We have three terms in school. And my grades look something like this: 9th (84%, 85%, 87%) , 10th (86%, 87%, 95% [Boards]) , *school change*, 11th (84%, 70%, 72%). I am in 12th grade now, as can be seen my 11th grades are terrible - has that ruined my chances at "top" schools forever? Some context: I gave up preparing for the JEE to focus on this. I am looking for full (or nearly full) financial aid (anything else would be totally unaffordable). I met an online counselor who suggested colleges like Drexel, etc. Sure, they are good, but my parents are extremely hopeful (considering I gave up on the JEE) , aka, think HYPSM (or top 20, at the very least). I honestly thought I had a tiny, tiny, tiny chance - but now I am not so sure and am freaked out and disappointed. Should I just give up and prepare for the JEE?

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 6 months ago

Hi there! Although your grades have fluctuated quite a bit, there is no reason to give up completely on attending a US university. The first question I would ask as an admissions officer is what happened when you changed schools. Was the change of curriculum responsible for your dip in grades? Are there any other extenuating factors? I am also curious about your test scores. Grades are the No. 1 determinant of eligibility, but your test scores go hand in hand with grades. It's hard to thoroughly determine your best choices without this info.Having said that, even top domestic students with....View More

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Is spending extra time and effort preparing for admissions abroad while preparing for JEE worth it? Or should I focus on a singular thing. I have decent scores and good ECs.

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Kim Dixit Answered 6 months ago

I always recommend that students focus on either the JEE or the US application process. Trying to do both at the same time will do justice to neither. If you want to prepare for JEE, then give it your all. If you do not achieve what you expect, you can always take a gap year and focus on your US applications along with a few projects and ECA's to enhance your application. If attending college in the US is your first choice then I recommend you do not prepare for JEE. Instead spend your extra time working on ECA's and projects....View More

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    Simran

I am an Indian student following the CBSE curriculum. Does Oxford require your JEE advanced score if you apply for a pure science course?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 3 months ago

The basic eligibility requirement for admission to an undergraduate program at Oxford University is a 10+2 qualification from CBSE or ISC with minimum 90% marks in each of the five subjects.For Science courses, Oxford may also require a JEE Advanced score. I have written a counselor request to Oxford to get confirmation of this, and will let you know when I hear back from them.Do you know which particular science course you are applying for?  

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I'm currently in 11th class. Should I leave JEE for applying abroad (MIT, Stanford or Princeton)? CGPA in 9th: 9.4, 10th Boards: 93%. My ECs: cleared JSTSE, NSEJS (Junior Science Olympiad)(state top 1%(top 10 in state) and national top 1 %), ZIO and ZCO, International Mathematics Olympiad training camp, International Linguistics Olympiad training camp, International Science and Engineering Fair (held in Pittsburgh, USA) finalist, Represented India at Tournament of Towns (summer program) and Sharygin Geometry Olympiad in Russia.

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Geetha Swamy Answered 4 months ago

Getting into Ivy Leagues seems to be the aspiration of every Indian student. I will not deny that these universities are top notch but being successful does not hinge on getting into Ivy Leagues. It depends on what you do with your degree after that. I can name many students who were not admitted into an Ivy League but turned out very successful later in life. You have a very good profile but I am not convinced it is strong enough for you to get into an Ivy League school. But you could get into some of the best schools....View More

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