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asian applying to prep school

prephopeful21prephopeful21 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
Hey all,

as you might be able to tell from the title i am an asian applying to prep school (HADES). my grades are all very good and i do plenty of ec's, but i completely flopped on the ssat. i got an 85 and then an 88. now this 88, is there simply because i royally screwed up the reading comprehension (50s). you might think "oh an asian person failing the reading comprehension section what a surprise" but the thing is, english is my first language, so i'm horrified. on the 85 test i had an 86 reading comp.

will schools superscore my tests?
do asians with scores this low even have a chance?
have you ever met an asian person at an elite prep school with scores this bad?

side note: i applied last year and i scored a 92 (didn't get in anywhere). i kind of have to apply with these crummy scores, and most schools will see my test scores from last year. i am also not a legacy.

Replies to: asian applying to prep school

  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom Registered User Posts: 1,381 Senior Member
    What else do you bring as far as extracurricular activities? Are you an athlete or play an instrument at a high level? That would certainly help. I've also read on here that many schools like to see repeat applicants as it shows persistence.
  • AppleNotFarAppleNotFar Registered User Posts: 1,046 Senior Member
    Based on the fact that you weren't offered admission last year with a higher score, have you considered expanding your list of schools beyond the HADES (this assumes you are truly keen on going to boarding school next year)?
  • HhopefulFforSsuccess2021HhopefulFforSsuccess2021 Registered User Posts: 275 Junior Member
    @AppleNotFar Brings up a good point. You should definitely cast a wider net with those scores.
  • HhopefulFforSsuccess2021HhopefulFforSsuccess2021 Registered User Posts: 275 Junior Member
    I don't have any more advice because you did't provide a lot of information. Some schools do superscore. I don't know any asians who attend but it will bring you some hard competition knowing that many of them apply and many have SSAT's in the 90's. To make you feel better, I also received a low score for my reading comprehension even though English is my primary language. I guess I really underestimated my abilities. You're not alone, but definitely strive for outstanding essays, recs and interviews with your score.
  • GMC2918GMC2918 Registered User Posts: 912 Member
    Many schools do super score, so send both sets of scores. Also add some other schools. It makes no sense to only apply to HADES schools - they're all different and the same kid wouldn't do well at all of them, wouldn't like them equally.
  • prephopeful21prephopeful21 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    edited December 2016
    I'm a decent athlete who might do varsity squash and xc as a sophomore. I'm a very good musician on the horn. My english and music rec's are probably going to be very nice. I'm applying to Pomfret as a back up.
    Back to super scoring, will I be penalized for having to superscore, when they see the bits that are being superscored? thanks all

    side note: I'm sending in videos of my ec's now b/c I practiced a ton over the summer.
  • smsstudentsmsstudent Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    I think that you will have a good chance at Tabor, Lawrence Academy, Williston Northhampton, Canterbury, and Brooks (as safeties). Taft, Kent, and NMH could be good fits. HADES + Groton, St. Mark's, Choate, Milton, Concord, and L'Ville may be reaches, but you could probably get into some.
  • prephopeful21prephopeful21 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Smsstudent I liked nmh but they don't have a squash program which is a deal breaker for me. I'll just have to reach really hard I guess
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