I think I failed my SSATs

<p>Hey Guys,
Recently I took the November SSAT and I feel extrememly depressed on my score. A 71%. I was wondering, is it possible for me to get in the most selective boarding schools, or day schools. Such as Lawerenceville, Choate, College Prep and etc. </p>

<p>Currently I have a 3.95 GPA, and I do Chinese, as my sub language. If I continue to do chinese, it is really likely for me to get a IB Billingual Diploma. I also have 4 years of Drama experience in Middle School, and is currently taking Art. I am in the Varsity MUN team in my school, and have won awards. I also participate in community service clubs such as Roots and Shoots, and a local community service club in Shanghai called Care and Share. I currently am in a international American school at China, so I am wondering, if I can take a shot against such schools in America. Another thing I will like to mention is that, I am also trying to help a Texas Public School, to establish MUN program. I am one of their advisers.</p>

<p>Do Any of you think I have a shot against these Schools? </p>

<p>I honestly wrote HADES schools, because the community at CC is more familiar to such prep schools, and the schools I apply are private day schools, but have similar vigorous curriculum;s, to these schools that everybody are familiar of. </p>

<p>Okay, so lets just be clear that there is technically no way one can “fail” the SSAT. Sure, you can get a percentile score that is below 60% (or whatever threshold would be considered an F in your school), but here’s the amazing truth that people fail to grasp year after year: there are plenty of good boarding schools where even a 60%-ile score is in the sweetspot of admitted candidates.</p>

<p>tomura0704, I hope you’ll forgive me for using your thread to muse on some general points that I think are applicable to all applicants — in this cycle and in the future.</p>

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<li><p>Were you surprised by your 71%? Unless you had some unexpected issue the night before (which would lead to a bad night’s sleep) or the day of the test (such as an illness or argument with a friend or parent or anxiety attack), I don’t see how anyone can truly be surprised by their results. There are readily available practice test forms that allow you to get at least a ballpark of where you might score on the real thing. Yes, I know people will cite instances of scoring much lower (or much higher) on the real thing vs. a practice test…but in my experience with two kids going through the process, their test day scores were in line with their practice test scores.</p></li>
<li><p>Now here’s the truly important point that I’m trying to make: regardless of where your SSAT %-iles are, there is probably a school out there that will be happy to take you. Let me repeat that: regardless of where your SSAT %-iles are, there is probably a school out there that will be happy to take you.</p></li>
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<p>It may not be one of the “most selective”, nor one of the most “prestigious”, nor one that is mentioned on this forum with any frequency. But it will give you a great education in the US…which is what you after, right?</p>

<p>I’m not trying to be a downer, but in my years on the forum, I’ve seen wave after wave of applicants targeting nothing but the most selective boarding schools — before they even know where their SSAT/ISEE scores might place them in the pool of applicants.</p>

<p>Many of the most selective BS in the US have acceptance rates below 20%. It’s not a stretch to flip that statistic around and consider that 80% or more of applicants are rejected.</p>

<p>I never want to talk people out of applying to their “dream” school(s)…I really don’t. I just think that people focus far too much on a handful of the most selective schools without candidly considering A) their strength as an applicant to these schools; B) how they might actually fare at one of these ultra-selective (and generally ultra-rigorous) schools if they are admitted.</p>

<p>Finally, please don’t read this and think that I feel there is some “secret formula” that will get you into one of the most selective BS. I don’t think there is some magic number %-ile that will unlock the gates of St. Exoverhotchton Hall for you. But I am of the opinion that, to think you have a better than average chance at these schools, you’ve got to be in the upper reaches of their “middle 50% of admitted applicants” test score range.</p>

<p>Best of luck.</p>

<p>In fielding a PM question from another forum member, I revisited the boardingschoolreview.com site (which I never really used that much even when my own kids were applying).</p>

<p>Here is a link to the page that allows you to see the average SSAT score for many schools:</p>

<p><a href=“http://www.boardingschoolreview.com/highest_average_ssat/sort/1”>http://www.boardingschoolreview.com/highest_average_ssat/sort/1</a></p>

<p>I suggest registering for the December and January tests. It would be great if you could raise up your score because it’s very competitive applying from certain parts of Asia. </p>

<p>(Do you go to SAS?)</p>