Not Just Your SAT Scores

School testMany times Americans are unaware of how fortunate we are to be living in a society where numbers, at least in the college admissions process, are only one piece of the puzzle.  American colleges and universities consider various criteria in assessing applicants.  Aside from your typical standardized test scores (SAT/ACT/SAT IIs, etc.), admissions officers examine students from the context of the whole person.  How does the student perform in school?  What else does the student do outside of academics?  Is the student dealing with any other challenging life circumstances?  Imagine a culture where your test scores were the only factor utilized in deciding whether you go to college or not.  I’m pretty sure that if SAT scores were the only area considered, I would not have been admitted to college.  I honestly do believe that my essays along with my alumni interview really made a difference for me.  I feel so lucky to have had a chance to present myself in the form of an essay and to be recognized for it.  To elucidate just how different things are in other countries, I want to show you some photos taken in China during the “gaokao,” the time when high school students take college entrance exams, which are the sole determinant for Chinese university admissions.

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