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College Admissions Intelligence

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College Admissions Intelligence

Practical guidance from
a private college counselor

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They Know What You Did Last Summer

Admissions officers have a difficult job. In order to sift through the tsunami of applications that inundates their inboxes every year, they need to know as much about the people submitting those applications as possible.

That being the case, everything about the applicant matters, even how they chose to spend those precious summer months between high school years - months that used to be a time for sleeping in, lazing in the sunshine, and recuperating from the rigors of school.

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They Know What You Did Last Summer

Admissions officers have a difficult job. In order to sift through the tsunami of applications that inundates their inboxes every year, they need to know as much about the people submitting those applications as possible.

That being the case, everything about the applicant matters, even how they chose to spend those precious summer months between high school years - months that used to be a time for sleeping in, lazing in the sunshine, and recuperating from the rigors of school.

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Bruins and Tigers and Bears

Long before I could find San Francisco on a map, I wanted to be a Cal Bear.

Looking back, I have no idea where this obsession originated. Neither of my parents were alums. I knew next to nothing about the university. And yet, well before I even understood what “college” really meant, I’d handpicked UC Berkeley as my future alma mater. I would consider no other school. There would be no runner-up.

This love affair lasted through middle school and much of high school. As a member of Santa Barbara High School’s girls’ water polo team, I dreamed of playing for Cal one day. Forget UCLA. Forget Stanford. Look outside California? No. Not a chance.

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Bruins and Tigers and Bears

Long before I could find San Francisco on a map, I wanted to be a Cal Bear.

Looking back, I have no idea where this obsession originated. Neither of my parents were alums. I knew next to nothing about the university. And yet, well before I even understood what “college” really meant, I’d handpicked UC Berkeley as my future alma mater. I would consider no other school. There would be no runner-up.

This love affair lasted through middle school and much of high school. As a member of Santa Barbara High School’s girls’ water polo team, I dreamed of playing for Cal one day. Forget UCLA. Forget Stanford. Look outside California? No. Not a chance.

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What is a Good Score

on the SAT Subject Test?

 

That depends on a number of factors.

The maximum score on each test is 800 points. In the table below, you can see the mean scores (arithmetic average) for each of the available SAT Subject Tests in 2017. You can also see the standard deviation for each, which gives you an idea how wide the range of scores was for that particular Subject Test in 2017.

This will help you understand what a good score might look like in a given subject, but keep in mind that you’re not competing against others who took the same test as you so much as you are competing against others who are applying to the same colleges you are.

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What is a Good Score

on the SAT Subject Test?

 

That depends on a number of factors.

The maximum score on each test is 800 points. In the table below, you can see the mean scores (arithmetic average) for each of the available SAT Subject Tests in 2017. You can also see the standard deviation for each, which gives you an idea how wide the range of scores was for that particular Subject Test in 2017.

This will help you understand what a good score might look like in a given subject, but keep in mind that you’re not competing against others who took the same test as you so much as you are competing against others who are applying to the same colleges you are.

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About Cassie Nichols

Cassie Nichols attended Princeton University, where she was an NCAA All-American and Academic All-American athlete, as well as captain of the Princeton women’s water polo team. After college, she conducted educational research at Yale University, taught literature and the college essay at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, and earned a Master of Arts degree in Education from University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of The College Essay Trap, a veteran private college consultant, and is one of the founders of Collegica.

About Cassie Nichols

Cassie Nichols attended Princeton University, where she was an NCAA All-American and Academic All-American athlete, as well as captain of the Princeton women’s water polo team. After college, she conducted educational research at Yale University, taught literature and the college essay at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, and earned a Master of Arts degree in Education from University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of The College Essay Trap, a veteran private college consultant, and is one of the founders of Collegica.