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 7 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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In India, an average score for a high school paper would be 70% or so. Most GPA converters list this as about 2, which is a pretty bad score- so obviously, GPA converters are unreliable at the most. I do know that you aren't asked to convert marks in the applications, but does anyone know if they do convert them while they are analyzing the application? If so, do they use a reliable converter?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

As stated in this blog from MIT admissions, Indian students’ transcripts are not converted to U.S. scales. You will be evaluated in terms of your local school’s scale and be compared to other students at your school and in your region.  You are right that GPA converters can be unreliable, but do not worry. They will evaluate you in the light of your local school, and the grading system and norms available to you.

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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 Can my admissions be rescinded if I don't score well in 12th?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 Answered 7 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 In general, admissions will not be rescinded if you were originally getting A’s and you then get a few B’s. But if you drop classes you reported you would be taking, or if you start failing classes, your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 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 7 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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How much does the final grade of 11th grade matter?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

Eleventh grade is probably your most important grade, as it is one of the last grades that the colleges will see. In evaluating your transcript, your latest grades are the most important. Admissions committees look at the trend of your grades, and want them to be going up each year, or else remaining stable. The last thing you want is for your grades to dip at the end of your 11th grade. In short, the final grade of your grade 11 matters a lot. Make sure that you pace yourself and do well on these exams so that you end....View More

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How do colleges weight IB courses?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

This differs by college. Most colleges will take your transcript and redo the GPA based on their standards. The University of California, for example, will give you one extra GPA point for every IB class. For instance, if you get an 80%, which is the equivalent of a 3.0, or B, in an IB class, the UC system will factor this into your GPA as a 4.0, which is equivalent to a score of 100. So you can see that the difficulty of your curriculum is extremely important, not only in a qualitative way, but quantitatively in terms of your....View More

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My grades dipped in my junior year because I was sick. How do I let the colleges know this, and will they care?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

For any factor that requires more explanation, there is the Additional Information section of the Common App. This section gives you 650 more words to explain anything that you have not been able to fully discuss within the application. If your grades were not strong one year, and the reason is deeper than your love of video games, then by all means explain. Did you have mono?  Were you competing at a MUN conference that required more time than you expected? Did you have unforeseen family obligations that affected your ability to study? This is the place to tell all.....View More

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Is it better to get a B in and IB course or an A in a regular course? Which do the colleges prefer?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

Colleges are asked this question a lot during information sessions, and they almost always answer that it is better to get an A in an IB class. Thanks a lot. So this is a tough one, and the answer is again, “It depends.” In most cases, however, colleges want to see that you are stretching yourself. When our ChanceMe counselors were working in admissions, they preferred seeing a B in an IB class because it showed that you were not afraid to challenge yourself. Getting all Bs, however, even in IB courses, is not a good strategy. You definitely want....View More

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What are the minimum requirements for grades and test scores to the UC schools?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

Admission requirements for freshman applicants to the University of California campusesUC has slightly different admission requirements for applicants who are international students. If you're applying as a freshman, you must:1. Complete 15 year-long academic courses with a 3.4 GPA:2 years of history (in place of U.S. History, history of your country)4 years of composition and literature in language in which you are instructed3 years (four years recommended) of college-preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry.* (Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement)2....View More

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What is more important, grade point average or test scores?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

Most US colleges are more interested in your grades than in your test scores. Along with your grades is the difficulty of your curriculum. How much have you challenged yourself? Lower grades can be offset by higher test scores, and vice versa. But colleges are increasingly moving away from test scores as determining whether or not you will get in. In fact, there is a growing trend for colleges to go Test Optional, meaning that instead of test scores, they will require you to answer a few more essay questions, or send in a graded paper, or a project. For....View More

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I completed all my schooling from one school, but that school used A1-E2 grading in IX/X grades and 1-100(India) in XI/XII as any other school in India. I am not able to register the same school name twice (once for 9th and 10th) to report A1-E2 grades and another (for 11th and 12th) to report 0-100 scale. How should I report them?

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Harsehaj Singh Answered 6 months ago

Try using only the 0-100 scale, but reporting your letter grades as number cut-offs (A1=90-100) in a foot note, or in the additional information page. Usually this can also be done in the “school profile” page.

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My grades started out low, but got better each year. Will the colleges care about this trend, or just look at the average?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

Colleges definitely care about the trend of your grades, and the preferred trend is, unsurprisingly, for you grades to go up. If you want to highlight your rise in grades, or explain any blip, or better yet talk about why your grades have gone up and how that will continue in college, you can use the Additional Information section of the Common App to explain. You are given 650 words in this section to highlight trends and to explain.

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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 6 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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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 6 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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I was told that if I apply early with a really good SAT/ACT score of 1520+/34+, have strong extracurricular activities, good marks in high school, I might be able to bring my cost of attendance down at UT Dallas. Is this true?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 5 months ago

It's true! Those are very high scores for UT Dallas, which has generous scholarships even for international students. The university has tried hard to increase its diversity over the past few years, in particular by having diversity scholarships. In addition, there are many Academic Excellence Awards, the Eugene McDermott Scholars awards, and other scholarships available as well. To see some of the details, see https://www.utdallas.edu/isso/finaid/Here is the link specifically for scholarships https://www.utdallas.edu/finaid/scholarships/ . Here is the link for the Diversity Scholars. It includes a video specifically for international students. https://www.utdallas.edu/diversity/departments/community-engagement/diversity-scholars-program.htmlHope that helps! Feel free to reach out to me with any more questions.

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I’m an indian from Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). I recently got an offer letter from Wilfrid Laurier University,Canada. It’s conditions said that I need 67% overall in my grade 12 while 60 % + in math and English subject particularly. I got my result today and I got 80% overall, 93 in English specifically but I got 57 in math. I’m worried. Please help!

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 5 months ago

Hi there, first of all good job on the 80% overall. Also congrats on getting into Wilfrid Laurier, which has some terrific co-op programs. You should call them on Monday and let them know your situation, to see what they would suggest, as I cannot predict what they will say. I honestly hope that this works out for you! If not, let me know, and I can help you with some solutions for how to move on now.

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How do AP courses and exams affect my college chances from India? (US Citizen). Does it matter how I prepare for the exam?

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Anupama Singh Answered 4 months ago

You'll likely be treated the same as all applicants regarding AP exams.  Some schools don't actually look at the exam results as they only consider those if you're offered admission and to grant you credit.  Others may consider those scores so it's worth asking the schools you're applying to about how they review test scores.  As for AP courses, they are considered rigorous, but your application will be considered like all others in terms of did you take advantage of the curriculum that was offered to you.  There have been a lot of questions answered already about AP exams on....View More

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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 5 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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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 4 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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How do universities check for GPA when they compare international students?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 4 months ago

Hi there! Colleges have trained international specialists who are familiar with different types of grading systems. They don't really recalculate your score into a GPA as much as compare you with your peers in a similar grading system. If the international specialists are not used to a particular grading system, they will ask for clarification from your school.If you are self-reporting grades, you will be accepted provisionally and asked to submit a final transcript to verify what you have reported. I hope this answers your question. If not, feel free to elaborate.

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I’m a Junior from India who wants to attend a T30 university for my undergrad. I got a 95% (10/10 CGPA) in my 10th Standard CBSE board exams. My main problem is that halfway into my freshmen year, I got dengue and was in the hospital for a month where they found out that I have type 1 diabetes after I went into ketoacidosis. So I missed school for about 2-3 months and I got mostly C’s and D’s that year since I had missed most exams and the school gave me a passing grade. I plan to take the SAT in December. Do colleges take into consideration the health issues I’ve had and excuse the marks I got in my freshmen year or is it going to be a problem?

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Anupama Singh Answered 3 months ago

This information about health issues will be very important to include in your application.  The beauty of the US application process is that they consider your entire history and not just numbers.  Also since you're showing progress and an upward grade trend, that will be an important consideration in the review of your application.

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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 a month 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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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 3 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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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 a month 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 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 6 days 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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Are there any top tier universities that do not require a class 11 transcript?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 11 days ago

Hi there,I do not know of any. In fact, grade 11 is usually the grade that they look at the most. I'm assuming you did not do well in grade 11. If there is a good reason, for instance you were sick, or a family member was sick, then explain the circumstances in the Additional Information section of the application. Feel free to follow up with any other questions.

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Hey, I passed my 12th Grade from CBSE Board in May 2017 with an overall percentage of 82%, so yeah, I'm on a gap year. I guess I do not have a shot at the Ivies with this score, so I'm gonna take the CBSE Improvement Exams in March 2019 and results would be out by May. What shall I put in as the Graduation Date in the Common and Coalition Apps? The date on which I got my current scores or the date I'll be getting the Improvement scores?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 6 days ago

Hi there, I hope you are enjoying your Gap Year! Sounds like Grade 12 was stressful and it's probably good to get time to decompress. Good for you for taking the Improvement Exams. Put in your actual Graduation date in the Common App and Coalition, and for your score date, put the day March 2019. If you unsure, it's always a good idea to call or email the particular admission office. They are surprisingly helpful and friendly, and you may get some other good information.

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