Do I have a chance at MIT?

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By mit on Friday, November 29, 2002 - 10:10 pm: Edit

Could someone please review my stats and estimate my chances of getting into MIT?

ACT - 31 Composite, 35 Math, 35 English, 27 Sci., 27 Reading

SAT II's- 770 IIC, 660 Writing, 550 Chemistry

3.98 UW GPA

Took toughest schedule offered at my school, but no AP classes were offered. My low chemistry SAT II is a result of taking it after only half of a semester of the class. I wrote a letter to MIT explaining my low test score.

Soccer, Band, NHS, Jr. Civitan, Vice-Pres. of Sci. Club, etc.- active in all
Good interview and decent essay.
Any Chance?

By wow on Saturday, November 30, 2002 - 10:22 am: Edit

u're the typical MIT applicant...chem II is wicked low like below average...this will hurt u, ec's are excellent, gpa is amazing, ACT is really good (is 31 like a 1350)? that's pretty good, low for MIT though...u have a chance, but it's unpredictable!

By mit on Saturday, November 30, 2002 - 05:32 pm: Edit

Thanks for your input! Anyone else?

By bump on Monday, December 02, 2002 - 09:19 pm: Edit


By Sorry on Monday, December 02, 2002 - 09:25 pm: Edit

I don't think you have a chance...MIT is one of the most competitive schools out there - I know people with perfect test scores (literally 1600) and unweighted 4.0 GPA's get rejected. In fact, it was last year, but she went to Stanford so I don't think she's too sad.

By me on Monday, December 02, 2002 - 09:25 pm: Edit

I would say that you don't have a very good chance at MIT. Your ACT score is quite low for MIT and your SAT II's are also subpar. You don't go into depth on your EC's/awards, so I assume that they are all average (not average for the MIT applicant of course). Interviews count for little, and the quality of the essay is determined by the adcoms, not you.

By Username on Tuesday, December 03, 2002 - 07:13 am: Edit

Hi - I have a similar question. I'm an international applicant, so I understand my chances are much slimer (I'm not expecting much with my SAT scores either..) - but I would appreciate any comments.

Do I have a chance at MIT?

SAT I - 720 M 700 V
SAT II - Maths IIC 770
Physics 800
Writing 570 - resitting in Dec

I also have GCSE's
(A* - E grading)

Maths A*
Physics A*
Chemistry A*
Biology A*
Arabic A*
Design and Technology A*
English Lang. A*
English Lit. A
Buisness A

My modular score and predicted A- level grades
(A - U Grading)

Maths(applied and pure) A
Physics A
Chemistry A
Economics A

I am assured that my recommendations are excellent, and my interview seemed fairly positive.

Some of my other achievements:

1997 U.A.E Karate Champion - Black Belt
Grade 6 - Classical Guitar
Duke Of Edinburgh Gold Award - Award given by the President of Mauritus where I conducted my two 80km expeditions (Team Leader + Navigator)
PADI Rescue Diver (Scuba Divng)
D.C Physics Prize - Awarded to the student who shows the greates aptitude in Physics
Endeavour Prize - Awarded to the student who shows outstanding achievements accross the curriculum.
Distinctions in all sections of the University of Cambridge certificate for Arabic and Arab studies

Some of my activities :

Vice Captain of School House (like griffyndor in Harry Potter)
Finance Director of Young Enterprise Scheme
Captain of the School Cricket team
Rock Climbing, Surfing
Volley ball, water polo and athletics team
ISMTF Mathematics Team Leader

Work Experience:

Web Designer for Jaspa International
Network Admin for Jebal Hafeet
(both part time jobs at local companies)

IT analyst for an Eartwatch project on inshore bottle nosed dolphins in Brisbane - Provinding data for the Australian Government.

Mathematics teacher at a school for special needs

I realise this is a long read, but I would greatly appreciate it if people would take the time to skim through and let me know what they think?

What about Stanford or Berkeley?

Thanks again!

By qwer on Tuesday, December 03, 2002 - 07:27 am: Edit

Americans say "MATH," while the rest of the world says "MATHS". Why?

By asdf on Tuesday, December 03, 2002 - 07:33 am: Edit

"Color," rest of the world: "Colour"

"different than/from," rest of the world: "Different to"

110Volts, rest of the world: 220Volts

Baseball, rest of the world: Cricket

Fag(gay man), rest of the world: Fag(a cigarette)

"didn't used to," rest of the world: N/A

GPA, rest of the world: grades

SAT, rest of the world: grades

By quark on Tuesday, December 03, 2002 - 08:38 am: Edit

You're a bit wrong here.
neighbor, rest of the world: neighbour
theater, rest of the world: theatre
center, rest of the world: centre
grades and GPA, rest of the world: MARKS
take a test, rest of the world: write a test

By Username on Tuesday, December 03, 2002 - 11:16 am: Edit

Well I take a test, not write a test..! =)

But back to the real

By bump on Wednesday, December 04, 2002 - 03:45 am: Edit


By Bumpty Dumpty on Thursday, December 05, 2002 - 09:33 am: Edit

fell of a wall!

By noor on Thursday, January 16, 2003 - 02:25 am: Edit

Well, as for the second one that posted, I must say that you have a pretty good chance. um. yes. But, still.. who knows?

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