Originally Posted by paasnaas
That's what I am most afraid of since I did introduce 2 more sub-300 scores. But I did improve on my RC and Ochem which helped me boost my score up. I did worse on 2 subjects but did better on 2 other subjects : /. Not sure how that will look when the admissions committee look at it. My main goal on my second attempt was to improve my RC and Ochem actually (I put a lot more study time in those subjects). So, I guess I did accomplish what I wanted but my QR and Physics scores took a hit as a result.
I will definitely be calling schools to see what I should do. Thank you!
Good call. I think overall your science scores are fine. I wouldn't worry about the QR score, especially since you got great grades in your math classes. I also don't think the reading comp section is a huge deal, given your overall high scores. Timed reading on a test is not everyone's forte and I think a lot of schools get that. If you've shown in your transcript that you have challenged yourself (taken a tough load of classes somewhere, challenging courses in general, etc.) then they will trust that you can stay up with the reading in school.
The only schools where I would say you wouldn't be super competitive would be Berkeley and SUNY - but that's definitely not to say you couldn't get in with your scores as they are. You just wouldn't be AS competitive there. I think you're just fine for the other schools, but certainly calling them would help. Lots of schools offer good academic counseling - SCCO and Berkeley do individual sessions with students for sure. I imagine the other schools on your list do too, I'm just not as familiar with their admissions process.
Here's last year's class averages:
Berkeley posts their range of scores on their website and reminds students to keep in mind that they have a high average, but a broad range...so that's why I say that you always still have a shot. Berkeley only takes the AA though.