How does Duke view SAT scores?

<p>I know they "officially" look at only your highest scores, but do they see all your scores anyways? Or does some lowly secretary or something just edit out your bad scores so that all the admissions officer sees is your highest? I'm just curious.</p>

<p>I'm sure they see them all cuz it comes on like an official report that they look at, and they don't have the time to edit out the bad ones...</p>

<p>But still I trust that they really do make their decisions solely on the actual highest scores, i think the only thing that might reflect badly on you with that is if you've taken them like 4 or 5 times to try and get higher scores</p>

<p>i've taken the old one twice, and the new one twice. whatever, nothing i can really do now though.</p>

<p>how is a score of 730 in SAT Maths 2 for an International Student(India) who is considering to study Comp Sci?

<p>730 is a decent score for the Math IIc. It's not an amazing score, as an 800 on that test is very doable, but it shouldn't hurt you.</p>

<p>thanx :) ...........</p>

<p>why u think that SAT's are that important. if u get above 650 u gotta good shot. i am applying with a 2.65 1690, and i bet i will get in. so F U ALL</p>

<p>sure if you're being recruited</p>

<p>Even being recruited may not be enough. Adcoms, not coaches, have the final say in admissions.</p>

<p>does a good AIME score (say, 6/15) compensate for a mediocre sat math, like 730?</p>

<p>A 730 math is NOT mediocre (well, for CC it is). My SAT math scores were: 740, 700, and ( :eek: ) 660, and I got in. My high school didn't even offer AIME, nor did I have my AP Calc score yet. Don't worry about it. Essays are more important than scores once you get into a certain range, IMO.</p>

<p>I had a 730 in the Math section of the SAT and the Math IIC. I got in. Don't worry about it.</p>

<p>EDIT: I guess I should mention I had a 5 on the BC exam and took multivar calc (equivalent to Duke's Math 103) in high school, but I really doubt I needed either of those things to balance out my scores or anything like that.</p>

<p>Admissions Confidential, the book written by the former Duke Admissions officer, clearly lays out the admissions process.</p>



<p>In case you're curious, the other 5 are Recs, Essays, Academic Performance, Class Selection, & Extracurriculars.</p>

<p>Two different people rate you 1-5 on each section, therefore two scores out of 30 each.</p>

<p>You end up with a score out of 60 (when you add the two out of 30 together).</p>

<p>52 & up are automatically admitted. Less than 30 is automatic reject.
Anything in between goes to committee.</p>

<p>The auto-admit number is lower for URMs, athletes, and legacies.</p>

<p>If your SAT is >1480, SAT2's have virtually no effect.
They might play some role in committee, but overall it's your SAT I's that are much more important (unless you're applying to Engineering or something).</p>

<p>That book is also a couple years old, and Duke's standards have risen rapidly in the past few years</p>

<p>I meant to say less than 48 is auto reject.
The book is 2 years old but it's still a pretty good description of the process.</p>

<p>wouldnt that system be unconstitutional since it awards points to URM's in the same way that the old michigan system did?</p>

<p>First of all, it doesn't "award" points to URMs. They just have to cross a lower threshold.</p>

<p>Second, UM is a public institution. None of those rules apply to Duke because it's wholly private. If it wanted, it could admit only black or white people one year (not that that would ever happen). And nothing could (legally) be done against it.</p>

<p>ok uh actually duke accepts federal funding, that's why they have to accept both the sat and act...and uh have you never heard of the civil rights act of 1964?</p>

<p>Also there's the 14th amedment equal protection clause</p>

<p>...common I'm sure you're in ap gov</p>

<p>so based on the 14th amendment, wouldnt such a points system be unconstitutional if it had different thresholds for URM's and whites?</p>

<p>technically yes, but they could go around that. They could simply say "we are trying to diversify our student body" or something. They could argue it as a "personal quality." When you have students with comparable scores...say like if both have a 1400 SAT, you could choose a minority student and reject a white one to "diversify." But like taking a student with a 1000 SAT over someone with a 1400 to "diversify" would clearly be illegal. </p>

<p>I'm sure colleges do a lot of unconstitutional things...but until someone brings it up in court, there isn't much to do.</p>