech. I'm a little worried about my ACT scores because I only got a 27 on the Reading section. This is six points below any of my other section scores. Will it hurt me in the admissions process?
31 Mar '16, 11:14 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Low Math, high CR on the SAT?

I'm applying to some selective schools including Emory, Davidson, Wash & Lee, and U Chicago, and I'm worried about my uneven SAT scores. My superscore is a 2110: 800 CR, 580 Math, 730 Writing. I've sent three scores, and in my last two sittings, I scored exactly the same in CR and Math (800 and ...
30 Mar '16, 14:36 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do top colleges require SAT II scores if you send the ACT?

I'm applying to very competitive schools (Ivy League and other top engineering schools), and I'm not sure whether it's important for me to take SAT subject tests. Does the ACT just replace the SAT, or does it replace both the SAT and the SAT II?
29 Mar '16, 15:43 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Will coding an app help me in college admissions?

I am planning on coding an app no matter what, but I'm wondering if this will help in college admissions. I don't have any organized extracurriculars in programming, and since I'm indicating it as one of my interests on my app, I think I probably should. This project will take up a lot of my time (6...
28 Mar '16, 11:45 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Is it harder for low income students to get into top colleges?

I'm a Junior interested in going to top-tier schools. I am from a family with low incomes (less than $35,000), and I'm also in the free/reduced lunch program at my school. I have very good academics (top 1% in my class) which I am not worried about. However, I recently read a book on admissions and ...
27 Mar '16, 16:22 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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760 Math Subject Test Score Good Enough for Extremely Selective Engineering College?

I got scores between 750 and 780 on my SAT Subject Tests in Math 2 and Physics. Will I be able to get into schools like Stanford, Caltech, and the Ivies as a CS major with these scores? Should I retake either or both of the tests?
21 Mar '16, 18:27 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How do colleges verify extracurriculars?

I know that most students list a lot of extracurriculars on their applications, which include location and school-specific things like club presidencies or community service participation. How can colleges verify that students aren't lying about these activities? Do they even look into it, or do the...
13 Feb '16, 15:45 Fred_PrepSch...101
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High GPA but low SAT for UNC?

I have looked into the college I want to go to (UNC Chapel Hill, in-state student), and I have noticed that my GPA is above their average, but my SAT scores are below their average. I'm scoring around a 1650 on the 2400 scale. I also tried taking the ACT, but I scored in the same range. I have prett...
03 Feb '16, 12:15 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do I have a chance at top colleges with a 580 CR SAT score?

My Math and Writing scores are in the 700s, but I'm stuck at a 580 on Critical Reading. I've already taken the test three times, so I'm not going to take it again. I have scores in the high 700s on my subject tests in Math and Physics, and I'd say my application is very good overall other than this ...
28 Jan '16, 14:49 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k

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