I won't have my 12th marks ready by the college applications deadline around January and February. How will I submit the 12th marks and how do I go about this?

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

This is a normal issue. Early deadlines in the U.S are usually in November, and Regular Decision for elite schools are at the beginning of January. Some less selective schools have later deadlines. Regardless, you can send whatever predicted grades you have, or grades for the end of your grade 11, when you apply. You then send your updated marks once you receive them. Some universities, such as the University of California and University of Washington, do not even consider your grade twelve marks. You will be evaluated by whatever your grades were as of the end of grade 11.....View More

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Do we need to send the projected scores of 12th Finals along with 12th Half Yearlies? Or will 12th Half Yearlies suffice? I am applying early. Thanks in advance.

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

Each university will let you know precisely what they require in terms of scores. If you are unsure, call the admissions office. You can find their numbers on the information page on www.collegeboard.com. In most cases, the colleges do require your projected 12th Finals scores in addition to your 12th Half Yearlies. If your projected scores are not available by the time you apply, you should send them in once they are available. Be proactive. The university will often ask for supplementary materials after you apply, if you did not send them initially. If so, send them the information promptly.....View More

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I got admitted into UIUC. What should my minimum class 12 percentage be so that my admission is not rescinded?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

There is no absolute percentage that UIUC is looking for that will either gain you admission, deny you admission, or have your acceptance rescinded. As long as your percentage is about the same as it was when you applied and were accepted, you should be ok. The average GPA of admitted UIUC students across all majors is 3.37-3.89, or approximately an 88-94. If you stay within a few percentage points (say 85) of this grade, you should be ok. For the College of Engineering, the middle 50% of admitted students runs from 3.67-4.00, or approximately 93-100. As long as you....View More

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I'm currently in Grade 12 and want to major in Finance or Economics. Which AP should I take and when?

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Judith Winters Answered 7 months ago

I suggest that you take the AP courses in Calculus AB or BC, AP Micro and Macro Economics, AP Statistics. You should take one or some of these courses before you graduate- The AP exams are offered in May and if you take the exams your senior year the colleges will not get the results until July, after you graduate.

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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?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

Hi there! Although your grades have fluctuated quite a bit, there is no reason to give up completely on attending a US university. The first question I would ask as an admissions officer is what happened when you changed schools. Was the change of curriculum responsible for your dip in grades? Are there any other extenuating factors? I am also curious about your test scores. Grades are the No. 1 determinant of eligibility, but your test scores go hand in hand with grades. It's hard to thoroughly determine your best choices without this info.Having said that, even top domestic students with....View More

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I am currently in class XII. I have a keen interest Economics and Literature. Can I take these up as a double majors and if yes, which colleges?

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Judith Winters Answered 7 months ago

Virtually every college will permit students to double major in Economics and Literature. 

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Is our class rank/percentile calculated based on the 12th grade half yearly marks or 11th grade marks?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

The answer to this question varies by your school. Having said that - you will most likely be applying to colleges before your 12th grade half yearly marks, and so if your school ranks as you go, adcoms will be looking at your 11th grade marks (and rank). If you are applying after a gap year or later in the cycle, they will see your later marks (depending on the school). Some universities, for instance, the University of California system and the University of Washington, do not look at your grade 12th marks for admissions purposes. It's a good idea....View More

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    Akashdeep Singh

Currently I am in +2 doing Commerce with Maths in India. After +2, I would like to study in the USA. What SAT score do I need for a top business school in USA? What are the best schools and the admissions process? What type of financial aid is available? Will I get a job in USA after an MBA?

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Tom O'Keefe Answered 7 months ago

I may let others speak to some of the particulars here, but wanted to clarify a few key points: In the US, there is a marked distinction between undergraduate business programs and MBA programs. While SAT (or ACT) scores will likely be necessary in applying for an undergraduate business program, you would likely need to take either the GRE, or perhaps better, the GMAT, and have completed a four-year undergraduate degree before applying for an MBA program. Although the norms are somewhat fluid, it remains quite standard that applicants for MBA programs at top North American universities would have a....View More

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I took commerce in my +2 level with Math. Can I get an admit to mid-tier Universities in CS or engineering? If yes, will there be any issues in getting visas?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 6 months ago

Yes. there will be some universities that will consider you provided you have at least have Physics and/or computers in Grade 10. However, I am puzzled by this sudden change of heart. Are you sure you are really interested in engineering/computer science? Make sure that you are not jumping into a course that is not really aligned with your talents and interests,

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I've recently entered 12th grade and am done with my main SAT (1530) and Physics and Maths Level 2 subject tests (800 in both). Considering that I have a lot of time on hand, should I take the Chemistry SAT subject test or would a third subject test add no value to my profile?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 6 months ago

Wow! Congratulations! Your scores are really impressive. No, adding a Chemistry test is not necessary. But, if you really want to prove your merit in every science, you might want to take the Chemistry test. A third test for someone as smart as you should not be a challenge. And no university is going to object to seeing your ability in all the sciences. I am assuming you are interested in the engineering field.  Most schools generally require only 2 SAT subject tests and the number of schools requiring the subject test is also decreasing. Check the entry requirements of....View More

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What kind of 12th grade (CBSE/AISCE) score will help one ensure an admit in Imperial or a scholarship with NUS?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 5 months ago

Both these are the top schools in their respective countries. While there are no guarantees of admission anywhere, I would say 97% and above would give you a strong chance of being accepted.

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    Srihari Balaji

I have cumulative high-school score of 87%(including 12th half-yearly in which 92%). My scores in 10th are lower than 9th. Does this concern colleges? Also is 88% good enough? Note: I completed my 9th and 10th grade in IGCSE syllabus and 11th and 12th I am doing in NIOS board.

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Anupama Singh Answered 5 months ago

There are great universities for everyone and I'm sure you can be offered admission to many of them.  In your application, you will need to explain why you have a downward grade trend from 9th to 10th as it can be a concern depending on the school reading your application.  Many, however, won't be concerned as your overall have respectable results.  You will also want to explain why you chose NIOS for your 11th and 12th as schools will likely have questions about that.  When choosing which schools to apply to, remember to not just aim for the top, but....View More

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I'm an Indian student studying class 12 in a CBSE school. I took Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology without Mathematics in my classes 11 and 12. However, I studied Math till Grade 10, have enrolled in an online edX certified Calculus BC course for my senior year and gave the Math 2 SAT subject test in June. I'm targeting HYP and other ivies for an undergraduate course in Biology (PreMed track). Will this affect my chances considering good ECs in STEM and research in cardiovascular medicine that involves a lot of Maths in it? How else can I prove my competency in mathematics? Please let me know your thoughts on this.

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Kim Dixit Answered 5 months ago

Competitive US universities require students to demonstrate a strong competency in mathematics for 3-4 years especially if they want to study sciences. Since you have not taken math  you will need to explain why in your application through counselor LoR. Although your research shows your competency in math, there is no way universities will know its level since you cannot upload your research. So, I suggest you to take the AP Calculus BC course next May (though keep in mind the results come out after you received all your offers). Moreover,  engage yourself in math-related research projects and/or participate in....View More

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I'm in 12th CBSE. Financial Situation of my family isn't that good. My parents told me not to take any further steps towards applying abroad, but they obviously wish to send me to a good University. Are there any good Colleges (USA , Canada, HK-Singapore), that just might accept me with my Board Marks or SAT(1450, may), IELTS TOEFL, assuming I can afford the expenditures later on?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 5 months ago

There are all kinds of opportunities for financial aid and assistance in good universities in the world. Even with financial aid, it is likely your parents may have to spend some money. The question is how much can they afford. There are also universities that less expensive where you have a good chance of being admitted with merit scholarships since your SAT score is good and you seem to be a good student. I could probably give you more focused advice if I knew a little more about you and your aspirations!

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I'm currently in my last year of the British system and studying three A levels. I'll be sitting for my SATs in October and submitting my essay via the common app. Since we don't use GPAs, how would my A level grades factor in?

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Judith Winters Answered 5 months ago

You will submit your predicted A level scores when  you apply- For clarification you should state that you attend a British school, whereby, you don't have a high school transcript. If  you took the IGCSE's you should submit them as well. Make sure to answer this question on the common app-International applicants: Is promotion within your educational system based upon standard leaving examinations given at the end of lower and/or senior secondary school by a state or national leaving examinations board?

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I have scored a composite of 34 on the ACT; but ended up scoring 81.2 % in 12th CBSE Board Exams. I assure you that I got stellar ECs (wont brag but they're far better than most of the Indian applicants) and grades in 9,10,11th are impressive, too. I guess, i do not have a shot at the Ivies with this score in 12th. So, I've decided to take the CBSE Improvement exams next year and I'm expecting somewhere around 92% this time. What should I put in the Common App- pursuing 12th or completed 12th?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 5 months ago

Hi there, congratulations on your terrific ACT score and also on your perseverance in retaking the CBSE exams. I would put "pursuing 12th" and then in the Additional Information section, explain that your situation - that you have completed but are taking the improvement exams.  Also consider extending your reach further than the Ivies, even if you get a 92%. There are dozens of excellent universities out there where you can get an excellent education.

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I have a good consistent performance in 9/10/11th grade (10GPA/10GPA/90%), but my 12th midterm is only 70%. In the CommonApp, it asks my school counselor for my "most recent" transcript where she says she's supposed to put my mid-term. Wouldn't it be a major red flag if the first thing the AO sees when they look at my academics is a 70%? Should I even upload the mid-term transcript? What if I don't? Should I put my 11th grade % as my most recent? Or my predicted? Will they auto-reject me looking at the 70? (It's 69.87 not even 70)

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Anupama Singh Answered 2 months ago

In my opinion, you should upload it. If it's not needed for the application, the school won't consider it. If it is needed, then it's there which is better than having an incomplete application. Further, assuming the AO reviewing your app is familiar with your academic curriculum, they'll take that into account.  Some schools will only use the predicted grades and not the mid-terms, some only use up until 11th, etc. There are many variations in how your marks/grades will be used, and you can't try to hide any information as it will all eventually be disclosed. It's better to....View More

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I am an american expat studying in grade 12 in the CBSE syllabus in India. I have got 1560 in SAT and school grades are fine( score near 90% every time) , don't really have a lot of significant EC's but i an editor in my school's newspaper, part of the soccer team for 5 years and have verbal mentions in a few MUN's. I come from an upper middle class family so would want to get in with a financial aid. I want to do CSE( computer science engineering), what are my chances at cornell,columbia or any other ivy league school?

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Anupama Singh Answered 5 days ago

While the Ivies are great, every single student needs to broaden their scope in terms of schools to apply to. There's never a guarantee with admission to an Ivy and it is a reach for every single student who applies. With admit rates around 5% it's tough for even the top students. I recommend that you broaden your list of schools; sometimes being the big fish in a smaller pond is a better strategy.

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