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By when or by which month should I have taken my SAT subject test to apply for early admissions? 25-May-2018

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 5 months ago

I agree with Chris. Here is the link for the international schedule of SAT Subject Tests: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests/register/international-registration/test...'

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We have three terms in school. And my grades look something like this: 9th (84%, 85%, 87%) , 10th (86%, 87%, 95% [Boards]) , *school change*, 11th (84%, 70%, 72%). I am in 12th grade now, as can be seen my 11th grades are terrible - has that ruined my chances at "top" schools forever? Some context: I gave up preparing for the JEE to focus on this. I am looking for full (or nearly full) financial aid (anything else would be totally unaffordable). I met an online counselor who suggested colleges like Drexel, etc. Sure, they are good, but my parents are extremely hopeful (considering I gave up on the JEE) , aka, think HYPSM (or top 20, at the very least). I honestly thought I had a tiny, tiny, tiny chance - but now I am not so sure and am freaked out and disappointed. Should I just give up and prepare for the JEE? 03-May-2018

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    Kim Dixit
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Kim Dixit Answered 5 months ago

Your grades are only part of the story for a US application. For admission with financial aid to these top ranked universities you will also need solid projects (in engineering I presume), ECAs and standardized test scores (e.g. ACT, SAT, SAT2). And depending on your board/curriculum you also may want to consider taking APs, especially for these universities. On top of these academic and personal data points you will need to prepare a top-notch, polished application with strong essays and a coherent story. Also your school will need to support you in providing transcripts, a school profile and recommendation letters. There....View More

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I'm from an upper middle class family, so I'd like to know whether US college education is even an option for me from a financial perspective. Do Indian students pay for college through family funds or loans or scholarships? Would you advise me to attend a US college by taking a loan? 25-May-2018

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    Paramita Mishra
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Paramita Mishra Answered 6 months ago

Hi! There are two kinds of colleges in America - need-blind and need-aware. There is also a third kind - one which does not offer any aid whatsoever to internationals, and I suggest you get started with a document recording the kind of college each of your preferences falls into. In most scenarios, I'm assuming you wouldn't want a non-aid option - I mean here colleges like UC Berkeley. Cross them out. For the other two, you have need-blind i.e. the admissions office will offer/not grant admission regardless of your financial situation simply because they don't even have access to....View More

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I am an Indian student studying in the 11th grade in the CBSE syllabus. I have always wanted to go to MIT. It has been my dream college. So what does it take for an International Indian to get a seat in MIT? 25-May-2018

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

With an 8% overall acceptance rate, it is difficult for anyone to gain admission to MIT. Every year more than 4,000 international students apply to MIT, and fewer than 150 are admitted. In addition to near-perfect or perfect test scores and grades, you will be expected to have taken the hardest possible curriculum, and to have shown intellectual curiosity by doing something in your chosen field that is above and beyond your school curriculum. For instance, if you have the chance to take an online course not offered at your school, or to participate in activities outside of school, you....View More

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