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  1. fujitsu77

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    What type of SAT score do you think is needed for colleges such as CMU, Cornell, JHU, etc... (out of 1600)?

    Thanks for your replies!
     
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  2. gerikoh

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    simply aim for perfectness :)
     
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  4. movdqa

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    Go to googl, type the name of the school and average scholarship and you should be given pages that report the average SAT numbers and the scores at high percentiles.
     
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  5. Mastermind

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    Go to collegeboard.com and search for the university or college you want and you will be able to see the SAT scores that they like.
     
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  6. LarougeNY

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    aim for perfection. besides, anything over 2250's putting you in contention for the elite schools. In old sats I'd say anything over 1450. but thats pointless, since its the new that matters.
     
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  7. AM28143

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    Are colleges considering the new writing portion of the SATs more this year, compared to the last few when many ignored it?
     
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  8. fujitsu77

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    many are still ignoring the writing section, which is why I only wanted a score out of 1600.


    Thanks for the replies everyone!
     
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  9. junbumkim

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    There are so many factors that are considered into admission..SAT is only one of them. I have seen people get into Princeton with 1300 (which is well above average, but def below ave score of Princeton freshman).

    If I really had to draw the line, you will have to get at least 1300 (math and verbal). It implies you have gotten at least 700 and 600 in each section..

    Important thing is that you should go and get as much experience as possible, community service, work experience, and others that will help you evolve into a person with greater perspectives and....whatever.

    Also, if you are studying for SAT, please don't just memorize 1000 SAT words and think you are done studying. SAT scores generally reflects how hard you have been studying through your school years (esp MATH) and how independent and indivisual thinker you are (generally Verbal).

    For verbal,
    Read TIME, National Geographic, to broaden your scope of knowledge and perspectives. Read some classic literature.

    For Math, concetrate on basic theories and make sure you understand them very well because every problem is simply an application of them. Do a lot of practice problems and don't make stupid mistakes.

    If you really want to increase your score by more 100~200, it's going to be challenging. So buckle down and get some work done...
     
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  10. LarougeNY

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    the writing portion is basically putting in an sat II writing, which is what most colleges required before the sat was changed (hence the 3 sat IIs went down to two)

    Besides, just to be safe, get a 700 in each. that's not an impossible task, but it just requires the hard work as well as the desire.
     
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  11. AM28143

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    Read 19th century literature, your vocabulary will expanded vastly.
     
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  12. fujitsu77

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    I've actually already taken the SAT once, and have just taken it for a second time.

    This time, I'm hoping to get a 1500 on math and reading (I feel confident that I have reached this mark :D)

    I was also aiming for a 2300 overall, but that's tough.
     
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  13. krz

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    At least a 1400/1600(I don't know about the new SAT i never took it) probably higher considering for say cornell since its an ivy
     
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  14. LarougeNY

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    You''re a senior then? Good luck with college apps man, I'm only now realizing how much work that must be and I'm still a year away lol
     
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  15. Noveson

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    Yeah me too man. I'm a junior right now. I've gotten waaay to used to not working too hard and scraping out 90s. I need to wake up and get going:p
     
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  16. FedererISBetter

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    Basically get around 1400+/1600, top 1~5+/-% class rank w/ most compeitive courses out for your HS would be ideal for your transcript.

    serious commitment in extracurricular activities is a big bonus

    recommendations could push your chances even higher, so use that to your advantage.

    I so wish I was in high school again : (
     
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  17. lethalfang

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    1400 is a good SAT score for any school, but SAT I is just a small part.
     
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  18. drhopz

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    I didn't do well on my S.a.t., but showed great leadership in my apps in my community service and extra curricular activities. I wouldn't consider 1500 a good score, but it's average. I scored just a tad under 1500. Most of my friends who scored 2100+ ended up at Berkeley and Yale. Just be very involved. That gave me the boost to get into UCLA.
     
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  19. snoflewis

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    you can't get into elite schools w/ just a high gpa and a high sat score...you need something special in extracurriculars too. from what i've seen, president of key club or any well known club will help a lot.
     
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  20. LarougeNY

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    wait, so you're a junior and you already took the sats? why?
     
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    I used to be an Alumni Admissions Volunteer and interviewed local high-school
    students and answered their questions for Boston College. You can generally
    find books on what colleges consider in the admissions process. Relatives that
    graduated from the same school is a factor. I would always suggest an interview
    if you consider yourself good at presenting yourself.

    If possible, taking courses at the institution that you're interested can help. I've read that students taking courses at Harvard's Extension School have a leg up on other applicants to Harvard University.
     
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  22. chrisplchs

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    I know guys with SAT below 1000 get in to Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, etc...

    oh wait, they are called athletes.
     
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  23. LarougeNY

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    Harvard doesn't offer athletic scholarships, so unless the people you're speaking of happen to be James/Thomas Blake, its pretty doubtful. Princeton follows the same policy as well. Stanford I'm not sure about, but I'm pretty sure they need something more than sentience to get in, hopefully more than a 1000.
     
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  24. chrisplchs

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    Ivy's don't offer "athletic" scholarships per say, but they do tend to give "more generous" financial aid to otherwise would be "scholarship athletes".

    One of my friends who I went to school with got no financial aid from my school but ended up with a full ride when he transfered to an Ivy school. He was a bench warmer on our tennis team but started at #4 on their team.

    As for needing more than an 1000, a lot of athletes will load up on easier classes in high school to boost their GPA while still getting lower than 1000, 900 in some cases and still be admitted to schools like Stanford, Duke, Northwestern, etc
     
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  25. StealthGnome

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    I'm taking the PSAT tomorrow as a Sophomore. It won't count for anything but will be great practice.
     
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  26. snoflewis

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    imo...you should at least have taken SAT once by end of junior year...probably twice. that way, you still have time for SAT IIs and waht not....i took my first SAT october of junior year...
     
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  27. LarougeNY

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    Why would you take it in october? The psat's in october, the norm is in march or may/june of junior year isn't it? it is at my school at least, but I'm taking it in January, and the PSAT on saturday.
     
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  28. LarougeNY

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    Well that accounts for a lot. I guess it's one of those policies on the low-key side of things, like Ivy grade inflation and multiple standards for races.
     
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  29. Noveson

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    Yeah our PSAT is on saturday too.
     
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  30. shojun25

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    Average score should be +/-1600. My friend got 2100 something in his SAT and he was accepted to Harvard. Another friend got 1950 something and he was accepted to UCLA.

    We just took the PSAT/NMSQT today. Last year, ANOTHER friend was a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship thing and she received a $25,000 grant.


    Wow... I just noticed that I hang out with a lot of... gifted students ;)
     
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  31. jasoncho92

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    2100 seems really low for Harvard. I got 1800 without any studying done ever for the SAT when i first took it lol. The girl i know who went to Harvard for 2300+ and so did her sister
     
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  32. LarougeNY

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    I thought the highest the national merit scholarship went was 2500?
     
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  33. ZoomUltraflight

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    I think you guys are forgetting about some of the good public universities and the states they are in. UCLA, UVA, UNC CHapel Hill, and some other highly accredited schools are public and have commitments to taxpayers to take a higher percentage of in-state students. I have better grades than the averages given for UVA, but since I am from NY I have to be a more outstanding student to give the admissions officers something to look at. Also some factors that play key roles are athletic ability, and race/ethicity. For the Ivys, most of the athletes to my knowledge are not getting 1000s, but they may only get 1200-1300 (on math and crtical reading). Those are not necessarily bad grades, but for an Ivy league they are well in the bottom of the range. I am not saying there are no athletes who are truly underqualified to go to Ivys, but for the most part they are intelligent--but not IVY intelligent.
     
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  34. kctennis1005

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    i took the sat and act as a sophomore....got a 34 on ACT, 2090 SAT(ACT score was much better) and perfect on sat II math level 2.
     
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  35. UW_Husky88

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    screw the SAT and take the ACT instead...it's so much easier. You'll thank me later if you listen to me...seriously.
     
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  36. StealthGnome

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    I didn't do so well. I guess I need to take classes soon.
     
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  37. Noveson

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    I got 2000 flat on my SAT:) I think I was one of the top scorers in our class. I'm planning on taking it again this spring, then probably once in the fall senior year.
     
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    I got 800 in maths 800 in physics and 630 in lit...Yet I wasn't willing to cross the Atlantic to study so UK was closer
     
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  39. AM28143

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    My total score- 2030.
    Math-690
    CR-680
    Writing-660
     
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  40. quicken

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    man we have some geniuses in this thread... mine was only 1960
     
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  41. AM28143

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    Tennis players tend to be intelligent. Blake, Federer...........
     
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  42. dave333

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    For Harvard, its about 2100 minimum. I believe Caltech, MIT requires higher scores, more in the 2200 area.

    Friend of mine got 2230 in 7th grade, I got 2190 recently as a sophmore. Will study a bit more!
     
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  43. StealthGnome

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    I set my goal. JIA YOU! :shock:
     
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  44. CityHeightsTennis

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    I will say 1450+/1600... But besides the SAT Reasoning Test there are a lot of other things that matter... GPA is even more important than SAT now... IMO, and that's what most counselors say also. Your extracurriculars are getting more important every year because ANYONE can stay home and study without doing any sports or musics. So you definitely need some ECs to get a better chance at those ivy colleges. Really, a lot of people can do great in school and get a high score in SAT is they JUST study. But doing ECs and studying is hard, but worth it in the long run. Because now, SAT out of 2400, you have almost no chance of getting in an IVY College without any ExtraCurriculars even with great SAT scores and strong GPA. They just wouldn't consider you very well. You have to stand out among thousands of other students... so strong EC is important IMO......:)
     
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  45. CityHeightsTennis

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    well... didn't a lot of tennis players like B. & M. Bryan or Blakes go to Stanford and Harvard mainly b/c of tennis? or did they really get in with their brain?
     
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  46. zidane339

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    I got a 2170 on SAT I's (math 780, reading 720, writing 670), 730 subject test math 1, 700 chemistry.

    Waitlisted today from MIT! : (
     
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  47. LarougeNY

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    congrats man. being waitlisted from such a prestigious university is an achievement in itself.

    i find out my sat score in exactly 5 days. sooo nervous.
     
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