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18 days ago
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I am an International Student in grade 12th currently. I'm planning to take a gap year before applying to the Colleges.
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I think, I should take a gap year so that I can take standardized tests and can also improve my extracurriculars. Will this impact my chances of getting accepted?

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18 days ago

Generally speaking, it's best to apply while you're still in high school. If you want to take a gap year, you usually defer your acceptance by one year and then start the following year (rather than just waiting one year to apply). It's also not too late to take standardized tests!

It is okay to delay applying by one year, though, so long as you can build a full schedule of impressive things to do during your gap year.

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