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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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Do colleges consider extracurriculars in the admissions process?

Do extracurricular activities matter much for admissions? I'm not sure whether I should be worried about them or not. I thought that most colleges did take them into account, but I've heard some conflicting things.
27 Jan '16, 16:19 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Send both SAT and ACT or leave out lower SAT score?

I scored 1850 on the SAT and 29 on the ACT. My ACT score converts to a higher SAT score (by 100 points or so), so should I just send that to colleges and leave out my SAT score? Or is it a better idea to send both to make myself look more well-rounded? I'm applying to UC schools if that matters.
25 Jan '16, 16:11 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Should I continue an EC I hate if I'm really good at it?

I've been on my school's debate team since freshman year (I'm a junior now), and I'm nationally ranked. However, I kind of got roped into debate without understanding some of the pettiness and lack of substance it involves. Instead of making a truly strong, valid argument, people just want to find a...
25 Jan '16, 12:33 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Should I bother applying to UPENN?

My parents really want me to apply to UPENN, but I don't think I'm qualified and I would rather not waste my time on a pointless application. My SAT score is a 2000, and my weighted GPA is around a 3.9 as of this year. I feel like applying would just mean throwing away my money. Is it at all worth i...
25 Jan '16, 11:09 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Is it harder for international students to get into Ivy League schools?

I live in the Netherlands. However, I'm hoping to go to an Ivy League school in the US. Will it be harder for me to get in than it is for US citizens? What should I do to improve my chances?
20 Jan '16, 14:29 Fred_PrepSch...101
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Do selective colleges favor the SAT over the ACT?

It seems to me that the SAT is a more difficult test overall, so I find it hard to believe that colleges look upon the SAT and the ACT as equal measurements of academic potential. Is there a subtle bias towards applicants with high SAT scores over those with high ACT scores at elite colleges? If not...
12 Jan '16, 15:11 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Should I use the additional information section on the Common App?

Under 'Additional Information' in the Common App the following prompt appears: "Please provide an answer below if you wish to provide details of circumstances or qualifications not reflected in the application. You may enter up to 650 words." I have extenuating circumstances that I think colleges sh...
10 Jan '16, 19:13 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Is November too late to take the SAT II for ED/EA?

I want to apply ED to Cornell, but the only feasible time for me to take my SAT Subject Tests is in November of my senior year (I'm retaking the regular SAT on the October test date). Is this too late? Or will Cornell get my scores in time?
10 Jan '16, 17:38 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do colleges see senior year grades?

If I'm applying regular decision to college, will schools see my senior year grades before making an admissions decision?
04 Jan '16, 10:07 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How early should I apply for rolling admissions at state schools?

I'm interested in a few different state schools (UMass, Maryland, UConn, URI), and I noticed that many of them have rolling admissions. Should I try to apply as early as possible, or will it not make a difference? How early can I apply?
04 Jan '16, 09:48 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Should I report low AP scores?

I got a 1 and a 2 on two of my AP tests. Should I avoid sending these scores to colleges, or should I report them in the interest of full disclosure?
29 Dec '15, 12:48 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How Many Reach Schools Should I Apply To?

I have the grades and test scores to be a competitive applicant at any school, but I'm wondering how many reach schools I should have on my list. Should I apply to a wide range of elite colleges to increase my chances of getting into one of them, or should I narrow it down to just a couple?
18 Dec '15, 13:59 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Additional Letters of Recommendation?

Can it help your college application to send additional letters of recommendation beyond the required two?
18 Dec '15, 13:34 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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2110 SAT Good for Berkeley?

I'm planning on applying to Berkeley for engineering. I just took the SAT, and I got a composite score of 2110 (my score breakdown was 690 on Writing, 730 on Math, and 690 on Critical Reading). Are my scores high enough to give me a chance of acceptance?
18 Dec '15, 10:41 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Why Do Some Schools Ignore the SAT Writing Section?

I'm frustrated with the fact that many colleges don't consider the SAT Writing section. I got my best section score on Writing, and I'm disappointed that some schools won't see it. What's the deal with this?
17 Dec '15, 15:04 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Take SAT Subject Tests Before APs Senior Year?

I’m planning on taking AP Biology and AP Physics as a senior in high school. Naturally, this means that my AP scores in these subjects won’t be available in time for college applications. Should I take the SAT Subject Tests in Biology and Physics in December of my senior year so that standardized te...
02 Dec '15, 11:09 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k

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