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Discus: SAT/ACT Tests and Test Preparation: September 2002 Archive: HYPSMC, SAT II's
By Muns on Friday, August 09, 2002 - 10:21 am: Edit

I am an international student and have 790 on Physics, 780 on Maths IIc, 720 Chemistry, Writing 640

Am applying to HYPSMC and was wondering I should retake the Chemistry given that I think I may do better. Does that really affect my admission chances that much?

Unfortunately Caltech +MIT require the Writing mark and I am not definite I can improve. I also don't want HYPS to see my new writing mark as there will be no score choice.

Should I send Caltech+MIT, all 4, or only writing, 790physics + Maths 780? Ie should I send them writing and Maths, Physics, Chem????
Any help would be appreciated...

By NYmom on Friday, August 09, 2002 - 05:50 pm: Edit

I don't know about Caltech, but these are the instructions directly off the current MIT app:
"We require a full set of standardized tests: SAT I or ACT Assessment and ("and" is italicized) three SAT II Subject Tests - one in writing, literature, or history; one in physics, chemistry, or biology e/m; and one in math (level Ic or IIc). You should think about which subject tests would best reflect your preparation."

I didn't change the punctuation, which means that along with your Math, and/or Physics and/or Chem, you must supply MIT with a grade from an SAT II in either writing, literature or history. I'm not sure, but I think maybe the literature is more of a reading comprehension test, rather than knowledge of specific pieces of literature. Perhaps someone will have a better take on that.

Best luck!

By Muns on Saturday, August 10, 2002 - 11:30 am: Edit

Thanks for your reply NYmom

I think I will send MIT 640 Writing, 790 Physics, 780 Maths IIc which is all they require...

Adding chemistry 720 won't add anything will it, considering 720 isn't that impressive a score for HYPSMC...

Any idea about SAT II/I scores of international applicants eg. from the UK system where one specialises early in sciences or the humanities. or where I might find out about their scores??


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