American University Watch
I'm looking at university in the US and I know I need to sit SAT exams and SAT subject exams. However on the websites of many Ivy League schools it says that there is no "minimum SAT score" and they also look at portfolios of work.
What can I do in order to help my application?
(I do volunteering, I'm the Youth Mayor of my City, Involved in Youth Councils, MYP, Engineering Projects)
Ivies and all other universities like the will need 1500, those such as the Tufts, NYU, USC 1400-1500, and honestly the SATs are GCSE standard so I won't even consider you getting less than 1400, plus I expect these are the types of schools you want to go to.
ECs are not the same as they are here. Volunteering is all good, but everyone else applying has done that and its not really what they are looking for in the first place. Youth Mayor will be good so definitely do not forget to mention that. They like leadership and achievement. I think US college know we don't have the same opportunities as US kids, but that is no excuse for not having any.
Here is another difference. Being 'involved' in Youth Councils is 100% something you put in your application to a UK university, but just being 'involved' is not enough for the US. Maybe you do something special (are in charge or have been commended for something) in the YC, in which case say that instead of just being 'involved'.
Finally, money. I know you know it costs a bomb to go there, but it isn't as awful as it looks. First, remember $50,000 is £37,000 and that should cover everything (tuition, accommodation, books, living costs). UK unis cost £9250 plus another £7000 for accommodation, add in £1,000 for supplies and another £3,000 for living costs and you can see the two aren't a million miles away as if first seemed.