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08/13/2020 at 02:20PM
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How impressive are Natl French Exam awards?

Hi all, I’m a rising junior planning to study IR/Polysci and looking at competitive colleges (Ivy+/T20) I have a question about National Language exam awards, specifically what their value is and if they are impressive or not. I have taken the NFE four years in a row (next year will be my last at level 5/AP) and I will also be taking the NSE (Spanish) next year (level 2). Foreign language is one of my main interests and something I know is essentially a prerequisite for IR majors so I am wondering if this is at all unique or not since many IR applicants are also proficient in 1-2 foreign languages.

Here are my stats (I’m a four-year medalist): 7th grade Bronze (top 25% nationally), 8th grade Platinum (1st place nationally), 9th grade Gold (top 10% nationally; placed 2nd nationally), 10th grade Silver (top 15% nationally)

Please LMK whether these are actually impressive or not and if they are, what tier would these be? (I hope this doesn’t break chancing guidelines)… thanks!!

@chiccc08/14/2020 at 02:17AM

Rule of thumb is if you have a high ranking nationally in anything it is impressive. In your particular case, it is worth mentioning in your transcript if you are applying under IR/Polysci. Showcase as much of yourself as you can on college apps because you never know exactly what might stick. This particular award is worth mentioning and while it won't make/break an application alone, it has a wow factor that might just be the push colleges need to accept you. Hope this helps.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@crsgo042208/14/2020 at 02:21AM

that does, thank you!

@chiccc08/14/2020 at 02:42AM

Of course anytime

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08/14/2020 at 03:38PM

It seems like it might be around Tier D in non-art Competitions (not Tier C because that's an individual award at the national level). Keep in mind that awards before high school don't really "count," though the 8th grade platinum is worth mentioning because you were 1st nationally (you'd probably list these all together anyways, so it would be okay to mention the 8th grade medal).

Definitely mention these since they're related to your major, and congrats on the awards!


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