I'm an international student applying for Fall 2015 Grade 9. I took my SSAT in October and my score was 2193 (90%). However my TOEFL score was pretty low - 97. I know these schools have rigorous academic courses and that most of these schools usually accept students who score higher than 100. Is there any chance of me getting into one of the five schools?
Here are some extra-curricular activities I'm involved in:
Violin: I have played the violin for ten years and am currently Grade 8 (ABRSM) and preparing for the ATCL Recital Exam. I have also won a festival award in an international competition in Vienna.
Orchestras (I am currently playing in 3 orchestras): I have been the concertmistress in two orchestras
Church: I play the violin for our church on special occasions, I am also in the Youth Fellowship and we organize many activities for the church community (especially Sunday School)
Internship activities: I have been in a company where they teach English through the media (for one summer only). I have also taught underprivileged children English and helped with project managements, translations from English to Chinese, and other assignments.
Academics: I'm in the highest class in my grade, but I'm not the best in academics. I've obtained a few academic awards: ICAS English and Science, Gauss Contest etc.
MUN and Debate: I have participated in an MUN Workshop but I am not in the Model United Nations Club or team. For debate, I was accepted but I had to quit due to the clashing of time slots with the orchestra
I haven't done any interviews yet but I'm really scared the time slots are all taken. (I haven't scheduled an interview for some of the schools - I've contacted them but they haven't replied) Hopefully the recommendations will be fine, and also I'm hoping there will be more positive comments on my school transcript.
Can anybody chance me? Any constructive criticism is totally welcomed!