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New SAT Essay: Top Universities Requiring the Writing Test

The-sat-essayThe New SAT in March 2016 delivered many changes to college bound high school students including:

One change many high schoolers were grateful for was the the dropping of the Essay portion of the exam as a requirement to complete the exam.  Following in the College Board’s footsteps, many Universities also opted to not require it as a part of their application for admissions.

However, the Top Universities definitely did not shy away from continuing the requirement.  Using the Times Higher Education Top US Colleges list for 2016, we examine who does and who does not:

Top Colleges Still Requiring the SAT Essay

Top universities in the United States 2016 by Times Higher Education

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Higher Scores on the SAT Lead to Stronger Success in Life


From the beginning of time (or at least 1926 when the SAT was created), there has been nonstop debate as to the veracity of the SAT and its large part in the college admissions process.  Here, an incredibly long thread on a popular forum Reddit shows how controversial and the topic never rests.  The rhetorical piece in question, starts off by informing the world that the New Republic has never produced a more read article based on the topic.

At SanLi Education, one of Hong Kong’s Top Test Prep companies, we’ve seen thousands of students spend time with us in our SAT Prep Courses with many of them raising their scores hundreds of points.  Many of them have garnered entry into top Universities like Stanford, Upenn, Northwestern and more.  Despite obtaining entrance into many top Colleges, there are still many who ask “are the students more than just test taking machines?”

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Ivy League Admissions Rates – 2015 – for class of 2019

2015’s Ivy League Admissions Rates (Class of 2019)

Harvard University – 5.33% – Became more selective

Yale University – 6.49% – Became easier to be admitted (slightly)

Princeton University – 6.99% – Became more selective

Penn – University of Pennsylvania – 9.9% – Stayed the same

Cornell University – 14.9% – Became easier to be admitted (the highest increase in the Ivy League)

Columbia University – 6.1% – Became more selective

Dartmouth College – 10.3% – Became more selective

Brown University – 8.49% – Became more selective


2014 Ivy League Admissions Rates (Class of 2018)

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Harvard Admissions Announcements (2015) for Class of 2019

Harvard_Wreath_Logo_1.svgHarvard Admissions Rate for 2019 Announced

The Ivy Leagues admissions announcments news has been released as we mentioned earlier today shortly after 5p EST in the United States.

And the most elite of elite colleges at least in terms of perception have announced their Class of 2019 Results:

Havard University accepts 1990 out of 37,307 applicants for their next prestigious class of freshmen.

The Top Ivy League University gets more competitive now boasting a 5.33% admissions rate.

However, this doesn’t compete with the 2019 Class of Stanford which tops the rate at 5.05% this year.

Regardless, it appears as if this year (2015) for the class of 2019 was a very competitive year with many of the other Ivy Leagues also announcing a more competitive rate.  Columbia became more competitive this past year along with Princeton, Brown, and Dartmouth.  The 3 other Ivy League Institutions (UPenn, Yale & Cornell) though either stayed the same or saw an increase in their rates.

What does it take to get into Harvard?

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How do you get into Harvard?

2013 Harvard University CommencementSure, one of the first steps may be getting a high SAT score… and you know we are definitely supporters of anything that helps your student show their strong test taking abilities to what many call the most elite university in the world.

However, another key to answering this age old question would be paying attention to signals from folks “on the inside.”

As a Professor within the sacred walls of Harvard, the Canadian born experimental psychologist Steven Pinker wrote an article in response to a journalistic trashing of his alma mater and employer. In the September, 2014 12 page retort in the New Republic, he specifically wrote:

At an orientation session for new faculty, we were told that Harvard “wants to train the future leaders of the world, not the future academics of the world,” and that “We want to read about our student in Newsweek 20 years hence” … The rest are selected “holistically,” based also on participation in athletics, the arts, charity, activism, travel, and…

While this wasn’t a major premise in his rhetorical piece, this was definitely something parents of potential future students of Harvard or College Consultants helping candidates aiming for this Ivy League institution should pay attention to.

Harvard wants:

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