in this video I’ll be going over the stats that got me it’s a Harvard Cornell and a few other schools that includes my GPA and transcript SAT and SAT two scores. if that is what you’re looking for then stick to the end of this video hey everyone welcome to jc’s I’m Jordan and this is the second video in my how I got into Harvard series this video would whoa this video will be split up into three parts my transcript will be the first part on my SAT and SAT twos will be the second part and the third part will kind of be a commentary on how I feel numbers play a role in the admissions offices decision. yeah let’s get to the first part just to give you guys some context on my school I go to a specialized High School in New York City very urban I’m in order to get into one of New York City’s specialized high schools you have to actually test into them but my school offers around 30 AP classes as well as post AP classes I’ll explain what those are later our GPAs are unweighted and the median GPA is 91 I’m pretty sure and just another thing we don’t rank our students in the course of my high school career I’ve taken 7 AP classes and I’ve taken the corresponding exams for each of them and my sophomore year I took ap biology in my junior year I took AP us s 3 AP English Language and Composition and ap physics 1 and in my senior year I took calculus AP English literature and comparative government with economics on all of those exams I’ve gotten fours except for AP u.s. History where I got a 5 strange it up but we’ll see for calc calc a be calm gov and English literature hopefully I got a 5 on them but I’ll find out next one we’re in two months in July Harvard has kind of a mixed dance when it comes to taking AP scores and using those as college credit kind of. I can make a video on that later on but just one thing that’s really helpful going into the 2019 2020 application season I just know that Harvard will no longer be accepting AP exams as credit for college courses at least that’s what I heard this year I’m taking to post advanced placement classes um. basically what post a PSR is like they’re kind of like AP classes except AP classes are their prerequisites one of my posting fee classes is called topics in modern physics and in order to qualify to even apply to take that class you have to have a 92 average in AP Physics one or two I think I’m not really sure and then four AP or post ap biology which is a focus on genetics you have to have at least like a ninety or something in your ap biology class the curriculums of these courses are entirely designed by my school’s faculty a lot of the teachers that we have especially when it comes to stem are like doctors in their field.
I think that’s really cool but because they’re the ones making up the curriculum it’s hard for anyone really to get out of go these classes are I took a exam in modern physics today and I was using MIT class notes as a study guide in one of their modern physics classes and actually understood what was going on. that’s cool throughout my four years of high school I’ve also taken three honors classes one in algebra 2 / trigonometry another one in pre calc which I took last year and then the one I’m taking now which is advanced Chinese conversational with a dialect in Mandarin these honors classes are kind of a step in between like regular classes and AP classes and now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for. my GPA is ninety three point nine that is unweighted my school does not weight GPAs I don’t know how that really converts on a 4.0 scale but when I’m being generous to myself I like to say I have a 94 average something to know about Harvard all the IV’s and basically any selective school you’re applying to is that these schools tend to super scores and what super scoring means is that they take the highest score in the math and writing section for all the sittings that you’ve had I took the SAT twice once in March and once in August I got literally the same score but I got different scores on my own like the different sections I’m. veyts of my highest math score and my highest reading score and that gave me a total of fourteen seventy yeah I know not the highest could be better but it’s not. super scoring is really nice and because of it I think you should take the SAT multiple times and you should also try the AC T apparently the ACE is it apparently the AC T is easier but it’s just faster. if you’re good at test taking I would say try the AC T you might like it better I never took it but I wish I did. SAT 2’s more commonly known as SAT two subject tests are smaller tests that are kind of like a piece I don’t know why we have a piece and SAT turns to me it makes no sense but these SAT two subjects s allow applicants to show their expertise in a certain like feel to Harvard and all the IV’s with the exception of some of Cornell’s colleges require you to take two SAT twos and submit those scores one in stem and one in humanities however I would recommend you taking math two one in humanities and one in science just in case you’re a science person because some schools like MIT required to send a math and a science SAT to the SAT to I submitted were math two and US history I also took literature but I did not send it I don’t know why it took it and I got a 760 in math to a 660 in US history and a 560 in literature as you can see I’ve why didn’t submit the literature 1 all of these SAT 2’s are out of 800 and I would highly recommend taking math 2 over math 1 because math 1 is basically useless also a good number of kids who take the math to exam get a cup like a perfect 800 sadly it wasn’t one of them but hopefully you will be. I recommend taking SAT 2s when you’re taking the corresponding AP course of course you can always like. study for your school doesn’t have a PS it’s just important to note that these subject tests often have topics that aren’t covered in the AP curriculum I wish I took the biology SAT – and the physics SAT – while taking those AP courses I feel like that would have been helpful for me and given me more options. don’t make my mistake take more SAT T’s his name is a star after Sagittarius a star which is the black hole in the center of the Milky Way. fun fact best teddy bear ever cost like $25 ripoff but hey Harvard gang nothing I say here is actually official it’s not like a Harvard admissions officer came to us like Jordan this is true no this is purely me on my observations and kind of some speculation that I’ve had over the past few years after seeing the stats of the kids who got accepted into Harvard from my school in the past few years I think if you have a 1450 and a 92 and above Harvard starts looking at all those applicants the same like the kids with those scores. if you’d what the 1600 is no longer worth more than a student with a 1450 or student with a 92 versus a 98 like I think they treat us all the same and that’s when they start looking at essays with extracurriculars however if you have below these scores don’t let that get you down obviously they make exception if you have its daily good extracurriculars if you’re really passionate and if you have some like special toka thinks about you then I think you have a better chance at getting in even if you have below those scores but I would say if you’re a junior or any kind of underclassmen or someone who’s looking to apply to Harvard definitely aim not don’t eat bird 14:50 like katya says a purpose stars. if you follow you land on the cloud. I would say aim for 1600 and if you get 1450 you’re cool too it’s not what you could do with your transcript once you’re a Jew dear because you junior year is kind of your last year that colleges will see actually that’s not true colleges request your mid-year score voice of your I’m senior year and they also look at your final year scores to see if they’ll receive you hopefully I took ever said this once you get all the students with above 1450 and the 92 average it’s really hard to differentiate them anymore. you have to start looking at their essays and extracurriculars if you want to see that essay that I wrote for the Harvard University supplement I will link it somewhere on the screen or in the description I don’t know it’s my only other video that’s my second video um but yeah I think if you saw this video I thought it was very helpful I would definitely recommend checking out that one because I truly feel that essay I’ll play a huge part in the admissions process also I’ll be making another video on my extracurriculars because I truly feel that my extracurriculars really did get me into Harvard as well as some of the other schools I mentioned. yeah if you found this video helpful like comment subscribe you know the vibes but I’ll speak to you guys in the next video peace