On the right track?-rising junior

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By Wolfpiper (Wolfpiper) on Friday, July 09, 2004 - 11:15 pm: Edit

Ethnicity/Sex: Caucasian female
In top 10% of class (105/1200) as of freshman year
Haven't taken ACT/SAT I or SAT II yet
PSAT (10th): 203 (will retake)

Grades: All A's freshman and sophomore year.
Take numerous honors/PreAP classes and AP World history this year
Will take 3-4 APs next year, one PreAP, and Japanese 4-5 honors

I'm taking Italian 101 at a CC, and I self study Danish.

EC and honors:

Literary Club letter (9-10)
Japanese club
Academic letter (9-10)
Interact letter (9-10)
Interact perfect attendance and Top Ten Point Club (9)
Interact Public Relations officer (10)
Interact Top Point Earner (lower campus)
Will be Interact Director next year
Horseback riding (has placed in shows)
Worked on various Girl Scout Events
Silver Award recipient (currently working toward Gold Award)
Rotary Student of the Year nominee (10th)
Red Cross Canoeing certified
Highlighted Highlander Award (9th)
Second place in Reflections Literature Contest (10th)

(Because my school is a split campus, many clubs are offered to senior campus that aren't available at the lower campus)


By Marite (Marite) on Saturday, July 10, 2004 - 04:07 pm: Edit


You seem to me on the right track, with plenty of ECs and impressive languages.
I recall your concern about geometry. You should consider taking the SAT, even though it is heavier on the geometry, because the SAT V and SAT M are split. The adcoms would thus be able to see your strong showing on the SAT V and accept your explanation for a lower SAT M. I believe that with the ACT, only a composite score is reported, so your math score might drag your overall score down.
For Harvard, you need to take 3 SAT-IIs, any subject, so it gives you some leeway to avoid subjects you are weak in and play to your strengths.
Retaking the PSAT is good only if you want to qualify for NMS or as practice; otherwise, you can skip it.
You don't need to load up on APs, but be sure to do well on those you take. I read on another thread that some student had taken 8 APs and gotten at most scores of 3 and plenty of scores of 1&2. Getting As in those classes will not make up for low tests scores; instead it will raise concern about the rigor of the classes themselves and about the rest of the transcript. Harvard is quite generous about which APs it allows credit for (compared to Princeton, for example), but it requires scores of 5.

By Sg06 (Sg06) on Saturday, July 10, 2004 - 05:36 pm: Edit

105/1200 and a 203? You're going to have to step it up a lot.

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