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a year ago
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Languages

I was wondering how much my chances would improve if I am a WHITE kid who knows how to read, write, and speak Mandarin (Chinese). I also know how to read and write Spanish. Since Collegevine's admissions calculator doesn't have a feature to indicate what languages you speak (which would be a nice feature by the way😉), what percentage would I go up by?

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a year ago

I think knowing how to speak one language will increase your college admission chances, but two will definitely stand out to admissions officers. (Good job by the way.) Although this is a very amazing accomplishment, did you take Spanish 1, Spanish 2, etc. to learn these languages? I don't positively know if they will look at you saying you know these languages, as much as they would if you have proof that you learnt these languages with a certified instructor. Maybe if you incorporated these said learnt languages into an essay or some other form, it will stand out to admissions and increase your chances. Also, I don't believe anyone can give you a distinct percentage on how much anything can increase your chances. Hope this answer helped!

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a year ago

Wow! That's very impressive and will definitely stand out to colleges. My suggestion is to take the AP exams for all the languages you are fluent in, even if you haven't taken the classes, or take the SAT Subject Tests. This will give colleges a chance to see your mastery, without you having to take a bunch of high school classes that won't fit into your schedule.

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