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It's official! Ivy Day has come and gone; the most selective schools in the United States have made their offers to the Class of 2024. It was a wild year, beginning with some upsets in the Early Decision round and then completely turned on its head by the ongoing, global public health emergency known as COVID-19. So, what did we learn? What lessons can we take away from this very strange year?
The college admissions process in the United States has become increasing complex over the past two decades, while the ways that colleges choose who to admit have become more and more opaque. There's so much information (and misinformation) out there about how to make yourself a competitive applicant that you may not realize how much time and energy the actual application process takes until it's too late.
You probably know that your SAT score (or ACT score) is one of the most important parts of your college application. That said, it can be hard to know what constitutes a good SAT score, especially since what constitutes a good score varies between student, region, and school. So, how do you know if your SAT score is good enough for your dream school?
What is a good GPA for students looking to apply to top colleges? It might seem like there ought to be a simple answer, a single number below which colleges say, "No thanks," but above which, they say, "Yes, please!" And yet, there are so many variables that go into calculating a high school GPA that such an answer is impossible.
The SAT essay has been through a lot of changes in recent years. In the new SAT, it exists as a separate section from the rest of the sections. You may have heard that not all schools require it, even the ones that require standardized test scores. Why is that? Also, just because it isn't required, does that mean you don't have to do it? And what's a good essay score, anyway?
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