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Reference Letters?

query123query123 Registered User Posts: 275 Junior Member
edited June 2011 in AP Tests Preparation
How many reference letters needed typically for top schools/common app etc?

Typically, from whom should we be requesting the references and how many? Heard one of them from the guidance counsellor is mandatory - is it from guidance counsellor or from university counsellor?

How do you guys plan to do it?
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Replies to: Reference Letters?

  • CompSciGeekCompSciGeek Registered User Posts: 281 Junior Member
    I'm planning to get letters from teachers that are advisors of clubs that I'm dedicated to. Also, math and science teachers that know I'm a good student. I don't think you need one from university counsellor but idk.

    Im definitely getting one from guidance counsellor

    Probably some places that I've volunteered at.

    But I havent thoroughly thought it out.
  • PancakedPancaked Registered User Posts: 3,355 Senior Member
    Most colleges require, particularly with commonapp:
    -Two recommendations from teachers
    -One "school report" from your school guidance counselor, who will also submit a short recommendation along with the school report

    Beyond those two, some colleges will allow 1-2 additional recommendations.

    The two recommendations are really intended to be written by teachers of core classes (math, science, English, history). In fact, many colleges will ask specifically that they come from teachers of core classes. The only way you should ever use a recommendation from someone else is if:

    -You already have 2 core teacher recommendations, or
    -This person knows you very well in a rigorous academic setting

    If you go to the admission forum, there's a post stickied at the top about letters of recommendation.
  • iluvpianoiluvpiano Registered User Posts: 2,033 Senior Member
    usually 2 are needed
  • violinplayerviolinplayer Registered User Posts: 528 Member
    is language considered a core language?
  • query123query123 Registered User Posts: 275 Junior Member
    A reference letter from Spanish teacher is considered humanities? MIT suggests one from humanities teacher and one from sciences?

    So, for example - Math and Spanish would be fine? or should it be like Math and English or USH ? Humanities is not clear to me with regards to foreign language .. Also if the intended major is chemistry for example, is it more logical to get a letter from the chem teacher or it does not matter as such? its all not so very clear after all :-)

    typically do you ask for reference letters from those subjects wherein you scored a 5 or from those teachers whom you know you the best.. For example - if a teacher knows you very well and unfortunately the score in that particular AP is not the predicted 5, is it a good idea to go for that reference letter?
  • 314159265314159265 Registered User Posts: 4,276 Senior Member
    ^Yes, Spanish is a foreign language, which is a humanity.
  • query123query123 Registered User Posts: 275 Junior Member
    @pi - thanks. can you please answer to the second part of my post also?

    thanks
  • IceQubeIceQube Registered User Posts: 3,187 Senior Member
    Come to think about it, I think I've offended each and every one of my teachers that I've had so far.

    Oh wait, there's one I haven't. Just one.

    Am I screwed?
  • lolgolollolgolol Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    Would there be space in a common app to include a reference letter from an MP
    (Member of Parliament) who graduated from Harvard Law? <-- so jealous
  • HONORLIONSHONORLIONS Registered User Posts: 1,582 Senior Member
    What does this have to do with the CollegeBoard's Advanced Placement Examinations?
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