For the section "list all AP Courses taken or under way. (If you have taken the test, please list date and score.)"
My school does not offer AP courses as such--students just take the AP tests in subjects that interest them if they want to. Should I just list the AP tests I have taken, and in Additional Information, explain that those were not actual AP courses?
Likewise, for the Self-reported course work section, it asks for course level. The options are regular college prep, honors, AP, IB, college, other; my guidance counselor said that all the courses in my school are considered "advanced." Should I list other, and just explain this at the bottom? My counselor describes all this more accurately (or, at least, in better words), in my school's secondary school report, so should I just say "see counselor's secondary school report" or something similar?
^I'm just a parent ... but I think your plan to list the AP tests, with dates, and then explain, in the Additional Information section, that you didn't take the courses, just the tests, is a good one. They're not looking for perfection on HOW to fill out the application ... they're just looking for an accurate, truthful depiction of your academic record. So, yeah ... what you suggested should work!
I personally don't think you should list all your courses as "other," though. Forgive me if this offends, but ... well ... that's just silly, that ALL your school's courses are "advanced." They're either regular or AP, or in some circumstances, "other." Your school's report will describe the rigor of their course work and the fact that all courses there are "advanced," if that's the case. And, chances are pretty good, I think, that MIT admissions will know about your school anyway.
(These suggestions provided in the event that it takes MITChris or mollie some time to get back to you ... so that you can proceed with your application. I AM just a "nobody" of sorts, after all! )
For the AP stuff, I guess I'll write the AP test with corresponding grades, and then explain that this was not a specifically-designed AP class. For the second part, it depends on one's reference frame, I guess (sorry, physics test monday). Relative to other schools, my courses would be considered "advanced", but within my own school they are all at the same level (as there are no upper levels, no honors or AP titles on classes), thus being regular. I just want to make sure I'm putting whatever most accurately reflects my secondary school report.
Not that I don't believe or trust your second suggestion, but I would like Chris or Mollie to verify it. Such is my nature. I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions.
^I don't blame you for wanting MITChris or mollie to verify my suggestions.
But, for what it's worth, I DID understand what you menat by all of your school's courses being "advanced." And my answer remains the same. MIT admissions will figure out whether they truly ARE "advanced," based on what your counselor sends them in the school report.
I completely understand that you don't want to take my word for it ... that's why I sent the "qualifier" (lowly parent).
(Btw, it's MY nature, too! So I really do get it. )
Just as a word of warning, I've been around a while, but I'm not nearly on the same level of authority as Chris.
I think SimpleLife's suggestion is what I would do. MIT will see your transcript, and they'll see your counselor's report, so your self-reported coursework form is just to help them interpret. You can put anything in that form that you consider true and logically consistent, so there's not really one way to fill that form. You should feel free to fill it out in the way that makes the most sense to you.
For SAT scores, is it bad that I waited to send all of my scores on the free report with my November subject tests? I listed my SAT I scores in the application, but now I'm wondering if I should hav just sent them separately?
Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I just read on Matt's blog that they should have all of our scores except the November ones at this point, and I'd hate to be penalized for this. Thanks!
^I don't know about MIT, but there's another school I know of that explains their similar policy like this:
There are so many different high school transcripts, laid out differently, with different styles, and different names for their courses, and so on, that when the students are forced to put all of their courses into a certain "College X's" format, filing them under Math, Science, Regular, AP, Other, listing their grades in groupings that are familiar to admissions, and so on, admissions officers can much more quickly evaluate a student's academic history and how that history stacks up relative to their expectations.
Like I said, I don't know if this is MIT's explanation. But it is the explanation my son heard at another school with a similar requirement.
^This is exactly the explanation I've seen -- that having the self-reported coursework form gives the admissions officers a standardized guide to help them interpret the school's form. They use both when reading the application.
Hey, I'm going to be applying to MIT, and I am a high honors who can competitively apply academically here. I also have played premier division soccer and hope to pursue soccer at MIT. When I send in my application, how do i attach film to it? Also, will I be contacted by the coach to recognize my interest in playing for their team, or if they aren't interested, will I not be notified? Is there a better way to try to be a part of their athletics?