I am year 9 student from Australia who plans on applying for the top U.S universities like Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford. I have already started studying for the SAT and improving my extra-curriculars. Using the official FIDE chess rating system, I am currently ranked in the top 20 under 16s from Australia. Would this help on my application? I’ve won countless numbers of awards for it and have been playing it for almost 10 years. My other extra-curriculars are clarinet and Tennis.
There is an ATAR(Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) that compares your rank to every year 12 student in the country, with 99.95 being the highest score you can achieve. Even though they mainly look at SAT, would it be useful to include this on the application given I achieve a high score? . I am fairly confident I can achieve a 1500+ on the SAT, since I am starting early and most of the maths questions I can already complete. I have heard of things like AP classes, and GPA, but I’m not sure if they are possible in Australia. My final question is, will they look at my school reports from each year? I ask this because I am afraid they will look at my year 9 reports which have very good results but not excellent ones.