Each year, as America’s leading college admissions experts, they receive lots of emails a week from confounded high school seniors who did not obtain the news they had hoped for in the college admissions journey. Many of them had high scores, great extras, and amazing grades. They also hear from younger high school students who are badly looking the secrets that will make them stand out amid the scores of other super qualified applicants. Their Application Boot Camp workshops in Cambridge, Massachusetts fill up rapidly with rising seniors who take part in their four day events to present themselves in the best possible light in their applications. The results for the students they’ve worked with have been astounding, but they can’t work with everyone personally, so they created a product that duplicates what we do in the workshop. They made certain the product, including four audio tapes and a workbook, were obtainable as an instant download for Indian students who are working on their applications. They wanted to share their knowledge about what it takes to stand out and attain success in the grueling Ivy League admissions process. They believe that knowledge is power!
-Grades. This is one of the first areas a college admissions board will deem. Even if a student’s SAT scores are sky-high, high school grades, rank in class and rigor of course load matter the most. A student, who begins off strong, but lets his grades lag in the final year, or vice versa, will have a tough time in the admissions process. Colleges desire to see grades trend up in tough classes and students in the top 10% of their class.
-Test scores. The SAT score is a big fraction of the admission’s picture because colleges report their freshman class averages to U.S. News and World Report. The biggest mistakes they perceive are students waiting until their senior year to take their first SAT test. Bear in mind, colleges will see all of your SAT scores and will count up the highest score in each section. So, start early and take your first SAT in December or January of your junior year. This gives you time to retake it if you need so, with SAT preparation in-between.