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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can you help a Junior pick classes for next year?

I'm currently a Junior at a high school in California, and recently the class applications have come out. I don't know which ones will help my admission chances for colleges next year. I plan to apply to UCB, UCSB, and UCLA for Computer Science or Math/Statistics. So far, I know I'm going to take A...
02 Feb '16, 14:46 Laura_PrepSc...536
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ACT without Writing useless if schools want Writing section?

I am a sophomore and I took the ACT and got a 35. However I took the ACT without writing and I saw that most colleges require the ACT Plus Writing. Does this mean that my ACT score without writing is useless or is there some way for me to take just the writing? I am planning to go to either Michigan...
03 Feb '16, 10:25 Laura_PrepSc...536
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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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Looking into college at 25. How can I prove my education?

I've been putting college off for a long time (I'm 25 now). I had always planned on going, but I'm only just now finding my direction and getting my life together. I think I finally see my way through. I've got a lot of questions, and up to now I've had no clue where to ask. I was home schooled K-12...
06 Feb '16, 13:48 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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Can I still get financial aid?

So here's the deal, my fafsa and css profile are done already and being sent to colleges, but I now remember leaving the "applying for financial aid" box unchecked on many colleges in my Common App list. I understand it's mid-February already and this could be really problematic. Do I still have tim...
08 Mar '16, 11:10 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Can Colleges that Superscore SAT See Lower Section Scores?

If a college superscores the SAT, do they see all parts of the score reports that you send them, or do they only see the highest scores for each section?
09 Mar '16, 14:33 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Can I stretch the truth on my college application?

I was involved in a community-oriented but school run leadership group freshman and sophomore year; however, as a junior I have not really participated in it at all. The catch is, I've been telling my parents that i have been involved all year to get them off my back. This will inevitably lead to me...
11 Mar '16, 09:40 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Rejected ED to Penn

I received a 2230 on my sat (770 CR, 720 M, 740 W), and I applied ED to Wharton and was rejected. If I wanted to be possibly accepted to an Ivy RD, which schools should I focus on? I know Harvard, Yale, and Princeton will be a stretch, but am I really in the running for any of them at this point? I ...
25 Mar '16, 21:29 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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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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December 2015 ACT results available before January 2016?

If I take the ACT on December 12, 2015, will I get my results back before January 2016?
29 Mar '16, 13:29 Laura_PrepSc...536
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When do colleges get ACT scores if you use the free reports?

If you choose send any or all of the four free ACT score reports that come with registration, how long after the test date will it take for colleges to get your scores?
29 Mar '16, 15:31 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k

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