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What other tests should be taken to get into the Ivy League Schools or top 20 besides of SAT/ACT?

compilercompiler 62 replies29 threads Junior Member
What other tests should be taken to get into the Ivy League Schools or top 20 besides of the perfect SAT/ACT and excellent GPA? Thanks for sharing.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7569 threads Super Moderator
    2 Subject Tests for many schools.

    And you do not need perfect SAT. These schools routinely reject candidates with 4/0/36/1600 stats in favor of some with lower stats. You do need, in addition to strong stats, demanding course rigor, strong ECs, solid essays, great LoRs
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  • squ1rrelsqu1rrel 415 replies31 threads Member
    edited July 2019
    SAT subject tests...AP exams help. That's pretty much it when it comes to tests, at least for undergrad.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7569 threads Super Moderator
    AP exams help
    Not necessary; it's all in context with HS offerings.
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  • BKSquaredBKSquared 1604 replies8 threads Senior Member
    You need to go each school's website to see which tests are required, recommended or optional. Many require/recommend 2 or more SAT2's. AP test scores are often optional, and should correlate to AP classes taken. If you are an international, a TOEFL or equivalent may be required.
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  • mathmommathmom 33110 replies160 threads Senior Member
    Others have covered the required. If you are good at math you should take the AMC https://www.maa.org/math-competitions and see if you can qualify for the AIME. If you like computer programming you could try this https://www.acsl.org/ There are national Latin exams if you take Latin. None of them are going to get you into top schools by themselves, but they are nice to list.
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  • thumper1thumper1 78061 replies3503 threads Senior Member
    @compiler

    What year in high school are you? Or is it your kid?

    Do they have a college counselor at their high school?

    Can this person read websites? The colleges are very clear on what they require (translation...if they say “recommend” its best if you do this).

    No matter what test you take...there is no guarantee this will make you a more competitive applicant for Ivy League or equivalent colleges. They aren’t just looking for test tests tests
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 9745 replies371 threads Senior Member
    From your other posts it sounds like your son is a senior. Has he looked at the websites of the schools he's interested in? That will tell him what the schools want and when it's due. Perfect test scores and a high GPA doesn't give him a lock on the Ivies or top 20 schools, especially if he's lacking in ECs. Make sure he has affordable matches and safeties on his list.
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