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How I got into UPenn (Interview 11)


SAT: 1560 (780 Math, 780 Reading)

ACT: 36 (35 English, 36 Math, 35 Reading, 36 Science)

GPA: 3.97

Rank in Class: 1

Size of Class: 329

AP's Taken: Chemistry, Biology, Physics Mechanics, Physics Electromagnetism, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, American History, European History, Statistics, English Language, English Literature, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, US Government


  • I was the captain of my Science Olympiad and Science Bowl teams

  • I was the president of my class from my sophomore year until my senior year

  • I was the captain of my math league team and the president of the Computer Science club

Personal Story

"I was excited to get into Penn, but that more from the relief of being with high school than with getting into Penn itself. It was great to see my hard work pay off and that I could finally point to something which was a sort of rewards for the suffering I went through in high school."

Useful Advice

"Honestly, my tutor is probably the reason why I'm here. I don't think that, scratch that, I know that I wouldn't be here were it not for the tutor my mom hired when I was a sophomore to help me prepare for the PSAT.

I'm not a great standardized test taker. I can study for something and do really well on it, but when it came to standardized tests, I had a hard time getting results. So my mom hired a personal tutor for me to help me become a better test taker and better student in general.

This pretty much changed everything. I was a pretty good student in school, I had no trouble getting A's in classes, but now that I could take tests better, everything came to me much easier and I knew that when the day came I would be able to show my knowledge on a big exam.

Furthermore, when taking the SAT and ACT in the fall of my Junior year I only needed to take them once then move on.

If there's anything I would recommend, it's having a testing tutor who can help prepare fr tests because once you have one it changes your entire outlook on school and makes everything so much easier."

University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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