Hello. Long-time lurker, second-time poster. I have a few questions for the admissions gurus here at CC:
1. If I apply early action or early decision, will I be able to send in my ACT or SAT results from September (ACT) and October (SAT)? As the last test I took was much earlier this year, I would like to see if I could improve my ACT score (and take the SAT for the first time). I realize this was stupid on my part, however, my state doesn't place importance on the SAT. Now that I want to go to college OOS, I feel it necessary to take the SAT as well.
2. Some colleges require the standardized tests WITH the writing sections, while some do not. Would it be advisable for me to take the writing sections as well?
3. Do colleges let you write your own essays? Where do I start, as far as brainstorming? How many unique essays am I going to have to write?
4. When and how do I figure out my unweighted and weighted GPA and class rank? As I am applying as quickly to colleges as possible (so as not to procrastinate), will grades from the early part of my senior year be factored in?
Thanks to anyone who is willing to devote some time to a curious upcoming senior.