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2:02@anonymous:Thank you for your time this evening. Is it important to take a foreign language all 4 years to be competitive for the most highly selective colleges? Even if you are going into STEM? My junior would much rather skip French 4 next year and double up on math/science. But she is willing to take French 4 if it helps for her reach schools. She intends a math/physics major. Thanks for any advice.
4:37@JC:Many colleges do not require ACT any more. Should students still take the ACT? Thanks
7:57@anonymous:what advice do you have for juniors who still have no idea what they want to do in the future?
How should I go about applying for college?
12:06@anonymous:when taking the AP exam for a specific AP, what does it consist of and how long are the exams? Does it cover everything you've learned in the AP in question format?
12:17@anonymous:Hi! I was wondering if you had any advice as to how to standout compared to other applications for highly selective colleges.
16:46@JC:My child got a 2 on one of her AP. Exams (Physics) in 2020 May. School grade was A. Can we just not report? Advice please. Thank you
19:08@MohidBasha:Would it be detrimental to my admissions chances if I do not take the SAT with Essay as a result of the recent SAT changes?
20:19@anonymous0101011:how do I get into Harvard
28:14@anonymous:What do you know about dual enrollment vs AP? Some people say dual enrollment is way better to work towards your intended major, and it's "less rigor?"
30:03@anonymous0101011:where should I be rn in the admissions process to be competitive?
32:43@stemcurious:Do you recommend chem or AP chemistry before taking AP Bio?
35:06@anonymous:How important is GPA in the college admission process? Should I be focusing more extracurriculars?
36:27@anonymous:I've heard dual enrollment can be helpful compared to APs, APs being more rigor with getting the score, while dual enrollment is like a pass?
37:11@stemcurious:Could you share which AP courses you took in high school?
40:10@anonymous:what are some extracurriculars I can do as a junior who is interested in CS and mechanical engineering? Do all self-motivated ECs have to be quantitative?
44:02@anonymous:I already took the subject SAT's and scored 800's. My school does not have the option of taking too many AP's because the curriculum is set. How do I show depth in subjects without an AP and without my subject SAT's that won't be considered now?
45:34@stemcurious:What college level courses other than AP Chem, AP Bio and AP Physics do you recommend to show rigor for B.S/M.D/pre-med?
48:00@anonymous0101011:how reliable are CollegeVine resources
49:23@anonymous:Do AP test scores count more this year?
50:26@anonymous0101011:is a publishing at a local newspaper a tier 1/2 activity
51:39@CollegeAdmissions:I was on a live profile review last week, and you mentioned that some college classes taken in high school are closer to an honors class and others are closer to an AP class. I am taking classes at a four year accredited college. The classes will go on my high school transcript, but I also have a college transcript listing my classes/credits. Would these be closer to an AP or honors class from the perspective of a college admissions officer?
53:08@anonymous:how do you stand out in BS/MD ?
55:14@anonymous0101011:Is changing a major easy?
59:20@anonymous:If I'm taking the March SAT do you think its okay if I cancel my essay?
60:26@anonymous:not a question but literally thank you for collegevine and your livestreams that you take out of your day to answer our questions and doing these livestreams weekly. You don't know how helpful these livestreams, and resources are. You're amazing!
60:45@stemcurious:AP English language, AP English literature , valuable to show rigor with in the courses offered in my high school along with AP Stem classes for pre-med/B.S/MD?
62:00@anonymous:For when you said self-studying "AP Psych" what does that look like? You can take time on your own and self study then take the exam yourself and get credit? Or, you didn't take the exam and just self studied that?
64:03@anonymous:We really appreciate your time and insights. Good luck to you in your med school studies!