Continue to take challenging classes and achieve good grades. Step up and take AP and IB classes to show that you are willing to challenge yourself by taking these college-level classes. However, don’t overload on AP classes if doing so means that you will receive poor grades. Also, if you struggled in your classes in ninth or tenth grade, you now have a chance to reverse the trend by showing improvement in your grades in eleventh grade.
Take the SAT and Subject Tests by the end of the school year. Many colleges want applicants to submit two or more scores from the SAT Subject Tests in addition to the SAT Reasoning Test score. You should consider taking Subject Tests in the subjects that you studied at the honors or AP level.
Make a good impression on your teachers and counselor. Most private colleges and some public universities ask students to submit letters of recommendation as a part of their college application. Teachers respond well to students who participate in classroom discussions and express interest in what they are learning.
Focus on a few extracurricular activities that you are good at and care about. Distinguish yourself by stepping up to leadership roles.
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