I am a student studying in the CBSE curriculum in India. So I have been accepted to Purdue Engineering which was my safety. Can my admissions be rescinded if I don't score well in 12th?

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

Although it is uncommon, universities do indeed occasionally rescind offers of admission if your grades are much different than predicted. Although this is rare, it does happen. In general, admissions will not be rescinded if you were originally getting A’s and you then get a few B’s. But if you drop classes you reported you would be taking, or if you start failing classes, your admission can be rescinded. So, make sure that you do not pull back in your senior year. If you are in an IB program and your actual scores are a few points under predicted, admissions....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?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 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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Most CBSE schools follow the policy of increasing the difficulty level for students in grade 11 and grade 12 to prepare students for the Board Examinations. How does one justify the downfall in grades/mark compared to class 9 and class 10? Can a good class rank cover this up?

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Judith Winters Answered 7 months ago

USA colleges know that the CBSE curriculum in grade 9 and 10 comprises general education/core requirements. In grade 11 students select a stream (science, arts) for admission to university in India. Grades in year 11 and 12 are standardized (there are no curves for grading). If the student has low grades for 11 then they may not be prepared for Board Examinations upon graduation. If there are extenuating circumstances that explain poor performance it should be documented in the additional section of the common application. The student should never remark in this section that the coursework is too challenging. In....View More

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Which Syllabus – CBSE vs. ISC vs. IBDP – has a higher chance of success for getting into US colleges?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

IBDP is a standard, well understood curriculum internationally. Because US colleges are so used to reading IB transcripts, and the IB diploma is the gold standard, considered more difficult than even a heavy AP curriculum, it would be easy to say that this curriculum has the higher chance of success for US colleges. As with most things however, the true answer is “it depends.” If you are only able to take a CBSE curriculum, the college will evaluate you in that context. Students in rural areas of the U.S., are often not exposed to difficult curricula such as AP and....View More

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I study in a CBSE school, and my school doesn't have a counselor. How do I send my transcripts to the colleges?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

If your school does not have a counselor, ask a teacher or your school’s administration office how your transcripts should be sent. If you have access yourself to your transcript, it is sometimes admissible to self report your grades on the Common App under the Grades and Courses section. Some schools, such as University of Washington, University of California and USC, ask you to self-report your grades in any case, and then only require a transcript once you are admitted and about the enroll.

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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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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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How do the SAT subject tests (PCM2) compare to what you would be taught in a CBSE school till grade 11?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 6 months ago

If your understanding of your basic concepts is strong and you have the intelligence to apply those concepts confidently,  I think you will be fine. CBSE sciences focus more on knowledge and less on application. That is the basic difference.

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I'm an Indian studying 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?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 5 months ago

What are your grades in classes 9, 10, 11 and 12? Why are you targeting only the Ivies? Have you even considered other top schools for Biology?  What score did you receive in SAT Math 2 test? There are so many other questions you need to consider before you dash into planning for admission to HYP. It seems that your competency in Math is uppermost in your mind. Please consider the other factors I have listed above. They are very important. I am glad that you have some good extra curricular activities. They will certainly work in your favour. Math....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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ChanceMe (CS/Bio major) for Johns Hopkins, UIUC, WashUSTL, Stanford, Ivies, and other T30s. Stats: (Just started my junior year at a new school) Freshman - SAT Math 2 (800) Sophomore - SAT Physics (800), SAT Chemistry (760) APs - 2017 - Calculus BC (5), Physics C: Mechanics (5); 2018 - AP Chemistry (5), AP Physics C: E&M (5), Statistics (5), Computer Science A (5) Upcoming tests - SAT in October, SAT Biology M in December, AP Biology and AP English Language and Composition in May. If my practice tests are any indication, I'll probably end up getting a mid-1500's score on the SAT. GPA (CBSE) - 9th - 10.0/10.0; 10th - 95.4% **school change** ECs: One of 11 state finalists for the Junior Science Olympiad (NSEJS) - 10 State Rank 25 in JSTSE - 9 Guitar (no certifications though) - 3 years now House Captain - 9 IT Secretary - 10 MOOCs on edX - MITx's Python track and Data Science MicroMasters program (or was it XSeries?) without a certificate.

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Tom O'Keefe Answered 5 months ago

I'd recommend that you consider consulting directly with an expert on ChanceMe.in given the depth and breadth of your question. You can click the profile icon of an expert on their response to view their contact information.

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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 changed to a CBSE school from an ICSE school in my 10th grade for my JEE. How do I explain this in my application?

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Judith Winters Answered 3 months ago

Explain in the additional information section of your application that you changed from the ICSE to CBSE after grade 10. The transition is in-line with the competitive exams like the IIT JEE whose syllabus is more in-tune with that of the CBSE syllabus.

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I am an Indian student following the CBSE curriculum. Does Oxford require your JEE advanced score if you apply for a pure science course?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 4 months ago

The basic eligibility requirement for admission to an undergraduate program at Oxford University is a 10+2 qualification from CBSE or ISC with minimum 90% marks in each of the five subjects.For Science courses, Oxford may also require a JEE Advanced score. I have written a counselor request to Oxford to get confirmation of this, and will let you know when I hear back from them.Do you know which particular science course you are applying for?  

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I am a CBSE student. What should I write for the cumulative GPA entry in the common app? In the GPA scale, I wrote 100, so now I am wondering whether to put an average of all four years out of hundred. But my 9th and 10th CGPA out of ten messes that up.

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Judith Winters Answered 3 months ago

You do not have to tabulate your cumulative GPA. Most students in the USA are advised to leave this question blank. Furthermore your obligation is to send a copy of your  examination results to your colleges if your school does not issue a transcript.On the common app the questions asked in the education section  are:        Graduating class size (approx.)- this is the only required responseClass rank reportingCumulative GPAGPA scaleGPA weightingInternational applicants also have to answer this question: Is promotion within your educational system based upon standard leaving examinations given at the end of lower and/or senior secondary school by....View More

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In Common app, what does a CBSE student write under course level? what do I write under honours?

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    Anupama Singh
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Anupama Singh Answered 2 months ago

CBSE is a tough curriculum, but it is not considered honours or advanced as it is is the normal board curriculum. 

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For Xth CBSE our batch still had SA1, SA2. Final Xth marksheet shows only FA and SA. Should we enter as yearly or semester based in the Xth transcript? Kindly advise

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Anupama Singh Answered 3 months ago

Just answer as best you can.  Do what you feel more comfortable doing in the application.  The school can always follow up with you if they have any questions, and if they do this, they usually ask for scanned copies (which you may be able to upload anyway).

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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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