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Will Dip in Grades Due to Personal Problems Torpedo Top-Tier College Chances?

Question: How should I handle a sudden significant decline in my grades? I had nearly straight A's and very good standardized test scores until the end of my junior year. Then I got sick and I was stressed by some family issues, and my grades took a nose dive. Example: I had all A's in Biology but failed the final exam, so my grade dropped to a B. I haven't gotten my scores from the spring SAT subject tests but I think they'll be low as well. I don't want to disclose the specifics of my illness and family issues on my college app. Did I blow my admission chances to top-tier schools?

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