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    Ok so is anyone applying to Harvard from England (or has already applied cause I could really do with some help x


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    I'm not from England (from the US) but I did apply to Harvard. What do you need help with?
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    I just wanted to know what kind of qualifications I would need to apply and if the A levels that we do in England would be ok x
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    Okay here's quite a London reply I sent to someone else with a similar question:

    youll need to do all the things on the list in addition to getting recommendations from teachers (core subjects like math/history/English preferred) and having stellar extra curriculars.




    personal statement: for the US you'll apply to most (if not all) unis through the CommonApp. It's like our UCAS (but you can apply to any # of colleges you like, you aren't limited like UCAS). You will have to write one short essay for the CommonApp (I think it's about 500 words). This will be on one of the essay topics given by the Common App or (I believe) there's an option to make up your own topic. This essay will go to ALL the universities you apply to. It should NOT, however, be like a personal statement for the UK. It should reveal something about you as a person, not just as a student. It should be much less focused on academics, more focused on experiences. If you have very strong academic achievements that you'd like to highlight, I believe it's possible to attach a resume (or CV) outlining those.


    Supplements: After you complete the CommonApp, you will have access to the supplementary applications for all the colleges you've put on your list (all the ones you'd like to apply to). Harvard's, for instance, asks more questions about awards/achievements, whether you've ever had a family member attend, and two extra essays (one Why Harvard? and one on anything you want if I recall...). All of your supplements will be essentially like that.


    SAT prep: Most top US students put in very little (if any) SAT prep (unless they're crazy or have crazy parents...even then, these kids tend not to get into top top schools). That being said, I have heard of British kids having a bit of trouble with the writing/reading sections so it's worth doing a bit of prep. I would say buy a prep book (some people swear by a specific one, it's really a preference thing so I'd look into yourself if I were you), read over it, get a feel for how the questions will be and for what kind of thing they're looking for in the Essay. Even amazing writers can score poorly in the essay if they don't write what the SAT wants, so this is especially important.


    SAT timing: you want to leave enough time to take the test at least twice. I would take it the summer before you start your last year of sixth form (earlier if you feel comfortable). Most US students take it in spring of their Junior year (2nd to last year of high school). That leaves you the October test date if you need to take it again.


    SAT IIs: These tests are relatively easy and subject based. Because you're British, you'll likely be specializing for A levels (either math/science heavy or english/history heavy). However, US unis want you to be "well rounded" so if you're taking all Math/Science A levels, I would recommend doing at least one English or History SATII (and vice versa). These should be taken again when you feel comfortable. If you're in the process of studying the course at A level (like Chem) I would take them Dec of your last year (gives you the most amount of time to learn the material that will be on the test) because they're relatively easy and almost no one retakes them. However, if you're worried about them I would go ahead and do 2 as soon as you feel comfortable (look at the type of questions/subject covered online at the College Board website). Then you can always take some more later if need be.




    ...that should be everything I think. Let me know if you need any more help.
 
 
 
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