Is Berkeley a REach for scared

<p>I got 800 Math and 500 verbal....4.047 is my UC GPA....and I got 5 on Calc AP test...and 4 in chem and 3 in physics B....i got 790 in math 2C and 710 in physics and im retaking writing in nov..hoping my 500 in verbal going to make it impossible to go to Berkeley?</p>

<p>and im not planning on retaking it ...because i cant do well on the verbal....</p>

<p>Have you tried the book 10 Real SATs? Tutoring? Your verbal score makes Berkeley an extreme longshot so do what you can to better it!</p>

<p>yes lisa, ive taken SAT classes, and ive tried 3 books....barron's, 10 real SAT's, and kaplan...but for some reason i cant do well on the verbal section, i don't know what to do know....its really scaring me. there is no point for me to take the SAT again....i just can't do the verbal section ....</p>

<p>what are your SAT 2 scores though... the UCs rely heavily on those. Also... are you in-state?</p>

<p>my SAT 2 scores are:
Math 2C :790
Physics: 710
Writing: 500 (I WILL RETAKE AND WILL GET BETTER !!!!!!!)
yes im in-state</p>

<p>any other opinion?</p>

<p>I'm not an expert but are you in the ELC at your school, that will greatly help your chances. When you wrtie your entrance essay try to sell yourself on your math ability adn tell UCB that your going to focus on a math major, never mention that 500 and point out your great math scores</p>

<p>"write" my bad, maybe i deserve the 500.</p>

<p>UGH I DDINT MAKE THE ELC 4.1 percent of my classs.....ranked 28/672...i was thinking i wanted to major in chem/ biochem....and yes i will mention my math abilities in my essay....u think i have a chance for UCB?</p>

<p>does it help a lot if you are ELC?? I am but I have lower stats than</p>

<p>my school is hella competitive....too many asians .... with thie high like a white kid tryin to keep up...i have a 4.18 weighted gpa =/</p>

<p>For Berkeley normal admit is 23.9% while if you are in ELC you're chances go up to 62.8% so it does make a large difference. But another way to look at it is that the applicants in ELC are coming in with the best stats, therefore you expect the "smarter" kids to get in. But with your scores I feel you still got a decent shot.</p>

<p>i would say that it depends on what your major is
engineering it is a reach
for other you should specify</p>

<p>biochemistry or molecular biology would be my major</p>

<p>WHAT is ELC?????</p>

<p>Try get a 600-650 in SATII eng and Berkeley will be a match/slight reach for your major.</p>

<p>ok kool thanx, ELC is the elibility local context or something like that.... u have to be 4 percent of your class</p>

<p>transferjoe: do you mean if your in ELC in any school in the state, you have a greater chance at UCB? (i'm in southern CA and i'm in ELC, and i want to go to UCB)</p>

<p>another question: do all the UC's know that you are in the ELC program, or do you have to tell them somehow?</p>

<p>Yes, ELC is a statewide program used to locate the top students based on GPA in various high schools. Yes, coming from So. California your ELC is just as valid as a northern Californian. Yes, you are in a datbase if your in ELC</p>