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3:13@rs5004:Is it better to include a standardized test score, even when a school is test optional?
5:57@anonymous:I am junior and I am terrified about the college process. I have watching videos on YouTube about other students experiences, and I do not think I have enough extravehicular activities. Will this affect my changes to get into an ivy league college?
11:35@anonymous:Should I still send a test score if it is not that good?
14:42@VD:What would you say is the biggest part of an international application a US institution, specifically Ivy. I am from Canada
17:07@VD:How does the common app work?
19:46@anonymous:What is the difference between early decision and early action?
24:11@niamhzanghi:what do you think matters more in extracurriculars: having a large role in one subject or balancing multiple smaller roles in multiple subjects?
28:19@anonymous:Is this session recorded? How can I revisit this?
30:41@VD:Since the SAT Essay is being removed from college board as of July 2021. Is it still worth it to take it since I am taking the test with essay in May? Would universities still accept them?
31:58@TanishGupta:What are some impressive extra-curriculars?
32:27@anonymous:When you say standardized test, are subject tests included because I was planning on writing BIO subject test this year but I got an email from college board that it is being cancelled and won’t be administered anymore.
33:35@rs5004:Would it hurt my application if I don't submit any SAT II scores? I wasn't able to take any before they were canceled indefinitely.
34:18@MichelleHe:This is actually related to medical school: do you know people who get in a medical school after getting Master of Public Health? How helpful is MPH in medical school application?
38:58@anonymous:I am a citizen of another country but I live in the US and I have finished all of my high school in US. Does this make me stand out for ivy league???
40:19@amy040128:Do first generation applicants stand out for ivies or are legacies stand out more?
41:26@anonymous:How many times is too many taking the SAT? How many times do you recommend taking it?
42:43@anonymous:Debate is my major EC and I have some national awards. Since you mentioned EC better aligns with the major I want to apply to. So what major you suggest me to apply to, especially for Ivy?
44:35@anonymous:Hi! I am a junior in florida and I in fact want to go to Stanford. But I've realized my GPA does not meet the required level. I will keep doing my best to raise it but I heard that High SAT scores might put in a tide there. Would there be an alternative by any chance just in case? Thank you.
47:03@CollegeAdmissions:Do colleges see scores from each test date if they superscore ACT? My superscore is 1 point higher than my highest composite score. However, the difference between the two composite scores is 6 points. I am wondering if the college would still see both scores, or just the superscore.
48:10@anonymous:I might want to study Econ. So what EC do you suggest?
52:17@amy040128:How does Common App work for Early Decision
53:13@anonymous:Do you have any tips for choosing between majors? Especially regarding the competitiveness surrounding majors and the chances of getting into a good college with that major (this also is for how to specialize your extracurriculars more)?
55:02@anonymous:do you have any tips when applying to college? what can I do to stand out from everyone?
57:37@anonymous:Can you apply early action and regular decision for the same school?
58:34@anonymous:If I apply to a school as undecided, does that affect my chances??
59:40@VD:When should I create a common app account, I am currently in grade 11?
60:51@anonymous:I might want to study Computer Science, what do you recommend for having less experience especially with the competitiveness of the major? I am worried for getting into college with this major, thank you.