Sal Khan's story: Making high school count
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- When should I start studying for the SAT?(19 votes)
- Whenever you want to. Just be prepared and when the test comes you'll be ready.(18 votes)
- What Does AP and IB mean?(7 votes)
- AP stands for Advanced Placement. IB stands for International Baccalaureate. Now, you may be wondering what is an International Baccalaureate. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), is an international educational foundation offering four educational programs for children aged 3–19. Consequently, "IB" can refer to the organization itself, any of the four programs, or the diploma or certificates awarded at the end of the program. I think in your context, IB stands for the diploma awarded at the end.(20 votes)
- I wanna get into Harvard university, I'm actually a bit worried about my GPA. I'm studying in 11th grade now, in India. My past scores aren't so impressive, but I improved well in the last grade and now I'm working hard for this 11th. I've made good progress, so if I start to make some really great scores from this grade and if I do well enough in the SAT, is there a chance for me to get into Harvard? Well I know I gotta do many more things apart from that, I'm just asking if my past gardes will matter more.(12 votes)
- Maybe... possibly not. For a school like Harvard, they are looking for students who are willing to learn, and where ones grades are outstanding. They are looking for people who are the most outstanding of the class. For a case like you, it would depend. I would say your grades depend. If you got lots of A's, then you should be fine. However, F's, C's, and even B's and MAYBE low A's will not help. If you had lots of B's, then I would say you have a slim chance of entering Harvard. The ONLY chance for this slim chance to possibly occur, then you would have to get LOTS and LOTS of VERY good grades. And by "good grades", I don't mean grades like 90, 92, 95, etc. I'm talking about 98, 99, 100, maybe something above a 100 (if possible). You have to show to Harvard you CARE about education, and you really want to enter their school to study law, English, etc. So yeah. Get perfect grades, completely destroy (meaning do very well) your SAT AND your ACT, and do stuff you can do now to help you in the future. For example: If you want to be a lawyer, teach yourself United States government(12th grade course) when you're in 8th grade, 9th grade, and in your case, 11th grade. So... yeah. Good luck!(7 votes)
- What should you do if you want to get into a college like MIT if you are from a country like India? What tests should you take up apart from TOEFL and SAT to get a scholarship or to enhance your application?(7 votes)
- Do some science and math olympiads, create things, I coud go on.(4 votes)
- In CBSE...We have a given set of subjects...There are 4 sets and we need to choose from them...1) Phy. Chem. Math. 2) Phy. Chem Bio. and so on....Every child has english and has one optional subject to choose...
I have chosen physics chem maths english and webtech.
All children study at the same level..WE even don't have Algebra-1 or algebra-2...It's all combined into 1 book each for 11th and 12th grade..that we have to study from..Same goes with the other subjects...How would the college admission guys judge me now... ?(6 votes)
- Try to do as much extra curriculum activities as possible to stand out.(2 votes)
- what is the average ACT score for a sophomore?(0 votes)
- Here are the mean ACT scores for all testers by section (this is data from 2012):
• Composite: 21.1
• English: 20.5
• Mathematics: 21.1
• Science Reasoning: 20.9
• Reading: 21.3
• Writing: 7.1(14 votes)
- Can i take SAT in my junior year??(3 votes)
- Of course! You can take the SAT anytime you want. I took it last year when I was a freshman in high school. It'll even give you an advantage if you take it before you're required to by your school, because then you'll know what you have to practice for and what you can improve so you can get an even better test score next time you take it.
Hope this helps!(5 votes)
- I'm a student in India and will be beginning my High School (Grade 11-12) in a month. I'm moving to a different school for exploring better opportunities.
I've been performing good in my academics securing A's and have also been involved in extra-curricular activities - heading clubs, projects, classes, doing social/environmental projects for the school, being selected for debates, acting in plays, participation in sport events, etc.
Out of the classroom, I'm just super passionate about computers and technology. I've taught myself Web Development, Programming and have also been taking MOOCs from Harvard, MIT and other universities.
Would my "out-of-the-classroom" activities be considered as extra-curricular? And, what more can I do in High School that would set my application apart from the rest? I'm thinking of applying in the Students Council at my new school as I want to explore and grow my abilities.(3 votes)
- It depends, if the website offers a certificate after completing the course, then yes, otherwise the answer is probably no, however, you could buy a domain and build your own websites or go to places like "Hack-a-Thon" and compete to win prizes in coding.(2 votes)
- I do a lot of ballet seriously after school, would it be a bad idea to be a part-time student in high school? To just take the core classes and a world language and then just dedicate the rest of my time to dance?(2 votes)
- You might want a backup. The arts are a tricky business so try getting another topic you really enjoy and then use that as a backup. I suggest you take the core classes, a world language, and a major you enjoy outside of the arts industry. Then dedicate the rest of your time to dance. But you should still study as well. I think this is a good plan.(4 votes)
- I love your story and I look forward to sharing it with my students. My question is; With so many students being home schooled now, what would you suggest to help bring the joy that you experienced into these home schools? I know many students who are already accessing your wonderful videos however I also know many parents who are feeling less than effective with the lessons some teachers are offering. Perhaps they could start a newsletter?(3 votes)
- Starting a newsletter sounds like a good idea. Or perhaps with your students you could start a Flipgrid account where you could share information and the whole class with parents could collaborate.(2 votes)
- So what did I do in high school that I guess optimized my college application? And I could talk about it now in hindsight, you know, more than 20, oh, boy, I'm getting old, more than 20 years after the fact. But I will say, especially earlier on in high school in ninth and 10th and 11th grade, I really didn't fully appreciate, I actually didn't know what was good or bad. But now I think I have a better lens on what actually did help. You know, even entering high school I had a strong interest in math and science. In fact, I was just curious in general. I just liked learning things. And so I was always eager to take the most challenging courses that my school had to offer. So I think that was really important. One, that prepares you for college, but it also shows admission officers that you're up for stepping out of your comfort zone and stretching yourself. And as I got into my later years in high school, as I'd kind of maxed out a few of the math classes that my high school offered, I went to the Universtity of New Orleans and I took classes there. And I think, once again, and I think I actually even met a few folks from my university later that said, no, that really made your application look good, that you continued to challenge yourself. You didn't just say, oh, I did as much as I could do with the resources at hand. You looked for new ways to challenge yourself. And so I think that's always a good idea. Whatever your circumstances, try to push and figure out and pool resources that allow you to grow. On the extracurricular side, some of you all might have guessed, I was on the math team. I was the captain, which I enjoyed. And, you know, it's about math. But it's also about leadership. It's about motivating other people. It's about mentoring other people. So I think that reflects well in an application. But it wasn't just about math. I also was really into art. And so we had a school newspaper, a very good school newspaper, actually. And so I became the art editor of it eventually. the guy who writes the cartoons or draws the cartoons and does a lot of the layout. And, you know, one, I didn't do that to get into college. I did that because I just really enjoyed it. It was one of the best experiences I had in high school. I learned a ton, but I think it did help my application. You know, other things I did extracurricularly, I ran for class president my junior year and lost. So that was just, I guess a good experience. I didn't think it was a good experience when I lost. And actually, I don't know if that actually helped my application because I think I was too embarrassed to write that I lost. But in hindsight, I probably should have written. I could have probably written a pretty good essay about just what I learned from that experience. And then the last piece is on the standardized tests which are clearly an important part of applying to college. I think what really helped me is I didn't wait until the last minute to take the SAT and the ACT. I took them, I left a little bit of room, so... I took them once earlier in my career, you know, before my senior year. And I got okay scores, but I felt that I could get better scores. And so I had room so I could take them again before the actual college applications were due. And in both the cases of the SAT and the ACT I did much better the second time. So I think it was really important that I left that flexibility open. So, yeah, that's my best guess of what helped my college application.