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This project comes with the opportunity to participate in an independent study and receive credit. If you are interested in this as an independent study, please reach out to Arlene Rivera Finkelstein, at arfinkel law. Students interested are asked to provide a statement of interest no longer than one page addressed to Maya Sosnov , an unofficial transcript, a resume, and the phone number of at least one reference. In the statement of interest, please explain your interest in Federal Reentry Court, any relevant skills or experiences, and indicate whether you would like to participate in Morning or Afternoon Reentry Court.

As this project has an early recruitment, please forward your application packet to Sarah Egoville, segoville law. The Rendell Center offers opportunities for educators and the broader community to develop the knowledge, practices and dispositions of engaged citizenship. For educators, the Rendell Center creates curriculum content, pedagogical tools, and professional development experiences.

For students, the Rendell Center develops literacy-based programs and experiential learning exercises. We are looking for dynamic, innovative and passionate individuals interested in joining our team to assist us in the our rollout of our Literacy Based Mock Trial program in grades k We are looking for assistance in the development of material as well as individuals to work with elementary school classrooms on the Literature Based Mock program.

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However, the hours are extremely flexible and can easily fit in with your course load and other commitments. We ask that you commit to at least one case per week. Email your interest to Sarah Egoville at segoville law. Students are asked to commit to at least two events per semester and will be trained in advance. This work can be a one or two semester commitment. Please email a resume to Sarah Egoville, segoville law.

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Please email a cover letter and resume to Sarah Egoville, segoville law. Also do races play a role in college admission Asian, Caucasian, etc. It sounds like you have great grades and decent test scores. Chances are if you made an A in Chemistry then you probably got something better than a 2 on your AP exam.

Applicants interested in an engineering major are strongly encouraged to submit scores from the Mathematics Level 2 SAT subject test and at least one science SAT subject test. If you are not yet familiar with the websites of the colleges that interest you, then you should definitely study them thoroughly. That way, you can study for them while you are also studying for AP exams and finals. If you have not signed up to take any SAT subject tests yet, you should definitely do so if you plan to apply to Johns Hopkins.

You want to get at least a on each one, and above if possible. Check out our classroom, one-on-one, telephonic, and online course offerings at http: Summer is a great time to do test prep, and I would be happy to work with you myself. You also asked if race plays a part in college admissions. The short answer is yes; most colleges strive to have racially diverse student bodies in the interests of promoting tolerance and correcting historical injustices to members of underrepresented minorities.

The answer is not really. While a few spots at a university might be given to members of underrepresented minorities whose test scores and grades may not be quite as high as those of the rest of the incoming students, chances are these students have also faced more challenges poverty, community violence, less access to educational opportunities and resources, being the first in their family to attend college than other students, and when you take that into account their accomplishments are at least as remarkable as those of their classmates, if not more so.

Honestly, if both your parents are doctors and they started preparing you for Harvard since you were born by sending you to the best private schools in town and by paying for all your extracurriculars, tutoring, test prep, etc. Most students fall somewhere in between these two extremes, but you can see a little bit why college admissions officers take race and class into account when deciding whom to admit — it takes a pretty special person to beat the odds, and if we are going to live in a more equal society, change has to start somewhere.

Also realize that minority students from middle to upper class backgrounds are increasingly held to the same high standards as other students and have to be just as good in order to get in.

Consider Kwasi Enin, whom we recently profiled in a blog post , a Ghanian-American from a middle-class family who was accepted to all 8 Ivy League schools. A more important question might be whether Asians are disadvantaged compared to Whites when it comes to elite college admissions. No one could possibly argue that White students need preferential treatment over Asians in college admissions, so to me this is a more serious allegation.

What is the truth? Personally, I think there should be much more transparency in college admissions and colleges ought to release more data so that we get a better understanding of this issue. Regardless of the issue of race, you need to realize that the students make the school, not the school the students.

If you are a smart, talented student, then you will improve the school you go to, whatever it is. If you work hard and do your best academically, you will get into a college that will have all the resources you need to get into medical school or pursue the career of your choice.

Realize that you are in control of your future, not college admissions officers. Both can lead you to a great career if you work hard and plan ahead, and preparing yourself for a future career is ultimately what college is all about.

Hi again, Thanks for responding. Is that an advantage or disadvantage not Hispanic or black. Note that for the SAT you cannot only pick certain sections to send — you must send your scores on all sections for a particular test date. So if you want mix and match your scores from different tests, you have to send all of the scores from the tests you are mixing and matching. You can also choose to withhold specific AP scores from your AP score report for a fee.

So, if you really did do badly which I still doubt you did no college ever has to know. If you do get below a 3 on an AP exam, you would probably want to withhold that score. The fact that you will be a first generation college student is impressive and will help your application regardless of race.

You and your parents should be very proud of your accomplishments! American colleges want to promote a meritocratic society and believe it is important to give opportunities to hard-working, talented students of all backgrounds, especially first generation college students. Dear Calvin, I am currently a junior at a very competitive public high school.

I am involved with 5 activities at my school with awards usajmo and leadership positions in each. I am aiming for Ivy League admission with a major in bio.

However I got a B in PE my freshman year. This irritates me bc I am a varsity athlete and got injured while playing for the school, resulting in my B. Other than this I have a 4. The B in PE is nothing to worry about. If you want, when you ask your teachers for recommendations, you can tell them what happened and they can argue on your behalf and explain why you got the B.

Note that when you ask for recommendations, you want to give your teachers copies of your resume which should include everything you plan to put on your application and possibly a personal statement reminding them of your accomplishments in their classes, personal anecdotes from class, and anything like that B you would want them to explain for you.

Your teachers will appreciate any help and guidance you can give them when writing your recommendations. Remember that your teachers are on your side — a success for you is a success for them, so they will want to help you. You do not need to mention it yourself anywhere in your application.

I hope this puts your fears to rest. The school I go to sends several students to Ivy Leagues every year but I have also heard that colleges do not really pay attention to freshman year grades. How many APs would you recommend for me to take during high school? Many students at my school take around by the time they graduate, so I was wondering if I would have to take this many to get into an Ivy League.

Also, is it better if the APs I take align with what I want to major in in the future? I also have one more question. For extracurriculars, I have been playing the piano for 10 years and have received several awards and performed with orchestras when I was younger. Would colleges be more concerned about the awards I receive during high school, and if they did, woudl the awards have to be highly distinguished for them to make an impression?

I am also currently working for the gold medal in the Congressional Award. Would this help as well? Congratulations on your musical accomplishments — what concertos did you play with orchestra?

Anyway, to answer your question, more recent awards that you achieved during high school are going to carry more weight on your college applications, but you should still put down earlier ones, especially if they are impressive like playing with orchestras. Any awards you win in high school are worth mentioning on your application, even if they were easy to get.

Keep up the good work, and good luck. How would you recommend for me to go about studying for it? You must practice like crazy. Congratulations and good luck with the Emperor Concerto. With regard to AP Music Theory, the exam basically tests dictation intervals, melodies, rhythms, and 4-part chorales and 4-part roman numeral harmonic analysis. If you are interested, you should give the office a call at or Whatever you decide, keep up the good work and good luck! Freshman year grades DO count!

Freshman year is a great time to make straight As and boost your GPA because your freshman year classes are probably the easiest ones you will take in high school.

Good job for planning ahead and taking freshman grades seriously! These kinds of hijinks may not be necessary, but know that yes, you are going to want to take at least AP exams. The important thing is to show that you can get 5s on just about any AP test you take.

Keep up the good work and good luck! First semester was a 92, second semester was an 86, they average to the Since that was my first year of high school and I have a while left, provided I do everything right in terms of grades and extracurriculars and whatnot is it still possible to make it into an Ivy League? You can recover from the B. Also, make sure you understand how your high school calculates GPA. When calculating GPA, does your school use grades per semester or per year?

At my high school they used grades per semester, so under that system your French grades would count as one A and one B instead of just one B for the whole year. Other than that, keep up the good work, and make straight As from here on out! If you do that, as well as everything else I recommend in this series, you will still have an excellent shot at a spot at an Ivy League school. Start doing more research this summer about different colleges to find out which ones might be the best fit for you.

Consider visiting colleges, and check out the following articles I have written:. Thanks for the great information in your article! I am just finishing finals in my junior year of high school and will be applying to colleges pretty soon. I would like to apply to colleges on the East Coast such as UPenn, Carnegie, and Columbia and want to work on a major in engineering. Would a solid Math 2 subject test score make up for anything? Honestly, one or two Bs can be okay, but you are kind of pushing it.

Do not get any more Bs for the rest of high school. What kinds of grades have you made in science classes like Physics and Chemistry? If you made As in those classes and 5s on their corresponding AP exams, that could help, too. You still have a chance at getting in, but from here on out you are going to have to make As and only As.

As long as you work hard, do your best, and plan ahead, you are going to do very well in life no mater where you end up for college. Dear Calvin, Thank you for you excellent post.

It is the most helpful and insightful. I am at 9th grade and I like Biological science subjects and plan to go into medical field. I have a dilemma that I am in Orchestra and was told I need to finish 4 years of Orchestra in high school to show commitment. But that takes away available hours for me to take Physics.

So I want to ask if not taking physics will lessen my chance of acceptance to Ivy League school like Harvard or Princeton for a science major or pre-med.

Should I quit Orchestra and take Physics? Are you sure there is no way to do both? When I was in high school, advanced orchestra always met the period after lunch, which was the same time the Higher Level IB Math class met.

There were always a few kids who wanted to do both, so they would attend class with a less advanced orchestra and go to IB Math after lunch. They still performed with the advanced orchestra group and attended after school rehearsals once per week with the advanced orchestra.

Would a compromise like this be possible at your school? If you must choose between the two, then consider the pros and cons of each option. If you take Physics, that shows academic rigor and could allow you to take another AP Exam, which could help you stand out and could give you more college credits and even allow you to place out of cutthroat pre-med Physics classes at some colleges.

Consider that I, a music major, only did orchestra for three years because I took AP Music Theory freshman year of high school instead. Ultimately, the decision if you have to make it is up to you. Generally speaking, your academic courses have more weight in college admissions than your electives.

Taking Physics has greater risks but potentially greater rewards. I guess if I were in your shoes I might lean slightly towards Physics, but it really depends on what is more important to you and what you feel comfortable doing. Ideally, you will be able to figure out a way to continue doing both. Let me know if you have any more questions. I aspire to be at Princeton.

Due to family issues, I had a great fall in my grades during junior year. Rest everything including recommendations are fine. Basically, what it boils down to is let your teachers explain away the dip in your in grades when they write your recommendations. Honestly, you still sound like you are doing very well despite whatever slip in grades you might have had. I completed my freshman year this year. I took my AP Bio exam this year, and I am very nervous about my score.

I think I most likely received a 3, hopefully a 4. I am planning to take quite a few more APs throughout high school, but I was wondering if all AP exams that I take will be shown to the colleges I apply for and whether a 3 on the AP Bio exam would be detrimental to me.

Please let me know! You can withhold AP scores on your applications, but you must specifically request this for each college you apply to. Learn more about withholding AP scores here. So how should I calculate be GPA?

I really want to go to Ivy League universites. However, I transferred there at the beginning of my junior year from a lesser-known, but still respectable, public high school. I can still apply for early admission with these scores. My extracurriculars are vast and ranging.

I coach special olympics and am apart of NHS as well as math team. This summer I will be at Northwestern for a prestigious civil leadership program which last 3 weeks. My final component of my application would be athletics.

I play club and high school soccer and, although I may not be able to play big D1 soccer, I think I could play for many of the Ivys. Do you think I have a good chance getting into an Ivy, all things considered? The most important aspects of your application will of course be your GPA, Class Rank, and standardized test scores. While you can greatly help yourself in terms of becoming a competitive applicant to a competitive school by submitting high scores on both the SAT and ACT, you should also remember that many Ivy League schools will require you to take and submit SAT Subject Tests as well.

As you construct your overall college admission timeline, you should keep in mind what days you will be able to take these tests they are administered on the same days as the SAT and the amount of time you will need to properly prepare for them. If you feel like you can improve your ACT score I certainly encourage you to retake it, but I would temper that zeal with a dose of practicality- you only have so much time left to you and it is important that you meet all the requisite admission criteria, and that you give yourself an adequate amount of time to ensure success on these exams.

How bad is a 4 or a 3 in comparison and at what point would you recommend we not send to the colleges? You can learn more about how AP Exams are Scored here. An AP score of 4 demonstrates the proficient and working knowledge of the subject matter that will be expected of students attending competitive colleges. An AP Score of 3, however, might be better left off your resume for the purpose of admission to an Ivy League school.

This was extremely weird because I had a solid 98 in that class. Will this ruin my chances of getting into an ivy league school?!?! Im also a full IB candidate, but we were required to take this ap class freshman and sophomore year. Is there any hope!!?? Well i used to live in the us for 12 years then my family decided to go to egypt for 4 years so i just came back at the begining of this month and i had a 7 hour meeting with my counceler and she calculated my credit and from 7 8 9 and 10th my credit is a So long as you maintained a competitive GPA and class rank at your school in Egypt, you should be fine.

Ivy League schools receive a large number of international applicants every year, and they have a fairly routine process by which they calculate your international GPA. You can rely on sites like this one to give you a better idea of what admission officers will eventually calculate when evaluating your applications.

Alternatively and this is what I would recommend , you can visit the websites of the colleges you will apply to and see if there is publicly available information about how they calculate international GPAs.

One of my mantras when it comes to giving advice to young, competitive students such as yourself is that you can only control what you can control — this means that if you are concerned about your previous status as an international student impacting your chances of admission to a top tier university, then certainly you can and should be proactive conduct independent research on the issue, meet with your counselor, contact the university you are applying to for specifics, etc.

What you can do, however, is control what is within your ability to control — like registering for a challenging course load which it sounds like you have , participate in relevant extracurricular activities, and prepare for and excel on the standardized tests you will be required to take.

Recently I found your website and have been looking through the great articles. Thank you for all the information offered here. I am one of the students looking forward to going to an Ivy or schools with same levels of extremely studious student body and education, but of course, my dream is an Ivy like most people and, well, what people say as well as your comments strongly indicate the low chances I have.

Sophomore year, one B in the entire year with just two weighted courses — one honors and one AP. Then I hit Junior year, and currently I am in the summer before becoming a Senior year. I had three APs and two honors in my junior year. My two other non-weighted electives, music and French, had As but who would care about that. My dreams shattered — though not totally yet — and it was because I was absolutely lazy. I had volunteer activities, once went to volunteer for a whole week in an outdoor school week, and have been part of Track team for all years.

I worked in the weekends, and for the whole year I was taking at least one course from the community college in my city. How much will they take my present extracurricular activities into account?

While these types of grades will negatively impact your chances of admission to an Ivy League school, they will not immediately disqualify you from admission. It sounds like you are realistic about your chances of being admitted to an ultra competitive college, and that is important, but you should not abandon hope just yet! Even if you are not admitted to your school of choice, all of that work will help you in terms of admission to an Honors program at a less competitive college.

Also, remember that if you maintain a high enough GPA as an undergraduate, you can always attempt to transfer to an Ivy League school after your freshman or sophomore years. Likewise, if you are planning on pursing an M.

Thousands of students are able to successfully maintain a perfect A average throughout high school, however that is in no way the norm. The vast majority of students will at some point, in some way, falter in high school. Although this site is regularly visited by these ultra-competitive students as they conduct research on what is required and what they should do to become similarly ultra-competitive applicants to Ivy League schools, you should not be too down on yourself for failing to maintain these extreme standards of excellence.

Yes, admission to Ivy League schools is increasingly competitive, but you do not have to attend an Ivy League school to have a successful professional career. In 10th grade, I kind of messed up my English grade. We get three report cards per year international school and a grade out of 7.

On my first grade I got a 5 on the second 6 and on third a 6. If you are a non-native English speaker, then you can take other steps to demonstrate proficiency in English to an admission officer. Some schools, like Harvard for example, treat international applicants the same as domestic applications, so they do not require international applicants to take the TOEFL, but in your case this test could very well serve to address any doubts an admission officer might have about your ability to keep up in an academic setting.

I could be easily ranked 5th among the 70 students that make up my generation. I took the SAT as a sophomore in order to get acquaintance with the whole system but my score was considerable low. My school is a private american based school, not trying to sound brat or anything but here in Colombia learning english is a privilege public education is unable to offer due to corruption, war and many other factors.

As many students, been accepted into one of these academically monstruos universities is my dream. Do you think I still have a chance to get in or should I look for other universities? Do you have any tips for me? Thank you again and Happy Holidays! My advice would be to do everything required to apply to these types of schools — SAT Subject Tests, AP exams, recommendations, sterling application essay, etc. Hi, Thank you for the great advice! I was wondering just exactly how important playing a sport is to get into an Ivy-League.

I realize that all Ivy-Leagues look for students that are well-rounded in all aspects. But is it still possible to be accepted by not playing a sport and instead participating actively in leadership, excelling in academics, and doing a lot of community service? Traditionally, excellence in sports demonstrates a few key personality traits that admissions officers actively seek.

As a former All-American high school wrestler, I can attest to the difficulty it takes to compete athletically at a high level. When you think of high achieving athletes you think of words like commitment, discipline, and competitiveness; these are all attributes that translate directly into real-world success.

This is really what admission officers are seeking — students who will go on to become successful in the real world and be good ambassadors of the university brand. The point of playing sports in the context of admission to a highly selective university is to demonstrate these characteristics to an admissions officer — if you can accomplish this outside of athletics think Debate, Mathletics, Quiz Bowls, or other academic competitions , then your application should not suffer.

Would the grades I have now be detrimental in my getting into Brown my dream school or Yale or Columbia my other top choices? Less than stellar grades will impact your chance of admission to a top university, however, they will not not necessarily or immediately disqualify you from admission.

The truth is that you do not need a perfect GPA to be admitted to these schools although it certainly helps , what you absolutely need is a competitive GPA. Other factors notwithstanding, you can consider yourself a competitive applicant so long as your GPA is at or above a 3. That said, the higher your GPA the better your chance of admission. The most important thing you can do to improve your chances of admission is to continue what you are already doing — improve your grades!

My Sat and Act scores are very high. Do I have to be top 5??? You do not have to be in the top 5 of your high school graduating class to be admitted to an Ivy League. It is more important that you are able to demonstrate that you have taken a challenging course load — that is, that you have taken and done well in the most challenging courses available to you.

Taking all honors classes when AP classes are not available is an equally effective alternative although, you might consider taking the AP tests in those subjects — you do not have to take AP classes to take AP exams, and if you do not score well on an AP exam then you can simply choose not to share that specific exam with the schools to which you are applying. Learn more about this here and here.

I even took Pre-Calc in the summer so I could take Calc,with the seniors, as a junior never before done at my school. Also I am currently second rank in my class of 36 and striving for valedictorian.

For extracurriculars, by the time I graduate, I will have completed 4 years of basketball and 3 years of Lacrosse. I am a member of several clubs at school such as Big brother Big sister, which is a mentoring program for elementary school children, and National Honor Society.

I volunteer at the front desk of a local hospital, tutor peers, and assist the elderly at a nearby Genesis. For leadership, I am currently VP of my class, founder and president of World Cultures Club , and Captain of both lacrosse and basketball. I plan to be President of school and NHS next year also. SO sorry for writing so much but I wanted the most accurate portrayal of myself.

Now, my 1 is definitely Harvard. I was wondering based on this info. Do I have a shot? What am I lacking? Based on this information, you will be as competitive an applicant as anyone else. Remember though, every year hundreds of applicants are denied admission to prestigious schools for no more complicated a reason that there is simply not enough spots for every qualified applicant. The unfortunate truth is that there is amount of luck to being admitted to these types of schools.

The best you thing you can do to help yourself gain entrance to a top university is to follow through with your game plan. It sounds like you have a good one! I am a freshman and I am wondering if I am on the right track. If i finish freshman year with one B am I done for?? I recently found out that I got a B on my midterm and a B- on my first quarter half of the class of Algebra 2.

I am so sad and crying because I think that I just lost all possibilities to attend a prestigious university. Is it over for me?! The year is young! You still have plenty of time to raise your grade. Additionally, as mentioned many times throughout this post and in the comments, a single B on your high school transcript will not automatically disqualify you from consideration at a prestigious university.

I am currently a freshman at Westwood high school, which is considered to be one of the most competitive public high schools in the nation. I know that freshman year is a little early to fret about this, but many of my friends have much, much better grades than me one of them was clicking his tongue in frustration after getting a 97 one a quiz.

What do you think my chances would be of getting into an Ivy league? Class rank at competitive schools can be very tricky. The higher your class rank, the better your chance of admission to a prestigious university; although, the importance of class rank diminishes slightly at schools that are known to be competitive and regularly have students accepted to top tier universities.

This suggests that an emphasis is placed on graduating near the top of your class, but not necessarily at the very top of the class.

This may seem counter intuitive to you and other readers, but it makes sense within the larger context of a holistic admissions process. Basically, every student admitted to a top 10 university is going to have a sterling academic record — that is a given. This is why we so strongly recommend that students participate in myriad extracurriculars and focus on earning quantifiable honors and achievements.

Obviously, the higher your GPA and class rank, the higher your chances of admission to a prestigious university — and there is no substitute for poor grades.

I will be enrolling into a local college in for a year or two before transferring to America so I will have plenty of time to take part in activities throughout AP stands for Advanced Placement — basically, AP classes are honors advanced classes, and AP exams are tests of knowledge in these various class subjects.

You can learn more about AP classes and exams here. It is worth noting that even as an international student who has never taken an AP class, you can still register for and take AP exams depending on your exact location — you can learn more about potential AP exam options here.

Also note that if you take an AP exam and do not score as well as you would like, you can always choose NOT to share your score when you apply to college learn more about AP Score Choice here. This is particularly true for students who have participated and excelled in a number of other extracurricular activities, as you clearly have. Another important aspect to consider is that you will be applying as a transfer student.

If you are planning on completing the first part of your undergraduate education locally, it is very important that the classes you initially take before transferring correspond to the degree requirements at the school to which you will transfer. Most universities have very specific degree requirements. You should keep in mind that most Ivy League schools give equal weight to international applicants — this means that your chance of admission will not be hurt due to your international status AND that you will have to meet all the same application requirements as US applicants.

I also play the Piano and have participated in and won several competitions. Now my class tests have me at points but these exams pulled me down. How can I do anything to make up for these grades and improve my chances of getting in? Blaire, Please forgive the late reply. Let me start by saying that anyone looking at Ivy League schools would be wise to have a backup. That being said, no one is perfect , and admissions counselors are not machines.

Ivy League schools are looking for students who are well-rounded in addition to having an outstanding academic careers, so having a good essay would also definitely help.

And remember, while it can be upsetting not to get into your first choice school especially if it feels like it was due to something out of your hands , where you go to school is ultimately less important than how you use the resources available to you once you get there.

Good luck in your admissions process and keep up the good work! I started a diversity club at my school. Will this be considered a leadership position? It also became a huge hit with the my school. How can I convey on my application that this club is really important at my school? I am also involved in 4 other clubs that I do not hold titles in. Additionally, I have put in a lot of effort into writing and publishing my book.

Is this a substantial amount of extra curricular activities? It certainly sounds like a substantial amount of activities! Keep in mind, though, that elite admissions officers value quality over quantity. One of the best ways to convey the importance of an activity is to demonstrate, not state, it in your essay. The same advice could be applied to discussing a book you published in high school — try to demonstrate its importance to you rather than just state it. However, I am 1st singles JV on the tennis team and my school tennis team is well known and state champs almost every year.

Who do you think would have more of a chance getting into an Ivy League? What else should I do to increase my chance of getting admitted to a top-notch college? And do how important are AP final scores to colleges? Although there is no guaranteed formula for admission to the Ivy League, generally speaking it is widely known that admissions officers prefer applicants who demonstrate excellence in both academics and extracurriculars.

Although it is incredibly difficult, every year there are tens of thousands of high school students who graduate from high school with a 4. It sounds like you have done a good job so far, but be sure to take advantage of other opportunities as they arise NHS, for example, and other honor societies are easy ways to polish an application without taking on too much in terms of additional responsibilities — unless you pursue a leadership position within whichever organizations you may potentially join.

Above all else, remember that extracurriculars supplement your application; the absolute most important part of your application is your GPA and class rank — so before you take on too many additional responsibilities, just be sure that you can handle them.

You can read more about this here. Hi, My name is Alex, and I am currently a freshman at one of the best high schools in the nation, and many colleges recognize my high school as one that regularly turns out accepted applicants.

My overall GPA right now is a I am worried that if I do so as well, I will only increase my workload and stress, as right now my grade in Algebra 2 is an 89; however at the same time, I feel that acing the AP Bio test and all will show that I am definitely at the top. What should I do? You should definitely consider taking AP exams. Alternatively, you can demonstrate similar knowledge and expertise in a topic by taking an SAT Subject Test. Remember, the most important part of your application is your GPA.

However, I am planning to further my studies in the states. I was wondering if there is a good chance to get in IF my freshman grades are not that good but for the rest of 3 years sophomore -GCSEs, junior -AS, senior — A2 , I got really good grades straight As?

International applicants are held to the same admission standards as domestic applicants. AP stands for Advanced Placement. AP classes are traditionally advanced classes in which students complete college level curriculum.

Students then have the opportunity to take AP exams at the end of the year; a high enough score on an AP test will earn students college credit for that topic at most universities in the US. I am currently a junior in a competitive public high school. This has been my only B and it was only a point away from an A. Will this mess up my chances from being admitted into an IVY School? All my other extracurricular activities and tests scores have been really good and so the only thing that worries me is this.

The reason for this low score is mainly because our teacher was off on maternal leave the whole last quarter before the exam. Due to this we were not well prepared for the exam. Should I retake this exam?

Keep in mind that the average GPA of students admitted to Harvard is usually around a 3. For your AP Music Theory score, you should consider either retaking this test, or if that seems like to much work given your other academic and extracurricular commitments, you might simply withhold this specific score from the colleges you apply to. Learn more about AP score service here. Hi Calvin I just finished my first semester of high school as a freshman.

But my grades were not good at all I have a 2. Will colleges forgive my bad grades for the clubs I do? You have a long way to go; while your current GPA is well below average, you still have plenty of time to correct your first semester mistakes. That said, if you are serious about being accepted to a competitive college, it is very important that you maintain a high GPA going forward.

My sophomore year the first semester I got an D in chemistry because I had a medical issue and in all my other classes I got good grades. Check with your school counselor.

Im really worried I might have to go to community college. Im in average classes except for English, for English im a 4. My Gpa last year was 3. I want to go to Drexel, which is in state. Majoring in Electrical Engineering. So far I took 2 psats, sophomore year I got this year I got After I got my I wanted to improve my score so I spent a month on studying and got on the collegeboard official sat online course.

My goal is to score My after school activities this year is chess club. Im not able to do any sports do to health reasons. Although I do plan on taking after school activities in senior year such as energy troopers, which is basically finding efficient ways to save energy.

Cs similar to key club except it benefits more people if time is spent wisely. First of all, there is nothing wrong with spending a year at a CC or JC and then transferring to your school of choice.

Many students choose to do this 1 to offset the expense of attending university and 2 to transform themselves into a more competitive applicant for their university of choice.

Depending on your cumulative GPA, you should have no trouble getting into a competitive school, provided you can improve your SAT scores. It sounds like you understand how important your GPA is for college admission, so just continue to work toward your goals! I have talked to my teachers and they said I can do better next semester if I start off better, which I am.

I am a overall smart girl and have never received lower than a b. Maternity leave is one of the most legitimate reasons to have a work gap. In and of itself, it has no drawback. But there are two things you need to address very well in the application: But the other two related points must be addressed to have a successful application.

My best wishes and congratulations on doing a great job as a parent. Not often will you find a woman that does do the fulltime mom thing that sees it as a sacrifice. Think of the OP. Have you ever had professional work experience? If not, I suggest you work for a few years. They wont hold your age against you as much as they would lacking any real work experience.

Even if you do have a year or two, having a four year gap is harder to overcome. You have an interesting story and I dont fault you for your decision, lots of people would love to get to do that. However, there will be a few mothers in many MBA classes who did the traditional 6 weeks to 1 year leave before returning to continue their careers.

All things consider they have the edge getting in since they have the full resume. One thing you really need to consider is that even if you do get in to the school of your dreams, recruiting will be much more difficult lacking recent work experience. Your resume will be much weaker than your classmates, unless you did 2 years at McKinsey or something like that before having your child. There have been studies on female MBAs leaving the work force to have kids too, and though they wouldnt admit it some companies might see a 4 year maternity leave and wonder if you have another kid whether you will up and leave for good again instead of just taking a few months off.

My honest opinion is do yourself a huge favor, find a job and work for 2 years then apply. As competitive as applying is, recruiting is worse because the people you are going against already passed that admissions hurdle too. I would say that if you have had some previous experience you should be fine. I understand that motherhood is a very good reason to be out of work, but still I have to put that somehow on my application.

Before having a child I worked at one of UN agencies back in Europe. In US I worked part time for a year for one of the top real estate agents in the state. It is really tough. Every job a lot of jobs I applied where bach.

And a lot of my friens are in the same boat. If your education is not local i. Wharton , Booth , Stern. I agree with the previous posts in terms of work experience being the big issue here. In terms of phrasing, I think you did a pretty good job in your first post! I would just take that as a basis and work on it. Whether you get the spot or not, well done for your kid.

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