Not all B Students are the same. Some got 'B' grades because they did not have test taking skills and/or lacked precision in their concepts. If you are a bright student and deserve to get into a great school, how do you compensate for your B grades and get into a great school?
Your grades are the most important factor that colleges use when they determine whether or not to admit you. This is even true today when there is grade inflation and close to 50% of students are getting A grades! If you get a few B grades you are going to fall behind and may not get into the school of your choice. If you still have time before you submit your college applications, we recommend you focus on improving your grades and/or taking honor or AP classes. A student who got all B’s in regular classes is going to be a much less qualified applicant than a student who got B’s in honors and AP classes. The difference will be reflected in your weighted GPA, which is what most colleges use to assess your GPA for admission.
Given the intense competition—from all over the world—you have to treat your academics almost like a sport. Just like in the 100m dash, fractions of seconds matter; the same goes for your grades and test scores, and well, even your essays. Talk to a Hillview Prep advisor on how to select the best honors or AP classes for you to boost your weighted GPA.
Test Scores Matter
Given that close to 50% of students are getting A grades, your test scores are one key way to differentiate yourself. We recommend to take both and SAT and the ACT. This way you will have both bases covered as well as be able to differentiate yourself.
And yes, you can get a great score! Remember, the tests cover material that you have already studied. If you are struggling, it is either you are not strong conceptually or are making silly errors and not pacing yourself. Our Smart Scoring System can help you improve your scores dramatically by pinpointing, very quickly, where you are struggling, and how to use your strengths to conquer your weaknesses.
Colleges take many factors into account when determining admissions. Th list includes your grades, classes, ACT & SAT test scores, extracurriculars, recommendations, and your personal essay. You can compensate your B grades by excelling in other areas. For example, if you score 32 or above on the ACT, you will have better chances than a student who scored 29 and has the same GPA as you.
This is one way that will overcome your B grades. Use the Smart Scoring System to overcome your B grades by getting higher SAT and ACT scores.
A second way is to demonstrate an exception skill. If you are on the olympic team or have climbed Mount Everest, you can get into the most selective colleges even with B grades.
A third way is the personal way. You do not have to climb Mount Everest and be an Olympian to do that. All you have to do is know yourself! Yes, it sounds like a cliche, but it is true. Read the story of Eni, who got into Harvard because she followed what mattered most to her. You can do the same.
People are chasing internships or want to climb mount everest or be a Doctor because parents want you to be one. All of that does not matter. What matters are the small things that can have a huge impact on your life. Things that can change your perspective on life and your purpose on earth. Just like Eni, two simple words made a dramatic impact on her life and got her from a little town in Albania to Harvard University. Her passion and sense of purpose made her truly unique. It showed her independence and her drive to succeed, and that is truly impressive. Do read her story!
Here is a list of A+ schools for B grade students from US News & World Report.