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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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What should I do if I have a low GPA but strong test scores?

My GPA isn't as high as I'd like it to be, but my standardized test scores are pretty good. How can I make my college application stronger despite my lower GPA? Any advice would be appreciated!

9 months ago

Hi there! I understand that having a low GPA may be concerning, but it's great that your test scores are strong! There are several ways you can strengthen your college application to compensate for a lower GPA.

Firstly, focus on your extracurricular activities and make sure they showcase your passions, leadership, and commitment. For example, my child joined a community service club and eventually became the president, which demonstrated her dedication and leadership skills.

Next, consider taking challenging courses (such as AP or IB classes) to show that you're willing to push yourself academically. This can help demonstrate your potential for success in college even if your GPA isn't as high as you'd like.

Additionally, strong letters of recommendation can make a big difference. Choose teachers who know you well and can speak to your strengths and growth throughout high school.

Lastly, spend time crafting a compelling personal statement. This is an opportunity for you to share your story and explain any circumstances that might have contributed to your lower GPA.

Remember, colleges look at the whole applicant, not just GPA or test scores. Focus on building a well-rounded application to showcase your strengths. Good luck!

9 months ago

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