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Too many mediocre subject test scores

DurianShakeDurianShake 1 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
Hi there,
I'm applying to at least Harvard, Stanford and Princeton this winter, declaring Bio as my major and East Asian Studies as my minor/second choice (I'm Hispanic and European, not Asian). I took a total of seven different SAT subject tests but most of the scores aren't very good. My scores are the following:
Biology M: 760
Biology E: 720
Physics: 680
Chemistry: 660
Math 2: 660
Chinese w Listening: 630
Latin: 600

My counselors didn't know what advice to give me. Sending all my scores makes me look more ambitious but many of the scores aren't even in the upper half!
Could you please help me?

These are my other stats, for more context:
SAT: 1470 (Math: 750 Lang: 720)
Grades: good but not perfect. Trouble after moving to the US.
AP: Total of 9 tests, passed all of them
IB Diploma candidate
National awards for foreign language skills
AP Scholar Award with Distinction
National Hispanic Recognition Award
National Merit Scholarship Commendation
Extracurriculars: Tons
Transferred to US in 10th grade
Lots of traveling
Family Background: tough but educated
Essay: "mature and descriptive style"

I'm really nervous to submit my apps because my grades aren't the best and I don't want my application to look even worse because of my SAT subject tests. What do you guys think is better? Looking ambitious or sending only decent test scores?

Thanks for your help!!
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  • skieuropeskieurope 39299 replies7032 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    Sending all my scores makes me look more ambitious
    IMO, sending all your scores (all seven of them!!) will make you look like a one-dimensional test-taking drone with nothing better to do on a Saturday. I'd tell you to just send the 2 best, but the bio tests are duplicative.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 4105 replies88 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Yikes you must be one of the leaders in number of subject tests taken.

    It seems to me that the Chinese score is pretty good for a non-native speaking Chinese person (I could be wrong) so i’d submit that one and the Bio M score. Especially since they are in line with your intended major and minor.
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  • CCtoAlaskaCCtoAlaska 579 replies4 threadsRegistered User Member
    I was going to say exactly what @ProfessorPlum168 said.
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