BKSquared wrote: »
Even with a perfect GPA, your chances as an international are low for highly selective US schools, especially for schools that are not need blind for internationals. As for a compelling essay based on your circumstances, yes that can help, but there will be thousands of essays about overcoming family and individual economic challenges. An essay that describes how you have persevered individually is unlikely to stand out in the way you are hoping. IMO what it would take is some type of accomplishment (and not just general volunteering) where you made a genuine and tangible difference for the better of a community or even an individual not yourself.
you can't say that a 250+ point increase is unlikely as I literally got 1080 on my first practice test now I am 1300+ and still improving XD.
TheBigChef wrote: »
The only schools in the US that are need blind for international applicants are Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, and Amherst.