Going into 11th grade. Chances/Advice?


I go to a super competitive all-girls private school in NYC
Freshman year:
Eng - A
Hist - A
Span I - A+
Geo Honors - B+
Bio Honors - B</p>

<p>Sophomore year:
Eng Honors -A-
Hist - A-
Span II - B+
Latin I - A-
Alg II Honors - B+
Chem Honors - B+</p>

<p>Next year I'm taking Physics Honors, PreCalc Honors, English, AP US History, Latin II, Spanish III, and Biochemistry.</p>

<p>PSATS weren't too great: 192
Reading: 64
Math: 56
Writing: 73
So, I'm guessing my SAT's will be like a 1920?</p>

JV Field Hockey and Lacrosse
Newspaper (An editor for my section)
Mock Trial
Band (Flute)
I have a summer job working at an ice cream place and volunteer once in a while.</p>

<p>So how do I look for competitive colleges?</p>

<p>To what extent, competitive ? HYPC?</p>

<p>I guess HYPC, but I'm more interested in liberal arts colleges (like Smith, Williams, Georgetown, etc.)</p>

<p>I think you should easily be able to get your SAT scores to 2000+ with PSAT scores like that. I got a 183 sophomore year and a 205 junior year with no studying in between. Also, math is your lowest section and with practice tests it gets a lot easier (went from a 620 to a 730).</p>

<p>I think you need a bit more EC wise and grade wise (depending on your rank) to get into schools like Williams. I think Smith MIGHT be an option although I'm not positive.</p>

<p>Still apply to all the schools you like though (well- a reasonable number of schools) because you have a 0% chance if you don't apply.</p>

<p>Yay! That's good to hear. :) I think I will take a lot of practice tests and stuff over the summer to get a better score on the math section.</p>

<p>Pepper in some community service in your resume - that looks very nice on the resume. Try to win an award or something??? Perhaps an original gimmick? Beef up those EC's</p>

<p>I wouldn't fret over the SAT's...just buy a Princeton Review Book and the CollegeBoard Official Guide to the SAT and apply the Princeton methods to the practice SAT's from the collegeboard book... I took the Princeton course (waste - just use the book) and went from a 195 to a 2200 (having gotten 5 hours of sleep the night before worrying about the test). </p>

<p>But, liberal arts colleges don't focus as much attention on SAT/ACT...so, again: EC's and grades.</p>

<p>Okay cool! Thanks for the advice guys!!</p>

<p>I love that you're the twelfth person to have "worriedjunior" in their username.</p>

<p>Though your grades look a little low at first, NYC private schools don't give out A's without a fight. Do your best to get A's and definitely take a few more AP's senior year. Try for leadership positions in band, field hockey, and the newspaper to show that you're dedicated. As far as the SAT's go, I wouldn't worry too much about this initial low score. The second time I took the SAT, my score went up 160 points, 110 of them in math alone (the exact same jump as rainbowrose!). Getting PreCal under your belt will help a lot with the math section. </p>

<p>Though you can probably be more competitive, check out Loren Pope's COLLEGES THAT CHANGE LIVES. These would be good liberal arts safeties. Smith seems reachable, Williams and Georgetown will be tough. </p>

<p>Most importantly, try to keep your head on straight during junior year. It's a really hard year, in more ways than one. I just finished and I wish that when things outside of school had gotten difficult, I had focused on school to take my mind off everything else. Good luck!</p>


<p>And yeah, our grading is a lot more difficult, so a GPA of 3.6 weighted would be like a 6.0 at a public school :P</p>

<p>I'm hoping my SAT scores will go up, too. I think it probably will.</p>