Notices
Results 1 to 18 of 18

Thread: are my SAT scores ok?

  1. #1 are my SAT scores ok? 
    Forum Junior DivideByZero's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    260
    I have 2 more years to perfect my SAT scores. So far I have the following scores:

    Math: 800
    Critical Reading: 540
    Writing: 720

    I know I can get my CR score at least up to 640!

    If I continue improving my scores 5-10% ever year can I get into MIT? Stanford?
    I have outstanding teacher recommendations and activities, but a relatively ok SAT.
    I will get a 800 in both my math subject tests.
    But is this good enough?


    Reply With Quote  
     

  2.  
     

  3. #2  
    Forum Professor serpicojr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    JRZ
    Posts
    1,069
    What're your activities?


    Reply With Quote  
     

  4. #3  
    Forum Cosmic Wizard spuriousmonkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    2,191
    what do you want to do?

    Work at McDonalds or be a rocket engineer?
    "Kill them all and let God sort them out."

    - Arnaud Amalric

    http://spuriousforums.com/index.php
    Reply With Quote  
     

  5. #4  
    Forum Junior DivideByZero's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    260
    I really want to work in NASA as one of the mathematicians or be a very good engineer somewhere.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  6. #5  
    Forum Professor serpicojr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    JRZ
    Posts
    1,069
    If you don't want to get your application immediately tossed in the garbage heap at elite schools, you really need to stick out. Sure, you'll make it through a few rounds of cuts if your scores are up to snuff, but Stanford doesn't want to populate itself solely with 2400-scoring newspaper editors-in-chief. And there are a lot of 17 to 18 year old kids across the nation who fit that bill.

    So what makes you special? Let's talk about activities. Again, being yearbook, newspaper, and literary magazine editor, drum major, and French club president doesn't cut it, unless you, say, spearheaded the creation of a yearbook, newspaper, lit mag, marching band, or French department at your school. Being first violin or lead in the school play doesn't help, but writing your own ├ętudes or shooting your own films does. Working with the needy in your neighborhood is nice; working with the needy in Nicaragua is exceptional. You get my drift: traditional leadership positions in traditional high school activities show that you're good, but taking initiative, striking out on your own, or taking things to a bigger scale show that you're excellent.

    How about that essay you're writing? Does it start, "Last summer I helped my youth group..." or "I love working with computers because..."? Trash it, start over, and don't look back. Make that first sentence pop--no, explode. Make your writing immaculate: not only should the grammar be pristine, but it should read like a Dickens, the New York Times, the Onion five or ten years ago. What do you write about? Let's go back to your activities: are they flipping fantabulous? Write about that: how you started the newspaper, what it was like to shoot your film, why you went to Nicaragua. Otherwise, think of a specific thing that you did once or that you do all the time that nobody else does, that describes your strong character and your gripping personality, and that is somehow heart-wrenching, astounding, or hilarious--or all three. And don't worry if you embellish: so long as you're ultimately being honest, it's all good.

    Selling yourself is half of how you get yourself anywhere in this world.

    Living up to the hype is the other half.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  7. #6  
    Forum Ph.D. Wolf's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Here
    Posts
    969
    It's all a crap-shoot. More so now than ever. Higher education institutions are simply overrun by students, so selection has gone from "who has the potential" to "throw some darts." Mix in all the idiotic laws and regulations, and it gets even worse.

    I remember when I was applying for colleges, some wanted interviews, some didn't. Some where only interested in grades, others in SAT scores, others in the actual personality of the person. Even others go lightly on academics, and more on your extracurriculars.

    SAT scores are really, today, only a bar used to show you can use a #2 pencil and fill in some dots in an alloted amount of time. Chances are, the disparity between you, and the other couple-thousand folks wanting entry into a school, in regards to SAT score, is small. It's really just a hoop that you have to jump through because you're expected to.
    Wolf
    ---------------------------------------------------------
    "Be fair with others, but then keep after them until they're fair with you." Alan Alda
    Reply With Quote  
     

  8. #7  
    The Doctor Quantime's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    4,546
    I thought SAT scores where in levels? As in Level 4-5-6-7-8-9-10 etc etc. What has happened? Or is this the American SATs?
    "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe". - Carl Sagan
    Reply With Quote  
     

  9. #8  
    Forum Professor serpicojr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    JRZ
    Posts
    1,069
    American SATs.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  10. #9  
    Forum Junior DivideByZero's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    260
    serpicojr, I started the rocket club in my school.
    I will defiantly write about that. Thanks so much for this info!
    Reply With Quote  
     

  11. #10  
    The Doctor Quantime's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    4,546
    Why don't you get onto MENSA. Here take this fun IQ test:

    http://www.mensa.org/workout2.php
    "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe". - Carl Sagan
    Reply With Quote  
     

  12. #11  
    Forum Junior DivideByZero's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    260
    Quote Originally Posted by 425 Chaotic Requisition
    Why don't you get onto MENSA. Here take this fun IQ test:

    http://www.mensa.org/workout2.php
    MENSA is for the top 2% people with the highest IQ scores.
    IQ scores does have much to do with college applications, do they?
    Reply With Quote  
     

  13. #12  
    Forum Ph.D.
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Dublin, Ireland
    Posts
    945
    Quote Originally Posted by serpicojr
    Selling yourself is half of how you get yourself anywhere in this world.
    I have recently learned that.
    Stumble on through life.
    Feel free to correct any false information, which unknown to me, may be included in my posts. (also - let this be a disclaimer)
    Reply With Quote  
     

  14. #13  
    Forum Ph.D. Wolf's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Here
    Posts
    969
    MENSA


    Wolf
    ---------------------------------------------------------
    "Be fair with others, but then keep after them until they're fair with you." Alan Alda
    Reply With Quote  
     

  15. #14  
    Forum Junior DivideByZero's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    260
    Quote Originally Posted by goodgod3rd
    Quote Originally Posted by serpicojr
    Selling yourself is half of how you get yourself anywhere in this world.
    I have recently learned that.
    share you story :-D
    Reply With Quote  
     

  16. #15  
    The Doctor Quantime's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    4,546
    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf
    MENSA


    Did I just win? :wink:
    "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe". - Carl Sagan
    Reply With Quote  
     

  17. #16  
    Forum Ph.D. Wolf's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Here
    Posts
    969
    Quote Originally Posted by 425 Chaotic Requisition
    Did I just win? :wink:
    Win what? I was laughing at Mensa. :wink:
    Wolf
    ---------------------------------------------------------
    "Be fair with others, but then keep after them until they're fair with you." Alan Alda
    Reply With Quote  
     

  18. #17  
    Administrator KALSTER's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    South Africa
    Posts
    8,245
    Ever heard of the high IQ society? Those guys are my heroes! I also want one of those jackets! And the member lounge! And staggering pomposity!

    Edited to remove any ambiguity.
    Disclaimer: I do not declare myself to be an expert on ANY subject. If I state something as fact that is obviously wrong, please don't hesitate to correct me. I welcome such corrections in an attempt to be as truthful and accurate as possible.

    "Gullibility kills" - Carl Sagan
    "All people know the same truth. Our lives consist of how we chose to distort it." - Harry Block
    "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle
    Reply With Quote  
     

  19. #18  
    Forum Ph.D. Wolf's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Here
    Posts
    969
    Personally, I'd rather be a member of The Diogenes Club.

    Would actually be better for my time, anyway...
    Wolf
    ---------------------------------------------------------
    "Be fair with others, but then keep after them until they're fair with you." Alan Alda
    Reply With Quote  
     

Bookmarks
Bookmarks
Posting Permissions
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •