Something in Common

Published Friday, April 15, 2011 by Tarang

Recently, I watched a charming Dianna Agron (Glee) interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live. She was refreshingly poised and humble, especially when she told her tale of hanging out with Beyonce and Gwyneth Paltrow in the bathroom. Apparently all the Glee girls, Gwyneth, and Beyonce were in the bathroom together to fix someone’s dress when suddenly someone popped out a box of mints. Dianna noticed how Beyonce took a mint just like a regular person, and Dianna felt like Beyonce was one of them. You can check out the beginning of the interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lqY-oNbfk8 Her… Continue Reading

SAT Score Distribution

Published Tuesday, December 28, 2010 by Katie

The SAT is widely used by colleges as a way to compare students’ academic aptitude. As a result, SAT takers nationwide seek higher scores both to prove their capabilities to college admissions boards and to out-compete their fellow test-takers. But how well does everyone else perform on the SAT? This past year, the CollegeBoard published the SAT percentile ranks for the 2010 college-bound seniors. Since these percentile distributions generally stay the same from year to year, the 2011 seniors and 2012 seniors will likely have similar score distributions. Below is a table showing this percentile… Continue Reading

In a Cal State of mind

Published Wednesday, June 23, 2010 by Dave

Have your sights set on one of Cal State’s 23 campuses? You may not need to take the SAT — but you might want to anyway. The university says on its CSUMentor site that students who are residents of California and who have a high school GPA of 3.00 or higher are guaranteed admission. But they don’t say to what campus. If you have a specific one in mind, you’re encouraged to take either the SAT or ACT. Even then, CSU will only look at your scores on the Critical Reading and Math sections. That… Continue Reading

Up to Stanford’s standards?

Published Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Dave

The second installment in our school SAT stats series is Stanford. That’s a lot of S’s, but getting in requires a lot of A’s. Or so you’d think. You’ll see at the bottom of this post that 53% of applicants to the 2009 freshman class had a GPA of 4.0 or above and 10% of them were accepted. In fact, the data suggest that GPA maybe isn’t the criteria given the most weight. The data below are for last year’s incoming freshman — data for the incoming 2010 freshman class aren’t available yet — but… Continue Reading

UC and you

Published Monday, May 24, 2010 by Dave

University of California schools are among the most popular with Excel students (and a lot of other students, too). Some 134,000 high school seniors and transfer students applied for Fall 2010 admission. Freshman applicants applied to an average of 3.5 campuses. What does it take to get accepted at one? UC provides a snapshot (pdf) of some of the more important factors, including a breakdown of SAT scores. Since that’s the reason you’re reading this blog, I’ve clipped in that information below. GPA rankings follow it. While test scores are of course important, they’re not… Continue Reading