this is roughly what most college counsellors have to say about SAT scores.
you need atleast:
2000 + for a decent US university
2100 + for the Ivy League universities and Non Ivies like Stanford and MIT
and 2200 + if you want a GOOD chance at Harvard-Yale-Princeton
but yeah, like the others have said, US admissions are like a lottery, you'll never understand the process lol. there will always be exceptions to the rule, and you'll always hear of people who got into one of the top tier schools with average scores, but unless you've like served as personal assistant to Obama or something of the like, make sure you have a well rounded application!
(Original post by Hank Hill)
Sorry to hijack the topic a little, but how much do the Ivy League consider A-levels?
I know that one must take the SAT and some subject tests but supposing one had 4 or 5 A/A*s at A-level, by how far would a moderate SAT score (say around 2000) be detrimental to an application?
Most top universities, including the Ivies, say that academic excellence is their first and most important criteria for admission, and that relatively mediocre SAT scores can be negated with consistently good high school grades, and that it does not work the other way around, i.e. high SAT scores will most likely not make up for average high school grades. So don't worry too much, but try and aim for atleast 2100 + to maximise your chances!