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a month ago
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About Taking the SAT in December
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In spite of not having very good grades in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades, I regard still not taken the SAT yet. Would applying to MIT early be a good idea? However, I will be taking my board exams starting on 5th December. I’m not sure it would be a good idea to take the SAT on 4th December.

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a month ago

Grades are the #1 criteria all top colleges look at for admissions. If you do not have perfect or near-perfect grades, filling out an application and paying the $75 USD would be more like buying a lottery ticket regardless of what your SAT test score is.

While it makes me feel uncomfortable to express the truth to many CV members about the competitive nature of applying to Ivys and Elite colleges, it is what it is and I apologize for the answer.

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a month ago

The Early Action deadline for MIT is in November, so you would probably need to ask admissions counselors in MIT if they say they will accept your scores after the deadline, if yes definitely apply early, there's no reason not to. If not, the regular decision deadline is in January, I'm not sure how fast you get your SAT results but you should check. Email your counselor and/or the admissions counselor at MIT, they would know better.

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a month ago

Hi! In all honestly, this probably wouldn't be a good idea. MIT is a very competitive school that is going to look at both grades and the rigor of courses. The average GPA is 4.17, which is crazy high in my opinion. If your grades aren't up to this par, I wouldn't waste not only your time, but your money on the app fee to apply. I wouldn't stress yourself out to apply early with these lower chances of being admitted.

On the other hand, are you a good test taker? Have you taken an SAT practice test that gives you a good score? The average for MIT is 1510+. Given your lower grades, I would say shoot for at least 1550. If you can, I would apply for EA or ED if you can because your chances of getting in are higher. But, if you don't think you can hit this score (and your practice SATs indicate this), then I wouldn't recommend stressing yourself (and risking scoring low on your board exams). I hope that this helps and kind of gives you "realistic" chancing odds. Best of luck !! :)

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