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Last-Minute "Fixes" for Student with So-So SAT's?

Question: I'm a rising senior, and applying to college is seriously stressing me out! I've taken the SAT I and SAT II's already, but the scores are not satisfactory. What can I do as a last-minute fix to make my college app look better for top notch schools?

Admission officials at "top notch schools" are wise to anything that smells like a "last-minute fix." If your test scores are well below the typical admitted-student range at the colleges that interest you the most, then your admission odds won't be good, unless you have special traits that these schools are seeking. Many of these traits are out of your hands ... e.g., your race and ethnicity, unusual athletic prowess, an atypical background (e.g., you grew up on a houseboat), or VIP connections.

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