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Another Chances Thread.

Lakshya MLakshya M Registered User Posts: 1,597 Senior Member
edited November 2006 in Carnegie Mellon University
I'm a international student from UAE. I study the CBSE syllabus.

GPA : 85 unweigthed.
Rank : Top 10%.

Math : 760
Verbal : 710
Writng : 730
Total : 2200

Math 2 : 760
Phy : 720 :( (Will retake in Dec)


1. Made a maze-solver robot for science exhibition (Grade 11)
2. 1st Place in the Regional Robotics Competition(Grade 12)
3. Winner of the UAE National Robot Olympiad, as a result will represent the UAE in the World Robot Olympiad being held in China.(Grade 12)

-Public Speaking
1. Secured 5th Place in the National Public Speaking Competition(79 schools participated)(Grade 12)
2. 2nd place in the Regional Extempore Debate(Grade 12)
3. 2nd place in a Debate Competition in my school(Grades 11 & 12)
4. Host of the School's Annual Day(Grade 11)
5. Participated in 2 more regional debates.(Grades 11 & 12)

1. 2nd Place in Regional Math Olympiad(Grade 10)
2. Mathematics Quiz in School (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
3. 3rd place in Regional Science Sysmposium (Grade 11)

-Student Government
1. Captain of one house of the school(only 4 captains in the whole school)(Grade 12)
2. Vice Captain( Grade 11)
3. Member of the Prefectorial Body(Grades 9,10,11,12)

1. Graphics Editor for the School Magazine
2. Participated in the People-to-People Future Leaders Summit in Law(2006)

Teacher Recs are very good.
I really don't know how my essays are.

Major : Computer Science
Post edited by Lakshya M on

Replies to: Another Chances Thread.

  • KrazyKowKrazyKow Registered User Posts: 1,526 Senior Member
    I think that CMU may require 3 SAT IIs, so when you retake physics, take another one if you need. If you were an American student from a fairly competitive high school, I would say that you're in good shape, but I think that international admissions is more competitive, and I have no idea where you would fall in that pool of applicants.
  • waleedk87waleedk87 Registered User Posts: 888 Member
    i think u look like a really strong candidate. Why aren't u applying to the one in Qatar?
  • janejerseyjanejersey Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    Hi KrazyKow and Lakshya---I'm pretty sure CMU only requires 2 SAT IIs for at least most of its schools. Lakshya, you'll want to double-check their website.

    That said, other places do require 3 so if any of those are possibly on your list, of course you'd want a 3rd. I don't know if having "extra" good SAT II scores beyond what is required is a plus---does anyone know?

    Best wishes to you
  • Pulchritude6Pulchritude6 Registered User Posts: 149 Junior Member
    You look good! Your SAT score is great and as an Indian student myself I know how hard it its to score in CBSE. You have to study day in, day out to get something like 96-97. That doesn't mean 96-97ers are more intelligent. I know some students like that who never particularly impressed me. However, I think your CBSE scores are excellent for a place like MIT. I know some non-US citizen with similar stats who got into MIT with a full scholarship. He got about 85 in the 12 Boards finally, which are easier to score in than the internal school exams. Your extracurriculars should take you very far. Your SAT scores are obviously excellent as well.

    I also want you remember that even the most perfect application, the most perfect SAT scores may not get you admission at times. US colleges are renowned for weird, out of the box selections. They are geniuses in the sense they always know which students will do best in their environment.

    I strongly recommend you work hard on your essays. They are very very important, as they give the admissions committee a clearer sense of who you are.
  • Lakshya MLakshya M Registered User Posts: 1,597 Senior Member
    Does the World Robot Olympiad count for a lot?, because I sure as hell spent a lot of time(8 weeks!!) working on it.
  • tb2588tb2588 Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    It should. CMU is very much involved in robotics; I expect that would be a great addition to any SCS app.
  • bruno123bruno123 Registered User Posts: 1,390 Senior Member
    CMU used to require 3 SAT II tests before the new SAT with the writing section was introduced. Now, only 2 SAT IIs (Math I or II plus Physics or Chemistry) are required.
  • Lakshya MLakshya M Registered User Posts: 1,597 Senior Member
    Yeah, I reconfirmed that with them.
  • Lakshya MLakshya M Registered User Posts: 1,597 Senior Member
    b u m p .
  • cmonyukcmonyuk Registered User Posts: 254 Junior Member
    you're fine. I recommend an interview to let admissions know you, but I wouldn't worry too much.
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