Originally Posted by turanuk
haha in canada, but applied to stanford last year...rejected with an SAT of 1550
...damn life isn't fair for azns....only other school i applied to was UIUC, but i decided to go to school here in Canada instead...
Don't worry man, the same thing happened to me. I took the SAT at the end of my junio year (first time) and I got a 1550. I was very surprised, because I didn't study and I had just planned on taking it for practice. I figured that I got a really good score though, so I thought that I wouldn't have any trouble getting into whatever college I wanted to. I also took the Chem and Math SAT IIs that year, and I got a 790 on the Chem, and a 800 on the math, even though I probably could have gotten an 800 on the Chemistry if I had used one of those Princeton Review study books. I didn't know what kind of questions would be on the test when I took it. The next year I took the English Writing SAT II. This time I was smarter, because I bought a Princeton Review book and crash coursed all my grammar. In that test I got a 790. So, since I had all good scores, and a 4.0 all the way through high school (unweighted), I figured I could get into practically anywhere. Thus, I chose only two colleges to apply to. I applied to Stanford and Brigham Young University (I'm Mormon). Well, to make a long story short, I got rejected from Stanford. I had some friends that didn't do as well, and two of them got on the waiting list, and one of them got in. I was really pissed. My essays were very good, so I'm pretty sure that wasn't the problem. I think that it may have been my lack of too many extracurricular activities. While I did things such as my Eagle Scout, a few years of sports, church activities, and a couple of clubs, my friends that got in were the leaders of clubs and such, while I was always to lazy to do that stuff.
I wish that I had applied to some Ivy Leagues, rather than Stanford. I've heard that Stanford doesn't care so much about test scores.