SAT Scores

anonymous asked:

how do you think art schools weigh your art vs your grades or course load?

art schools really dont care about your grades, from what ive heard from artists already in college. they really just want to see your portfolio! during the sva precollege program, there was a presentation for applying to the school and i remember the representative saying to not worry about grades too much (in terms of actually getting into the school). i also talked to a calarts student and they told me they didnt even send in their sat scores… i feel like grades are only important when applying to academic schools and for scholarships.

ea/ed decisions

it’s officially december now which means that ea/ed decisions are coming out the 15th of this month. at least for my REA school and a handful of others.

tbh i’m pretty sure (99%) sure i was rejected. it was a HUGE reach for me. i had the GPA, my SAT score fell short or maybe was barely average compared to the rest of their applicants and my ec’s were kinda just…not there. like just…average. school clubs, camp counselor for 1 summer, asian-american political activism, nothing big. 

it wasn’t really my dream school, but starting off this college process with a rejection is gonna hurt somewhat, i bet.  even though it’s one of america’s most selective schools and all…

and my dad has always been angry about my SAT score but was never supportive of me retaking it–”if you don’t hit (insert score that’s 60 points above target score) on these next twenty practice tests you’re not retaking it” as well as when i’d be 10 points off my target score–he’d say “you don’t give us much confidence in your retake score”

like i don’t get it…you didn’t like my first score but you didn’t make it easy for me to try and amend it through a new test…

long story short, i only took the SAT once. 

but what is done is done. i’m a senior so I can’t fix those 3 b’s, taking the SAT is pointless, my ec’s are unfixable at this point, etc. 

idk…i can’t really articulate all these feelings of uncertainty, insecurity, and genuine fear about december 15th because i’ve got 2 quizzes and loads of psych homework to catch up on but i am feeling a mixture of all of those things rn

your acceptances and where you go to college doesn’t define you

but it simultaneously does…at least to yourself i guess

Girls Get Higher Grades, Boys Get Higher SAT Scores. Colleges Are Now Dropping SATs From Admission Criteria Because of “Undue Importance”

High school performance studies show two things: that girls consistently get higher grades than boys throughout school and graduate with higher GPAs, while boys perform marginally better on the SATs than girls. Once they go to college, young women have risen to the point where 60% of college degrees are earned by females to 40% of males.

Feminist Doctrine states girls are oppressed in school, despite their higher GPAs and more bachelors degrees. Because everyone kowtows to feminist beliefs, colleges have began to drop SAT requirements for admission because they marginally favor boys.

Conversations about SAT and ACT scores are ubiquitous for high school students applying to college. Increasingly, however, colleges and universities have begun to eschew mandatory standardized test scores as requirements for their application process.

A University of Michigan study found girls were “unfairly” being discriminated against at elite universities due to lower SAT scores than male applicants. SAT scores were deemed to have “undue importance” by the study:

According to the study, “the evidence best supports a conclusion that women’s lower average standardized test scores, combined with the importance attributed to those scores in admissions decisions, creates de facto preferences for men that drive women’s under-enrollment in these institutions.”

According to the study, it is wrong for elite colleges to use preferences that favor males (achievement tests), but perfectly acceptable to use preferences that favor females (GPA).

The best way to cure the gender divide at elite colleges, the study argues, may be through holistic admissions standards — evaluating the student’s SAT scores in the broader context of their full application, rather than granting it "undue importance” as an easily quantifiable test.

So if you are an elite college that must discern who the best students are to attend your school, what you need to do to be non-discriminatory on gender is judge applicants on apples-to-oranges academic grades that are arbitrary from teacher-to-teacher and school-to-school, rather than comparing applicants on an apples-to-apples standardized tests.

In 2004 “women made up more than half of undergraduates attending all types of four-year colleges except for the most-selective ones” where they were only 47% of the population.

Though it is perfectly acceptable for lesser colleges to have a gender disparity of 60% female to 40% male, it is entirely unacceptable for elite colleges to have a gender disparity of 47% female to 53% male. A 20% pro-female difference? No big deal. A 6% pro-male difference. Morally outrageous.

The only statistic you hear from feminists on education is that girls don’t pursue careers in the STEM fields as much as boys do (about 30%). As such, girls need more help and more programs and more educational dollars. It is the only statistic they cite because every other statistics shows the exact opposite concerning which gender needs more help. Considering STEM fields are such a small part of the economy, feminists hijacking the entire educational system based on this one statistic would make such a policy laughable if anyone proposed it other than them.

School is tough for all kids, male and female alike, but feminists’ claims of girls being oppressed is an outright lie. Feminism is a fraud. To justify the fraud requires hypocrisy. To enforce the hypocrisy that justifies the fraud requires a campaign of intimidation.

Further research via eliminativism

8/14/15: Added link to article on Michigan study and further research from eliminativism

What I Wish I’d Known Senior Year

Hi guys! Long time no see. I’ve officially graduated high school and thought I’d make a post for all you incoming seniors about some things I’d wish I’d known senior year/some tips and tricks to help make your senior year less stressful because we all need a little less stress in our lives ha. So without further ado,

  • Make your college list over the summer: The summer before senior year is the time to finalize your college list. Do this by making a list of places you’re interested in and narrow it down based on fit. Try to visit if possible but if you can’t, most schools have virtual tours that you can take online. Make sure to have your list done before September. College apps are expensive and the fees for sending test scores to your respective schools add to the cost. Include at least one safety and two match schools on your list.
    • Get a calendar and mark all the deadlines for college apps, scholarships, testing, when test scores have to be sent in, etc. It will keep you organized and on track.
  • Start your essays over the summer (or at least brainstorm some ideas): You don’t necessarily have to start your college essays over the summer - I didn’t - but at least make a list of ideas, look over the prompts if they’ve been released, and familiarize yourself with common essay structures and how to write a good college essay. You should have a pretty good idea by September of what you want to include in your essays. Start them early so that you’ll get enough time to show them to your English teacher, parents, or anybody whose input you value.
    • While there are some topics for college essays that are too cliché and aren’t worth writing about (you can find a list here), in general, don’t be afraid of writing about something that you think will be cliché. If you give a topic an original spin and people can hear your voice and tell that it was a unique experience, you’re fine.
    • DON’T PLAGARIZE OR HAVE A PARENT/TEACHER/FRIEND/OTHER PERSON WRITE YOUR ESSAYS. No matter how tempted you are, just don’t. It will cause you more troubles that is worth and can get you in serious trouble (plus the moral repercussions of it). Be you and write your own essays.
  • Ask for your teacher recs early. This means to ask teachers by late September at the latest. Teachers need time to write your recs and chances are, you’re not the only one asking said teacher for a rec. Getting your request in early will make sure that you’ll get a letter of rec and that the teacher will have enough time to write a good letter of rec.
    • Ask for letters of rec from teachers you know will write something good about you. Go for teachers you’ve known for more than a year and/or teachers who know you better.
    • After they’ve written your letter of rec, it is customary to give your teachers a gift. A gift card, food, or a personalized gift/memento are in order.
  • Your counselor is your best friend. Seriously. Be prepared to spend significant time in the counselor’s office or emailing your counselor. You’ll likely have a lot of questions about the whole college apps process and that’s ok. Your counselor has done it before and is there to help you. Plus, most colleges require a counselor letter of rec so you’ll need to get to know your counselor and your counselor will have to get to know you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help because it will significantly reduce your stress.
    • It is also encouraged to get your counselor a gift if you feel they’ve helped you a lot. It’s a nice gesture that shows you care.
  • Send your test scores in at least 3 weeks before the college’s application deadline. This is super important because some colleges refuse to look at your application if your test scores aren’t in on time *cough* UMich *cough*. Plan ahead. This is why it’s good to have your college apps done early so that you’re not scrambling to send colleges your test scores two days before the deadline. If you’re taking a test in October, make sure to put all the colleges you’re applying to on the list of where you want your scores to be sent to so that the colleges will get the score in time. I had friends who sent their scores in too late and had their application bumped from early action to regular decision at a somewhat selective school where when you applied made all the difference. Seriously, send your scores in early and be done with it.
    • Most colleges won’t look at an unofficial score report so send the official one at all times. Don’t send paper score reports. We’re not in the 1920s.
    • If you’ve done all this but your scores will still be late, contact your college’s admissions office and let them know which brings me to my next point.
  • If you can’t find something on the college’s website or can’t find an answer to a question you have, contact the admissions office! The admissions office can give you the best answers to your questions and can help alleviate any concerns you have. Just make sure not to badger the admissions office because some colleges keep track of how many times you contact them and it can work in your disadvantage.
    • Don’t have your parents call in because it makes you look bad. You’re old enough to call someone and ask them a few questions.
  • Start looking for scholarships early. Preferably in the fall. Most of the big and prestigious scholarships have early deadlines and you don’t want to miss them. Finding the scholarships you want to apply to early gives you enough time to write the essays and get the other materials needed. 
  • Don’t compare yourself to others. There’s no point and it causes unnecessary stress. Be confident in yourself and your application and don’t worry about where others have applied/gotten in to or about what others have put on their applications. 

These are just a few points that I thought were worth mentioning. Good luck! Senior year will be over before you know it so enjoy it :)


This morning, the College Board released the most recent set of SAT scores online. High schoolers: were you unhappy with your score? There may be a good reason.

Learn about the history and efficacy of the SAT in this episode of pbsdigitalstudios’ PBS Idea Channel.

this is a friendly reminder for those of you who received SAT scores today and are disappointed with yourselves/your results

your standardized test scores do not reflect your human worth
your standardized test scores do not reflect your human worth
your standardized test scores do not reflect your human worth
your standardized test scores do not reflect your human worth

  1. your standardized test scores do not reflect your human worth
  • your standardized test scores do not reflect your human worth

your standardized test scores do not reflect your human worth
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