Ca we mention extracurricular activities done below 9th grade in the common app or college board portals?Answered
I am in 10th grade.
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In the common app, under each activity you list in the activities section, it asks for the the grades you participated in the activity. However, it only allows you to select grades 9-12. I wouldn't really suggest mentioning activities done before 9th grade anyway since colleges care more about what you have done recently and your current interests . However, if these activites really would help your application and you feel like they helped shape your character, you can mention them in essays/personal statements.
No, because there is no place on either the Common or Coalition application to add Pre-9th grade activities. If they add to your "Spike" narrative, you can mention them in your essays if they are pertinent.
It is so so so unfair for pakistani students who are not allowed for extracurriculars at schools in 9th and 10th grades. I have really cool certificates of participations and honors before the 9th grade.
So unless you win a national state or very prestigious award before high school don’t list it. Even then if it isn’t major applicable don’t list it. If you won a national science competition in 8th and you will major in chemistry that’s okay.
Though if there was a pre HS award I’d put it in the honors section of CommonApp not the extracurriculars. You MIGHT be able to list it in the description of an activity in the EC section but if at all possible don’t list it as it’s own activity.
Hope this helps and please comment if you need clarification.
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