It’s great that you are starting to prepare this early for your dream. In order to have the best chance at getting a seat as a pre-med student at a top U.S. university, you will have to consider the following factors: Grades, Difficulty of Curriculum, Test Scores, Extracurricular Activities, Letters of Recommendation, Statement of Purpose and Supplementary Questions, and a possible Interview.
You will want to take the most difficult course of studies that you can handle well. Try to maximize your sciences and math courses. Be sure to take Biology, Physics and Chemistry, in addition to as much Calculus as you can. In addition to top test scores and grades, you will be expected to have taken the hardest possible curriculum, and to have shown intellectual curiosity by doing something in your chosen field that is above and beyond your school curriculum. For instance, if you have the chance to take an online course not offered at your school, or to participate in activities outside of school, you should do so. Your extracurricular activities are very important US colleges. They want to see that you are so excited about your major that you engage with your subject outside of school. For instance, if you plan to major in math, tutoring local kids in math, or engaging in math competitions, will show that you have demonstrated initiative above and beyond what is required, which shows the spark you have for the subject.
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