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You should really try hard to retake the sat if you can. If you practice math enough, you can easily increase that 670 into the high 700s
Sounds good, any tips on practicing for Math?
You may have heard this, but take a college board sat math section for a diagnostic test. Then look through the types of questions you got wrong. Find similar problems on khan academy and use their sat practice tool to hammer in those weak spots.
One you might wanna look into is actually UMass Amherst, it's pretty highly ranked for CS and even though I was an international applicant I still got a scholarship from them (not a full one but considering everything it was extremely generous of them lol). A good reach to throw in there would be Carnegie Mellon University, ranked #1 in CS. Northeastern might also be a good school to look into.
I saw someone else comment on your SAT math score and I definitely agree, if you wanna do any type of STEM-y major you're gonna want to get that above a 700, preferably have it as strong as your EBRW score. I personally found that the best way to practice for me was to do a bunch of practice tests, specifically past SAT exams:
Try to print them out and time yourself. If you want to you can practice the whole exam. If not then just do the math section and time yourself.
About the AP exams honestly I would ask your school counselor if it's possible for them to order you exams and just self-study for them. Granted this is extremely optional, most AP exams are very hard to self-study but if it's at all possible and you feel up for it I recommend you to take the AP English Language exam. Not only do you get the "I push myself" points but if you get a good score you can use them to fill out credits for introductory English classes (which everyone will take freshman year regardless of major). IMO it's the only "mandatory" AP class out there.
Thanks for the recommendations! I am definitely planning on retaking the SAT now. I wish I thought about just asking if I could order exams, but it's unfortunately most likely too late (I'm a rising senior, plus school is already out for the summer). Thanks for the help!
So how AP exams have been working the past couple years is that you basically have until like October-November to confirm your tests. Basically your deadline for payment is around those dates. Any day before that you can decide to drop the course (if it’s like a school subject). Before you had until like March to pay for your exams but they moved the date up so less kids would take a whole semester of class before dropping out or something. Again, not sure how your school might go about it but you have some time when school starts to ask about it!
Wow, that sounds confusing (like everything with college admissions haha). I'll definitely talk to my counselor about it.
A really good thing I learned throughout the whole process was don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you’re in doubt, ask.
I would recommend UIUC as it is quite good for CS and you will receive in-state tuition. The financial situation of the state has led tuition prices to be pricey even for in-state students, but I do know that they now give full rides for families making less than 65k and you will likely get a lot of aid based on the figure you gave.
UIUC is definitely one of my top picks. I didn't know about them giving full rides out though. (I guess I live under a rock)