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Common App SAT II Question

biology91biology91 Registered User Posts: 174 Junior Member
edited November 2008 in Kenyon College
I feel that my SAT II scores (770 Math II, 750 Bio, 740 US History) are an anomaly on my otherwise strong application. About two weeks before taking the tests, I found out that my dad had cancer; therefore, I spent my time with him instead of practicing for the tests. Should I add this in the additional information section? I really feel I could have could have gotten perfect scores on the tests if I hadn't been so busy (I got 5 on all the AP tests and my teachers actually told me not to study). Would this be inappropriate or would it sound like I was making excuses?

Thanks for the help and wish me luck in admissions!
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Replies to: Common App SAT II Question

  • NortheastNortheast Registered User Posts: 77 Junior Member
    Relax. Be thankful you did NOT get "perfect" 800 scores. You are no doubt applying to Ivies and other overrated colleges. These colleges reject applicants with perfect scores on a regular basis. You may last longer in the possible admit pool during the reading period if you show you are human and not an infallible test taking machine.

    Unless it is Cal Tech, Cooper Union or MIT, I can not imagine a more boring campus community than one with a majority of students who can answer every question correctly. Even if the answers are wrong. Those who have critically reviewed the texts of many AP and college text books, know what I am talking about.

    Spend more energy on how to think critically than getting a perfect score on a test.

    Best wishes to your dad for a wholistic recovery from cancer.
  • redknightredknight Registered User Posts: 461 Member
    I always wonder if people who post threads like this realize their scores are just fine and need an outlet to brag, and if so, have they ever wondered how the rest of us (without perfect test scores) might feel seeing them brag about their scores.

    FYI, if your the type of person who brags about his scores or freaks out about not getting a perfect score, then you will not find a good fit in Kenyon College.
  • runningincirclesrunningincircles Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    Firstly, I'm sorry to hear about your dad, I hope he makes a full and timely recovery. I would not worry at all about your test scores. Honestly, Kenyon is one of those schools that doesn't place too, too much weight on standardized tests, and I think they'd be more impressed with your scores as they stand than they would be if you studied and studied for hours to score straight 800s. If your scores were terrible, then maybe I'd consider providing a reason, but they aren't, so don't worry about it.
  • MolBioAce06MolBioAce06 Registered User Posts: 306 Member
    Your scores are fine, don't worry about it. I think your father having cancer might be more important for financial aid issues, but perhaps not depending on your family dynamic.
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