# chances.

<p>Hi, I'm new at this, but I recently began to seriously think about my options in the US (I'm studying in England). I've seen some of the feedback other people have got and now looking at the amount of work that is involved with US application I want to know if I have a worthwhile chance. </p>

<p>So here's my profile.</p>

<p>GCSE: 6a* 4a + (a in Advanced maths FSMQ)
AS: 3a 2b (Mat, Fmat, Phys, His, Lit)
A: 4a predicted
SAT1: 1540 (780Mat, 760Ver)
SAT2: This weekend
sorry no rank + what is GPA </p>

<p>extracurricular
Prefect
Young Enterprise(reg finals)
Physics competition(National Finals)
CTY (called NAGTY over here) and all the related stuff
Debating captain
CCF(military stuff)
(there is some more, but nothing that important)</p>

<p>I want to major in Math and Philosphy,</p>

<p>The reason I ask for your advice is because some of my relatives in the US have told me that it is v.difficult to get into harvard and Yale(where I am applying) and I dont want to go through the pain of applying and everything if I dont have a realistic chance.</p>

<p>I'm not familiar with GCSE, AS, or A test, but your SAT's look really good. Your extrac curriculars are also good. You definetely stand a chance at both Harvard or Yale, but if i were you I'd apply to a few other schools just in case. Penn, Brown, Columbia are all good and Ivy League. </p>

<p>You GPA is a number out of 4.0. It's calculated by turnining your marks into a number on a 0 to 4 scale. For example, 90 to 100% = A = 4.0, 80 to 90% = B = 3.0, etc. Also, letter grades like A - or B + get different numbers (I think A - is 3.67. Let me know if you need help calculating your GPA. But definetly do apply!!</p>

<p>If you have a good report and can write "personal essays" well, you have a strong chance for Yale and Harvard (try Stanford too, it's the Harvard of the West). </p>

<p>Be warned however, that admission is often a crapshoot; once they mak sure you are qualified, which you are, they try to assemble a diverse class and that could man anything. But I wouldn't be surprised if you did or did not get accepted (applying to several will probably increase your chances)</p>

<p>By the way; I believe your GPA would be a 4.0, because the average number of A-levels in the UK is 3, and the rest is a bonus. Maybe a 3.5, but don't worry because yor school won't quote it. It will give your rank or top tenth, which is crucial</p>

<p>how seriously do most coleges take the essays. I mean we have a Personal statement here, but thats mainly bragging spsce, unis just use it for information not admission and is there anywhere which gives guidance on how to write these essays. What should I be trying to say to colleges? In the UK all unis are looking for is intelligence, but is it not the same there. I mean, I know they want smart people but what else would they use to asses suitability. And how Important are these SAT exams really, my cousin seems to hve spent months revising for them, but colleges Ive spokent too suggest that its really low on their list. On the subject tests, maths is easy, but the other stuff is bizzare, I've never covered anything which the writing paper is asking me to do. Since our education system doent really lend itself to some of the SAT2's would colleges discount some of the scores, like those for writing, because of the unfamiliarity. Sorry to keep coming back with questions like this, but I've realised my writing score is probably not going to be in the 700's and will probably stick out.</p>