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You are an excellent student. You got good grades, but you bombed the SAT. You are disappointed and still want to go to a top school. What do you do now? Here are some tips.
1. Take the ACT!
This is a no-brainer. If you have not taken the ACT, you must. It will enhance your chances of getting into an Ivy league school. Prepare for the ACT with the Hillview Prep's Smart Scoring System and get a great ACT score. The Smart Scoring Systems can quickly diagnose why you failed to obtain a great SAT score and help you pinpoint your weaknesses. Working with one of our tutors, you can use the Smart Scoring System to lean faster, test smarter and score higher.
2. Retake the SAT
Again, this is a no-brainer. Retake the SAT if possible. Use the Smart Scoring Systems to quickly diagnose why you failed to obtain a great SAT score and help you pinpoint your weaknesses. Working with one of our tutors, you can use the Smart Scoring System to lean faster, test smarter and score higher.
Which one you should choose? ACT or retaking the SAT? We recommend taking the ACT. However, if you do have time, you should retake the SAT as well.
3. Magnify your GPA
If your SAT score is not good enough get into an Ivy league, you have to improve your GPA to make really exceptional. Aim to get a 3.9 to 4.0 unweighted GPA. You then have a shot to get into an Ivy league school as long as your SAT is within the top 25th percentile. However, we do recommend to take the ACT and retake the SAT. Remember, you get only one shot and you will have to work harder than ever before to get into the school of your choice.
Using the Smart Scoring System will save you time, effort and frustration—even for improving your GPA. The Smart Scoring System is the ultimate learning tool. Its purpose is to make you an efficient and effective learner and test taker. It can identify your academic strengths and weaknesses and understand your learning style. It is the ultimate guide for discovering the most effective methods and strategies that make you learn faster and succeed in less time. So save your energy and time and contact us to improve your GPA and test scores.
4. Get Great Recommendations
What are admissions committee looking for in a candidate? They are looking for the 'unique you' and your capacity to grow and accomplish things. A great letter of recommendation tells the admissions committee that you are unique and have the capacity to achieve something great. It is an endorsement to take your application seriously despite the blemish of a low test score.
How can you secure a great recommendation? We have several recommendations which we will be happy to share with you. Feel free to contact us or one of our Thought Leaders from an Ivy League school.
5. Ignite your Passion
Many students do the extra-curricular activities because, well, they are supposed to do it. Don't fall for that trap. Admissions officers want to see quality over quantity. Stuart Schmill, dean of admissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology advices that college admission officers do not want to see a laundry list of engagement in ever field, like music, sports, art, tech, etc. The most selective colleges want students to prioritize quality over quantity. You don't have to take every advanced class. You don't have to do every co-curricular activity. Focus on what you value the most.
In short, ignite your passion.
What are you passionate about? Sports? Music? Technology? Science? Art? Others? Whatever it is, follow your passion and ignite it. Do something worthwhile with it. Not for the admissions officers. Not for anyone. But for yourself. Do you love to write? Well, take online courses from expert writers and write your own stories. Try to get them published! Or, self publish them on Amazon or create your own website and publish it there.
Igniting your passion will make you focused, happier and will also help you stand out in your college application.
6. Take a MOOC classYes, as a high schooler, take a MOOC class and do well. Interact with instructors and learn more about the subject and about how to excel in it. Such an initiative will bode well for your applications and help you stand out. You can even get certificates to show your commitment and academic ability.