I don't believe I am being overly critical. This is not my intention. I merely disagree that the SAT does not play an independent, causal role in the admissions process. It seems obvious (to me) that it does.
I don't mean to interrupt this debate on SAT scores, however my school recently had our district's Stanford admissions officer come and give a presentation. He said that GPA and SAT scores nowadays are actually looked at last. I know, it doesn't make much sense. If that's the case, though, then you're just wasting time debating about it. Of course, it's pretty pointless to be debating about any one detail in regards to the admissions committee seeing as how nearly everything is ambiguous.
For me specifically, I hope that SAT isn't counted for much, if anything. I don't have a 2000 score, though I wish that I did (stupid testing weakness is to blame). I'm going to take a chance and believe that the officer was truthful in his presentation.
It would seem as though SATs are really just used as a push over fact. Where they are used if there is some sort of "tie" between multiple applicants. That's why they're overlooked as per the officer's comment. They aren't a primary means of decision.
Here's a question for all of you. Will you (and I don't know if this applies to all email providers) change the settings so that an email synopsis is NOT displayed when viewing your inbox? For example, in Gmail while looking at the inbox the subject as well as first couple sentences of an email are visible. But you can change the setting to only display the subject. I'm considering changing my settings so that by the time April rolls around, I'll need to click the email with the subject "Your Admission Decision" rather than be spoiled right away with the decision.
Yeah. I was just thinking because it'll be a nerve-wracking moment. Would you rather see that the email has arrived, but open it when you believe you're ready? Or see the decision immediately upon logging in?
Decisions will probably not go out exactly at 6pm, so the chance of me reading the email on my blackberry is really really high. and I don't think I can change how they're viewed on my phone! scary thoughts
@minnie: just don't look on your phone? :P Hmm. Side note, I'm pretty sure that the notifications are sent out in waves that day. There isn't a specific time. At least that's what I remember from this site last year.
I don't understand why you would want to disable that setting. I'm a Gmail user too, but if I log into my account and see the first two lines saying "Dear fledgling, we regret to inform you..." as opposed to clicking on the email and reading it, I doubt there would be too much of a difference. Same goes for the case where I'm accepted.
No, I understood what you meant by that sentence. It was like a double negative, only slightly different.
Oh, and have I mentioned that we're nearly at 1,500 posts? That is incredible (though not as incredible as last year's group since apparently they had close to 5,000 when everything was said and done).